DOD Minerva Research Initiative - Defense Social Science Program

Sponsor Deadline: 

Sep 29, 2021

Letter of Intent Deadline: 

Jun 23, 2021


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DOD Minerva Research Initiative
White Papers (strongly encouraged):  June 23, 2021 3:00 PM ET
Full Proposals:  September 29, 2021 3:00 PM ET

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 interest 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 nine topics listed below.  Innovative white papers and proposals related to these research areas are highly encouraged.

Topic 1: Social Implications of Environmental Change

Topic 2: Resource Competition, Social Cohesion, and Strategic Climate Resilience

Topic 3: Security Risks in Ungoverned, Semi-Governed, and Differently-Governed Spaces

Topic 4: Analysis of Foreign Influence Operations in Cross-Cultural Perspective

Topic 5: Community Studies on Online and Offline Influence

Topic 6: Computational Social Science Research on Difficult-to-Access Environments

Topic 7: Social and Cultural Implications of Artificial Intelligence

Topic 8: Humans and Outer Space

Topic 9: Management and Information in the Defense Environment