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.

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 will be submitted by 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 three additional YIP awards and one DURIP award per Service (ARO, ONR, and AFOSR) set aside for DEPSCoR-eligible jurisdictions.

Air Force Young Investigator Program


The Air Force YIP supports young career scientists and engineers who received PhD or equivalent degrees by 1 April 2012 or later. The program fosters creative basic research in science and engineering; enhances early career development of outstanding young investigators, and increases opportunities for young investigators to recognize the Air Force mission and related challenges in science and engineering.