The Department of Defense today announced plans to award
$18.63 million of Fiscal Year 1996 funding to 34 academic
institutions in 19 states to perform research in science and
engineering fields important to national defense. This
announcement is the second of competitively selected awards for
proposals submitted in response to the FY 1995 Defense
Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research. DEPSCoR
is designed to expand research opportunities in states which have
traditionally received the least funding per capita in federal
support for university research. Fifty-eight scientists were
selected, with an average award $321,200.
University scientists 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.
The Air Force Office of Scientific Research, the Army
Research Office, the Ballistic Missile Defense Organization, the
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, and the Office of
Naval Research solicited proposals utilizing a Defense-wide Broad
Agency Announcement. The DEPSCoR BAA was sent to the EPSCoR state
committees, who selected projects for their state's proposal.
In response, 247 projects were submitted requesting nearly $80
million. States averaged three awards, with an average award
total of $980,500 per state under the FY 1996 awards. Each award
also required a non-federal match of 50 cents for each DoD
This announcement completes awards under the FY 1995
competition. The first awards for $20 million of FY 1995 funding
were announced in DoD News Release # 129-96 dated March 11, 1996.
The list of proposals selected for
FY 1996 funding is attached.