RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. -- The U.S. Army awarded 47 grants totaling more than $10.2 million for scientists to purchase state-of-the-art equipment for perform cutting-edge defense research in 2020.
The awardees are working on basic science research across disciplines on topics including, ultra-high-speed quantum communication, high performance machine learning and live imaging of dynamic protein behavior in cells and robotics.
Army officials said these grants, awarded under the Defense University Research Instrumentation Program, will benefit 38 institutions across 21 states.
"The DURIP awards meet a critical need for researchers," said Dr. Barton H. Halpern, director of the Army Research Office, an element of the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command's Army Research Laboratory. "They provide scientists with the tools they need to drive scientific discoveries that will provide the Army with game-changing future technology programs."
DURIP is a tri-service Department of Defense Program that enables university researchers to purchase equipment costing between $50,000 and $1.5 million. The equipment must augment current university capabilities or develop new capabilities for performing pioneering defense research.
The annual DURIP award process is highly competitive. The program is administered through a merit competition jointly conducted by the Army Research Office, Office of Naval Research, and Air Force Office of Scientific Research. Officials seek specific proposals from university investigators conducting foundational science and engineering research of importance to national defense.
In the fiscal 2020 competition, the three military service research offices received 724 proposals requesting nearly $295 million in funding. Selections made by the service research offices are subject to successful completion of negotiations with the academic institutions.
The list of winning proposals is available for download, see Related Links below.
The CCDC Army Research Laboratory is an element of the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command. As the Army's corporate research laboratory, ARL discovers, innovates and transitions science and technology to ensure dominant strategic land power. Through collaboration across the command's core technical competencies, CCDC leads in the discovery, development and delivery of the technology-based capabilities required to make Soldiers more effective to win our Nation's wars and come home safely. CCDC is a major subordinate command of the U.S. Army Futures Command.