Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 Department of Defense Multidisciplinary Research Program of the University Research Initiative


This MURI competition is open only to, and proposals are to be submitted only by, U.S. institutions of higher education (universities) with degree-granting programs in science and/or engineering, including DoD institutions of higher education. To the extent that it is a part of a U.S. institution of higher education and is not designated as a Federally Funded Research and Development Center (FFRDC), a University Affiliated Research Center (UARC) or other University Affiliated Laboratory (UAL) is eligible to submit a proposal to this MURI competition and/or receive MURI funds. Ineligible organizations (e.g., industry, DoD laboratories, FFRDCs, and foreign entities) may collaborate on the research but may not receive MURI funds directly or via subaward. When additional funding for an ineligible organization is necessary to make the proposed collaboration possible, such funds may be identified via a separate proposal from that organization. This supplemental proposal shall be attached to the primary MURI proposal and will be evaluated in accordance with the MURI review criteria by the responsible Research Topic Chief. If approved, the supplemental proposal may be funded using non-MURI or nonGovernment funds.


ONR MURI Program Point of Contact:

Dr. Ellen Livingston MURI Program Manager Office of Naval Research


Mailing address: Office of Naval Research One Liberty Center 875 North Randolph Street, Suite 1020 Arlington, VA 22203-1995

Questions of a business nature for all three (3) agencies contact:

David Broadwell Grants Officer, Code 255 Office of Naval Research 875 North Randolph Street Arlington, VA 22203-1995


Deadline Details: 


White Paper Inquiries and Questions 15 June 2018 (Friday)

White Papers must be received no later than 29 June 2018 (Friday) at 11:59 PM Eastern Time

Application Inquiries and Questions 02 October 2018 (Tuesday)

Applications must be received no later than 16 October 2018 (Tuesday) at 11:59 PM Eastern Tim

The Department of Defense (DoD) Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative (MURI), one element of the University Research Initiative (URI), is sponsored by the DoD research offices. Those offices include the Office of Naval Research (ONR), the Army Research Office (ARO), and the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR).

DOD's MURI program addresses high risk basic research and attempts to understand or achieve something that has never been done before. The program was initiated over 25 years ago and it has regularly produced significant scientific breakthroughs with far reaching consequences to the fields of science, economic growth, and revolutionary new military technologies. Key to the program’s success is the close management of the MURI projects by Service program officers and their active role in providing research guidance.

White papers and proposals addressing the following topics should be submitted to the Office of Naval Research (ONR):

Topic 1: Fundamental Limits on Information Latency; Purdy

Topic 2: Molecularly Programmable Graphene Architecture (MPGA); Baatar

Topic 3: Identifying invariances for improved modeling and prediction of oceanographic phenomena; Harper

Topic 4: Self-Assembly for High Performance Organic Electronics; Armistead

Topic 5: Bio-inspired high-dimension control through models of cephalopod distributed information processing; McKenna

Topic 6: Active Perception and Knowledge Exploitation in Navigation and Spatial Awareness; Steinberg

Topic 7: Advanced Analytical and Computational Modeling of Arctic Sea Ice; Malek-Madani

Topic 8: Topology & Advanced Dynamics of Coupled Human/Machine Systems; Holm-Hansen

White papers and proposals addressing the following topics should be submitted to the Army Research Office (ARO):

Topic 9: Clearing Your Head: The Glymphatic System and Restorative Effects of Sleep, Munson-Gregory

Topic 10: Foundations of Emergent Computation and Self-Organized Adaptation, Stanton- Baker

Topic 11: Multi-layer Network Modeling of Plant and Pollen Distribution across Space and Time, Strand-Garcia

Topic 12: Near Field Radiative Heat Energy Transfer between Nanostructured Materials, Varanasi-Ulrich

Topic 13: Networked Interactions Governing Community Dynamics, Kokoska-Garcia

Topic 14: Prediction and Control in Particulate Systems, Myers-Barzyk

Topic 15: Reactive and non-Reactive Scattering from Targeted Molecular Quantum States, Parker-Baker

Topic 16: Unified Decision Theory: From Bounded to Unbounded Rationality, Iyer-Myers

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

Topic 17: THz Electronics Based on Antiferromagnets

Topic 18: Quantum Information Concepts from Tensor Networks and the Holographic Principle

Topic 19: 2D Heterostructures for Flexible, Lightweight Electronics and Optoelectronics

Topic 20: Feedback control and sparse neural signals

Topic 21: Dissipation Engineering in Open Quantum Systems

Topic 22: Group-IV Alloy Synthesis and Materials Properties

Topic 23: Neuromorphic Networks for Multifunctional Intelligent Systems

Topic 24: Microstructurally-aware Continuum Models for Energetic Materials