The Office of the Secretary of Defense is pleased to announce that the Minerva Research Initiative competition for 2014 awards is now open!
White Papers: Monday, November 18, 2013 at 3:00 PM EST
Full Proposals: Friday, February 14, 2014 by 3:00 PM EST
Download Broad Agency Announcement (please make sure you download the most current version!)
White papers and full proposals are 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 will once again consider proposals ranging from single-investigator awards to larger, multidisciplinary and multi-institution teams. This competition will 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 expected once again to be eligible to compete as collaborators on university-led proposals.
In 2013 fourteen university-led projects ranging in size from $200K to $1M were awarded Minerva grants, with research just begun or about to begin. We look forward to a new cohort of interesting and important basic research efforts to begin in Fall 2014.
More questions? Our frequently-asked questions page may be able to help!
Though the budgetary environment remains uncertain, both the President's Budget recommendations to Congress for Fiscal Year 2014 and Congressional committees' own recommendations indicated very strong support for the growth of the program. Nothing is certain until a complete budget is passed by Congress however, the timeline of which remains uncertain. and the Minerva Steering Committee is working to demonstrate to Congress the future and current value of Minerva research as they consider the next year's budget.