**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 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 eight (8) topics listed below. Innovative white papers and applications 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 Appendix B: Minerva Research Topics of Interest in the main NFO document.

Topic 1: Societal Cohesion in Crisis
Topic 2: Considering Societal Resilience at Multiple Scales
Topic 3: Sociotechnical Adaptation to Climate, Food, and Water Stress
Topic 4: Social Impact of Technological Change
Topic 5: Parasocial Relationships, Social Media, and Radicalization
Topic 6: Temporal Orientation and Strategic Considerations
Topic 7: Evolving Contexts of Deterrence
Topic 8: War Termination Processes and Prospects

Award Ceiling: $25,000,000
Award Floor: $1,000,000
Expected Number of Awards: 15

Application Deadline: White Papers Due: 16 January 2024 at 1500 Eastern; Full Applications Due: 2 April 2024 at 1500 Eastern