Department of Defense Seeks Research Proposals from SBE Sciences

July 27, 2011

by Paula Skedsvold

The Department of Defense (DoD) is seeking new research proposals from the social sciences in order to “meet the challenges of the 21st century.” Through the MINERVA Research Initiative, DoD intends to support university-based social science basic research to improve understanding of the social, cultural, behavioral, and political forces that influence regions of the world important to the U.S. The initiative was first launched in 2008 and a second round is scheduled for Spring 2012.

DoD seeks white papers and full proposals for basic research in:

  • Strategic impact of religious and cultural changes
  • Terrorism and terrorist ideologies
  • Science, technology and military transformations in China and developing states
  • National security implications of energy and environmental stress
  • New theories of cross-domain deterrence
  • Regime and social dynamics in failed, failing, and fragile authoritarian states
  • New approaches to understanding dimensions of national security, conflict, and cooperation

White papers are due by September 16, 2011, and full proposals by November 22, 2011.

For more information, visit http://minerva.dtic.mil.