As part of its University Research Initiative, the Department of Defense is awarding grants for projects in smart materials and structures, synthesis of novel materials based on biological models and chemical routes, environmental toxicology, and high speed/high density digital electronic packaging. Smart materials includes materials science, electronics, biosystems, earth sciences, and mathematical modeling.

The programs are handled through the Army Research Office, Office of Naval Research, Air Force Office of Scientific Research, and Defense Advanced Research Proj-ects Agency, respectively. Each office has about $5 million to spend on three-year awards of $50,000 to $250,000 per year.

The program is open to institutions that have not been major recipients of defense R&D funding, including black and minority colleges or those that have received less than $3 million in support from the defense department in 1987 or 1988. Projects should emphasize training and graduate education. This program does not limit equipment budgets...

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