Multidisciplinary Research Program of the University Research Initiative (MURI)


This MURI competition is open only to, and proposals are to be submitted only by, U.S. institutions of higher education (universities) including DoD institutions of higher education, with degree-granting programs in science and/or engineering.



ONR MURI Program Point of Contact:
Dr. Ellen Livingston
MURI Program Manager
Office of Naval Research, Code 03R
Mailing address:
Office of Naval Research One Liberty Center
875 North Randolph Street, Suite 1409
Arlington, VA 22203-1995

Questions of a business nature for all three (3) services shall be directed to ONR as specified below:
David Broadwell
Grants Officer,
Code 25 Office of Naval Research
875 North Randolph Street
Arlington, VA 22203-1995

Deadline Details: 

Your white paper must be received no later than Monday, July 17, 2017 at 11:59 PM Eastern Daylight Time

Proposal must be received no later than Wednesday, November 1, 2017 at 11:59 PM Eastern Daylight Time

Inquiries and Questions Deadlines White Papers: Friday, June 30, 2017; Proposals: Wednesday, October 11, 2017

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 specific fields to ensure that it has early cognizance of new scientific knowledge. The FY 2018 MURI competition is for the topics listed below. Detailed descriptions of the topics and the Topic Chief for each can be found in Section VIII, entitled, “SPECIFIC MURI TOPICS,” of this FOA. 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 Systems

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 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.

The total amount of funding for five years available for grants resulting from this MURI FOA is estimated to be approximately $170 million dollars pending out-year appropriations. MURI awards are contingent on availability of funds, the specific topic, and the scope of the proposed work. Typical annual funding per grant is in the $1.25M to $1.5M range. The amount of the award and the number of supported researchers should generally not exceed the limit specified for the individual topics in Section VIII.