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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 134-02
March 20, 2002

DOD AWARDS $45 MILLION TO UNIVERSITIES FOR RESEARCH EQUIPMENT

The Department of Defense (DoD) plans to award $45 million to academic institutions to support the purchase of research instrumentation. The 209 awards to 102 academic institutions are expected to range from about $50,000 to $1 million and average $213,000. All awards are subject to the successful completion of negotiations between DoD research offices and the academic institutions.

The awards are made under the Defense University Research Instrumentation Program (DURIP). The DURIP supports the purchase of state-of-the-art equipment that augments current capabilities 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 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 the Advanced Technology Development Directorate of the Missile Defense Agency. 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 733 proposals requesting $192 million in support for research equipment.

The complete list of winning proposals is on the Web at http://www.defenselink.mil/news/Mar2002/d20020320dur.pdf.

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