Scientific Research - Combating Weapons of Mass Destruction

To support and stimulate basic, applied and advanced research at educational or research institutions, non-profit organizations, and commercial firms, which support the advancement of fundamental knowledge and understanding of the sciences with an emphasis on exploring new and innovative research for
combating or countering Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD).

Agency - Department of Defense

The Department of Defense provides the military forces needed to deter war and protect the security of the United States through five major areas: peacekeeping and war-fighting efforts, Homeland Security, evacuation and humanitarian causes.

Office - See Regional Agency Offices.

Selected Recipients for this Program

RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Georgia Tech Research Corporation $ 690,964   2010-02-012031-01-31
Northwestern University $ 620,437   2021-09-152026-09-14
University Of Pittsburgh, The $ 500,000   2021-05-142026-05-13
University Of California, Los Angeles $ 942,000   2021-02-162026-02-15
West Virginia University Research Corporation $ 960,759   2020-05-202025-08-19
University Of Pretoria $ 4,936,699   2020-07-312025-07-30
Ecohealth Alliance Inc. $ 4,995,106   2020-07-012025-06-30
Carnegie Mellon University $ 1,323,683   2020-06-162025-06-15
Ecohealth Alliance Inc. $ 4,912,818   2020-06-012025-05-31
Cornell University $ 900,000   2020-05-202025-05-19

Program Accomplishments

Not Applicable.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Uses and restrictions are specified in individual program BAAs and award documents issued by and codified regulations applicable to awards.

These are submitted at the time of proposal or prior to award, as specified by executive agents.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

As stated in individual program BAAs.

Generally, competitions are open to private and public educational accredited institutions of higher education that carry out science and engineering research and/or related science and engineering education on a non-profit basis.

Some awards are made to other non-profit and for profit organizations that conduct research.

Awards are not made to individuals.

Beneficiary Eligibility

See above.


Award is subject to: 1) receipt of applicable/acceptable certifications and representations; 2) having a current registration in the System for Award Management (SAM) (; 3), the applicant, its principals, proposed subrecipients/subrecipient principals not appearing in SAM Exclusions as currently debarred, suspended, or otherwise ineligible; and 4) meeting other requirements specified in the agency announcements. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is not applicable.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Eligible applicants may submit white papers or proposals in response to relevant Broad Agency Announcements (BAA) published on or under 'Other Defense Agencies - DTRA'. Each BAA identifies to potential applicants and what activities or research topic areas will be supported, and how to apply.

Award Procedures

Award decisions are based on evaluations of proposals using peer and/or scientific review. Evaluation criteria are contained in the relevant BAA. If selected for award, the proposal is the basis for the award document and the applicant agrees to perform the research or research related activities described therein.


Not Applicable.


10 U.S.C. 2358 (R&D Grants and cooperative agreements). 10 U.S.C. 2361 (Grants & contracts to universities-competitive). 10 U.S.C. 2371 (Technology Investment Agreements).

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Award times will be identified in the relevant BAA. Typically, decisions are made within 90-120 days of receipt of proposal for which funding is authorized.


Not Applicable.


Re-application with new proposals is permitted.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program. This program has no matching requirements. Agency does not require matching. Technology Investment Agreements (TIAs) have cost sharing requirements. MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Since this is a research and technology program, the assistance is generally for the period of performance as stated in the individual grant, agreement or TIA. Funding is usually provided incrementally in accordance with a payment schedule contained in the award document. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Assistance might be released in lump sum or incrementally.

Post Assistance Requirements


As required by Assistance Award.

No cash reports are required.

As required by Assistance Award.

As required by Assistance Award.

No performance monitoring is required.


In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503. Audit requirements for for profit organizations, which are not subject to 2 CFR part 200, are consistent with the requirements in the DoD Grant and Agreement Regulations (DoDGARs) at 32 CFR 34.16.


Record keeping requirements are in accordance with the terms and conditions of the award, which will include appropriate provisions related to recipient records that are required by the DoDGARs.

Financial Information

Account Identification

97-6400-3-4-000 - 976400.34HQ.


(Project Grants) FY 16 $66,330,338; FY 17 est $67,822,327; and FY 18 est $67,000,000

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

No Data Available.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Regulations, Guidelines and Literature sources are specified in the individual relevant Broad Agency Announcements. The DoDGARS (as updated through DoD?s interim implementation of 2 CFR part 200 which can be found at 2 CFR part 1103) applies to DoD grants and cooperative agreements.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See Regional Agency Offices.

Headquarters Office

Ato B. Andoh 8725 John J. Kingman Road, MSC 6201, Fort Belvoir, Virginia 22060 Email: Phone: 703-767-5853 Fax: 703-767-4246

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Generally, the principal evaluation and selection criteria are the technical or socio-economic merits of the proposal and potential long term contributions of DTRA's specific mission. Other selection criteria vary with the nature of the specific research or research-related activity. Typically, these inculde the qualifications, capabilities, and experience of the proposed Principal Investigator and/or key personnel who are critial in achieving the proposal objectives; adequacy of current or planned facilities, and equipment; and reasonableness and realisn of the proposed costs.

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