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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 659-06
July 12, 2006

DoD Awards Grants to Minority Institutions

The Department of Defense announced today plans to award 32 grants totaling $9.5 million to 31 minority institutions.  These grants represent the final phase of the fiscal 2006 DoD Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Minority Institutions Infrastructure Support Program.  The grants will enhance programs and capabilities at these institutions in scientific disciplines critical to national security and the DoD.

This announcement is the result of merit competition for infrastructure support funding conducted for the Office of Defense Research and Engineering by the Army Research Office and the Air Force Office of Scientific Research.  The fiscal 2006 program solicitation received 155 proposals in response to a broad agency announcement issued in November 2005.

The Army Research Office plans to award 11 equipment grants (ranging from $95,000 to $200,000) and 21 research grants (ranging from $211,000 to $500,000) with performance periods of 12- and 36- months respectively.

Awards will be made only after written agreements are reached between the department and the institutions.

The list of recipients is available on line at: http://www.defenselink.mil/news/Jul2006/d20060712hbcu.pdf  .