Multidisciplinary Research Program of the University Research Initiative (FY17 AF SUBMISSION)

Funding Opportunity Number: N00014-16-R-FO05
Opportunity Category: Discretionary
Funding Instrument Type: Grant
Category of Funding Activity: Science and Technology and other Research and Development
CFDA Number: 12.800
Eligible Applicants Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
Private institutions of higher education
Others (see text field entitled “Additional Information on Eligibility” for clarification)
Agency Name: DOD-AFOSR
Closing Date: Nov 15, 2016
Award Ceiling: $7,500,000
Expected Number of Awards: 8
Creation Date: Apr 15, 2016
Funding Opportunity Description: The MURI program supports basic research in science and engineering at U.S. institutions of higher education (hereafter referred to as “universities”) that is of potential interest to DoD. The program is focused on multidisciplinary research efforts where more than one traditional discipline interacts to provide rapid advances in scientific areas of interest to the DoD. As defined in the DoD Financial Management Regulation: Basic research is systematic study directed toward greater knowledge or understanding of the fundamental aspects of phenomena and of observable facts without specific applications towards processes or products in mind. It includes all scientific study and experimentation directed toward increasing fundamental knowledge and understanding in those fields of the physical, engineering, environmental, and life sciences related to long-term national security needs. It is farsighted high payoff research that provides the basis for technological progress (DoD 7000.14-R, vol. 2B, chap. 5, para. 050201.B).DoD’s basic research program invests broadly in many specific fields to ensure that it has early cognizance of new scientific knowledge. The FY 2017 MURI competition is for the topics listed below. Detailed descriptions of the topics and the Topic Chief for each can be found in Section VIII, entitled, “Specific MURI Topics,” of this FOA. The detailed descriptions are intended to provide the offeror a frame of reference and are not meant to be restrictive to the possible approaches to achieving the goals of the topic and the program. Innovative ideas addressing these research topics are highly encouraged. White papers and full proposals addressing the following topics should be submitted to the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR):Topic 1 (AFOSR): Foundations of Interactive Protocols for Quantum Computation and Communications Topic 2 (AFOSR): Bioinspired Low-Energy Information Processing Topic 3 (AFOSR): Autonomous Research Systems for Materials Development Topic 4 (AFOSR): Beam/Wave Dynamics in Geometrically Complex Systems with Emitting Boundaries Topic 5 (AFOSR): Atmospheric disturbances at high altitudes Topic 6 (AFOSR): Revolutionary Advances in Computational Quantum Many Body Physics Topic 7 (AFOSR): Melanin: Unique Biopolymers for Functional Precision Nanoscale Materials Topic 8 (AFOSR): Adaptive Oxides for Biomimetic Synapse Design via Modulation of Internal States White papers and full proposals addressing the following topics should be submitted to the Office of Naval Research (ONR):Topic 9 (ONR): Physics, Chemistry and Mechanics of Polymer Dielectric Breakdown Topic 10 (ONR): Percept formation and scene analysis in echo locating systems Topic 11 (ONR): Phase Change Materials for Photonics Topic 12 (ONR): Event Representation and Episodic Memory Topic 13 (ONR): Nonlinear Phenomena and Interactions Induced by Short and Ultra-Short Pulsed Lasers in the Long-Wave Infrared Regime Topic 14 (ONR): High-Fidelity Simulation Methodologies for Multi-Phase Flows Topic 15 (ONR): Novel Approaches to Modeling Factions and Conflict Topic 16 (ONR): Assuring Composability and Correctness for Intelligent and Learning Systems that Interact with Unstructured Physical Environments White papers and full proposals addressing the following topics should be submitted to the Army Research Office (ARO):Topic 17 (ARO): Additive 3D Self-Assembly of Responsive Materials Topic 18 (ARO): Anyons in 2D materials and cold Atomic gases Topic 19 (ARO): Characterization of Information Content in Data for Multimodal Data Analysis Topic 20 (ARO): Nutritional and Environmental Effects on the Gut Microbiome and Cognition Topic 21 (ARO): Spectral Decomposition and Control of Strongly Coupled Nonlinear Interacting Systems Topic 22 (ARO): Toward Room Temperature Exciton-Polaritonics Topic 23 (ARO): Cyber Deception through Active Leverage of Adversaries’ Cognition Process Proposals from a team of university investigators are warranted when the necessary expertise in addressing the multiple facets of the topics may reside in different universities, or in different departments in the same university. By supporting multidisciplinary teams, the program is complementary to other DoD basic research programs that support university research through single-investigator awards. Proposals shall name one Principal Investigator (PI) as the responsible technical point of contact. Similarly, one institution shall be the primary awardee for the purpose of award execution. The PI shall come from the primary institution. The relationship among participating institutions and their respective roles, as well as the apportionment of funds including sub-awards, if any, shall be described in both the proposal text and the budget.For topic 19, proposals are invited that include participation from UK academic institutions (see Section III.2); however, UK participation is not a requirement. In the case of proposals with UK participation, there still should be a single US primary institution and one PI submitting the overall proposal. However, funding for the UK participation will be allocated separately by the UK government



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