DoD Grants $17.4 Million To Minority Academic Institutions

U.S. Department of Defense, March 31, 2009

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IMMEDIATE RELEASE No. 204-09

March 31, 2009

The Department of Defense announced today the awarding of 37 grants totaling $17.4 million as part of the fiscal 2008 Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Minority Institutions (HBCU/MI) program. The grants will enhance education programs and research capabilities at the 30 recipient institutions in scientific disciplines critical to national security and the DoD.

This announcement is the result of a merit competition for HBCU/MI funding conducted for the DoD Research and Engineering directorate, the Army Research Office (ARO), and the Air Force Office of Scientific Research. This is the second HBCU/MI grant award for fiscal 2008. In June 2008, the DoD announced $14.1 million in phase one grants (http://www.defenselink.mil/releases/release.aspx?releaseid=11976).

Research grants ranging from $245,000 to $574,000 will have a performance period of 36 months. Grants will be made by the ARO and all awards are contingent on the successful completion of negotiations between the DoD and the academic institutions.

The list of recipients for the second fiscal 2008 funding is available a[t] http://www.defenselink.mil/news/d20090331HBCU2.pdf .

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