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DEPSCoR: Defense Established Programs to Stimulate Competitive Research 
Enhancing Basic Research Capacity & Competitiveness 

In the FY 2018 NDAA, Congress reauthorized a restructured version of DEPSCoR. The program received appropriations in the FY2019 Defense appropriations Congressional supplement to the Basic Research Initiatives program line dedicated to DEPSCoR with $12M. 

The program helps to build the national infrastructure by improving the capacity of institutions of higher education (IHE) to conduct sustainable and national competitive defense-related basic research in science and engineering in historically-underrepresented State and Territories. 


Authorization legislation for DEPSCoR includes a formula to determine whether a state, defined to include specific territories, is eligible based on how much DoD S&E Research and Development funds were obligated to institutions of higher education within the state over a three-year average. Thus, thirty-four states, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands are eligible to participate in DEPSCoR.

*Eligible territories include Guam, Puerto Rico, and U.S. Virgin Islands

DEPSCoR Structure

To achieve the program goals as outlined by Congress, the program is structured into three general thrusts: increase funding to programs in the Services, solicit applications for a standalone competition, and host outreach meetings to educate researchers about the DoD Research Enterprise.