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Suggested Citation:"Appendix B: Minerva Research Topics in Grant Announcements Issued between 2008 and 2018." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2020. Evaluation of the Minerva Research Initiative. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/25482.
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Appendix B

Minerva Research Topics in Grant Announcements Issued between 2008 and 2018

Information about the research topics funded by the Minerva program was compiled from the grant announcements listed below. The research topics are described in further detail in their respective grant announcements.

2008 Broad Agency Announcement issued by DoD Army Research Office (W911NF-08-R-0007)

Available at: https://www.arl.army.mil/www/default.cfm?page=362

  1. Chinese Military and Technology Research and Archive Programs
  2. Studies of the Strategic Impact of Religious and Cultural Changes within the Islamic World
  3. Iraqi Perspective Project
  4. Studies of Terrorist Organizations and Ideologies
  5. New Approaches to Understanding Dimensions of National Security, Conflict, and Cooperation

2008 Program Solicitation issued for NSF-DoD Partnership by National Science Foundation–Social and Behavioral Dimensions of National Security, Conflict, and Cooperation (NSCC) (NSF 08-594)

Available at: https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2008/nsf08594/nsf08594.pdf

  1. New Approaches to Understanding Dimensions of National Security, Conflict, and Cooperation
  2. Studies of Terrorist Organization and Ideologies
  3. Studies of Political, Cultural, and Social Dynamics Under Authoritarian Regimes
Suggested Citation:"Appendix B: Minerva Research Topics in Grant Announcements Issued between 2008 and 2018." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2020. Evaluation of the Minerva Research Initiative. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/25482.
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2011 Broad Agency Announcement issued by DoD Army Research Office (W911NF-11-R-0011)

Available at: https://www.arl.army.mil/www/default.cfm?page=362

  1. Strategic Impact of Religious and Cultural Changes
  2. Terrorism and Terrorist Ideologies
  3. Science, Technology and Military Transformations in China and Developing States
  4. National Security Implications of Energy and Environmental Stress
  5. New Theories of Cross-Domain Deterrence
  6. Regime and Social Dynamics in Failed, Failing, and Fragile Authoritarian States
  7. New Approaches to Understanding Dimensions of National Security, Conflict, and Cooperation

2012 Broad Agency Announcement issued by DoD Office of Naval Research (ONR BAA 12-016)

Available at: https://www.onr.navy.mil/work-with-us/funding-opportunities/announcements

  1. Belief Formation and Movements for Change
    1. Belief formation and influence
    2. Group identities and cultural norms
    3. Movements for change
    4. Collaboration and competition between violent groups
  2. Models of Societal Resilience and Change
    1. Economic factors
    2. Energy, environment, and resource factors
    3. Other factors impacting societal stability and change
  3. Theories of Power and Deterrence
    1. The role of the state in a globalized world
    2. Norms and governance
    3. Beyond conventional deterrence
    4. Emerging topics in power and deterrence
Suggested Citation:"Appendix B: Minerva Research Topics in Grant Announcements Issued between 2008 and 2018." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2020. Evaluation of the Minerva Research Initiative. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/25482.
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2013 Broad Agency Announcement issued by DoD Office of Naval Research (ONR BAA 13-024)

Available at: https://www.onr.navy.mil/work-with-us/funding-opportunities/announcements

  1. Belief Propagation and Movements for Change
    1. Belief formation and influence
    2. Group identity, cultural norms, and security
    3. Mobilization for change
    4. The structural dynamics of disruptive organizations
  2. Models of Societal Resilience and Change
    1. Economic contributors to stability
    2. Governance contributors to stability
    3. Energy, environment, and resource contributors to stability
    4. Additional factors impacting societal resilience and change
  3. Theories of Power and Escalation
    1. The changing role of the state in a globalized world
    2. Beyond conventional deterrence
  4. Emerging Topics in Conflict and Security
    1. Quantification and metrics
    2. Additional topics

2014 Broad Agency Announcement issued by DoD Office of Naval Research (ONR BAA 14-013)

Available at: https://www.onr.navy.mil/work-with-us/funding-opportunities/announcements

  1. Identity, Influence, and Mobilization
    1. Culture, identity, and security
    2. Belief formation and influence
    3. Mobilization for change
  2. Contributors to Societal Resilience and Change
    1. Governance and rule of law
    2. Resources, economics, and globalization
    3. Additional factors impacting societal resilience and change
Suggested Citation:"Appendix B: Minerva Research Topics in Grant Announcements Issued between 2008 and 2018." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2020. Evaluation of the Minerva Research Initiative. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/25482.
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  1. Power and Deterrence
    1. Power projection and diffusion
    2. Beyond conventional deterrence
  2. Innovations in National Security, Conflict, and Cooperation
    1. Analytical methods and metrics for security research
    2. Emerging topics in conflict and security

2016 Funding Opportunity Announcement issued by DoD Washington Headquarters Services/Acquisition Directorate (FOA #WHS-AD-FOA-16-01)

Available at: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/search-grants.html

  1. Identity, Influence, and Mobilization
    1. Culture, identity, and security
    2. Influence and mobilization for change
  2. Contributors to Societal Resilience and Change
    1. Governance and rule of law
    2. Migration and urbanization
    3. Populations and demographics
    4. Environment and natural resources
    5. Economics
  3. Power and Deterrence
    1. Global order
    2. Power projection and diffusion
    3. Beyond conventional deterrence
    4. Area studies
  4. Analytic Methods and Metrics for Security Research
  5. Innovations in National Security, Conflict, and Cooperation

2017 Funding Opportunity Announcement issued by DoD Washington Headquarters Services/Acquisition Directorate (FOA #WHS-AD-FOA-17-01)

Available at: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/search-grants.html

General Interest Area: Sociality, Security, & Interconnectivity

Special Interest Area 1: Understanding the Social Impact of Autonomy

Special Interest Area 2: Societal Resilience & Sociopolitical (In)stability

Special Interest Area 3: Power & Deterrence for Shaping Operations

Special Interest Area 4: Military Cyber Defense

Suggested Citation:"Appendix B: Minerva Research Topics in Grant Announcements Issued between 2008 and 2018." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2020. Evaluation of the Minerva Research Initiative. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/25482.
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2018 Funding Opportunity Announcement issued by DoD Washington Headquarters Services/Acquisition Directorate (FOA #WHS-AD-FOA-18)

Available at: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/search-grants.html

Topic 1: Sociopolitical (In)Stability, Resilience, and Recovery

Topic 2: Economic Interdependence and Security

Topic 3: Alliances and Burden Sharing

Topic 4: Fundamental Dynamics of Scientific Discovery

Topic 5: Adversarial Information Campaigns

Topic 6: Automated Cyber Vulnerability Analysis

Topic 7: Power, Deterrence, Influence, and Escalation Management for Shaping Operations

Topic 8: Security Risks in Ungoverned & Semi-Governed Spaces

Suggested Citation:"Appendix B: Minerva Research Topics in Grant Announcements Issued between 2008 and 2018." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2020. Evaluation of the Minerva Research Initiative. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/25482.
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Suggested Citation:"Appendix B: Minerva Research Topics in Grant Announcements Issued between 2008 and 2018." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2020. Evaluation of the Minerva Research Initiative. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/25482.
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The Minerva Research Initiative is a Department of Defense (DoD) social science grant program that funds unclassified basic research relevant to national security. The goal of the program is to make use of the intellectual capital of university-based social scientists to inform understanding of issues important to DoD and the broader national security community. Evaluation of the Minerva Research Initiative discusses the program's successes and challenges over its first decade of operation, and highlights ways to strengthen the program’s foundations and take advantage of opportunities for broadening its reach and usefulness.

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