Joint ONR-ARO-AFOSR Announcement (N00014-20-S-F003 ARO, W911NF-20-S-0009 AFOSR, and FOA-AFRL-AFOSR-2020-0002): FY 2021 Department of Defense Multidisciplinary Research Program of the University Research 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 in the DoD Financial Management Regulation:
 
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, para. 050201.B).
 
DoD’s basic research program invests broadly in many fields to ensure that it has early cognizance of new scientific knowledge.