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 2016 Multidisciplinary Research Program of the University Research Initiative (MURI) Grant ONR-15-FOA-0011

**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.**

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White paper deadline (required): Sept. 8, 2015, 4 p.m. EDT submit to the Research Topic Chief
Institutional representative (RPM/RMG or OSR) deadline:   Nov. 30, 2015
Full proposal deadline: December 7, 2015, 4 p.m. EST

Note: Any offeror may still submit a full proposal even if its white paper was not identified as being of “particular value” to the Government or if no white paper was submitted. However, the initial evaluation of the white papers should give prospective awardee some indication of whether a later full proposal would likely result in an award.





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.

Eligibility for US/UK collaborative proposals:
Topic 3 below >> has been designated as a topic with the potential for US/UK collaboration. For this topic, proposals are invited to include UK academic institutions. A separate agreement between the US and UK governments specifies that additional funding support for the UK collaborators can be provided by the UK government. The amount of support appropriate for UK collaborating teams should be discussed with the topic chief for topics identified for US/UK collaboration. In these topics proposals may be submitted with or without UK collaborators. There


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 2016 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. Sequence-Defined Synthetic Polymers Enabled by Engineered Translation Machinery
2. Discovering Hidden Phases with Electromagnetic Excitation
3. Modeling and Analysis of Multisensory Neural Information Processing for Direct Brain-Computer Communications
4. Modular Quantum Systems
5. Spin Textures and Dynamics Induced by Spin-Orbit Coupling
6. Defining Expertise by Discovering the Underlying Neural Mechanisms of Skill Learning
7. Media Analytics for Developing & Testing Theories of Social Structure & Interaction
8. Fundamental Properties of Energy Flow and Partitioning at Sub-nanoscale Interfaces

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. Active Ionosphere-Thermosphere Coupling: Mechanisms and Effects
10. Attojoule Nanooptoelectronics
11. 4-D Electromagnetic Origami
12. Radiation-Balanced Lasers – New Vistas in Optical Gain and Refrigeration Materials
13. Quantum Many-Body Physics with Photons

White papers and full proposals addressing the following topics 14 through 21 should be submitted to The Office of Naval Research (ONR):
14. The Role of Epigenetics in Human Performance
15. Realistic Dynamic Formalism for Advanced Cyber Interaction
16. Synthetic Electronics
17. Ultrahigh Thermal Conductivity Materials
18. Characterization of Gas Transport through Biological Membranes
19. Neural Basis of Symbolic Processing
20. Prediction of Multi-Physics Sprays and their Control
21. Dynamic Events in Solid Composite Materials at Ultra High Temperature and Pressure

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



Stanford Resources

Institutional representatives (RPMs/RMG and OSR) and Internal Proposal Deadline Policy changes-enforced:
Reminder: you typically do not have to submit your letters of intent through your institutional representatives. However, if subsequently invited to submit a full proposal, you are encouraged to alert your RPM asap so he/she can begin working on your budget.

School of Medicine PIs:
SoM internal proposal deadline policy and FAQs: webpage>>
NOTE: You are encouraged to alert your RPM 3-4 weeks prior to any sponsor’s 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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