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DEPSCoR: Defense Established Programs to Stimulate Competitive Research 

Enhancing Basic Research Capacity & Competitiveness 

As part of the FY22 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 Virtual DEPSCoR Day held on June 23, 2021

The funding opportunity announcements for the FY22 DEPSCoR Research Collaboration and FY22 DEPSCoR Capacity Building are now posted on 


Congratulations to the winners of the FY21 DEPSCoR Competition!  Click here to read the award announcement press release. 

FY21 DEPSCoR funds were also used to augment the Defense University Instrumentation Program. Congratulations to all recipients of FY21 DEPSCoR funding! Click here to view the list of winners.