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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 285-00
May 25, 2000

DOD AWARDS GRANTS TO HISTORICALLY BLACK AND OTHER MINORITY COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES

Deputy Director of Defense Research and Engineering Delores Etter announced today the award of grants totaling $5.388 million to 31 historically black and other minority colleges and universities. These grants represent the final phase of the fiscal 2000 Department of Defense (DoD) Infrastructure Support Program. The grants will enhance programs and capabilities at these institutions in scientific disciplines critical to the national security of the DoD. Since 1992 the program has provided more than $111 million to minority institutions for program enhancements in science, engineering, and mathematics. The program goals include increased participation of minority institutions in defense research and an increase in the number of minority graduates in the fields of science, engineering, and mathematics.

The grants were competitively selected from over 130 proposals submitted to the Army Research Office (ARO) and the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) in response to a Broad Agency Announcement issued in September 1999. The ARO and AFOSR will award equipment grants ranging from $35,000 to $200,000 for one year. Research grants ranging from $270,000 to $572,000 will be awarded by AFOSR.

These 31 awards include 26 instrumentation grants and five research grants. Among the awardees are 13 historically black, 13 Hispanic, and five other minority colleges and universities. These include 17 awards by the AFOSR and 14 by ARO.

Awards will be made only after written agreements are reached between the Department and the institutions.

Details of the awards can be found at http://www.defenselink.mil/news/fact_sheets/hbcuFY00awardslist1.html