US-Australia International Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative (AUSMURI)

AUSMURI aims to strengthen Australian university research capacity, skills and global networks by providing grants to Australian universities involved in approved submissions on designated topics under the US MURI program.

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Overview

The Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative (MURI) is a US Department of Defense (DoD) funding opportunity available to US universities on a range of topics with potential for future defence capability. A MURI funding opportunity announcement is made once per year, inviting submissions from groups of universities seeking to collaborate on the announced topics.

The Australian Department of Defence (Defence) and DoD have agreed to encourage Australian higher education providers (universities) to participate in MURI on topics determined by Defence as having high potential for significant future Defence capability (designated topics).

To support this participation, the Australian Government will offer grant funding to Australian universities collaborating on MURI research projects on designated topics through the US-Australia International MURI (AUSMURI).

The $25 million AUSMURI program will run over 9 years from 2017-18 to 2025-26. The program forms part of the Next Generation Technologies Fund that was announced as part of the 2016 Defence White Paper.

We expect to announce a new AUSMURI funding round with the designated topics annually, in line with the funding opportunity announcement of MURI in the US. We will publish the designated topics and the opening and closing dates of each round and any other relevant information.

Designated topics

You will find details of the MURI funding opportunity on grants.gov using the funding opportunity number N00014-17-S-F006.

The designated topics for AUSMURI for projects starting in 2018 are:

  • Topic 1:   Integrated Quantum Sensing and Control for High Fidelity Qubit Operations
  • Topic 5:   Embodied Learning and Control
  • Topic 22: In situ Microstructural and Defect Evolution below the Micron Scale in as-Deposited Metal Alloys

The closing date for submission of AUSMURI applications depends on the announcement of successful MURI submissions but is likely to be in April 2018. You should refer to grants.gov for information about MURI submission closing dates.

For further information regarding MURI you can refer to the following US websites.

What support or funding is available?

Grant funding will be 100 per cent of eligible project costs up to a maximum of AUD$1 million per year over 3 years. You must pay for any project expenditure that is not eligible, or is over the annual limit.

The grant period is three years, in line with the obligations under MURI. We may extend your grant period for a further two years. An extension is likely to be in line with an extension to your MURI project. However an approved extension under MURI does not guarantee an extension to your AUSMURI project.

If we extend your grant period, we will extend your grant funding for the two year period by up to a maximum of AUD$1 million per year.

Total grant funding may not exceed AUD$3 million for a three year project, or AUD$5 million for a five year project.

Who can apply?

The program is open to Australian universities involved in a successful MURI submission on a designated topic.

To be eligible, you must have an Australian Business Number (ABN) and be:

What are the eligibility criteria?

You project must:

  • be approved through MURI on a designated topic
  • include eligible expenditure
  • be undertaken in Australia.

How do I apply?

The program will not be open for applications until around March 2018. The opening date will depend on the announcement of successful MURI applications.

To apply for an AUSMURI grant you need to complete the AUSMURI application form.

You can only apply following approval of your MURI submission.

You must complete the form and email with the required attachments to ausmuri@industry.gov.au.

How will you assess my application?

We assess your application against the eligibility criteria and then make recommendations to the Minister for Defence Industry (the Minister). The Minister will make the final decision on the projects to be approved.

The Minister may decide not to approve funding if your project is not considered to be consistent with Australia’s national interests.

How will I know if I am successful?

If your application is successful, you will receive a written offer. If you are unsuccessful, we will notify you in writing and give you the chance to discuss the outcome with us.

How will payments be made?

If your application is successful, you will enter into a grant agreement with the Commonwealth. The grant agreement will contain the schedule for payments.

We will make the first payment when the grant agreement is executed. Subsequent payments will be paid six monthly in advance, based on your forecast eligible expenditure and adjusted for unspent amounts from previous payments.

Payments are subject to satisfactory reports that detail your progress on the project.

Payments will be made by direct credit into a nominated bank account of the principal Australian university.

Key documents

  • Program guidelines
  • Factsheet
  • Sample AUSMURI application form
  • AUSMURI project budget template
  • Sample grant agreement

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