The US Department of Defense (DoD) has awarded research grants to 160 university researchers at 84 institutions.
The awards, worth $47m, have been granted as part of the Defense University Research Instrumentation Program (DURIP).
DURIP research principal director Dale Ormond said: “DURIP instrumentation awards provide the unique means through which DoD supports universities in the acquisition of essential laboratory instrumentation, usually out of reach for most research grants.”
DURIP funding will be spent on new equipment that will support defence research and associated graduate student research training.
The awardees were selected through a merit competition jointly conducted by the Army Research Office, Office of Naval Research, and Air Force Office of Scientific Research.
The competition solicited proposals from university investigators conducting science and engineering research of importance to national defence, DoD stated.
The research will focus on advances in materials, structures, and manufacturing science, quantum and nanosciences, computing and networks, electronics, electromagnetics, and electro-optics.
Researchers will also work on acoustics, neuroscience, fluid dynamics, robotics and artificial intelligence, environmental and life sciences, and engineering.
Ormond added: “DURIP is a true enabler of discovery for DoD-supported science and technology research.”
The service research offices received 685 proposals in total, requesting $283m in funding.
The researchers will receive funding ranging from $53,000 to $1.4m, with an average of approximately $300,000 per award.
Image: The US DoD awards research grants as part of the Defense University Research Instrumentation Program (DURIP). Photo: courtesy of US DoD.