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Department of Defense Announces Research Equipment Awards

The Department of Defense announced today that 149 university researchers at 84 academic institutions were selected to receive research instrumentation awards. The awards will total $39.9 million and will be made under the Defense University Research Instrumentation Program.

The Defense University Research Instrumentation Program supports the purchase of state-of-the-art equipment that augments current university capabilities or develops new capabilities to perform cutting-edge defense research and associated graduate student research training

These awards are the result of a merit competition jointly conducted by three DOD research offices— the Army Research Office, Office of Naval Research, and Air Force Office of Scientific Research. These offices will make the awards, which are subject to the successful completion of negotiations with the respective academic institutions.

The Defense University Research Instrumentation Program is highly competitive. The Army Research Office, Office of Naval Research, and Air Force Office of Scientific Research solicited proposals from university investigators conducting science and engineering research of importance to DOD. This includes research underpinning advances in materials and quantum science; computing and networks; electronics and electro optics; neuroscience; fluid dynamics; robotics and autonomous systems; and ocean, environmental, and biological science and engineering. In response to the requests, the three military service research offices collectively received 735 proposals requesting $278 million to purchase research instruments.

The Defense University Research Instrumentation Program awards will range from $40,000 to $1.1 million, and average approximately $268,000 per award.

The list of winning proposers may be obtained at Awardees.

Updated 5/27/14
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