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Call for Funding Proposals, U.S. DoD Minerva Research Initiative

Submitted by syntaxfactory on January 31, 2016 - 4:22pm

Trevor Parry-Giles, NCA National Office,

Call for Funding Proposals, U.S. DoD Minerva Research Initiative

The Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) is interested in receiving proposals for the Minerva Research Initiative (, a university-led defense social science program seeking fundamental understanding of the social and cultural forces shaping U.S. strategic interests globally. 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 topic 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 the five (5) topics and associated subtopics. Innovative white papers and proposals related to these research topics are highly encouraged. Detailed descriptions of the topics can be found in Section IX, “Specific Minerva Research Initiative Topics”: I. Identity, Influence, and Mobilization Culture, identity, and security Influence and mobilization for change; II. Contributors to Societal Resilience and Change Governance and rule of law Migration and urbanization Populations and demographics Envi!
ronment and natural resources Economics; III. Power and Deterrence Global order Power projection and diffusion Beyond conventional deterrence Area studies; IV. Analytical methods and metrics for security research; V. Innovations in National Security, Conflict, and Cooperation. Proposals will be considered both for single-investigator awards as well as larger teams.

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