Nina Welding | August 7, 2017
Research, the fundamental work that lays the foundation for game-changing innovations, takes time and dedication. It also requires cutting-edge equipment to enable those breakthrough discoveries and that requires funding. Every year faculty across the country submit proposals as part of the Department of Defense (DoD) Defense University Research Instrumentation Program (DURIP) program. These “asks” outline the rationale for the request while describing the nature of the research and the state-of-the-art equipment required to conduct it.
Highly competitive, the annual DURIP awards process is a merit competition conducted jointly by the Army Research Office (ARO), Office of Naval Research (ONR), and Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR). This year the DoD received more than 685 proposals requesting $283 million in funding for research in materials, structures, and manufacturing science; quantum and nanosciences; computing and networks; electronics, electromagnetics, and electro optics; acoustics; neuroscience; fluid dynamics; robotics and artificial intelligence; and environmental, ocean, and life sciences and engineering. Approximately 160 of the proposals, representing 84 institutions, have been or will be funded for a total of $47 million, with individual award amounts ranging from $53,000 to $1.4 million.