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There are more than 400 public and private, two- and four-year minority institutions (MIs) across every U.S. state and territory, including many in areas near Department of Defense (DoD) facilities. Many already conduct cutting-edge research in areas of high priority to the U.S. government, while others could be positioned to do so with strategic investments. With their diverse populations, MIs support students and faculty that have a wealth of knowledge and talent to support diversifying STEM research, and ultimately strengthening national security. DoD supports and recognizes the potential contributions of many MI programs, but there are significant discrepancies in the amount, duration, and type of DoD funding, as well as the research infrastructure at MIs, when compared to non-MIs.

To explore opportunities for the DoD and historically underresourced minority institutions to adapt in support of increasing the engagement of MIs in the defense research ecosystem, the National Academies convened a nine-member committee of STEM professionals across sectors and disciplines to develop a series of three town hall workshops. This proceedings-in-brief serves to highlight points made by presenters in the series.

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National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2023. Building Defense Research Capacity at U.S. Minority Institutions: Proceedings of a Workshop Series—in Brief. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press.

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