OSP FO# 11-196

AGENCY: Department of Defense (DOD)/Army Research Office (ARO)/Office of Naval Research (ONR)/Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR)

PROGRAM: Defense University Research Instrumentation Program (DURIP)

OBJECTIVES: The DURIP program provides funding for the acquisition of research equipment to improve the capabilities of US universities to conduct research and to educate scientists and engineers in areas important to national defense. These funds are for equipment items that typically cannot be purchased within the budgets of single-investigator awards. The research areas of interest to the sponsoring agencies are available on-line and may be accessed through the following links:

Army Research Office:
http://www.aro.army.mil/ (select “Business” ” and then “Broad Agency Announcements”)
See BAA W911NF-07-R-0003-03 U.S. Army Research Office BAA FY 2007–2011.

Office of Naval Research:
http://www.onr.navy.mil/ (select “Technology Locator” and click on “Contacts by Topic at The Office of Naval Research”).

Air Force Office of Scientific Research:
http://www.wpafb.af.mil/AFRL/afosr/ (select “Funding Opportunities” at the top then BAA-AFOSR-2011-07).

The DOD encourages submission this year of DURIP proposals for instrumentation supporting research in robotics, given the continuing priority of that research area to a wide range of defense technologies and applications, including unmanned ground, air, sea and undersea vehicles and autonomous systems for enhanced situational awareness and execution of military missions.

Please see the announcements below for further program details.

DEADLINE: September 20, 2011, 4pm Eastern

FUNDING INFORMATION: In FY 2011, 165 awards totaling $37.8 million were made. Awards averaged $230,000. DURIP awards are typically one year in length.

With very few exceptions, a DURIP award will provide between $50,000 and $1 million of DoD funding for the acquisition of instrumentation. An institution may submit a proposal to purchase instrumentation costing more than $1 million under either of the following two conditions: (1) The proposal includes a firm commitment from the institution submitting the proposal for the balance of the funds needed to purchase the instrumentation, so that the cost to the DoD remains at or below $1 million; or (2) in the proposal, an institution requests that the agency receiving the proposal grant an exception to the $1 million maximum amount of DoD funding. At its discretion, the agency may consider a proposal for an amount in excess of $1 million if warranted by a critical, priority defense research need. However, as exceptions for awards of this size are expected to be rare, it is strongly recommended that a potential proposer communicate with the sponsoring agency before submitting a formal proposal requesting an amount in excess of $1 million.

Individual proposals may request funding for more than one instrument if the requested pieces comprise a “system” that is used for common research purpose. Proposals for purely instructional equipment are not eligible. General-purpose computing facilities are not appropriate for DURIP funding, but requests for computers for DoD-relevant research programs are appropriate.

AGENCY CONTACT: Please see the complete program guidelines for a list of program managers. Guidelines can be found at the following web sites: http://www.arl.army.mil/www/default.cfm?page=8

REMARKS: Proposals may be submitted either in hard copy or electronically using the Grants.gov system. Instructions and forms are available on the Grants.Gov web site (http://www.grants.gov). Additional information about Grants.gov for BU Investigators can be obtained on the OSP web site at: http://www.bu.edu/osp/proposal-preparation/electronic-submission/. Investigators should contact the OSP Assistant Director assigned to their school or department as soon as possible to coordinate submission through the Grants.gov system.

Complete program guidelines and application material (BAA-AFOSR-2011-07) may be obtained from the web site listed above or from the Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP). Please distribute this notice to any faculty or staff members who might be interested in the information. For more information, please contact the OSP at X3-4365 or ospinfo@bu.edu, or visit the OSP web site at http://www.bu.edu/osp.