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The Department of Defense is pleased to announce that the Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) seeking proposals for 2016 Minerva Research Initiative awards has been released!

Download here (under “Related Documents”):
http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/search-grants.html?keywords=minerva
There may be amendments along the way — make sure you download the most current version!

Minerva is a defense social science research program seeking fundamental understanding of the social and cultural forces shaping U.S. strategic interests globally. The program is overseen by the Office of the Secretary of Defense and conducted in partnership with the Army Research Office, Air Force Office of Scientific Research, and the Office of Naval Research.

White papers and full proposals are solicited which propose basic research related to the five (5) topics and associated subtopics listed below. More detailed descriptions of each — found online and in Section IX of the FOA referenced above — are intended to provide the proposer a frame of reference.  Topics are not mutually exclusive and proposals may consider issues relating to questions, scope, or regions beyond those listed.

(1) Identity, Influence, and Mobilization
Culture, identity, and security
Influence and mobilization for change
(2) Contributors to Societal Resilience and Change
Governance and rule of law
Migration and urbanization
Populations and demographics
Environment and natural resources
Economics
(3) Power and Deterrence
Global order
Power projection and diffusion
Beyond conventional deterrence
Area studies
(4) Analytical methods and metrics for security research
(5) Innovations in National Security, Conflict, and Cooperation

Proposals will be considered both for single-investigator awards as well as larger, multidisciplinary and multi-institution teams.  This competition is open to institutions of higher education (universities), including DoD institutions of higher education and foreign universities.  Non-profit institutions and commercial entities are also eligible to compete as collaborators on university-led proposals.

Scheduled deadlines:
– White Papers: Monday, February 29     by 3:00 PM EST
– Full Proposals: Friday, June 17               by 3:00 PM EST

Visit http://minerva.dtic.mil often for any updates to the FY 2016 Minerva Research Initiative FOA and for answers to frequently asked questions, as well as links to ongoing Minerva research efforts. Watch the site and our Twitter feed for a planned webinar with a program overview and Q&A in coming weeks.