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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 131-11
February 17, 2011

DOD Awards Grants to Minority Institutions

            The Department of Defense (DoD) announced today plans to award 52 grants totaling $45.7 million to minority institutions as part of the fiscal 2010 DoD Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Minority Institutions Program.

            The grants will enhance education programs and research capabilities at the recipient institutions in scientific disciplines critical to national security and the DoD.

            This announcement is the result of merit competition conducted for the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering by the Army Research Office, the Office of Naval Research, and the Air Force Office of Scientific Research.  The fiscal 2010 program solicitation received 184 eligible proposals in response to a broad agency announcement issued in May 2010.

            Among the awards are three research centers, three education centers, and 46 grants for single-investigator basic research.  Awards for centers range from $3.7 million to $3.9 million for a four to five year period.  The basic research awards range from $275,000 to $575,000 for a 36-month performance period.  Grants will be made by the Army Research Office.

            All awards are subject to the successful completion of negotiations between DoD and the academic institutions.

            The list of recipients for fiscal 2010 can be found at:  http://www.defense.gov/news/d20110217grants.pdf.

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