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2019 Minerva Topics of Interest

Below represents the Minerva topics of interest for 2019. The Funding Opportunity Announcements for the 2019 Minerva University Grant (WHS-AD-FOA-19) and the 2019 DECUR (WHS-AD-FOA-DECUR-19) are available on grants.gov. Guidance on submission and eligibility requirements are detailed in the respective FOAs. 

Topic 1: Peer/Near-peer Statecraft, Influence, and Regional Balance of Power
Topic 2: Power, Deterrence, and Escalation Management 
Topic 3: Alliances and Burden Sharing
Topic 4: Economic Interdependence and Security
Topic 5: Economic Viability, Resilience, and Sustainability of Logistics Infrastructure
Topic 6: Multi-Domain Behavioral Complexity and Computational Social Modeling 
Topic 7: Autonomy, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Ethics, and Social Interactions
Topic 8: Models and Methods for Understanding Covert Online Influence
Topic 9: Automated Cyber Vulnerability Analysis

Minerva Topics of Interest (full description)

2019 Minerva Topics of Interest (PDF)

Future Directions in Social Science

The Future Directions Workshop series, sponsored by the Basic Research Office in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering, seeks to examine emerging research areas that—in the natural and formal sciences—are most likely to transform future technology capabilities and—in the social sciences—innovatively inform about how the social world works.

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Future Directions in Social Science



Important Dates:

Minerva FOA

  • September 12 - Last day for Full Proposal questions to topic area POCs
  • September 26 - Full Proposals Due by 1500 ET
  • currently no further information is available regarding award selection


  • September 12 - White Papers Due by 1500 ET
  • October 16 (anticipated) - Notification of initial evaluations of White Papers
  • November 5 - Last day for Full Proposal questions to topic area POCs
  • November 19 - Full Proposals Due by 1500 ET
  • March 26 - Award selections were announced