Fiscal Year 2020 Department of Defense Basic Research Program for Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Minority-Serving Institutions (HBCU/MI)
Funding Opportunity Announcement: W911NF-19-S-0009
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Projects proposed for funding under this FOA must be for basic research. As defined by DoD, “basic research” is systematic study directed toward greater knowledge or understanding of the fundamental aspects of phenomena and of observable facts without specific applications towards processes or products in mind. It includes all scientific study and experimentation directed toward increasing fundamental knowledge and understanding in those fields of the physical, engineering, environmental, life sciences, and information sciences related to long-term national security needs.
PIs are encouraged to consider innovative approaches for their research projects with a view toward enhancing the ability of their institution to develop stronger science and engineering programs that will enable the institution to participate more competitively in a variety of defense research programs and attract and retain good students by exposing them to state-of-the-art research and encouraging them to pursue careers in STEM disciplines.
Methods through which these goals can be achieved are varied. Factors such as research capabilities, facilities, and equipment are unique to each institution. Therefore, DoD will not prescribe the approach for a research project; instead, it expects applications to reflect the unique needs and capabilities of the applicant institution.
- Applications for basic research projects are requested in areas of research of interest to the Agencies, as presented in their broad agency announcements. Information about these research interest areas are available in the FOA (attached).
- Institutions of higher education eligible for assistance under Title III or V of the Higher Education Act of 1965. UNLV is a MSI https://www.unlv.edu/diversityinitiatives/msi.
- Cost sharing or matching is NOT required under this FOA.
- Applications should not request HBCU/MI program funds to support collaborations.
- Budget maximum $660,000.
- Funding Restrictions: The following will not be funded under the FOA:
- student support (tuition, stipends, fees)
- purchase of equipment (Federal definition – items with an acquisition cost of $5,000 or more and a useful life of more than one year.)
- foreign travel
- rental of equipment or facilities
- alteration or renovation of facilities.