**Some programs are limited. Please read solicitations carefully and consult your Office of Research for specifics, such as limited applications through your university and internal application deadlines.**

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" or “DoD”).

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 DoD agencies involved in this program reserve the right to select for award all, some or none of the proposals submitted in response to this announcement. The DoD agencies provide no funding for direct reimbursement of proposal development costs. Technical and cost proposals (or any other material) submitted in response to this FOA will not be returned. It is the policy of the DoD agencies to treat all proposals as competition sensitive information and to disclose their contents only for the purposes of evaluation.

Awards will take the form of grants. FOR ARO SUBMISSIONS ONLY, awards will take the form of grants and/or cooperative agreements. Any assistance instrument awarded under this announcement will be governed by the award terms and conditions that conform to DoD’s implementation of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) circulars applicable to financial assistance. Terms and conditions will reflect DoD implementation of OMB guidance in 2 CFR Part 200, “Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards.”

White papers and proposals addressing the following topics should be submitted to the respective agency following the submission instruction in Section D.2.b).iii.(1).


  • Topic 1: Integrated Bio-Hybrid Actuators
  • Topic 2: Neuro-Inspired Distributed Deep Learning (NIDDL)
  • Topic 3: Chemical and Microbial Indicators of Permafrost Degradation from Changes in Climate
  • Topic 4: Dynamically Tunable and Enhanced Thermal Conductivity in Polymeric Materials
  • Topic 5: The Stranger Within: The Ecology of the Brain
  • Topic 6: Control Theory for Novel Quantum Error Correction 
  • Topic 7: Emergent Refractory Behaviors in Earth and Extraterrestrial Materials 


  • Topic 8: Supremacy over Quantum: Efficient Real-World Optimization on Stochastic Binary Networks
  • Topic 9: Identifying the Fundamental Properties of Biological Soft Structures Subjected to High Hydrostatic Pressure that Preserve Structural and Functional Integrity of Deep-Sea Organisms
  • Topic 10: Advance Mixed-Precision and Deep Learning Algorithms for Computation of Multiscale-Multiphysics and Optimization Models
  • Topic 11: Fundamental Processes in Solid-Fuel Combustion
  • Topic 12: Climate Change Risk and Decision Superiority
  • Topic 13: Twist on Photonics (TOP): Light-Matter Interactions Defined by Novel Degrees of Freedom
  • Topic 14: Building Overall Cognitive Capability through Attention Control
  • Topic 15: Assessing the Role of Marine Biology in Driving Ocean Mixing Using Autonomous Sampling of Microstructure and eDNA (BIOMIX)
  • Topic 16: Spatially Programmed Material Properties via Designed Meso-Structures
  • Topic 17: Excited State Chemistry of Preceramic Polymers

Application Deadline: May 16, 2022 (White Paper); September 9, 2022 11:59 PM ET (Full Application)

Announcement: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=337955