(FY20) Defense Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (DEPSCoR)

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(FY20) Defense Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (DEPSCoR): The Department of Defense (DoD) announces the fiscal year 2020 (FY20) Defense Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (DEPSCoR). The program is sponsored and managed by the Basic Research Office, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering (OUSD [R&E]), awarded by the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR), and administered through the Office of Naval Research (ONR). The DoD plans to award FY20 DEPSCoR appropriations through this announcement.The aim of DEPSCoR is to improve the research capabilities at institutions of higher education (IHE) in eligible States/Territories to perform competitive basic research in science and engineering that is relevant to the DoD mission and reflect national security priorities. The Basic Research Office anticipates approximately $7.2 million in total funding will be made available for this program to fund approximately twelve (12) awards up to $600,000 (total cost) each. Each award will be funded up to $200,000 (total cost) per year for three (3) years in the form of a grant. The FY20 DEPSCoR competition seeks proposals addressing the following topic areas as detailed in the full announcement in the Related Documents folder:Cognitive and Computational NeurosciencesSpace ScienceAgile Science of Test and EvaluationMaterials with Extreme PropertiesPropulsion and EnergeticsComputational Architectures and VisualizationOptoelectronicsProbability and StatisticsMolecular Structure and DynamicsSocial and Behavioral ScienceBiotronicsAerospace Structures and MaterialsOcean AcousticsMachine Learning, Reasoning, and IntelligencePower Electronics & Electromagnetism, Adaptive & Machinery Controls and Advanced Machinery Systems
Federal Grant Title: (FY20) Defense Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (DEPSCoR)
Federal Agency Name: Air Force Office of Scientific Research (DOD-AFOSR)
Grant Categories: Science and Technology and other Research and Development
Type of Opportunity: Discretionary
Funding Opportunity Number: FOA-AFRL-AFOSR-2020-0004
Type of Funding: Grant
CFDA Numbers: 12.431
CFDA Descriptions: Information not provided
Current Application Deadline: February 15th, 2021
Original Application Deadline: February 15th, 2021
Posted Date: May 5th, 2020
Creation Date: May 5th, 2020
Archive Date: March 17th, 2021
Total Program Funding: $7,200,000
Maximum Federal Grant Award: $600,000
Minimum Federal Grant Award: $200,000
Expected Number of Awards: 12
Cost Sharing or Matching: No
Last Updated: July 30th, 2020
Applicants Eligible for this Grant
Others (see text field entitled "Additional Information on Eligibility" for clarification.)
Additional Information on Eligibility
This funding opportunity aims to create basic research collaborations between a pair of researchers, namely 1) Applicant/Principal Investigator (PI), henceforth referred to as Applicant, a full-time faculty member who has never served as a PI on a prior DoD-funded award and 2) Collaborator/co-Principal Investigator (co-PI), henceforth referred to as Collaborator, an investigator who will provide mentorship to the Applicant and has served as a PI on a DoD-funded research award actively between 1 October 2013 and 30 September 2020. This structure is aimed at introducing potential applicants to the DoD’s unique research challenges and its supportive research ecosystem. The website https://discover.dtic.mil/products-services/ is a non-comprehensive repository of government-funded scientific, technical, and engineering information for the DoD. Researchers new to DoD and Applicants are encouraged to visit the site as a starting point for identifying past and present DoD-funded researchers. While each member of the collaboration should be in a tenure-track appointment or tenured at IHE in DEPSCoR-eligible States/Territories, you do not need to be in the same state. Likewise, the Applicant and Collaborator can have appointments at the same IHE. Though this is a collaboration between the Applicant and Collaborator, the Applicant’s IHE will submit the proposal. The Applicant and Collaborator are eligible to apply to this announcement if both IHE are located in an eligible State/Territory. States/Territories are deemed eligible to submit proposals for DEPSCoR research grants based on meeting both of the following criteria: 1. Falls into a specific range of DoD R&D S&E funding to IHE in that State/Territory as defined in legislation -- AND -- 2. Contains an advanced degree granting program in science, mathematics, and/or engineering. IHE in the following 37 States/Territories are eligible to receive awards under this announcement: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, U.S. Virgin Islands, Vermont, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.
Link to Full Grant Announcement
OUSD Basic Research Directorate FY20 DEPSCoR Pilot
Grant Announcement Contact
Elaina L Barker
Grants Officer
If you have difficulty accessing the full announcement electronically, contact the Grants Officer.
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