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Department of Defense awarding $40 million to Universities for Equipment to Support Research

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The Department of Defense (DoD) announces the Fiscal Year 2012 Defense University Research Instrumentation Program (DURIP), a part of the University Research Initiative (URI). DURIP is designed to improve the capabilities of U.S. institutions of higher education to conduct research and to educate scientists and engineers in areas important to national defense, by providing funds for the acquisition of research equipment.

Through this DURIP competition, the DoD intends to award approximately $40 million for FY 2012, subject to the availability of funds. These funds will be awarded via grants made by ARO, ONR, and AFOSR. Grants will be for the purchase of research equipment costing $50,000 or more, which typically cannot be purchased within the budgets of single-investigator awards. With few exceptions an individual award may not exceed $1,000,000 in DoD funding. In FY 2011, 165 awards totaling $37.8 million were made. They ranged from approximately $50,000 to $990,000, averaging $230,000.

Sufficient funds are not available to meet all of the instrumentation needs of universities. Awards, therefore, will be made to universities conducting, or being demonstrably capable of conducting research (with the proposed new equipment)

This announcement seeks proposals to purchase instrumentation in support of research in areas of interest to the DoD, including areas of research supported by the administering agencies. The research areas of interest for the administering agencies are available on-line at the following addresses:

Army Research Office:
http://www.aro.army.mil/ (select “Business” ” and then “Broad Agency Announcements”)
See BAA W911NF-07-R-0003-03 U.S. Army Research Office BAA FY 2007 – 2011.

Office of Naval Research:
http://www.onr.navy.mil/ (select “Technology Locator” and click on “Contacts by Topic at The Office of Naval Research”.

Air Force Office of Scientific Research:
http://www.wpafb.af.mil/AFRL/afosr/ (select “Funding Opportunities” at the top then BAA-AFOSR-2011-07).

For the Full Funding Announcment, visit http://www.onr.navy.mil/~/media/Files/Funding-Announcements/BAA/2011/BAA...

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