The Department of Defense announced today the awarding of 28 grants totaling $14.1 million as part of the fiscal 2009 Defense Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (DEPSCoR). The grants will enhance research and engineering capabilities at 20 academic institutions in 14 states in scientific disciplines critical to national security and the DoD.
The awards are the result of a merit competition for DEPSCoR conducted for the DoD research and engineering directorate. The Army Research Office (ARO), the Office of Naval Research (ONR), and the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) solicited proposals using a defense-wide broad agency announcement. The solicitation was published on the Internet and available at Grants.gov. The fiscal 2009 program solicitation received 131 proposals.
Academic researchers in Alaska, Arkansas, Delaware, Idaho, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Dakota, South Carolina, Tennessee, US Virgin Islands, Vermont, West Virginia, and Wyoming were eligible to receive awards under this competition.
The average award is approximately $504,372. All awards are subject to the successful completion of negotiations between the DoD and the academic institutions.