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The Minerva Research Initiative (Minerva) emphasizes questions of strategic importance to U.S. national security policy. It seeks to increase the Department’s intellectual capital in the social sciences and improve its ability to address future challenges and build bridges between the Department and the social science community. Minerva brings together universities and other research institutions around the world and supports multidisciplinary and cross-institutional projects addressing specific interest areas determined by the Department of Defense. The Minerva program aims to promote research in specific areas of social science and to promote a candid and constructive relationship between DoD and the social science academic community.

The Minerva Research Initiative competition is for research related to nine (9) topics listed below. Innovative white papers and proposals related to these research areas are highly encouraged. Detailed descriptions of the interest areas—which are intended to provide a frame of reference and are not meant to be restrictive—can be found in Section IX, “Minerva Topics.”

Topic 1: Social Implications of Environmental Change
Topic 2: Resource Competition, Social Cohesion, and Strategic Climate Resilience
Topic 3: Security Risks in Ungoverned, Semi-Governed, and Differently-Governed Spaces
Topic 4: Analysis of Foreign Influence Operations in Cross-Cultural Perspective
Topic 5: Community Studies on Online and Offline Influence
Topic 6: Computational Social Science Research on Difficult-to-Access Environments
Topic 7: Social and Cultural Implications of Artificial Intelligence
Topic 8: Humans and Outer Space
Topic 9: Management and Information in the Defense Environment

Estimated Total Program Funding:$15,000,000
Award Ceiling: $1,000,000
Expected Number of Awards: 20

Application Deadline: June 23, 2021 (White Paper); September 29, 2021 (Full Proposal)

Announcement: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=333371