Minerva Initiative Minerva Initiative

Funding Opportunities

Multi-year University-Led Projects

The Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) seeks proposals from university researchers and university-led teams for the Minerva Research Initiative, a university-led defense social science program seeking fundamental understanding of the social and cultural forces shaping U.S. strategic interests globally. [see the Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) at grants.gov]

Submissions should propose basic research relevant to the five core topic areas. The more detailed descriptions of each (found in the released FOA) are intended to provide the proposer a frame of reference though not to be restrictive. Topics are not mutually exclusive and proposals may consider issues relating to questions, scope, or regions beyond those listed.

The 2016 solicitation once again considers proposals ranging from single-investigator awards to larger, multidisciplinary and multi-institution teams. This competition is open to institutions of higher education (universities), including DoD institutions of higher education and non-U.S. universities. Non-profit institutions and commercial entities are again eligible to compete as collaborators on university-led proposals.

More details are posted on our FAQ page. [Note: An FOA is functionally the same as the old Broad Agency Announcements (BAA).]

Significant Dates & Times (anticipated)

  • February 15: Last day for White Paper questions to Topic Chiefs
  • February 29 at 3:00 PM EST: White papers due to osd.minerva@mail.mil
  • April 29: Notification to proposers of full proposal invitations
  • June 3: Last day for Full Proposal questions to Topic Chiefs
  • June 17 at 3:00 PM EST: Full proposals due through grants.gov site
  • August 27: Notification of Selection for Award
  • January 1, 2017: Awards in place

Research for Defense Education Faculty

Details on the Minerva R-DEF program, supporting research at our defense education institutions, are given here.

A new Minerva R-DEF competition for larger research-supporting awards (~$20-80K) will be held in parallel with the university competition. For smaller R-DEF Auxiliary awards, contact us to confirm whether your institution participates in this program.