DEPSCoR: Defense Established Programs to Stimulate Competitive Research
Enhancing Basic Research Capacity & Competitiveness
As part of the FY21 defense appropriations bill, Congress tasked the Basic Research Office with managing the Defense Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (DEPSCoR). 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.