The United States Department of Defense (DoD), part of the executive branch of the federal government is responsible for coordinating and supervising all agencies and functions of the government directly related to national security and the United States Armed Forces. Beneath the Department of Defense are three subordinate military departments: the Department of the Army, the Department of the Navy, and the Department of the Air Force. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is responsible for the development of emerging technologies for use by the military. DARPA's mission is: "to make pivotal investments in breakthrough technologies for national security".

Helpful resources include:

Image: Calendar icon 2020 DARPA ERI Summit & MTO Symposium - August 18-20, 2020 Virtual Event



Reoccurring Prestigious DoD Research Programs

Young Investigator Programs (YIPs) 

These grants support early career faculty research in science and engineering. More information can be found on the DoD Opportunities for Early Career Faculty page, or by visiting agency webpages:

Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative (MURI)

Sponsored by DoD research offices, the MURI program addresses high-risk basic research and attempts to understand or achieve something that has never been done before. It supports basic research in science and engineering at U.S. institutions of higher education that is of potential interest to DoD. The program is focused on multidisciplinary research efforts where more than one traditional discipline interacts to provide rapid advances in scientific areas of interest to the DoD.

The FY2021 program solicits proposals in 27 Topic Areas. See agency FOAs for further information: 

Notes from a lunchtime panel of Cornell faculty who have a long history of DoD funding success and a wide range of programmatic experience with DoD (Feb 2016).

The following documents are from a June 2018 presentation by Lewis-Burke Associates LLC.

Hosted by the Basic Research Innovation and Collaboration Center (BRICC) in June 2020, this webinar was a LIVE virtual event for universities interested in working with the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL). The event provided a great opportunity for university researchers and administrators to learn how to do business with AFRL - from basic to applied.

Research funding opportunities can be found in the Resources section further down this page. Upcoming events are listed in the Featured section.

Photo: A cross-sectional scanning transmission electron micrograph (STEM) of a digital oxide superlattice provided by the Schlom Group ( Photo credit: Julia A. Mundy