Research Management Group (RMG)

Department of Defense (DoD)
Army Research Office (ARO)/Office of Naval Research (ONR)/Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR)

FY 2015 Multidisciplinary Research Program of the University Research Initiative (MURI) Grant

**Funding opportunity for Stanford faculty with PI eligibility involved in basic science and engineering research. 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. (See the various topics highlighted under the participating agencies below.) The amount of funding is typically $1.25M to $1.5M range per year for the 3-year base period with a two-year option period.**

A PDF file of the guidelines can be downloaded by going to this grantsgov webpage >> and clicking on the "Full announcement" tab

White paper deadline (required): Nov. 24, 2014 submit to the Research Topic Chief
Initial evaluations of the white papers will be available in early December.
Full proposal deadline (by invitation only): Feb. 23, 2015




Amount of funding:

$1M- $2.5M per year, with the actual amount contingent on availability of funds, the specific topic, and the scope of the proposed work. Typical annual funding is in the $1.25M to $1.5M range.
Each individual award will be for a three year base period with one two-year option period to bring the total maximum term of the award to five years. The base and option periods, if exercised, will be incrementally funded.
The Total amount of funding for five years available for grants resulting from this MURI BAA is estimated to be approximately $145 million dollars pending out-year appropriations.

The MURI program supports basic research in science and engineering at U.S. institutions of higher education (hereafter referred to as "universities") that is of potential interest to 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. As defined by the DoD, “basic research is systematic study directed toward greater knowledge or understanding of the fundamental aspects of phenomena and of observable facts without specific applications towards processes or products in mind. It includes all scientific study and experimentation directed toward increasing fundamental knowledge and understanding in those fields of the physical, engineering, environmental, and life sciences related to long-term national security needs. It is farsighted high payoff research that provides the basis for technological progress.” (DoD 7000.14.R, vol. 2B, chap.5). DoD’s basic research program invests broadly in many specific fields to ensure that it has early cognizance of new scientific knowledge.

Research topics: The FY 2015 MURI competition is for the topics listed below.

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 the following topics 9 through 13 should be submitted to the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR):
9. Exploiting Biological Electromechanics: Using Electromagnetic Energy to Control Biological Systems
10. Large Scale Nano-Architecture Formation
11. Membrane-Based Electronics: Foldable & Adaptable Integrated Circuits
12. Semantics and Structures for Higher-level Quantum Programming Languages
13. Strong Field Laser Matter Interactions at Mid-Infrared Wavelength

White papers and full proposals addressing the following topics 14 through 19 should be submitted to The Office of Naval Research (ONR):
14. Visual Commonsense for Scene Understanding
15. Characterization and Prediction of Remotely Sensed Mesoscale Aerosols in Coastal and Maritime Atmospheric Boundary Layers for Electro-optical Propagation
16. Role of the Host Microbiome on Behavior/Resilience in Response to Stressors
17. Metalloid Cluster Networks
18. Computational and Experimental Methods towards Understanding the Chemistry and Physics of Materials over 2000°C
19. Quantum Optomechanics

Note: the guidelines indicate "It is strongly recommended that potential proposers communicate with the Research Topic Chiefs listed in the Guidelines regarding these issues before the submission of formal proposals. "


Stanford Resources


Institutional Representatives
You do not have to submit your white papers through your institutional representatives: However, if invited to submit a full proposal, you must be prepared to submit your completed PDRF forms and your application materials via eSubmit for your institutional representatives* at least 5-working days prior to the application receipt deadline. You are encouraged to notify your RPM as soon as possible that you will be submitting a proposal so he/she can begin to generate your budget and assist with other aspects of your application.
*Medicine: RPM Assignments by department:
*Other Schools: Download the Pre-award OSR department assignments on this new DoResearch webpage:

Shared Facility/Service Center Resource
You are encouraged to discuss shared facility, service center, core facility resources with Bruce Koch, Senior Director, Discovery and Technological Service Centers, Office of the Senior Associate Dean for Research at
School of Medicine/Spectrum webpage "Enabling Technologies" (includes links to shared facilities)
School of Medicine Service Centers links:
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