ASU, UofA researchers granted Department of Defense award

Apr 4, 2018, 4:23 AM
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PHOENIX — Eight researchers at two public universities in Arizona were among the people who were granted a research equipment award through the Department of Defense.

The department announced Tuesday that it had given awards to 175 university researchers at 91 institutions in 36 states.

Panagiotis Artemiadis, Yu Yao and Yanchao Zhang from Arizona State University were among the researchers who were given the award.

Stuart Craig, Ivan Djordjevic, Jerome Moloney, John Schaibley and Christopher Walker from University of Arizona also were granted the award.

The awards totaled $53 million and were granted through the Defense University Research Instrumentation Program.

The program grants state-of-the-art equipment to universities that were conducting cutting edge research for the department.

In a statement, Dale Ormond, the principal director for research, said these instrumentation awards “provide the unique means through which DoD supports universities in the acquisition of essential laboratory equipment, usually out of reach for most research grants.

“DURIP is a true enabler of discovery for DoD supported science and technology research, and supports of the training of the next generation science, technology, engineering and mathematics workforce.”

Solicited proposals for the award targeted university investigators who conducted “foundational science and engineering research of importance to national defense.”

Their research supported advances in materials, structures, and manufacturing science, quantum and nanosciences, computing and networks, electronics, electromagnetics, and electro optics, acoustics, neuroscience, fluid dynamics, robotics and artificial intelligence and ocean, environmental, and life sciences and engineering.

The researchers were picked from 671 proposals that requested $254 million in funding.

The awards were administered through a merit competition conducted by the Army Research Office, Office of Naval Research and Air Force Office of Scientific Research, the press release said.

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ASU, UofA researchers granted Department of Defense award