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In 2014, firstname.lastname@example.org will go away permanently and will be replaced with the address email@example.com. Site links will help avoid address typos.
The Minerva Research Initiative white paper competition for 2014 awards is now closed. If you submitted a white paper and have not received feedback on Minerva program interest, please contact us ASAP. Watch @DoDMinerva on twitter for updates.
If you missed the deadline for the 2014 white paper competition or were not sent an invitation for proposal, it is possible but discouraged to submit a full proposal for consideration. Please reach out to the relevant topic chief to explain why the deadline was missed, succinctly describe the research concept (a few sentences at most), and the topic chief will let you know if there is adequate program interest for you to submit.
More details about the 2014 Minerva competition are listed here.
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.
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.
For additional information regarding the Minerva Initiative, email us.