Deadlines
  • LOI: 06/20/2019
  • Proposal: 09/26/2019

Funding

  • Amount: $150,000 - $1m per year
  • Duration: 3-5 years

Scope

Just as the Cold War gave rise to new ideas and fields of study such as game theory and Kremlinology, the challenges facing the world today call for a broader conception and application of national power that goes beyond military capability. The Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) is interested in receiving proposals for the Minerva Research Initiative (http://minerva.defense.gov), a university-led defense social science program seeking fundamental understanding of the social and cultural forces shaping U.S. strategic interests globally. OSD is particularly interested in projects that align with and support the National Defense Strategy, found at:
https://www.defense.gov/Portals/1/Documents/pubs/2018-National-Defense-Strategy-Summary.pdf

The Minerva Research Initiative (Minerva) emphasizes questions of strategic importance to U.S. national security policy. It seeks to increase the Department’s intellectual capital in the social sciences and improve its ability to address future challenges and build bridges between the Department and the social science community. Minerva brings together universities and other research institutions around the world and supports multidisciplinary and cross-institutional projects addressing specific interest areas determined by the Department of Defense. The Minerva program aims to promote research in specific areas of social science and to promote a candid and constructive relationship between DoD and the social science academic community.
The Minerva Research Initiative competition is for research related to nine (9) topics listed below. Innovative white papers and proposals related to these research areas are highly encouraged. Detailed descriptions of the interest areas—which are intended to provide a frame of reference and are not meant to be restrictive—can be found in Section IX, “Minerva Topics.”

Topic 1: Peer/Near-peer Statecraft, Influence, and Regional Balance of Power
Topic 2: Power, Deterrence, and Escalation Management
Topic 3: Alliances and Burden-Sharing
Topic 4: Economic Interdependence and Security
Topic 5: Economic Viability, Resilience, and Sustainability of Logistics Infrastructure
Topic 6: Multi-Doman Behavioral Complexity and Computational Social Modeling
Topic 7: Autonomy, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Ethics, and Social Interactions
Topic 8: Models and Methods for Understanding Covert Online Influence
Topic 9: Automated Cyber Vulnerability Analysis

Contact Information

Each topic has an agency contact listed in the detailed topic description.