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Release No: 701-94
December 15, 1994


The Department of Defense today announced plans to make awards funding 16 projects involving university-industry teams in the Focused Research Initiative (FRI). Subject to availability of funds and continued progress in research, the awards will support from three to five years of research effort. DoD plans to provide $20 million in FY1995 for the first year, and up to $100 million over the five year life of the program.

The FRI is a new DoD program which supports teams from academia and industry in collaborative research. The goal of this new program is to foster collaboration among universities, industry and DoD that will result in the more rapid transition of technology from the research laboratory to the user. Each team consists of researchers from academia and industry, who will work together toward this common goal.

Proposals were solicited under AFOSR BAA 94-6 in the areas of virtual environments for training, cryoelectronics, wireless distributed multimedia communications for the digital battlefield, photonics for data fusion networks and low-emissions high-performance gas turbine engines. Each of these targeted technologies addresses a military requirement but may also enhance our competitive position in civilian markets.

The five following DoD research organizations are participating in the FRI: Advanced Research Projects Agency (ARPA), Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR), Army Research Office (ARO), Office of Naval Research (ONR) and the Ballistic Missile Defense Organization (BMDO). These organizations collectively selected the winners and will oversee the progress of research. The awards, to be made through the three service research offices and ARPA, are subject to successful completion of negotiations between the winners and the research organizations.

A copy of the winning proposers is attached.

Advanced Research Projects Administration

"Cryoelectronic Technology for Pre-Polarized MRI."

Conductus / Richard Withers

Stanford University

"Ultra-Short Channel CMOS Devices, Models, and Circuit- Design Tools for High Performance Cryogenic VLSI Applications."

Massachusetts Institute of Technology/David J. Harrigan


"Cryo-CMOS Processor Technology."

Sun Microsystems / Jim Burr & Jason Woo

Hughes Electro-Optical Systems

Texas Instruments

University of California at Los Angeles

"HTS and Optoelectronics for RF Communications."

Superconductor Technolgies / Robert B. Hammond

Cornell University

Air Force Office of Scientific Research

"Low Emissions, High Performance Gas Turbines."

GE Aircraft Engines / Hukam Mongla

Georgia Institute of Technology

Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Pensylvania State University

University of California, Berkeley

Univerisity of California, Irvine

University of Illinois, Urbana Champagne

"Ultra-Low Nox / High Temperature Rise Combustion."

Pratt & Whitney / Geoffrey J. Sturgess

Georgia Institute of Technology

Pennsylvania State University

University of California, Davis

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