Posted on: June 14, 2022   |   Categories: Announcements, News & Updates

The University of South Dakota (USD) will host DEPSCoR DoD Day, presented by the Department of Defense, on Tuesday, July 19, at USD’s campus in Vermillion, South Dakota. Breakfast, lunch and refreshments will be provided.

The DEPSCoR Day will include overviews of basic research opportunities within the DoD, the DEPSCoR program, the Tri-Service Basic Research Offices and working with DoD Basic Research Program Officers. Breakout sessions in various scientific areas of DoD relevance (session areas will be announced in early June), a poster session, and speed networking opportunities will also be part of the event.

We are delighted that Dr. Bindu Nair, Deputy Director of Basic Research at the Department of Defense, will attend.

The Program Officers have all been identified, and it is an impressive list. We will be hosting:

  • Dr. Michael Bakas – Synthesis and Processing of Materials
  • Dr. Julia Barzyk – Earth Materials and Processes
  • Dr. Dan Cole – Mechanical Behavior of Materials
  • Dr. Liz King-Doonan – Environmental Chemistry
  • Dr. Mimi Strand – Genetics
  • Dr. Gregg Abate – Unsteady Aerodynamics and Turbulent Flows
  • Dr. Jiwei Lu – Condensed Matter Physics
  • Dr. Warren Adams – Mathematical Optimization
  • Dr. Dan Deitz – Unmanned Undersea Vehicles and Autonomy
  • Dr. Ya Li – Electronic Warfare
  • Dr. Dave Shifler – Materials
  • Dr. Tom Weber – Coastal Geosciences

Program officers from the Army, Navy, Air Force and other DoD representatives will participate in the meeting, which will cover the following topics:

  • How to work with the DoD, especially ARO, ONR, AFOSR
  • How to make connections with DoD program officers
  • How to pursue funding opportunities specific to DEPSCoR
  • How to pursue other programs within the Basic Research Office

Register today.

View the Agenda.


Speed Networking sessions will be scheduled as a one-on-one opportunity for invited researchers to flesh out ideas with Program Officers (POs) for future solicitations. To ensure a concise dialogue in the allotted time (10 minutes), it is recommended that researchers submit a research menu ahead of the meeting. If you are interested in participating in the speed networking session, please email your research menu as an attachment to Elizabeth Melenbrink (, no later than June 24 July 8. She will notify invited researchers via email.

Essentially, a research menu is a 1-2 page document describing 3-4 research ideas. Each idea is a paragraph or two and highlights a well-defined scientific question that you have an interest in answering. A graphic is fine if it’s illustrative, but please keep the total scope to 2 pages so that it can be reviewed quickly.


About DEPSCoR DoD Day

In 2017, Congress reauthorized and funded the Defense Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (DEPSCoR) in order to enhance the capabilities of institutes of higher education in certain states and to increase their number of university researchers, increasing the probability of long-term growth in competitive federal funding.

To meet the directives outlined by Congress, the Department of Defense (DoD) is hosting outreach meetings to educate researchers about the DoD Research Enterprise. The Central Region of DEPSCoR-eligible states includes North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Wisconsin and Indiana.