Mines researchers on 4 of 32 academic teams awarded $227 million in DoD funding
GOLDEN, Colo., July 20, 2010—The Department of Defense (DoD) has announced 32 awards – for a total of $227 million over five years – to academic institutions to perform multidisciplinary basic research. Colorado School of Mines is the lead institution on one of the awards and is a team member institution on three others.
“These are very important awards for the national agenda and another indicator of Mines’ growing research profile,” said John Poate, vice president of research and technology transfer at Mines.
Awards are subject to the successful completion of negotiations between the academic institutions and DoD research offices that will make the awards: the Army Research Office (ARO), the Office of Naval Research (ONR), and the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR).
The awards are the result of the fiscal 2010 competition that ARO, ONR, and AFOSR conducted under the DoD Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative (MURI) program. The MURI program supports research by teams of investigators that intersect more than one traditional science and engineering discipline in order to accelerate both research progress and transition of research results to application. Most MURI efforts involve researchers from multiple academic institutions and academic departments. Based on the proposals selected in the fiscal 2010 competition, a total of 67 academic institutions are expected to participate in the 32 research efforts.
The MURI program is highly competitive. ARO, ONR, and AFOSR solicited proposals in 30 topics important to DoD and received a total of 411 white papers, which were followed by 152 proposals. The awards were selected based on merit review by panels of experts.
Andrew Herring, associate professor in the Colorado School of Mines Department of Chemical Engineering, will lead the selected project “An Integrated Multi-Scale Approach for Understanding Ion Transport in Complex Heterogeneous Organic Materials.” Team member institutions will include the University of Chicago, University of Masschusetts-Amherst and University of California-Riverside.
Mines will team with other institutions on the following projects:
• Sound and Electromagnetic Interacting Waves
• Fundamental Research on the Biological Stability of Future Naval Fuels and Implications for the Biocorrosion of Metallic Surfaces
• Mathematical Modeling and Experimental Validation of Ultrafast Nonlinear Light-Matter Coupling Associated with Filamentation in Transparent Media
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