Multidisciplinary University Research Initiatives Program

Due Date: 07/17/2017

Note: Faculty in the Whiting School of Engineering (WSE) are advised to consult the Commercial and Government Program Office (CGPO)  for assistance in developing white papers and/or proposals. CGPO serves as a liaison for partnerships between WSE, government, and industry. 

The US Department of Defense (DoD) invites proposals for the Multidisciplinary University Initiative (MURI) program (announcement #N00014-17-S-F006). The program supports basic research in science and engineering at U.S. institutions of higher education (universities) that is of potential interest to the DoD. The program is focused on multidisciplinary research efforts where more than one traditional discipline interacts to provide rapid advances in scientific areas of interest to the DoD.

The list of research topics are described below. Note that while many topics address environment and/or energy areas, not all topics do. For detailed descriptions, see the full Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA).

Research Topics for the Army Research Office (ARO):

Topic 1: Integrated Quantum Sensing and Control for High Fidelity Qubit Operations

Topic 2: Novel solid- state materials and color centers for quantum science and engineering

Topic 3: Controlling Protein Function Using Dynamic Chemical Switches to Modulate Structure

Topic 4: Consolidation of Novel Materials and Macrostructures from a Dusty Plasma

Topic 5: Embodied Learning and Control

Topic 6: Coevolution of Neural, Cognitive, & Social Networks: Mind-Body-Community Connections

Topic 7: Network Games

Topic 8: Modeling Interdependence among Natural Systems and Human Population Dynamics

Research Topics for the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR):

Topic 9: Physically Viable Learning for Control of Autonomous Dynamical Systems

Topic 10: Nanoscale Vacuum Field Effect Transistors

Topic 11: Molecular-scale Studies of Liquid-Solid Interfaces in Electrochemical Processes

Topic 12: Electromagnetic Non-reciprocity via Temporal Modulation

Topic 13: Heterogeneous Interfaces: Route to New Optoelectronic Properties

Topic 14: Piezoelectric Nanoenergetic Materials with Adaptable and Tailorable Reactivity

Topic 15: Advanced Mean-Field Game Theory for Complex Physical & Socio-Economical Systems

Topic 16: β-Ga2O3 as a High-Critical Field Strength Material for Power Systems

Research Topics for the Office of Naval Research (ONR):

Topic 17: Predicting and Validating Pathways for Chemical Synthesis

Topic 18: Synthetic Microbial Electronics

Topic 19: Automated Technical Document Comprehension

Topic 20: Materials for Smart Multifunctional Superstructures, (MS)2

Topic 21: Advanced Optical Materials that Create Force from Light

Topic 22: In situ Microstructural and Defect Evolution below the Micron Scale in as-Deposited Metal Alloys

Topic 23: Enhancing Thermal Transport at Material Interfaces

Topic 24: Self-Assessment of Proficiency for Autonomous and Intelligent Systems


MURI awards are made in research topics specified by the participating defense agencies each year that the program is in force. Specified topics change each year. Awards are typically for a period of three years (funded incrementally or as options) with two additional years possible as options to bring the total award to five-years, and at a funding level ranging from half a million to about a million dollars per year, with the size of the award dependent upon the topic, technical goals, and availability of appropriations.

White Papers are due no later than July 17, 2017.

Full Proposals will be accepted until November 1, 2017.

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