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

As part of the FY19 defense appropriations bill, Congress tasked the Basic Research Office to re-establish 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) augment funding to existing programs in the Tri-Services, 2) solicit applications for a stand-alone collaborative competition, and 3) outreach meetings.