Department of Defense

Program Description

Congress has appropriated funds for the Defense Department’s EPSCoR program (DEPSCoR) since FY1991. This program was authorized in the FY1995 Defense Department Authorization Act (P.L. 103-337) and subsequent years. The program statute for DEPSCoR (section 257 of Public Law 103-337, as amended) states that DEPSCoR’s objectives are to: (1) “enhance the capabilities of institutions of higher education (“universities”) in eligible States to develop, plan, and execute science and engineering research that is competitive under the peer-review systems used for awarding Federal research assistance; and (2) increase the probability of long-term growth in competitively awarded financial assistance that universities in eligible states receive from the Federal Government for science and engineering research. Consistent with these long-term objectives of building research infrastructure, the DoD…competitively makes…multiyear awards for research and for associated graduate education of scientists and engineers in areas important to national defense…To maximize the DEPSCoR program objectives, all DEPSCoR awards require a minimum non-federal cost sharing or matching of one-to-two (i.e., at least one dollar from State, institutional, and/or private sector sources to match each two dollars of DEPSCoR support being provided). Matching funds may support items such as salaries, indirect costs, operating expenses, or new equipment. Universities in 23 States and Territories are eligible to receive awards.”

Award Components

The DEPSCoR program supports meritorious research to assist investigators in participating states to become more competitive for regular DOD research and training grants, as well as collaborative planning activities between DOD program and laboratory personnel and the DEPSCoR research communities. Specific award mechanisms include: 1) basic and applied research grants; 2) graduate traineeships; and 3) research instrumentation. The typical DEPSCoR research award is about $100,000 a year for three years.

EPSCoR States

23 states: Alaska, Arkansas, Delaware, Idaho, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Vermont, West Virginia, and Wyoming, and also Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands.



Cognizant Offices

Army Research Office
Office of Naval Research
Air Force Office of Scientific Research

Program Officer

Evelyn Kent
Office of the Director of Defense Research and Engineering
Department of Defense
3030 Defense Pentagon
Washington, DC 20301

Phone: 703-588-1378


Army Research Office
Office of Naval Research
Air Force Office of Scientific Research

Recent Budget History