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DEPSCoR: Defense Established Programs to Stimulate Competitive Research 

Enhancing Basic Research Capacity & Competitiveness 

As part of the FY24 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. 


Click here for the slide deck that accompanied the open DEPSCoR FOA presentation during the informational webinar held on 16 April 2024.

The funding opportunity announcements for the FY24 DEPSCoR Research Collaboration and FY24 DEPSCoR Capacity Building competitions are now posted on 


Congratulations to the winners of the FY23 DEPSCoR Competition!  Click here to read the award announcement press release.