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Release No: 657-97
December 05, 1997

DoD AWARDS $42.2 MILLION TO UNIVERSITIES FOR RESEARCH EQUIPMENT

Acting Director of Defense Research and Engineering George Singley today announced plans to award $42.2 million to academic institutions to support the purchase of research instrumentation. The 233 awards to 97 academic institutions are expected to range from $50,000 to $875,000 and average $181,000. All awards are subject to the successful completion of negotiations between Department of Defense research offices and the academic institutions.

The awards are being made under the Defense University Research Instrumentation Program (DURIP). The DURIP supports the purchase of state-of-the-art equipment that augments current university capabilities or develops new university capabilities to perform cutting-edge defense research. The DURIP meets a critical need, by enabling DoD-supported university researchers to purchase scientific equipment that costs $50,000 or more. The researchers normally have difficulty purchasing instruments that cost that much, under their research contracts and grants.

Today's announcement is the result of a merit competition for DURIP funding conducted by four research offices: the Army Research Office, Office of Naval Research, Air Force Office of Scientific Research, and Science and Technology Directorate of the Ballistic Missile Defense Organization. The offices solicited proposals from university researchers working in selected areas of importance to the DoD, such as high-performance computing, propulsion, electronics , advanced materials, virtual-reality, and ocean science and engineering. In response to the solicitation, the research offices received more than 700 proposals requesting more than $150 million in support for research equipment.

The list of winning proposers is attached.