The Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) is interested in receiving proposals for the Minerva Research Initiative. The initiative funds social science research by universities, with awarded projects funded for at least three years. Estimated total program funding is $15 million, with applications closing on February 9, 2023. OSD is particularly interested in projects that align with and support the upcoming 2022 National Defense Strategy. Defense priorities include:
- Defending the homeland, paced to the growing multi-domain threat posed by China.
- Deterring strategic attacks against the United States, allies, and partners.
- Deterring aggression, while being prepared to prevail in conflict when necessary, prioritizing the challenge with China in the Indo-Pacific, then the Russia challenge in Europe.
- Building a resilient Joint Force and defense ecosystem.