To support this participation, the Australian Government will offer grant funding to Australian universities collaborating on MURI research projects on designated topics through the US-Australia International MURI (AUSMURI).
The designated topics for AUSMURI for projects starting in 2018 are:
- Topic 1: Integrated Quantum Sensing and Control for High Fidelity Qubit Operations
- Topic 5: Embodied Learning and Control
- Topic 22: In situ Microstructural and Defect Evolution below the Micron Scale in as-Deposited Metal Alloys
Collaborative project proposals for MURI are due on 17 July 2017 in the form of a White Paper, to be submitted by a lead US university. If the collaborative MURI proposal is ultimately successful (announcement expected March 2018), the Australian team involved then formally applies for an AUSMURI grant which is based on eligibility only (no further merit process involved). Potential applicants should review both the AUSMURI grant guidelines and the US Funding Opportunity Announcement prior to developing a proposal.
For further information regarding MURI you can refer to the following US websites.
- Basic Research Office, Assistant Secretary for Defense Research & Engineering
- Office of Naval Research (ONR)
- Army Research Office (ARO)
- Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR)
The $25 million AUSMURI program will run over 9 years from 2017-18 to 2025-26. The program forms part of the Next Generation Technologies Fund that was announced as part of the 2016 Defence White Paper.
Defence expects to announce a new AUSMURI funding round with the designated topics annually, in line with the funding opportunity announcement of MURI in the US. The designated topics and the opening and closing dates of each round and any other relevant information will be published accordingly.
For further details about program guidelines and how to apply, please see the AUSMURI website
The Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP Media Release –