Multidisciplinary Research Program of the University Research Initiative (FY22 Air Force Submission)

Funding Agency:
Department of Defense

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) (hereafter collectively referred to as "DoD agencies").

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.

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. 


  • White Papers: June 7, 2021
  • Applications: Sep. 27, 2021

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Areas of Interest

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

  • Topic 1: Social Network-Transcendent Behavioral Dynamics
  • Topic 2: Microelectronic Test Science Exploiting Latent Energy and Electromagnetic Radiation
  • Topic 3: Cavity Molecular Polaritons
  • Topic 4: Effects of Radiation Damage on Performance of Wide-Bandgap Electronics
  • Topic 5: Understanding Neural Systems Integration for Competent Autonomy in Decision and Control
  • Topic 6: Nonlinear Optical Material Design with Extreme Interband Nonlinearities
  • Topic 7: Synthetic Quantum Matter
  • Topic 8: Composability of Synthetic Biological Circuits

Eligibility Requirements

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.

Amount Description

The total amount of funding for the five years available for grants resulting from this MURI FOA is estimated to be approximately $190 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 II. H.

Funding Type





Engineering and Physical Sciences
Environmental & Life Sciences
Medical - Basic Science
Social Sciences

External Deadline

September 27, 2021