Defense Established Programs to Stimulate Competitive Research (DEPSCoR) Funding Opportunity


Enhancing Basic Research Capacity & Competitiveness 
As part of the FY20 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) augment funding to an existing tri-Service program, 2) solicit applications for a stand-alone collaborative competition, and 3) outreach meetings. 

The Department of Defense EPSCoR program announcement is now open. Details can be found through the DEPSCoR website:

The solicitation notice for this DEPSCoR-exclusive competition is posted on  ( 

White Paper and Supporting Documentation deadline submission is 21 September 2020.