US-Australia International Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative (AUSMURI)

At a glance


Provides Australian universities involved in approved submissions on designated topics under the US MURI program with grants of up to $3 million for a three year project to strengthen Australian university research capacity, skills and global networks.

Who can apply:

At a minimum, you must have an ABN and be:

  • a higher education provider listed at Table A or Table B of the Higher Education Support Act 2003 (Cth)
  • a lead Australian university in an approved MURI submission on a designated topic.

Other eligibility requirements may apply.

Deadline to apply:

Contact information:

13 28 46



MURI is a competitive grant opportunity sponsored by the United States Department of Defense offices. The initiative supports university research involving mixed disciplines in science and engineering, within a range of topics with high potential for future defence capability.

AUSMURI is a $25 million non-competitive program open only to Australian universities involved in a successful MURI submission on a designated topic.

AUSMURI supports the Australian Government’s commitment to:

  • strengthening Australian university research capacity, skills and global networks in research topics of priority to Defence future capabilities
  • building international collaborative links in key research topics of mutual defence interest for improved efficiency and burden sharing.

Grant funding will be 100 per cent of eligible project costs up to a maximum of AUD$1 million per year over 3 years.

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.

Designated topics

You will find details of the MURI funding opportunity on 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.

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

Eligibility criteria

To be eligible, you must:

  • have an Australian Business Number (ABN)
  • be a higher education provider listed at Table A or Table B of the Higher Education Support Act 2003 (Cth)
  • be a lead Australian university in an approved MURI submission on a designated topic.

You project must:

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

How to apply

You should read the program guidelines and sample grant agreement before you apply. Program guidelines provide detailed information on the grant opportunity, including granting activity objectives; all eligibility criteria; the assessment processes; reporting and acquittal requirements; and a description of review mechanisms.

To apply, you must submit your application through the online portal. You will need to set up an account when you first log into the portal. The portal allows you to apply for and manage a grant or service in a secure online environment.


For assistance with the application form contact us.

How we assess applications

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.

If your application is successful

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 application form
  • Project budget template
  • Sample grant agreement

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