MINERVA Research Competition for 2013 Opens

August 21, 2012

by Paula Skedsvold

The MINERVA Research Initiative is a university-based basic social science research program launched by the Department of Defense in 2008. The goal is to improve the “fundamental understanding of the social, cultural, behavioral, and political forces that shape regions of the world of strategic importance to the U.S.”

Proposals are sought from single investigators as well as multidisciplinary and multi-institution teams. White papers and full proposals in the following topic areas are of interest: 

(1) Belief Formation and Movements for Change

(1-A) Belief formation and influence

(1-B) Group identities and cultural norms

(1-C) Movements for change

(1-D) Collaboration and competition between violent groups

(2) Models of Societal Resilience and Change

(2-A) Economic factors

(2-B) Energy, environment, and resource factors

(2-C) Other factors impacting societal stability and change

(3) Theories of Power and Deterrence

(3-A) The role of the state in a globalized world

(3-B) Cyber norms and governance

(3-C) Beyond conventional deterrence

(3-D) Emerging topics in power and deterrence

White papers are due September 30, 2012; full proposals must be submitted by December 12, 2012. For more information, visit the MINERVA homepage.

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