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Release No: 409-96
July 02, 1996

DOD AWARDS $9 MILLION FOR THE MULTIDISCIPLINARY UNIVERSITY RESEARCH INITIATIVE PROGRAM

Director of Defense Research and Engineering of the Department of Defense Anita K. Jones today announced plans to award $3 million in Fiscal Year 1996 and up to $9 million per year over three years to 10 academic institutions to conduct multidisciplinary research in seven topic areas of basic science and engineering. These grants may be extended an additional two years as progress warrants. The awards are to be made under the second phase of the Fiscal Year 1996 DoD Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative Program (MURI), a program designed to address large multidisciplinary topic areas which represent exceptional opportunities for future DoD applications, as well as forecast DoD needs.

Subject to the successful completion of negotiations between DoD and the academic institutions, the 10 awards will provide long-term support for research, graduate students, and purchase of equipment that support specific science and engineering research themes important to national defense.

The average funding per award will be $3 million, spent over a three-year period (funded incrementally or as options), with two additional years possible as options to bring the total award to five years. Funding beyond the first three years is subject to the availability of appropriations. The yearly expenditures will be approximately $1 million per year.

Today's announcement is the result of a seven-month competition under the DoD MURI program. The competition for the awards drew 133 white papers, from which 48 full proposals were encouraged. Forty-three full proposals were submitted for the final competition phase, and 10 of those were found to be suitable for funding.

Attached is a list of the awards.