Vincent Liu and David Snoke Among 2017 MURI Awardees

The 2017 Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative (MURI) awards were announced last week. The Department of Defense (DoD) has issued 23 awards totaling $163 million to academic institutions to perform multidisciplinary basic research. Vincent Liu and David Snoke are part of two teams who received a MURI award:

W. Vincent Liu is a subawardee in the ARO-funded topic: Anyons in 2D materials and cold Atomic gases (with a UC-Santa Barbara lead) and David Snoke is a subawardee in the ARO-funded topic: Toward Room Temperature Exciton-Polaritonics (with a Michigan lead).

Of note, Pitt performed well with involvement in a total of 4 awards, with MIT having a similar number of awards and Berkeley having a total of 5 awards this year.

The highly competitive MURI program complements other DoD basic research efforts that support traditional, single-investigator university research grants.  By supporting multidisciplinary teams with larger and longer awards in carefully chosen and timely research topics identified for their long-term importance, DoD and the military services enhance the potential for significant and sustained advancement of the research in critical areas.

The news release can be found here and the awards listing here.