The Minerva Research Initiative

The Minerva Research Initiative, administered jointly by the Office of Basic Research and the Office of Policy at the U.S. Department of Defense, supports social science research aimed at improving our basic understanding of security, broadly defined. Supported projects are university-based and unclassified, with the intention that all work be shared widely to support the thriving of stable and safe communities.

Reform and Stability in the Sahel

Leonardo Villalón, University of Florida, explores factors contributing to stability and instability in the Sahel.

Reform and Stability in the Sahel

Mapping the Virtual Caliphate

Mia Bloom, Georgia State University, researches the online strategies of violent terrorist organizations.

Mapping the Virtual Caliphate

Public Service Provision and Peace

Naazneen Barma, Naomi Levy, and Jessica Piombo study the relationship of public service provision to state and peacebuilding.

Public Service Provision and Peace

Vulnerability in South Asia

Joshua Busby, University of Texas - Austin, assesses complex emergencies and political stability in Asia.

Vulnerability in South Asia

Latest News

New Website

Welcome to the new Minerva website! The website is being released in stages, with more information and functionality being released regularly throughout February. 

Grants and Fellowships

The next Funding Opportunity Announcement for University Research Grants will be released in early February. Click here to see the topics of interest and the schedule for this year's FOA.

White Papers are due on March 21, 2017.

The Owl in the Olive Tree


The Owl in the Olive Tree is the blog of Minerva, aimed at sharing social scientific contributions that advance our understanding of the social, cultural, political, economic, and environmental dynamics of security.

Expect the first issue of The Owl in the Olive Tree in early March.

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