Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative (MURI)

The MURI program is a tri-service Department of Defense program that supports research teams whose research efforts intersect more than one traditional science and engineering discipline. A multidisciplinary team effort can accelerate research progress in areas particularly suited to this approach by cross- fertilization of ideas, can hasten the transition of basic research findings to practical applications, and can help to train students in science and/or engineering in areas of importance to DoD.

In contrast with single investigator programs, MURI supports centers whose efforts intersect more than one traditional research specialty, typically at one and a quarter million dollars per year for five years (three years increment plus two year options). Such "critical mass" efforts are expected to enable more rapid R&D breakthroughs and to promote eventual transition to Army applications.

New technical areas are defined for each year's new starts. The MURI program applies substantial resources to exploit noteworthy advances reported out of single investigator programs.

Evaluations of MURI proposals are done according to a very careful peer review process. The Army Research Office in North Carolina represents the Army's portion of the MURI program.

Active MURI Projects

Multidisciplinary efforts by fiscal year start - fiscal year finish. MURI projects listed by University, Project title, and PI.






  • Indiana University, Prokaryotic Genomic Instability, Pat Foster
    Mimi Strand, 919-549-4343,
  • University of Michigan, Reconfigurable Matter from Programmable Colloids, Sharon Glotzer
    John Prater, 919-549-4259,
  • Carnegie Mellon University, The Linguistic-Core Approach to Structured Translation and Analysis of Low-Resource Languages, Jaime Carbonell
    Joseph Myers, 919-549-4245,
  • University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, Fundamental Study of Defects and Their Reduction in Type-II Superlattice Materials, Shun Lien Chuang
    John Prater, 919-549-4259,
  • Georgia Institute of Technology, Neuro-Inspired Adaptive Perception and Control for Agile Mobility of Autononous Vehicles in Uncertain and Hostile Environments, Panagiotis Tsiotras
    Randy Zachery, 919-549-4368,
  • Harvard University, Measuring, Understanding, and Responding to Covert Social Networks: Passive and Active Tomography, Patrick Wolfe
    John Lavery
  • University of Pennsylvania, Blast Induced Thresholds for Neuronal Networks (BITNeT), David F. Meaney
    Elmar Schmeisser, Larry Russell, 919-549-4211,
  • University of Maryland - College Park, Atomtronics: Material and Device Physics of Quantum Gases, Ian Spielman
    Marc Ulrich, 919-549-4319,
  • Colorado School of Mines, MURI: An Integrated Multi-Scale Approach for Understanding Ion Transport in Complex Heterogeneous Organic Materials, Andrew Herring
    Robert Mantz, 919-549-4309,
  • University of California - Irvine, Near and Far-Field Interfaces to DNA-Guided Nanostructures from RF to Lightwave: Exploiting the Spectrum, Peter Burke
    Dwight Woolard

Last Update / Reviewed: April 16, 2012