(1)The Secretary of Defense, acting through the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering and the Secretary of each military department, shall carry out a program to provide assistance to covered educational institutions to assist the Department in defense-related research, development, testing, and evaluation activities.
(2)The Secretary of Defense may not delegate or transfer to an individual outside the Office of the Secretary of Defense the authority regarding the programming or budgeting of the program established by this section that is carried out by the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering.
(b) Program Objective.— The objective of the program established by subsection (a)(1) is to enhance defense-related research and education at covered educational institutions. Such objective shall be accomplished through initiatives designed to—
(1)enhance the research and educational capabilities of such institutions in areas of importance to national defense, as determined by the Secretary;
(2)encourage the participation of such institutions in the research, development, testing, and evaluation programs and activities of the Department of Defense;
(3)increase the number of graduates from such institutions engaged in disciplines important to the national security functions of the Department of Defense, as determined by the Secretary; and
(4)encourage research and educational collaborations between such institutions and other institutions of higher education, Government defense organizations, and the defense industry.
(c) Assistance Provided.— Under the program established by subsection (a)(1), the Secretary of Defense may provide covered educational institutions with funding or technical assistance, including any of the following:
(1)Support for research, development, testing, evaluation, or educational enhancements in areas important to national defense through the competitive awarding of grants, cooperative agreements, contracts, scholarships, fellowships, or the acquisition of research equipment or instrumentation.
(2)Support to assist in the attraction and retention of faculty in scientific disciplines important to the national security functions of the Department of Defense.
(3)Establishing partnerships between such institutions and defense laboratories, Government defense organizations, the defense industry, and other institutions of higher education in research, development, testing, and evaluation in areas important to the national security functions of the Department of Defense.
(4)Other such non-monetary assistance as the Secretary finds appropriate to enhance defense-related research, development, testing, and evaluation activities at such institutions.
(d) Priority for Funding.— The Secretary of Defense may establish procedures under which the Secretary may give priority in providing funding under this section to institutions that have not otherwise received a significant amount of funding from the Department of Defense for research, development, testing, and evaluation programs supporting the national security functions of the Department.
(e) Definition of Covered Educational Institution.— In this section the term “covered educational institution” means—
(1)an institution of higher education eligible for assistance under title III or V of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 1051 et seq.); or
The Higher Education Act of 1965, referred to in subsec. (e)(1), is Pub. L. 89–329, Nov. 8, 1965, 79 Stat. 1219. Titles III and V of the Act are classified generally to subchapters III (§ 1051 et seq.) and V (§ 1101 et seq.), respectively, of chapter
28 of Title
20, Education. For complete classification of this Act to the Code, see Short Title note set out under section
1001 of Title
20 and Tables.
2013—Subsec. (a)(1). Pub L. 112–239 substituted “Assistant Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering” for “Director of Defense Research and Engineering”.
2011—Subsec. (a). Pub. L. 112–81, § 219(a), designated existing provisions as par. (1) and added par. (2).
Subsec. (b). Pub. L. 112–81, § 219(b)(1), substituted “established by subsection (a)(1)” for “established under subsection (a)” in introductory provisions.
Subsec. (c). Pub. L. 112–81, § 219(b)(2), substituted “subsection (a)(1)” for “subsection (a)” in introductory provisions.
Subsec. (e)(1). Pub. L. 111–383, § 1075(b)(32), substituted “title III or V” for “title III or IV”.
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