Department of Defense EPSCOR

Congress reauthorized the Department of Defense EPSCoR (DEPSCoR) in FY 2018 and appropriated $12M in FY2019 to fund DEPSCoR. In early July 2019, DEPSCoR announced a new funding mechanism and allocation of funds to existing DOD programs to benefit EPSCoR jurisdictions. See The new DEPSCoR funding mechanism, the Collaborative DEPSCoR Competition, will support a mentee/mentor group with up to six awards totaling $3.6M at $600K each ($200K for 3 years). White papers are requested by the October 25, 2019 deadline. By invitation only, full proposals are due February 14, 2020.

The DEPSCoR balance of $8.4M will be allocated to existing programs, the Young Investigator Program (YIP) and the Defense University Research Instrumentation Program (DURIP) to benefit EPSCoR jurisdictions. The YIP is available through the U.S. Navy, U.S. Army, and the U.S. Air Force, links for each of the DEPSCoR YIP and DURIP are listed below.

All YIP and DURIP proposals are submitted through There will be 3 additional YIP awards and one DURIP award per Service (ARO, ONR, and AFOSR) set aside for DEPSCoR-eligible jurisdictions.

Navy YIP

Navy YIP closes August 16, 2019, log onto The Office of Naval Research YIP supports new researchers who received their doctorate (or equivalent) on or after January 1, 2012. Awards are $510K over a 36-month period. Additional funding may be requested (up to $250K) for equipment.

Army YIP

Army YIP has no fixed due date, and is continuously open until 31 March 2022; see The Army YIP is a prestigious award and supports Strategic Land Power Dominance for the Army of 2030 and beyond which includes seven Core Technical Competencies: Computational Science, Ballistic Sciences, Materials and Manufacturing Sciences, Protection Sciences, Propulsion Sciences, Network and Information Sciences, and Human Sciences in ten scientific divisions. These include: Physical Sciences (chemical, physics, and life); Engineering Sciences (mechanical, electronics, materials sciences, and earth sciences); Information Sciences (computing sciences, mathematical sciences, and network sciences). White papers covering a 3-year period and sent to the appropriate technical contact are strongly encouraged to conserve valuable applicant and Government resources. YIP awards will not exceed $120K per year for three years.

Air Force YIP

Air Force YIP due date – June 3, 2019, see The Air Force YIP seeks to support young in career scientists and engineers who received PhD or equivalent degrees by 1 April 2012 or later. The program objective is to foster creative basic research in science and engineering; enhance early career development of outstanding young investigators, and increase opportunities for young investigators to recognize the Air Force mission and related challenges in science and engineering. No cost share required, award ceiling: $450K ($150K for 3 years).


DURIP due date – May 31, 2019, see The DURIP supports university research infrastructure essential to high-quality Navy relevant research. DURIP funds are used for the purchase of major equipment in support of DOD-relevant research, requests range from $50K to $1.5M.