DoD Awards $59 Million in University Research Equipment Awards

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The Department of Defense announced awards to 147 university researchers totaling $59 million under the Defense University Research Instrumentation Program (DURIP). These awards will finance the purchase of research equipment at 77 institutions across 30 states in Fiscal Year (FY) 2023, enabling universities to perform state-of-the-art research that augments current and develops new capabilities.

“DURIP awards provide essential research infrastructure to enable the pursuit of new knowledge. They help maintain the cutting-edge capabilities of our institutes of higher education,” said Dr. Bindu Nair, Director, Basic Research Office, Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Research and Engineering. “These awards will sustain the scientific excellence of our universities, train the next generation STEM workforce, and facilitate scientific advances that will build a resilient defense ecosystem.”

The DoD has long championed the country’s scientific ecosystem. Through DURIP, the DoD supports purchases of major research equipment needed to perform cutting-edge research. These types of investments will build enduring advantages that bolster U.S. strength and resilience. This year’s awards will support the purchase of equipment to accelerate basic research that is relevant across the Department, to include the design, development, and characterization of novel materials, quantum computing and quantum spectroscopy, microelectronics, geophysics, and human performance.

The annual DURIP award process is highly competitive. The program is administered jointly by the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, the Army Research Office, and the Office of Naval Research through a merit competition. The Department seeks specific proposals from university investigators conducting foundational science and engineering research relevant to national defense.

For the FY 2023 competition, the Service research offices received 522 proposals requesting $171 million in total funding. Selections made by the Service research offices are subject to successful completion of negotiations with the academic institutions.

The list of selected proposals is available here.

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The Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering (USD(R&E) is the Chief Technology Officer of the Department of Defense. The USD(R&E) champions research, science, technology, engineering, and innovation to maintain the United States military’s technological advantage. Learn more at www.cto.mil, follow us on Twitter @DoDCTO, or visit us on LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/company/ousdre.

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