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Release No: 117-96
March 05, 1996

DoD AWARDS $30 MILLION FOR SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING EDUCATION

Director of Research and Engineering Anita Jones today announced plans to make 238 awards at 96 academic institutions to support graduate student training in science and engineering fields important to national defense. Subject to the successful completion of negotiations between the Department of Defense and the academic institutions, the awards will provide three years of support to 263 students pursuing advanced degrees. Awards are expected to average $126,000 for the three years of support.

The awards are being made under the Augmentation Awards for Science and Engineering Research Training 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 65 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 conducted by the Army Research Office, Office of Naval Research, Air Force Office of Scientific Research, Advanced Research Projects Agency, and the Science and Technology Directorate of the Ballistic Missile Defense Organization. Those DoD research offices 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. The research offices received nearly 1,300 proposals requesting more than $200 million in support for research training.

Winning proposers are attached.

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