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 2019 Multidisciplinary Research Program of the University Research Initiative (MURI) Grant
 N00014-18-S-F006

**Funding opportunity for Stanford faculty with PI eligibility involved in basic science and engineering research. The MURI program supports basic research in science and engineering and 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.**



Unlimited numbers of applications are permitted.

Guidelines:
A PDF file of the guidelines can be downloaded by clicking on the "related documents" tab just under the program title on the following Grants.gov webpage: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=302058



Timeline:
White paper deadline (strongly encouraged**):  June 29, 2018, 11:59pm EDT submit to the Research Topic Chief
Institutional representative (RPM/RMG or CGO/OSR) deadline: Oct. 9, 2018
Full proposal deadline:  Oct. 16, 2018, 11:59pm EDT via grantsgov

**The proposal submission process is in two stages. Prospective awardees are encouraged to submit white papers to minimize the labor and cost associated with the production of detailed full proposals that have very little chance of being selected for funding. Based on an assessment of the white papers, the responsible Research Topic Chief will provide informal feedback notification to the prospective awardees to encourage or discourage submission of full proposals. The Research Topic Chief may also on occasion, provide feedback encouraging re-teaming to strengthen a proposal.



Amount of funding:

 

Eligibility:



Purpose:
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.”


Research topics: The FY 2019 MURI competition is for the topics listed below (beginning with page 35 of the RFP)


Note: the guidelines indicate "It is strongly encouraged to discuss resources and teaming with the Research Topic Chief during the white paper phase."

Detailed descriptions of the topics and the Topic Chief for each can be found in Section II.I of the guidelines, entitled, “Specific MURI Topics". 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 proposals addressing the following topics (1-8) should be submitted to the Office of Naval Research (ONR):
Topic 1: Fundamental Limits on Information Latency; Purdy
Topic 2: Molecularly Programmable Graphene Architecture (MPGA); Baatar
Topic 3: Identifying invariances for improved modeling and prediction of oceanographic phenomena; Harper
Topic 4: Self-Assembly for High Performance Organic Electronics; Armistead
Topic 5: Bio-inspired high-dimension control through models of cephalopod distributed information processing; McKenna
Topic 6: Active Perception and Knowledge Exploitation in Navigation and Spatial Awareness; Steinberg
Topic 7: Advanced Analytical and Computational Modeling of Arctic Sea Ice; Malek-Madani
Topic 8: Topology & Advanced Dynamics of Coupled Human/Machine Systems; Holm-Hansen

White papers and proposals addressing the following topics should be submitted to the Army Research Office (ARO):
Topic 9: Clearing Your Head: The Glymphatic System and Restorative Effects of Sleep, Munson-Gregory
Topic 10: Foundations of Emergent Computation and Self-Organized Adaptation, Stanton- Baker
Topic 11: Multi-layer Network Modeling of Plant and Pollen Distribution across Space and Time, Strand-Garcia
Topic 12: Near Field Radiative Heat Energy Transfer between Nanostructured Materials, Varanasi-Ulrich
Topic 13: Networked Interactions Governing Community Dynamics, Kokoska-Garcia
Topic 14: Prediction and Control in Particulate Systems, Myers-Barzyk
Topic 15: Reactive and non-Reactive Scattering from Targeted Molecular Quantum States, Parker-Baker
Topic 16: Unified Decision Theory: From Bounded to Unbounded Rationality, Iyer-Myers

 

White papers and proposals addressing the following topics should be submitted to the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR):
Topic 17: THz Electronics Based on Antiferromagnets
Topic 18: Quantum Information Concepts from Tensor Networks and the Holographic Principle
Topic 19: 2D Heterostructures for Flexible, Lightweight Electronics and Optoelectronics
Topic 20: Feedback control and sparse neural signals
Topic 21: Dissipation Engineering in Open Quantum Systems
Topic 22: Group-IV Alloy Synthesis and Materials Properties
Topic 23: Neuromorphic Networks for Multifunctional Intelligent Systems
Topic 24: Microstructurally-aware Continuum Models for Energetic Materials

 

Stanford Resources

Institutional representatives (RPMs/RMG and OSR)
and Internal Proposal Deadline Policy

You do not have to submit your White Paper through your institutional representatives. However, if subsequently invited to submit a full proposal, you will need to submit your applications through your institutional representatives (RPM/RMG or OSR).

School of Medicine PIs:
SoM internal proposal deadline policy and FAQs: webpage>>
NOTE: You are encouraged to alert your if you are invited to submit a full proposal deadline so that your budget can be completed no later than 10 days prior to the sponsor’s deadline. Per the above policy, the internal proposal/institutional representative deadline is the complete by date** and not the “let’s get started date”.
RPM department/division assignment webpage >>

PIs in Other Schools:
Office of Sponsored Research (OSR) internal deadline policy, FAQs, and Contract Officer department assignments:
DoResearch webpage >>

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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