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DURIP Unlocks Research Opportunities for Universities with CHIPS Act Funding

Author: Riscure Team

The recently announced Defense University Research Instrumentation Program (DURIP) stands as a key opportunity for U.S. universities to capitalize on the funding provided by the CHIPS and Science Act. This federal law, allocating $280 billion, has the potential to improve semiconductor production and scientific research within the U.S. This article delves into the opportunities presented by DURIP, emphasizing its significance for universities nationwide and offering insights on how they can enhance their research capabilities.

DURIP in Detail
The DURIP program, aligned with the CHIPS Act, invites proposals from accredited U.S. institutions of higher education to acquire major equipment and instrumentation. The primary objective is to support research in areas crucial to the Department of Defense (DoD), with a specific focus on the interests of the Army Research Office (ARO), the Office of Naval Research (ONR), and the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR). University proposals are permitted to seek funding for multiple items when those items collectively form a “system” intended for shared research objectives. It is acceptable and eligible to request funding for computing equipment dedicated to research programs relevant to the DoD. However, proposals focused solely on instructional equipment or general-purpose computing facilities do not qualify for funding through DURIP.

Funding Overview
Approximately $53 million is earmarked for the DURIP competition in fiscal year 2025. Administering agencies, including ARO, ONR, and AFOSR, will make grant awards to universities for the purchase of research equipment or instrumentation in areas aligned with DoD interests. Awards can be between $50,000 – $3,000,000, and one year in length, unless stated otherwise. Visit the Office of Naval Research website for more detailed information on funding conditions.

Eligibility Criteria
Accredited U.S. institutions of higher education with degree-granting programs in science, mathematics, and engineering are eligible to apply for DURIP funding. University-affiliated research centers are encouraged to participate as well, with an emphasis on collaborative efforts and interdisciplinary approaches. Full proposals will be accepted until Friday, February 16, 2024, at 5:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time. Please see the DURIP funding announcement for details.

Riscure’s Role in Research Enhancement
In support of universities pursuing advancements in hardware-related research, Riscure offers a suite of hardware tools. These tools are designed to aid researchers in the development and validation of secure and robust hardware systems. By leveraging Riscure’s expertise and tools, universities can bolster their research efforts, ensuring a comprehensive approach to hardware security. For potential customers, we always provide guidance in boosting their hardware testing capabilities. Feel free to reach out to us via inforequest@riscure.com, if you’re interested.

DURIP, fortified by the CHIPS Act, is a great opportunity for universities aiming to elevate their research capabilities in alignment with DoD priorities. As universities across the nation consider their research initiatives, DURIP is an opportunity for universities to excel in innovation, providing the necessary resources to drive critical advancements in defense-related technologies. Interested institutions are encouraged to explore collaboration with administering agencies, leverage Riscure’s hardware tools, and together research topics that align with national security imperatives.

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