Department Of Defense

The Department of Defense (DOD) released the broad agency announcement (BAA) for the fiscal year (FY) 2021 Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative (MURI), as part of the larger University Research Initiative (URI) aimed at institutions of higher education.  The MURI program supports high-risk basic research in science and engineering, and each program is managed by a program manager from one of the Services.

These are the FY 2021 MURI Grant Opportunities issued by each Military Service available at

  1. N00014-20-S-F003 (Navy)
  2. W911NF-20-S-0009 (Army)
  3. FOA-AFRL-AFOSR-2020-0002 (Air Force).

Funding and Award Size: Individual awards are expected to be $1.25 to $1.5 million per year for a base period of three years with the option to extend the grant for an additional two years, bringing the total maximum term of the award to five years.

Timeline for Submission:

  • Questions regarding white papers are due by May 18, 2020
  • White papers are due on June 1, 2020
  • Questions regarding full proposals are due by August 31, 2020
  • Full proposals are due on September 14, 2020

The Department of Defense (DoD) Appropriations Act provides research funding for the following peer reviewed programs managed by the Department of Defense, Office of Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP):

Additional Supported DoD Programs/Projects

Medical Simulation and Information Sciences Research Program (JPC-1)
Military Infectious Diseases Research Program (JPC-2)
Military Operational Medicine Research Program (JPC-5)
Combat Casualty Care Research Program (JPC-6)
Radiation Health Effects Research Program (JPC-7)
Clinical and Rehabilitative Medicine Research Program (JPC-8)

U.S. Army Research Laboratory (ARL)

The U.S. Army Research Laboratory (ARL) program consists of basic and applied research and survivability/lethality and human factors analysis. Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) is a competitive solicitation procedure used to obtain proposals for basic and applied research and that part of development not related to the development of a specific system or hardware procurement.

New Opportunity to Engage USAMRMC for Health and Biomedical Research

The U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command (USAMRMC) recently issued a new opportunity for investigators to engage with the Department of Defense (DOD) on biomedical and health-related research. The Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program (CDMRP) recently launched a new feedback submission feature to its website. Investigators can use the form to submit an abstract for feedback or ask questions. Further, stakeholders now have the option to provide input on programs and process recommendations, as well as submit reviewer nominations and other feedback. The form and submission instructions are available at: This tool demonstrates interest in expanding interactions with the research community beyond annual Broad Agency Announcements (BAAs) and CDMRP funding opportunity announcements (FOAs). Interested investigators are strongly encouraged to use these mechanisms to build and to improve relationships with MRMC.