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Basic Scientific Research
RESEARCH OFFICE, ARMY MATERIAL COMMAND
Laws 79-588, 87-651, 97-86, 10 U.S.C. 5150- 5153; 10 U.S.C. 2358,
as amended; 10 U.S.C. 2361; 10 U.S.C. 6304.
support basic research that is related to or has potential for leading
to the improvement of Army programs or operations.
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AND USE RESTRICTIONS:
Research in the mathematical, physical, engineering, biological
and geosciences providing knowledge necessary for the Army to make
informed decisions about further exploratory development to provide
the technology base from which Army capabilities are drawn. Partial
support of symposia in the listed disciplines. Programs to encourage
careers in science and engineering by support to outstanding graduate,
undergraduate and high school students pursuing studies in areas
of Army concern. Programs to increase science and engineering graduates
from under-represented minority groups. Programs providing means
for universities to buy major, high-cost research equipment.
Eligibility: Educational institutions and nonprofit
scientific research organizations.
AND AWARD PROCESS:
Eligibility: Educational institutions and
nonprofit scientific research organizations.
The following documentation is required to be submitted with offerors
proposals: Cover page and information requested thereon (ARO Form
51); Statement of Disclosure Preference (AR Form 52 or 52A); Abstract;
Technical Proposal; and Cost Proposal including SF 1411. The technical
portion of the proposal should contain the following: A complete
discussion stating the background and objectives of the proposed
work; information that will identify the magnitude of the research
program currently underway by the proposed principal investigator(s)
such as (i) description of the work, (ii) the annual dollar volume
of the effort, (iii) the names Federal, State, local agencies
or other parties presently funding the work or requested to fund
such work, and (iv) a complete breakdown of the time of the principal
investigator and/or co-principal investigator; brief biographical
information and list of recent publications of the offeror's key
personnel who will be involved in the research; type of support
requested, for example, facilities, equipment, materials; names
of other Federal, State, local agencies or other parties receiving
the proposal and/or funding the proposed effort; statement regarding
possible impact if any of the proposed effort on the environment;
brief description of organization; and identity of facilities
to be used for the work if appropriate for an understanding of
the proposal. The cost proposal must be a complete and thoroughly
documented estimate of the proposed costs of the research project.
Coordination: This program is excluded from
coverage under E.O. 12372.
Procedure: This program is subject to OMB
Circular No. A-110. All eligible organizations may submit proposals
in response to ARO's general and specific broad agency announcements
(BAAs) published annually or as the need arises in the Federal
Business Opportunities (www.fedbizopps.gov). Information regarding
areas of scientific interest and points of contact are contained
in the BAAs. Application and award procedures are also contained
in the BAA brochures. Pre-proposal contacts are encouraged prior
to submission of a formal application.
Procedure: Upon receipt of a proposal, the
ARO scientific staff will perform an initial review of its scientific
merit and potential contribution to the Army mission and also
determine if funds are expected to be available for the effort.
Proposals not considered to have sufficient scientific merit or
relevance to the Army's needs or those in areas for which funds
are not expected to be available may be declined without further
review. Proposals not declined as a result of the initial review
may be subject to an extensive peer review by highly qualified
scientists from within the government and leading scientists and
other preeminent experts outside the government. Each proposal
will be evaluated based on how the proposal relates to the overall
ARO program rather than against other proposals for research in
the same general area normally using the following factors: (1)
overall scientific and/or technical merits; (2) military and program
relevance; (3) capabilities, related experience, facilities, techniques
or unique combinations of these; (4) qualifications, capabilities
and experience of the proposed principal investigator, team leader
or other key personnel; (5) record of past performance; and (6)
reasonableness and realism of proposed costs. If selected for
award, the proposal is incorporated into a grant document and
the awardee agrees to perform the research described therein.
Proposals may be submitted at any time during the indicated submission
time contained in the BAA.
of Approval/Disapproval Time: Formal proposals
are normally reviewed and notification made within six months
from submission. Grant awards are usually made within three months
Once a grant is awarded, any follow-on research proposal is treated
as a new request. Follow-on work should allow for the review time
noted in the "award procedure" above.
and Matching Requirements: This program has
no statutory formula.
and Time Phasing of Assistance: The length
of time for which support is requested should be consistent with
the nature and complexity of the proposed research. It is preferred
that proposals submitted cover a three year period with each year
proposed as a severable unit. The maximum period acceptable for
a research proposal is five years. Funds are normally provided
in individual grants according to a quarterly schedule of payments.
Quarterly financial reports (SF 272) and a final transactions report
(SF 269) are required. Additionally, grants require interim technical,
progress and final reports as outlined in ARO Form 18, U.S. Army
Research Office Reporting Instructions; a copy of which is provided
to each awardee. In addition, awardees are required to provide ARO
copies of manuscripts and reprints.
In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A- 133 (Revised,
June 24, 1997), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit
Organizations," non federal entities that expend financial assistance
of $300,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a
program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities
that expend less than $300,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt
from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted
in Circular No. A-133.
Recipients are required to maintain records adequate to document
costs incurred. Financial records, supporting documents, statistical
records and all other records pertinent to an agreement will be
retained for a period of 3 years. The retention period starts
from the date of the submission of the final expenditure report
or, for grants that are renewed annually, from the date of the
submission of the annual financial status report. The recipient
will allow access to any pertinent books, documents, papers, and
records of the recipient organization and their subrecipients
to make audits, examinations, excerpts and transcripts.
(Grants) FY 01 $144,759,000; FY 02 est $150,000,000; and FY 03
and Average of Financial Assistance:
Range: $1,374,000.00-$1,500,000.00/ARRA and Average Award: $1,457,744.00/ARRA.
In fiscal year 2001, a total of 1,111 proposals were received, of
these 531 were funded. It is anticipated that approximately 1,200
proposals will be received, and 500 awards will be granted in fiscal
GUIDELINES, AND LITERATURE:
U.S. Army Research Office Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) is available
without cost from the sponsoring agency. OMB Circular Nos. A-110,
A- 133, A-88, and A-21; DoD Instruction 3218.2; DoD Directive 3210.2;
DoD Directive 3210.6; are applicable to the project grants.
or Local Office: Not applicable.
Ernest Dixon, Army Research Office, 4300 South Miami Blvd. , Durham, North Carolina 27703 Email: email@example.com Phone: (919) 549-4270 Fax: (919) 549-4388.
Web Site Address:
OF FUNDED PROJECTS:
1. Research entitled Focused Ion Beam Fabrication of Microelectronic
Structures at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology; 2. research
entitled Manufacturing Science Reliability and Maintainability Technology
at the University of Delaware; 3. National Defense Science and Engineering
Graduate Fellowship in Materials Science with Dr. Patrick T. Mather
at the University of California; 4. Center of Excellence in Rotary
Wing Technology at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; and 5. Research
performed by a historically black college/university entitled Computational
Methods for the Simulation of Non- Newtonian Flows at Hampton University.
FOR SELECTING PROPOSALS:
The criteria for selecting proposals are as indicated in the Award