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March 10 , 2009 The National DEPSCoR FY 2009 program announcement was released today. It may be downloaded from <http://www.arl.army.mil/www/default.cfm?Action=6&Page=8>.

There is a major change in the program this year in that eligible universities submit proposals directly to DoD and there is no role specified for the state committee or a state-level competition. Researchers should contact their university research office if they are interested in submitting a proposal.

Even though there is no “Kansas Program” this year, this website is being left active as it provides useful information from the past. While DoD has made a major change in the way proposals are selected and submitted at the state-level, the nature of proposals requested and the selection criteria are pretty much the same as in past years. It is suggested that you use the information on this website to guide you in developing a successful proposal. Kansas had a 100% success rate for proposals submitted to the FY 2008 program. It would appear we were doing something right.

July 16, 2008 The Preliminary Kansas 2009 Program Announcement released.
March 26, 2008 The DoD announcement regarding proposals funded in FY08 may be found at www.defenselink.mil/releases/release.aspx?releaseid=11785.
September 24, 2007 The final Kansas Program Announcement is now available.
June 15, 2007 The preliminary Kansas DEPSCoR FY 2008 program has been announced and all information about this program is now available on this website.

The national DEPSCoR FY 2008 program has not been announced and it is possible some changes in the Kansas program will made once the national program is announced. However, researchers planning to submit proposals to the Kansas program should proceed on the basis of the preliminary Kansas program announcement.

June 1, 2007 The national FY08 DEPSCoR program announcement has not been released by DoD and is not expected until later this summer. Preliminary information indicates that the program will be very similar to last year and there will be no substantial changes in proposal requirements.

It is planned to release a preliminary Kansas FY08 program announcement within a few weeks and it will be very similar to the program last year. Until the FY08 Kansas program is released, researchers interested in submitting a proposal for the FY08 program are referred to last year’s program as a guideline for requirements and deadlines. This information will be retained on this website until the Kansas FY08 program is announced.

If you have not already done so, it is critical that you establish a dialog about your proposed research with the appropriate program manager(s). See the Kansas FY07 program announcement for more information about this requirement.

Researchers intending to submit proposals to the DEPSCoR program should be aware that the national funding for this program has been cut considerably in the past several years. Funding for FY 07 was only $7M for the whole national program and indications are that it will be substantially lower in FY08. Researchers should not see DEPSCoR as the only avenue or entry point for obtaining DoD funding. If you are submitting a proposal through DEPSCoR, you should also be seeking funding through other programs as well. The DEPSCoR program alone does not offer a very high probability of success given the low level of national funding.
FY 2006 From the 2006 DESPCoR program, there had been several requests for clarification as to how to translate the DoD minimum budget requirement of $350,000 into the minimum budget that should be included in the pre-proposal, which also includes the KTEC sponsored match. The exact calculations are a bit complex. For the purposes of the pre-proposal, the following guidelines are sufficiently accurate to determine the minimum budget to show on the pre-proposal. Of course, larger budgets are allowed.

If the total equipment cost is not greater than approximately $130,000, then the total non-equipment direct cost must be at least $370,000 less the cost of the equipment. For example, if you have $100,000 for equipment, then the non-equipment direct cost must be at least $270,000.

If the total equipment cost is greater than approximately $130,000, then the total non-equipment direct cost must be at least 0.68 x ($480,000 – Equipment). For example, if you have $250,000 for equipment, then the non-equipment direct cost must be at least 0.68 x ($480,000 - $250,000) = $156,400.












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