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 2017 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.**


The 2016 internal deadline has passed. This webpage is for your reference only.

Unlimited numbers of applications are permitted.

Download PDF file of the guidelines >> PDF file

White paper deadline (strongly encouraged**):  Aug. 1, 2016, 11:59pm EDT submit to the Research Topic Chief
Institutional representative (RPM/RMG or OSR) deadline: Nov. 8, 2016
Full proposal deadline:  Nov. 15, 2016, 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:
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.
Funding for the US / UK topics should be discussed with the Research Topic Chief.
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.



Eligibility for US/UK collaborative proposals: For topic 19 >>, proposals are invited that include participation from UK academic institutions (see Section III.2); however, UK participation 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. Stanford eligibility: faculty with PI eligibility

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’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 2017 MURI competition is for the topics listed below.

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 VIII 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 full proposals addressing the following topics (1-8) should be submitted to the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR):
Topic 1 (AFOSR): Foundations of Interactive Protocols for Quantum Computation and Communications
Topic 2 (AFOSR): Bioinspired Low-Energy Information Processing
Topic 3 (AFOSR): Autonomous Research Systems for Materials Development
Topic 4 (AFOSR): Beam/Wave Dynamics in Geometrically Complex Systems with Emitting Boundaries
Topic 5 (AFOSR): Atmospheric disturbances at high altitudes
Topic 6 (AFOSR): Revolutionary Advances in Computational Quantum Many Body Physics
Topic 7 (AFOSR): Melanin: Unique Biopolymers for Functional Precision Nanoscale Materials
Topic 8 (AFOSR): Adaptive Oxides for Biomimetic Synapse Design via Modulation of Internal States

White papers and full proposals addressing the following topics (9-16) should be submitted to the Office of Naval Research (ONR):
Topic 9 (ONR): Physics, Chemistry and Mechanics of Polymer Dielectric Breakdown
Topic 10 (ONR): Percept formation and scene analysis in echolocating systems
Topic 11 (ONR): Phase Change Materials for Photonics
Topic 12 (ONR): Event Representation and Episodic Memory
Topic 13 (ONR): Nonlinear Phenomena and Interactions Induced by Short and Ultra-Short Pulsed Lasers in the Long-Wave Infrared Regime
Topic 14 (ONR): High-Fidelity Simulation Methodologies for Multi-Phase Flows
Topic 15 (ONR): Novel Approaches to Modeling Factions and Conflict
Topic 16 (ONR): Assuring Composability and Correctness for Intelligent and Learning Systems that Interact with Unstructured Physical Environments

White papers and full proposals addressing the following topics (17-23) should be submitted to the Army Research Office (ARO):
Topic 17 (ARO): Additive 3D Self-Assembly of Responsive Materials
Topic 18 (ARO): Anyons in 2D materials and cold Atomic gases
Topic 19 (ARO): Characterization of Information Content in Data for Multimodal Data Analysis
Topic 20 (ARO): Nutritional and Environmental Effects on the Gut Microbiome and Cognition
Topic 21 (ARO): Spectral Decomposition and Control of Strongly Coupled Nonlinear Interacting Systems
Topic 22 (ARO): Toward Room Temperature Exciton-Polaritonics
Topic 23 (ARO): Cyber Deception through Active Leverage of Adversaries’ Cognition Process


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 >>


Funding Information resources for the Stanford community:
Other DoD BAAs, DoD CDMRP RFPs, HHMI, calendar webpage, bioengineering and other topic webpages, NIH, NSF, etc.:











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