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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 074-00
February 16, 2000

DEFENSE AWARDS GIVEN FOR COMPETITIVE RESEARCH

Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Science and Technology Delores M. Etter announced today plans for the Department of Defense (DoD) to award $24 million to 35 academic institutions in 18 States, including Puerto Rico, to perform research in science and engineering fields important to national defense. Eighty-one projects were competitively selected under the fiscal 2000 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 $296,000.

University professors in Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Idaho, Kansas, Kentucky, 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 receive awards 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, 20 proposals consisting of 256 projects were submitted requesting more than $82 million.