Basic Scientific Research

To support basic research that is related to or has potential for leading to the improvement of Army programs or operations.


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.

Relevant Nonprofit Program Categories

Selected Recipients for this Program

RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
University Of Texas At Austin $ 100,000   2022-08-012027-07-31
University Of South Florida $ 245,000   2022-01-272027-01-26
Regents Of The University Of Colorado, The $ 50,000   2022-07-012026-06-30
Florida International University $ 915,000   2021-06-152026-06-14
University Of North Carolina At Chapel Hill $ 300,000   2021-06-012026-05-31
University Of Southern California $ 57,402   2022-07-152026-01-14
University Of Oklahoma $ 599,958   2022-09-012025-08-31
University Of Connecticut $ 540,000   2022-08-232025-08-22
Carnegie Mellon University $ 67,093   2022-08-012025-07-31
University Of Florida $ 53,982   2022-08-012025-07-31

Program Accomplishments

Not Applicable.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Basic Research in the mathematical, physical, engineering, biological and geosciences providing knowledge necessary for the Army to make informed decisions about further exploratory development to provide the technology base from which Army capabilities are drawn.

Partial support of symposia in the listed disciplines.

Programs to encourage careers in science and engineering by supporting outstanding graduate, undergraduate and high school students pursuing studies in areas of Army concern.

Programs to increase the number of science and engineering graduates from under-represented minority groups.

Programs providing means for universities to buy major, high-cost research equipment.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

See specific broad agency announcements or similar announcements resulting from this CFDA number for eligibility requirements.

Awards will not be made to individuals.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Investigators and resulting awardees.


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 required.

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. ARO publishes general and specific broad agency announcements (BAAs) or similar announcements in and, as the need arises, in the Federal Business Opportunities ( Information regarding areas of scientific interest and points of contact are contained in the announcements. Application and award procedures are also contained in the announcement brochures. Pre-proposal contacts with ARO scientific staff are encouraged prior to submission of a formal application.

Award Procedures

Upon receipt of a proposal, the ARO scientific staff will perform an initial review of its scientific merit and potential contribution to the Army mission and also determine if funds are expected to be available for the effort. Proposals not considered to have sufficient scientific merit or relevance to the Army's needs or those in areas for which funds are not expected to be available may be declined without further review. Proposals not declined as a result of the initial review may be subject to an extensive peer review by highly qualified scientists from within the government and leading scientists and other preeminent experts outside the government. Each proposal will be evaluated based on the evaluation factors specified in the particular announcement. An example of evaluation criteria include: (1) overall scientific and/or technical merits; (2) military and program relevance; (3) capabilities, related experience, facilities, techniques or unique combinations of these; (4) qualifications, capabilities and experience of the proposed principal investigator, team leader or other key personnel; (5) record of past performance; and (6) reasonableness and realism of proposed costs. If selected for award, the proposal is incorporated into a grant document and the awardee agrees to perform the research described therein.


Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.


10 U.S.C. 2358.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Formal proposals are normally reviewed and notification made within six months from submission. Grant awards are usually made within three months from notification.


Not Applicable.


Once a grant is awarded, any follow-on research proposal is treated as a new request. Follow-on work should allow for the review time noted in the 'award procedure' above.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula. Matching Requirements: MANTECH Funds may have a matching requirement. MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

The length of time for which support is requested should be consistent with the nature and complexity of the proposed research. It is preferred that proposals submitted cover a three year period with each year proposed as a severable unit. The maximum period acceptable for a research proposal is five years. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Awards are funded incrementally.

Post Assistance Requirements


Usually annual progress reports and a final report are required, but more frequent reporting may be specified in individual awards.

The SF 425 Federal Financial Report Form is used to report expenditures.

Interim performance reports include a description of activities, findings, conclusions, technical progress, accomplishments and planned activities for the next reporting period using the RPPR format.

Financial status is reported for periods of performance concurrent with performance (technical progress) reports.

Technical monitors review progress reports and make periodic visits to research facilities.


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.


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 DoD Grant and Agreement Regulations (DoDGARs).

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Salaries) FY 16 $478,936,977; FY 17 est $340,000,000; and FY 18 Estimate Not Available

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Range: $1,374,000.00-$1,500,000.00 and Average Award: $1,457,744.00.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

U.S. Army Research Office Broad Agency Announcements (BAA) or similar announcements are available without cost from the sponsoring agency on 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


Headquarters Office

Ernest Dixon, Army Research Office, 4300 South Miami Blvd. , Durham, North Carolina 27703 Email: Phone: (919) 549-4270 Fax: (919) 549-4388.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Not Applicable.

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