DoD: Multidisciplinary Research Program of the University Initiative


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 3 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.

The FY 2014 MURI competition is for the topics listed below. Detailed descriptions of the topics can be found in Section VIII,entitled, "Specific MURI Topics", of this BAA. 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 through 8 should be submitted to the Army Research Office (ARO):

1. Attosecond Electron Dynamics

2. Force-Activated Synthetic Biology

3. Nonlinear Dynamics of Energy Hypersurfaces Governing Reaction Networks

4. Strongly Linked Multiscale Models for Predicting Novel Functional Materials

5. Multistep Catalysis

6. Innovation in Prokaryotic Evolution

7. Ultracold Molecular Ion Reactions

8. The Skin-Microbe Interactome

White papers and Full proposals addressing the following topics 9 through 17 should be submitted to the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR):

9. Time-resolved quantum dynamics of complex systems

10. Computational Foundation of Mathematics and Information

11. Transport and Utilization of Energy Using Plasmon-induced Processes

12. Design Rules for Biobased and Bioinspired Materials

13. Control of Coherent Structures in Plasmas for Reconfigurable Metamaterial-Based Devices

14. Multifunctional Quantum Transduction of Photons, Electrons and Phonons

15. Control of Light Propagation through Metasurfaces

16. Goal-Driven, Multi-Source Algorithms for Complex Resilient Multi-Physics Systems

17. Security Theory of Nano-Scale Devices

White papers and full proposals addressing the following topics 18 through 24 should be submitted to The Office of Naval Research:

18. Understanding Energy Harvesting Mechanisms in Polymer-Based Photovoltaics

19. Role of Bidirectional Computation in Visual Scene Analysis

20. Exploring the Atomic and Electronic Structure of Materials to Predict Functional Material


21. Optical Computing

22. Quantum optomechanics

23. Air-Sea Interaction and RF Propagation in Maritime Atmospheric Boundary Layers

24. Hydrodynamics of Non-traditional Propulsion

Proposals from a team of university investigators are warranted when the necessary expertise in addressing the multiple facets of the topics may reside in different universities, or in different departments in the same university. By supporting multidisciplinary teams, the program is 4 complementary to other DoD basic research programs that support university research through single-investigator awards. Proposals shall name one Principal Investigator (PI) as the responsible technical point of contact. Similarly, one institution shall be the primary awardee for the purpose of award execution. The PI shall come from the primary institution. The relationship among participating institutions and their respective roles, as well as the apportionment of funds including sub-awards, if any, shall be described in both the proposal text and the budget.

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