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The Minerva email address is changing!
In 2014, minerva@osd.mil will go away permanently and will be replaced with the address osd.pentagon.ousd-policy.list.minerva-admin@mail.mil. Site links will help avoid address typos.

2014 Minerva research competition

The Minerva Research Initiative competition for 2014 awards is now closed. If you submitted a full proposal through grants.gov and have not received confirmation from Erin Fitzgerald, please contact us ASAP. Watch @DoDMinerva on twitter for updates. More details about the 2014 Minerva competition are listed here.

2013 Minerva Meeting and Program Review

The September 11-12, 2013 Minerva Meeting convened grant awardees, senior and action level DoD personnel, and other distinguished representatives from national security communities of interest to freely discuss ongoing research and issues of interest to national security strategists. Further details -- including the agenda, presented slides, and a soon-to-be-posted summary report -- are posted here.

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What is Minerva?

Just as our military forces could not effectively operate without understanding the physical terrain and environment, detection of radical actors and regime disruptions is limited by our understanding of the cultural and political environments where those threats develop. The Minerva Research Initiative, initiated by former Secretary Gates in 2008, seeks to build deeper understanding of the social, cultural, and political dynamics that shape regions of strategic interest around the world.

Deeper understanding of global populations and their variance as provided by Minerva-funded research will yield more effective strategic and operational policy decisions. Minerva scholars have already briefed valuable, warfighter-relevant insights to senior officials such as the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, decision makers in the defense policy community, and on the ground to our combatant commands.

As the nascent program continues to grow, university-driven Minerva research will further enable critical social and cultural understanding to help decision makers effectively address today's known and tomorrow's unknown challenges.

Learn more about the objectives and history of the Minerva program.

For additional information regarding the Minerva Initiative, email us.