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Release No: 129-96
March 11, 1996

DOD AWARDS $20 MILLION FOR SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING RESEARCH

The Department of Defense today announced plans to award $20 million at 35 academic institutions in 19 states to perform research in science and engineering fields important to national defense. Sixty-four scientists were competitively selected under the FY95 Defense Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (DEPSCoR). DEPSCoR is designed to expand research opportunities in states which have traditionally received the least funding per capita in federal support for university research. The average award will be $312,500.

University professors in Alabama, Arkansas, Idaho, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Vermont, West Virginia, Wyoming and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico were eligible to submit proposals under this competition.

Today's announcement is the result of the fourth competition under DEPSCoR. The Advanced Research Projects Agency, the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, the Army Research Office, the Ballistic Missile Defense Organization, and the office of Naval Research solicited proposals utilizing a Defense-wide Broad Agency Announcement. The DEPSCoR announcement was sent to the individual state committees, who, in turn, selected the projects for their state's proposal. In response, 247 projects were submitted requesting nearly $80 million. States average three awards, with an average award total of $1,053,000 per state. Each award also required a non-Federal match of 50 cents for each DoD dollar.

In addition to the projects selected for funding with the FY95 DEPSCoR funds, DoD has tentatively selected proposals from this competition that will be funded with any available FY96 DEPSCoR appropriations. The selected FY96 projects will be announced at a later date pending release of the funds.

The list of proposals accepted for FY95 funding is attached.