This Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative (MURI) project
Department of Defense (Office of the Secretary of
Defense -- OSD)
and administered by the
Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR).
The program manager is Dr. Jon Sjogren.
The total amount of funding of our team is $5.5m for five
years (including two as an option).
Our team was the only one funded out of 8 competing proposals.
U.S. DoD News Release, February 28, 2005
The following news release is an excerpt from the web
site of the United States Department of Defense:
Universities Selected for Research Funding
The Department of Defense (DoD) today announced plans to award 33 research grants to 27
universities totaling about $15 million in fiscal year 2005 and about
$29.2 million per year starting in fiscal year 2006 for a total of $146.6 million over
five years. These academic institutions will receive the grants to conduct multidisciplinary
research in 26 topic areas of basic science and engineering which will be made under
the DoD Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative (MURI) program.
All awards are subject to the successful completion of negotiations between DoD
research offices and the academic institutions.
The MURI program is designed to address large multidisciplinary
topic areas representing exceptional opportunities for future DoD applications and
technology options. The awards will provide long-term support for research, graduate
students and laboratory instrumentation development that supports specific science and
engineering research themes vital to national defense.
The average award will be $900-thousand a year over a three-year period.
Two additional years of funding will be possible as options, bringing the total award
to five years. Out-year funding is subject to satisfactory progress in the research and
the availability of funding appropriations.
This announcement is the result of a rigorous competition over many months under the MURI program.
In response to the MURI broad agency announcement solicitation, many letters of intent to
submit proposals were received leading to 121 full proposals which were evaluated by DoD
technical expert teams.