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DBJ: Wright State Research Institute wins cooperative agreement worth up to $3.5M


Excerpt from Dayton Business Journal

Wright State Research Institute has reached a cooperative agreement with the federal government for a new project.

The agreement, worth up to $3.5 million, is part of a fundamental research project “to improve knowledge of the capabilities and limitations of social science research methods,” according to WSRI. The award was given by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, a U.S. Department of Defense organization responsible for the development of emerging technologies for military use.

This marks the third award the WSRI team has won from the agency over the past two years.

In 2017, WSRI secured $35.6 million in research contracts from more than 15 government agencies and business partners in the research focus areas of human performance; cognitive and social sciences; autonomy; live, virtual and constructive training; and embedded systems.

“I am so proud of the highly interdisciplinary research team we have assembled at WSRI,” said Dennis Andersh, executive director of WSRI. “Because of the team’s expertise, we are strategically positioned to be at the forefront of the trends and emerging interests of the federal laboratories and other government agencies like DARPA.”

Todd Norell, director of WSRI’s research and development division, said the project will contribute to the agency’s mission of making “pivotal investments in breakthrough technologies for national security.”

“We feel that this project has significant promise for contributing to that mission by helping to test and validate different research and modeling methods for understanding social complexity,” Norell said. “It’s a great opportunity for all of us to collaborate with the experts at DARPA.”

A department of Wright State University, WSRI works with faculty and other campus units to catalyze strategic research and combine both applied and basic research to help clients such as DARPA with innovative solutions.

WSRI’s mission is “to deliver high impact solutions for government and industry through research, education and training, and to do so at the speed of business,” according to the university.