**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.**

Minerva’s Defense Education and Civilian University Research (DECUR) Partnership aims to develop collaborative basic research partnerships between Defense Professional Military Education (PME) Institutions and Civilian Research Universities by supporting basic research projects that improve capacities in defense related basic social science to inform Department of Defense (DoD) policy makers and decision leaders.

The Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) is interested in receiving applications for Minerva’s DECUR Partnership. The DECUR Partnership aims to develop collaborative basic research partnerships between PME Institutions and Civilian Research Universities by supporting fundamental scientific research that improves the capacity of security-related basic social science research and education. Building upon the success of Minerva’s university research awards, the DECUR Partnership aims to pair civilian university researchers with PME faculty to facilitate collaborative research in the 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 2022 National Defense Strategy.

Topic 1: Socio-economic vulnerability to climate change
Topic 2: Deterrence in the future operating environment
Topic 3: Russian speakers in online spaces
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 

Award Ceiling: $400,000
Estimated Number of Awards: 6

Application Deadline:  October 4, 2023 (White paper); December 12, 2023 (Application)