The MURI program supports basic research in science and engineering at U.S. institutions of higher education 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 specific fields to ensure that it has early cognizance of new scientific knowledge. The FY 2018 MURI competition is for the topics listed below. The detailed descriptions are intended to provide the applicant 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 should be submitted to the Army Research Office (ARO):
Topic 1: Integrated Quantum Sensing and Control for High Fidelity Qubit Operations
Topic 2: Novel solid- state materials and color centers for quantum science and engineering
Topic 3: Controlling Protein Function Using Dynamic Chemical Switches to Modulate Structure
Topic 4: Consolidation of Novel Materials and Macrostructures from a Dusty Plasma
Topic 5: Embodied Learning and Control
Topic 6: Coevolution of Neural, Cognitive, & Social Networks: Mind-Body-Community Connections
Topic 7: Network Games Topic 8: Modeling Interdependence among Natural Systems and Human Population Dynamics
White papers and proposals addressing the following topics should be submitted to the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR):
Topic 9: Physically Viable Learning for Control of Autonomous Dynamical Systems
Topic 10: Nanoscale Vacuum Field Effect Transistors
Topic 11: Molecular-scale Studies of Liquid-Solid Interfaces in Electrochemical Processes
Topic 12: Electromagnetic Non-reciprocity via Temporal Modulation
Topic 13: Heterogeneous Interfaces: Route to New Optoelectronic Properties
Topic 14: Piezoelectric Nanoenergetic Materials with Adaptable and Tailorable Reactivity
Topic 15: Advanced Mean-Field Game Theory for Complex Physical & Socio-Economical Systems
Topic 16: β-Ga2O3 as a High-Critical Field Strength Material for Power Systems
White papers and proposals addressing the following topics should be submitted to the Office of Naval Research (ONR):
Topic 17: Predicting and Validating Pathways for Chemical Synthesis
Topic 18: Synthetic Microbial Electronics
Topic 19: Automated Technical Document Comprehension
Topic 20: Materials for Smart Multifunctional Superstructures [(MS)2]
Topic 21: Advanced Optical Materials that Create Force from Light
Topic 22: In situ Microstructural and Defect Evolution below the Micron Scale in as-Deposited Metal Alloys
Topic 23: Enhancing Thermal Transport at Material Interfaces
Topic 24: Self-Assessment of Proficiency for Autonomous and Intelligent System