The Department of Defense (DoD) plans to award $45 million to academic institutions to support the purchase of research instrumentation. The 242 awards to 99 academic institutions are expected to range from about $50,000 to $1,000,000 and average $186,000. All awards are subject to the successful completion of negotiations between DoD research offices and the academic institutions.
The awards, announced by Delores Etter, deputy under secretary of Defense for Science and Technology, 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 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 costing $50,000 or more. The researchers generally have difficulty purchasing instruments costing that much under their research contracts and grants.
This 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 Research and Engineering Directorate of the Ballistic Missile Defense Organization.
The offices solicited proposals from university investigators working in areas of importance to the DoD, such as information technology, remote sensing, propulsion, electronics and electro-optics, advanced materials, and ocean science and engineering. In response to the solicitation, the research offices received 533 proposals requesting $115 million in support for research equipment.
The complete list of winning proposers may be found online at http://www.defenselink.mil/releases/2001/b01192001_durip.xls.
More information on the DoD science and technology partnership with universities may be found on line at http://www.defenselink.mil/ddre/scitech/index.html. [Link no longer available.]