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A--FY2012 High Energy Laser Multidisciplinary Research Initiative (HEL MRI)

Solicitation Number: W911NF-12-R-0003
Agency: Department of the Army
Office: Army Contracting Command
Location: ACC-APG - RTP
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W911NF-12-R-0003
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Added: Nov 01, 2011 9:02 am
In a collaborative effort, the Army Research Office (ARO) will be working with the DoD High Energy Laser Joint Technology Office (HEL-JTO) to execute the FY2012 High Energy Laser Multidisciplinary Research Initiative (MRI) Program. This program is executed under the policy and guidance of the Office of the Deputy Undersecretary of Defense for Science and Technology (DUSD (S&T)) and will be administered by the US Army Research Office, Durham, NC and the High Energy Lasers-Joint Technology Office (HEL-JTO), Albuquerque, NM. This program is authorized by Public Law No. 106-398 Sections 241-250, High Energy Laser Programs, as established by the Floyd D. Spence National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2001.

Through this announcement, the DoD intends to award approximately $6-7M for FY 2012, subject to the availability of funds. Approximately twelve to fifteen (12-15) awards are anticipated. It is projected that awards will be made in the form of grants. However, awards may be made in the form of grants, cooperative agreements, or contracts. The estimated value of each award is approximately $500K per year for three (3) years with an additional two (2) year option period.

The primary focus of the FY2012 HEL MRI is to enhance the capabilities of US institutions of higher education to perform fundamental science and engineering research related to lasers, optics, laser interaction physics, and advanced concepts for national defense applications. Awards will be made to degree-granting US institutions of higher education. Federally Funded Research and Development Centers (FFRDCs) and Government laboratories are not eligible for awards under this announcement, although they may participate as subawardees. Entities other than US institutions of higher education, to include non-profit organizations, not-for-profit organizations, private industry concerns, and foreign universities/research institutions are not eligible for awards under this announcement, although they may participate as subawardees. Domestic institutions of higher education/universities are to be the primary awardees and must perform at least 60% of the proposed research effort (universities participating as first tier subawardees count within the 60% requirement threshold). Industrial and non-profit/not-for-profit partners may not contribute more than 40% of the total effort or receive more than 40% of awarded funds. Only proposals submitted directly by domestic institutions of higher education/universities (to include US Military Academies) will be considered for award. United States Military Academies are eligible as prime awardees or subawardees under this announcement.
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ACC-APG SCRT - Research Triangle Park, ATTN: AMSSB-ACR, Research Triangle Park Contracting Division, P.O. Box 12211, Research Triangle Park, NC 27709-2211
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Maria Nelson, 919-549-4316

ACC-APG SCRT - Research Triangle Park