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Department of Defense Announces University Research Funding Awards

March 3, 2022

The Department of Defense announced $195 million in Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative (MURI) awards for the Fiscal Year 2022 (FY22) competition to 28 research teams pursuing basic research spanning multiple scientific disciplines. These grants will be provided to teams located across 63 U.S. academic institutions for five years each, subject to satisfactory research progress and the availability of funds. 

“By supporting teams whose members have diverse sets of expertise, the MURI program acknowledges that the complexities of modern science and engineering challenges often intersect more than one discipline and require creative and diverse approaches to tackle these problems.  This cross-fertilization of ideas can accelerate research progress to enable more rapid R&D breakthroughs and hasten the transition of basic research findings to practical application,” said Dr. Bindu Nair, Director, Basic Research Office, Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Research and Engineering (OUSD (R&E). “It is a program that signifies a legacy of scientific impact and remains a cornerstone of the DoD’s basic research portfolio.”

Since its inception in 1985, the tri-Service MURI program has supported teams of investigators with the hope that collective insight from multiple disciplines could facilitate the growth of newly emerging technologies to address the Department’s unique problem sets. The highly-competitive MURI program, which complements the Department’s single-investigator basic research grants, has made immense contributions to both defense and society at large. Notable examples include advances in development of new theories, algorithms, and automated toolsets to speed synthesis of novel energetics for the DoD, including energetics; modeling and tools to understand and predict population migration due to naturally occurring and human-caused events; and development of novel materials with unprecedented optical, thermal, and mechanical properties for a wide array of DoD application. These and other important technological advances from the MURI program have had a significant impact on current and future military capabilities as well as multiple applications in the commercial sector. 

For the FY22 competition, the Army Research Office, the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, and the Office of Naval Research solicited proposals in 26 topic areas of strategic importance to the Department. From a merit-based review of approximately 340 proposals received, a panel of experts narrowed the proposals to a subset, from which the 28 final awards were selected.

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FY2022 Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative (MURI) - Selected Projects

Topic Number Topic Name Project Name Sponsoring Office Primary University Subaward Universities (1) University Location (state) Principal Investigator
1 Social Network-Transcendent Behavioral Dynamics Learning Dynamics and Detecting Causal Pathways in Coupled Online- Offline Systems AFOSR University of California, Los Angeles

University of California, Berkeley

Indiana University

University of Southern California

University of Colorado, Boulder
CA

CA

IN

CA

CO
P. Jeffrey Brantingham
2 Microelectronic Test Science Exploiting Latent Energy and Electromagnetic Radiation Comprehensive Minimally/non- invasive Multifaceted Assessment of Nano-/ microelectronic Devices (CoMMAND) AFOSR State University of New York at Buffalo

Columbia University

Boston University

University of Maryland, College Park

The University of Arizona
NY

NY

MA

MD

AZ
Paras N. Prasad
3 Cavity Molecular Polaritons MURI: Polariton Chemistry AFOSR University of California, San Diego

University of California, Merced

City University of New York

Pennsylvania State University
CA

CA

NY

PA
Wei Xiong
4 Effects of Radiation Damage on Performance of Wide-Bandgap Electronics REDESIGN: Radiation Effects preDiction through Experimentally validated Simulation of Gallium Nitride AFOSR Pennsylvania State University

Carnegie Mellon University

University of Iowa

University of Central Florida
PA

PA

IA

FL
Rongming Chu
5 Understanding Neural Systems Integration for Competent Autonomy in Decision and Control FLAP: Fast, Lexicographic Agile Integrates Decision and Control in a Spike-Resolved, Sensorimotor Program AFOSR Georgia Institute of Technology

University of Washington

Cornell University

Duke University

Florida International University
GA

WA

NY

NC

FL
Simon Sponberg
6 Nonlinear Optical Material Design with Extreme Interband Nonlinearities Atomic-scale Manipulations of Interband Optical Nonlinearities - (AtoMs➝IONs) AFOSR University of Texas at Austin

Harvard University

City University of New York, ASRC

University of California, Irvine
TX

MA

NY

CA
Seth Banks
7 Synthetic Quantum Matter Reimagining Atoms and Photons in SYnthetic, DYnamical, and INteracting Quantum matter (RAPSYDY IN Q) AFOSR Pennsylvania State University

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

University of Maryland, College Park

Stanford University

California Institute of Technology
PA

IL

MD

CA

CA
Mikael Rechtsman
8 Composability of Synthetic Biological Circuits Rules of Composition in Synthetic Biology Across Scales of Complexity: Theory and Tools AFOSR Massachusetts Institute of Technology

California Institute of Technology

Northeastern University
MA

CA

MA
Domitilla Del Vecchio
9 Bio-architected Responsive Materials with 3D Nanoscale Order 3D Nanomaterial Architectures with Programmable Reconfiguration States and Functions ARO Columbia University

Johns Hopkins University

University of Michigan

University of Wisconsin-Madison

University of Sydney (2)

University of Melbourne (2)

Swinburne University of Technology (2)
NY

MD

MI

WI

AUS

AUS

AUS
Oleg Gang
10 Topological Seeds of Complex Response in Materials Programming Multistable Origami and Kirigami Structures via Topological Design ARO Harvard University

Georgia Institute of Technology

University of Pennsylvania
MA

GA

PA
Katia Bertoldi
11 Connectivity and Transport in Disordered Hyperuniform Networks Transport in Disordered Hyperuniform Systems and Networks ARO Princeton University

Arizona State University

The Pennsylvania State University
NJ

AZ

PA
Salvatore Torquato
12 Irregular Metamaterial Networks Disorder Engineering: A Geometry- Enhanced Network Theory for Irregular Metamaterials ARO California Institute of Technology

University of Chicago

Northwestern University

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

University of California, Irvine
CA

IL

IL

MA

CA
Chiara Daraio
13 Uncovering the Underlying Neurobiological Mechanisms of Cognitive Fatigue Understanding and Predicting Cognitive Fatigue across Multiple Timescales, Distinct Aspects of Cognition, and Different Individuals with Multiscale Whole Cortex Models ARO University of Michigan

University of Arizona

Washington State University
MI

AZ

WA
Daniel Forger
14 Gut-Neuronal Signaling Through Polymeric Mucin via Chemical Probes and Imaging Mucin-mimetic Interventions to Modulate the Gut-Brain Axis ARO Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Tufts University

Boston College

Columbia University
MA

MA

MA

NY
Katharina Ribbeck
15 ELECTROBIOLOGY: Electronic Control of Biological Communication Faster, More Efficient, and Hybrid Computation in Microbial Bioelectronic Systems ARO Rice University

Tufts University

Virginia Tech University
TX

MA

VA
Caroline Ajo-Franklin
16 Novel Routes to Majorana Qubits for Topologically- Protected Quantum Information Epitaxial phase-biased Josephson junctions ONR New York University

Yale University

University at Buffalo – SUNY

University of Maryland, College Park

University of Pittsburgh

University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
NY

CT

NY

MD

PA

IL
Javad Shabani
17 Molecular Doping of Organic Electronic Materials Next Generation Molecular Dopants for Organic Electronics: From Fundamentals to New Device Concepts ONR University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

North Carolina State University

University of Washington

Iowa State University
NC

NC

WA

IA
Wei You
18 Learning from Hearing Neurobehavioral, Physiological, and Computational Processes of Auditory Object Learning in Mammals ONR Carnegie Mellon University

New College of Florida

University of Massachusetts - Dartmouth

University of Washington

University of Michigan

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
PA

FL

MA

WA

MI

MA
Barbara Shinn- Cunningham
Learning to Mine a Soundscape ONR Johns Hopkins University

University of Maryland, College Park

Carnegie Mellon University
MD

MD

PA
Mounya Elhilali
19 Hydrodynamics of Fish Schooling Revealing the Hydrodynamic Principles of Three-dimensional Fish Schools; From Biology to Schooling Robotics ONR Lehigh University

University of Virginia

Harvard University
PA

VA

MA
Keith Moored
20 Self-learning for Real-world Perception Intentional multi-modal self-learning to perceive and understand the real world ONR Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Stanford University
MA

CA
Leslie Kaelbling
Self-Learning Perception through Interaction with the Real World ONR University of California, Berkeley

New York University

Carnegie Mellon University
CA

NY

PA
Pieter Abbeel
21 Fundamental Non-equilibrium Processes in Weakly Ionized Hypersonic Flows Development of Validated Hypersonic Plasma Kinetics Models Including Atomic Excitation ONR University of Colorado Boulder

Stanford University

University of New Mexico

Ohio State University
CO

CA

NM

OH
Iain Boyd
22 Ab Initio Understanding of Detonation Based Combustion in Multiphase Mixtures Multiphase Detonation of Liquid Aeropropulsion Fuels ONR Stanford University

University of Connecticut

University of Southern California

University of Michigan

University of Central Florida

University of Virginia
CA

CT

CA

MI

FL

VA
Hai Wang
23 Bioinspired Design of Energy- Self Sufficient Multi-functional Soft Material Systems SERPENT: Self EneRgetic Propulsion ENTity ONR Cornell University

University of California, Los Angeles

University of California, San Diego

United States Naval Academy
NY

CA

CA

MD
Robert Shepherd
24 Systems-Level Foundations for Agile, Dynamic, and Ad Hoc Human Autonomy Teams HUDDLE: Human Autonomy Teaming in Uncertain and Dynamic Environments ONR University of California, San Diego

Pennsylvania State University

Princeton University

University of California, Santa Barbara

Michigan State University

University of Notre Dame

United States Military Academy
CA

PA

NJ

CA

MI

IN

NY
Laurel Riek
25 Environmental DNA-based Monitoring of the Marine Environment (ED- MON) MMARINeDNA: Marine MAmmal Remote detection via INnovative environmental DNA sampling ONR University of Washington

University of California, San Diego
WA

CA
Ryan Kelly
26 Flat Bands Beyond van der Waals Materials Topological Flat Bands for Correlated Electron Systems AFOSR University of California, Santa Barbara

University of California, Berkeley

University of California, San Diego
CA

CA

CA
Susanne Stemmer

(1) Team member institutions are subject to change at the discretion of the primary institution.


(2) Member of the US/AUS MURI Collaboration. AUS partners do not receive US MURI funding.