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12.630 Basic, Applied, and Advanced Research in Science and Engineering
OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY OF DEFENSE, DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE
10 U.S.C. 2358, as amended; 10 U.S.C. 2323; 10 U.S.C. 2391 et seq.
To: (1) Discover new knowledge and gain better understanding in mathematical, physical, engineering, environmental, and life sciences, and other fields with good, long-term potential for contributing to technology for Department of Defense missions; (2) facilitate transition of research results to practical application for defense needs; (3) improve linkages between defense research and the civilian technology and industrial bases, to promote commercial application of the results of defense research and commercial availability of technology for defense needs; (4) foster education of future scientists and engineers in disciplines critical to defense; and (5) strengthen the infrastructure for research and related science and engineering education in those disciplines.
TYPES OF ASSISTANCE:
USES AND USE RESTRICTIONS:
Uses and restrictions are specified in individual program announcements (Broad Agency Announcements, or BAAs) and award documents issued by and codified regulations applicable to awards. These are submitted at the time of proposal or prior to award, as specified by executive agents.
Applicant Eligibility: As stated in individual BAAs (generally, competitions are open to private and public educational institutions that carry out science and engineering research and/or related science and engineering education on a nonprofit basis). Awards are not made to individuals.
Pre-application Coordination: This program is excluded from coverage under E. O. 12372.
Formula and Matching Requirements: There are no statutory formulas. Cost-sharing or matching, if required, would be specified in the individual Broad Agency Announcement.
POST ASSISTANCE REQUIREMENTS:
Reports: Technical and financial reporting requirements are in accordance with terms and conditions of award documents and with Department of Defense implementation of applicable OMB Circular Nos. A- 110 and A-102.
Account Identification: 97-0400-0-1-051.
Numerous research accomplishments and research training for more than 1,000 graduate students in science and engineering areas with a high potential for long-term benefit to defense needs (areas such as electronics and electro-optics; materials science; fluid dynamics; biotechnology; manufacturing-related research; mathematics and computer sciences; and environmental science).
REGULATIONS, GUIDELINES, AND LITERATURE:
See program announcements (Broad Agency Announcements) issued by executive agents.
Regional or Local Office: Not applicable.
EXAMPLES OF FUNDED PROJECTS:
1. University research grants in areas such as: Materials degradation and fatigue; hypervelocity flow; organic superconductors; high-frequency microelectronics; biodegradation of military toxic wastes; blue-green optoelectronic emitters; robust geometric calculations; 3-D visualizations and design of large, manufactured objects; 2. augmentation grants, in conjunction with DoD contracts or grants for research performance, to provide additional research assistantships and increase the number of graduate students receiving research training through defense research; and 3. instrumentation grants, to allow the purchase of more costly items of research equipment ($50,000 and up) that can usually be funded within single-investigator research awards.
CRITERIA FOR SELECTING PROPOSALS:
Generally, the principal evaluation and selection criteria are the technical merits of the proposed research (or research-related activity) and its potential relationship in the long term to missions of the Department of Defense. Other selection criteria vary with the nature of the specific research or research-related activity. Typical examples include: Qualifications of the principal investigator and other key personnel to perform the proposed activity; adequacy of current or planned facilities and equipment to do so; and realism and reasonableness of proposed costs.