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Funding Opportunities

The Minerva Research Initiative competition for 2014 awards is now closed. A new BAA for Fiscal Year 2015 is expected to be released in late Summer 2014; watch @DoDMinerva on twitter for updates.

Scheduled deadlines for FY 2014 solicitation:
White Papers: Monday, November 18, 2013 at 3:00 PM EST -- deadline passed
Full Proposals: Tuesday, February 18, 2014 by 3:00 PM EST -- deadline passed

All full proposals must be submitted according to guidelines listed in the most current version of the Minerva Broad Agency Announcement (BAA).

More solicitation details

In FY14 white papers and full proposals were solicited which propose basic research in the four topics / twelve subtopics. The more detailed descriptions of each (found in the released Broad Agency Announcement) are intended to provide the proposer a frame of reference and are not meant to be restrictive. Topics are not mutually exclusive and proposals may consider issues relating to questions, scope, or regions beyond those listed.

The 2014 solicitation once again considered proposals ranging from single-investigator awards to larger, multidisciplinary and multi-institution teams. This competition was open to institutions of higher education (universities), including DoD institutions of higher education and non-U.S. universities. Non-profit institutions and commercial entities were again eligible to compete as collaborators on university-led proposals.

Budgetary news and updates

The Fiscal Year 2014 budget appropriation passed by Congress allocates approximately $17.8 million in support of the Minerva program, most though not all of which goes to support Minervaís university-led research efforts.

The Presidentís Budget Recommendation for Fiscal Year 2015 was released in March 2014. The Minerva Steering Committee continues working to demonstrate to Congress the future and current value of Minerva research as its committees consider appropriation levels for FY15.