**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 Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) is interested in receiving proposals for the Minerva Research Initiative (http://minerva.defense.gov), a university-led defense social science program seeking fundamental understanding of the social and cultural forces shaping U.S. strategic interests globally. OSD is particularly interested in projects that align with and support the upcoming 2022 National Defense Strategy.

Minerva aims to improve DoD's basic understanding of the social, cultural, behavioral, and political forces that shape regions of the world of strategic importance to the U.S. The research program seeks to:

  • Leverage and focus the resources of the Nation's top universities;
  • Define and develop foundational knowledge about sources of present and future conflict with an eye toward better understanding of the political trajectories of key regions of the world; and
  • Improve the ability of DoD to develop cutting-edge social science research, foreign area and interdisciplinary studies, that is developed and vetted by the best scholars in these fields.

The Minerva Research Initiative competition is for research related to six (6) 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: Socio-economic vulnerability to climate change
Topic 2: Deterrence in the Future Operating Environment
Topic 3: Russian Speakers in Online Spaces 6
Topic 4: Power and Influence in the Era of Strategic Competition
Topic 5: The Arctic as a Polar Crossroads
Topic 6: Management and Information in the Defense Environment

Minerva brings together universities, research institutions, and individual scholars and supports interdisciplinary and cross-institutional projects addressing specific topic areas determined by the Secretary of Defense.

Expected Number of Awards: 12
Award Ceiling: $15,000,000
Award Floor: $1,000,000

Application Deadline: February 9, 2023