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Release No: 097-95
March 01, 1995

DOD AWARDS $49.5 MILLION FOR SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING EDUCATION

The Department of Defense announced today plans to award $49.5 million at 132 academic institutions to support graduate student training in science and engineering fields important to national defense. Subject to the successful completion of negotiations between DoD and the academic institutions, the 407 awards will provide three years of support to 466 U.S. citizens pursuing advanced degrees. Awards are expected to average $122,000 for the three years of support.

The awards are being made under the Augmentation Awards for Science and Engineering Research Training (AASERT) program. AASERT awards are made to professors who perform research under DoD contracts or grants, and who compete for additional AASERT funding. AASERT awards enable each professor to award graduate research traineeships to one or two U.S. citizens. Each traineeship supports tuition, living expenses, and research expenses (materials, shop services, computer time, etc.) connected with the graduate student's thesis research.

In addition to supporting graduate students, the AASERT awards will involve more than 100 undergraduate students in DoD- sponsored university research. That involvement is designed to stimulate interest in advanced science or engineering studies.

Today's announcement is the result of a merit competition for AASERT funding. The Army Research Office, the Office of Naval Research, the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, the Advanced Research Projects Agency, and the Ballistic Missile Defense Organization solicited AASERT proposals from university researchers currently performing DoD research, and invited researchers without current DoD support to submit proposals for both DoD research funding and AASERT augmentation.

Media may obtain the list of winning proposers from the Directorate of Defense Information, room 2E765, Pentagon, (703) 695-0192. Other requesters should contact (703) 697-5737.