New Funding Opportunities: Department of Defense EPSCoR

Submission Deadline: 
Tuesday, February 22, 2022

Department of Defense EPSCoR Open Funding Opportunities 

DEPSCoR is a capacity building program that is designed to strengthen the research infrastructure at institutions of higher education in underutilized States/Territories. In order to achieve its congressional mandate, the Basic Research Office developed three major thrusts for DEPSCoR – 1) solicit applications for a stand-alone research collaboration competition, 2) solicit applications for a capacity building competition, and 3) outreach meetings. 

Capacity Building | Due Feb 22
The DEPSCoR Capacity Building competition objectives are to jumpstart capability development in the State/Territory through increased human, technical, and management resource and to achieve excellence in a DoD-relevant research area through funding to support equipment, education, research, and other relevant activities.

Grants awarded under this program are intended to support the strategic objectives of IHEs (either individually or in partnership with others) in DEPSCoR States/Territories to achieve basic research excellence in areas of high relevance to the DoD. Proposals will vary depending on technical field and geographic region. More

Research Collaborations | Due Feb 22
(Note: This opportunity requires a White Paper submission (due 9/21); full proposals are by invitation only)

The DEPSCoR competition intends to encourage collaborations on basic research projects of interest to the Department. The program is structured to form a 2-person team between 1) a researcher who has never served as a principal investigator (PI) on a prior DoD-funded award and 2) an investigator who will provide mentorship and has served as a PI on a DoD-funded research award actively between 1 October 2014 and 30 September 2021. More

Slides from Summer 2021 info. sessions are available here.


(11.11.2021, 8:30 a.m. CT)
The information above is reprinted from the EPSCoR/IDeA Foundation website at ; visit the official DEPSCoR website for the most up-to-date program information and solicitation modifications.