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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 068-98
February 13, 1998

DOD AWARDS $18 MILLION FOR SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING RESEARCH

The Department of Defense (DoD) today announced plans to award $18 million at 34 academic institutions in 19 States including Puerto Rico to perform research in science and engineering fields important to national defense. Seventy-two projects were competitively selected under the FY 1998 Defense Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (DEPSCoR). The DEPSCoR is designed to expand research opportunities in states that have traditionally received the least funding in federal support for university research. The average award will be approximately $250,000.

University professors in Alabama, Arkansas, Idaho, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Vermont, West Virginia, Wyoming, and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico were eligible to submit proposals under this competition.

The Air Force Office of Scientific Research, the Army Research Office, the Office of Naval Research, and the Ballistic Missile Defense Organization (Science and Technology Directorate) solicited proposals utilizing a Defense-wide Broad Agency Announcement (BAA). The DEPSCoR BAA was published on the Internet and accessed by the Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research State Committees, which solicited and selected projects for their state's proposal. In response, 19 proposals consisting of 260 projects were submitted requesting more than $84 million.

The list of projects selected for FY 1998 funding is attached.