The Defense Department has chosenÂ 24 multidisciplinary research projects to receive a total ofÂ $169 million in funds under a grant program for U.S. universities.
DoD said Monday the research teams will perform work under the 2018Â Multidisciplinary University Research InitiativeÂ over a five-year period, subject to research progress and funding availability.
“MURI supports research by funding teams of investigators that include more than one traditional science and engineering discipline in order to accelerate the research progress,” saidÂ Dale Ormond, principal director for research in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering.
OrmondÂ added that the program also aids the education and training of graduate students in “cutting-edge” research areas.
The respective research offices of the U.S. Air Force, Army and NavyÂ solicited proposals across 24 topic areas relevant to the U.S. military, receiving 436 responses inÂ total.
A panel of DoD experts selected the 24 research proposals, which could involveÂ 64 U.S. academic institutions.
Australia funded research teams to partner with two U.S. MURI teams as part of an effort to boost alliancesÂ and increase collaborations.
Previous MURI initiatives included theÂ fabrication of nanoscale and microscale structures;Â the use of vision algorithms with sensors to build low-power, low-latency and compact vision systems; and the development ofÂ fully optical data control and switching systems, among others.