AFOSR - Funding Opportunities - University Research Initiative (URI)

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Defense University Research Instrumentation Program (DURIP)  
Multidisciplinary Research Program of the University Research Initiative (MURI)  
Presidential Early Career Award in Science & Engineering (PECASE)


This program is administered through the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, the Army Research Office, and the Office of Naval Research. The DURIP program is for the acquisition of major equipment by U.S institutions of higher education to augment current or develop new research capabilities to support research in technical areas of interest to the DoD. DURIP is open only to U.S. institutions of higher education, with degree granting programs in science, math, and/or engineering. Proposing institutions should be seeking to purchase instrumentation in support of research areas of interest to the DoD, including areas of research supported by the administering agencies. Proposals to purchase instrumentation may request $50,000 to $1,500,000. Awards are typically one year in length. For details on the proposal submission process and further specifics on the DURIP, check the list of the latest BAAs.
Ms. Katie Wisecarver
Tele: (703) 696-9544
DSN 426-9544
FAX: (703) 696-7363



MURI supports basic research in the science and engineering areas intersecting more than one traditional discipline. The program is focused on multidisciplinary team efforts to address issues of critical concern to the DoD and the AF. The goal of this program is to advance defense research, accelerate technology transition, and educate scientists and engineers in the interdisciplinary areas important to national defense.

MURI is a DoD-wide program which complements other DoD programs that support university research through the single-investigator awards. The awards are typically for a period of three years with two additional years as options. New awards can be funded up to $1.5M per year, with the actual amount contingent upon the availability of funds, the specific topic and the scope of the proposed work. All the award selections result from a merit based competition of the proposals. Proposal submission is a two-stage process including white papers and full proposals.

The MURI 2018 Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is available on

Chakila Tillie
Tele: (703) 588-1773
DSN 425-1773,
FAX: (703) 696-1003

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      The PECASE recognize some of the nation's finest scientists and engineers who, while early in their research careers, show exceptional potential for leadership at the frontiers of scientific knowledge during the 21st century. The Awards foster innovative and far-reaching developments in science and technology, increase awareness of careers in science and engineering, give recognition to the scientific missions of participating agencies, enhance connections between fundamental research and national goals, and highlight the importance of science and technology for the nation's future. The Awards are conferred annually at the White House following recommendations from participating agencies.

      To be eligible for the PECASE, an individual must be a U.S. citizen, national, or permanent resident with no more than five years from receipt of the doctorate degree. Each award will be $200K per year for five years. AFOSR awardees will be selected from among highly qualified institute of higher education principal investigators to AFOSR or former National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) fellowship recipients. Candidates must hold tenure-track positions at U.S. universities. Individuals can not apply to the PECASE program but must be nominated by an AFOSR Program Officer and have a proposal that addresses U.S. Air Force research interests as described in the current AFOSR Broad Agency Announcement (BAA). Furthermore, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy will make the final selection and announcement of the awardees.

      Ellen D. Montgomery
      (703) 588-8527
      DSN 425-8527
      FAX: (703) 696-8450
      Email: or 


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