The Department of Defense (DoD) is awarding $50 million under the Defense University Research Instrumentation Program (DURIP) to 150 university researchers that will enable universities to perform research that boosts the United States’ technological edge.

The grants will be provided to 85 institutions across 33 states in fiscal year 2021 to buy supporting “equipment and instrumentation to accelerate basic research, which is relevant across the department to include quantum sciences, materials design, development, and characterization, machine learning, hypersonics, and more.”

“DURIP awards help maintain the cutting-edge capabilities of our universities and provide research infrastructure to enable the most creative scientific minds in the country to extend the boundaries of science and technology,” Director for the Basic Research Office within the Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Research and Engineering Dr. Bindu Nair said in a press release. “The awards will facilitate scientific advances that will drive unparalleled military capabilities for our country and help train our future STEM workforce.”

The DURIP award program is administered through a joint competition by the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, Army Research Office, and the Office of Naval Research. The award program received 742 proposals requesting $297 million in funding, for the fiscal year 2021 competition. These proposals come from investigators in academia conducting science and engineering research that is relevant to national defense.

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