Fiscal Year (FY) 2013 Department of Defense Multidisciplinary Research Program of the University Research Initiative


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 interact to provide rapid advances in scientific areas of interest to the DoD. As defined by the DoD, “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.” ( The DoD’s basic research program invests broadly in many specific fields to ensure that it has early cognizance of new scientific knowledge.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Deleted 01/09/2013 (Archived.)
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Agency: Department of Defense
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
This MURI competition is open only to and full proposals are to be submitted only by, U.S. institutions of higher education (universities) including DoD institutions of higher education, with degree-granting programs in science and/or engineering. To the extent that it is a part of a U.S. institution of higher education and is not designated as an FFRDC, a University Affiliated Research Center (UARC) or other University Affiliated Laboratory (UAL) is eligible to submit a proposal to this MURI competition and receive MURI funds. However, the eligibility of a UAL (other than an FFRDC) to submit a URI proposal does not exempt the proposal from any evaluation factor contained in this Broad Agency Announcement. Ineligible organizations (e.g., industry, DoD laboratories, Federally Funded Research and Development Centers (FFRDCs), and foreign universities) may collaborate on the research but may not receive MURI funds, directly or via subaward. When a modest amount of additional funding for an ineligible organization is necessary to make the proposed collaboration possible, such funds may be requested via a separate proposal from that organization. This supplemental proposal should be attached to the primary MURI proposal and will be evaluated separately by the responsible Research Topic Chief. If approved, the supplemental proposal will be funded by the responsible agency using non-MURI funds. Since it is not certain that non-MURI funding would be available for ineligible organizations, Principal Investigators are encouraged to restrict funding requests to eligible organizations when practical. Awards under this BAA will be made only to U.S. Institutions of Higher Education which award degrees in science and/or engineering. Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and Minority Institutions (MIs) are encouraged to submit proposals and join others in submitting proposals. However, no portion of this BAA will be set aside for HBCU and MI participation.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Application Procedure
See BAA for white paper due dates
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
This program does not have cost sharing or matching requirements.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Headquarters Office
Kevin Bassler
Procurement Analyst
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