Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative (MURI) Announcement from DoD

The Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative (MURI) funding opportunity from the Department of Defense is now accepting white papers for research grants for nineteen listed topics (also copied below). MURI efforts involve teams of researchers (from one or more institutions) investigating high priority topics and opportunities that intersect more than one traditional technical discipline.

It is recommended that you contact the relevant program manager for the topic of interest to determine if your work is of interest to them before submitting your white paper.

The MURI FOA is available at :

FY 2015 Submission Dates

  • White papers due: 4:00 p.m., Monday, Nov. 24, 2014
  • Full proposals due: 4:00 p.m., Monday, Feb. 23, 2015

For more information, see FOA 14-012 in ONR’s broad agency announcements listing.

Program Description

Multidisciplinary University Initiative (MURI) efforts involve teams of researchers investigating high priority topics and opportunities that intersect more than one traditional technical discipline. For many military problems this multidisciplinary approach serves to stimulate innovations, accelerate research progress and expedite transition of results into naval applications.

MURI 2015 topics (from the MURI FOA)

The FY 2015 MURI competition is for the topics listed below. Detailed descriptions of the topics can be found in Section VIII, entitled, “Specific MURI Topics,” of this FOA. The detailed descriptions are intended to provide the offeror a frame of reference and are not meant to be restrictive to the possible approaches to achieving the goals of the topic and the program. Innovative ideas addressing these research topics are highly encouraged.

White papers and full proposals addressing the following topics 1 through 8 should be submitted to the Army Research Office (ARO):

  1. Emulating the Principles of Impulsive Biological Force Generation
  2. Exploiting nitrogen vacancy diamonds for manipulation of biological transduction
  3. Noncommutativity in Interdependent Multimodal Data Analysis
  4. Multi-scale Response for Adaptive Chemical and Material Systems
  5. New Regimes in Quantum Optics
  6. Fractional Order Methods for Sharp Interface Flows
  7. 2-Dimensional Organic Polymers
  8. Network Science of Teams

White papers and full proposals addressing topics 9 through 13 should be submitted to the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR):

  1. Exploiting Biological Electromechanics: Using Electromagnetic Energy to Control Biological Systems
  2. Large Scale Nano-Architecture Formation
  3. Membrane-Based Electronics: Foldable & Adaptable Integrated Circuits
  4. Semantics and Structures for Higher-level Quantum Programming Languages
  5. Strong Field Laser Matter Interactions at Mid-Infrared Wavelength

White papers and full proposals addressing the topics 14 through 19 should be submitted to The Office of Naval Research (ONR):

  1. Visual Commonsense for Scene Understanding
  2. Characterization and Prediction of Remotely Sensed Mesoscale Aerosols in Coastal and Maritime Atmospheric Boundary Layers for Electro-optical Propagation
  3. Role of the Host Microbiome on Behavior/Resilience in Response to Stressors
  4. Metalloid Cluster Networks
  5. Computational and Experimental Methods towards Understanding the Chemistry and Physics  of Materials over 2000°C
  6. Quantum Optomechanics

Proposals from a team of university investigators are warranted when the necessary expertise in addressing the multiple facets of the topics may reside in different universities, or in different departments in the same university. By supporting multidisciplinary teams, the program is complementary to other DoD basic research programs that support university research through single- investigator awards. Proposals shall name one Principal Investigator (PI) as the responsible technical point of contact. Similarly, one institution shall be the primary awardee for the purpose of award execution. The PI shall come from the primary institution. The relationship among participating institutions and their respective roles, as well as the apportionment of funds including sub-awards, if any, shall be described in both the proposal text and the budget.

For topics 5, 13, and 14, proposals are invited that include participation from UK academic institutions (see Section III 2), although this is not a requirement. In the case of proposals with UK participation, there still should be a single US primary institution and one PI submitting the overall proposal. However, funding for the UK participation will be allocated separately by the UK government.

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