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CHIPS Articles: DoD Announces FY2018 Minerva Research Initiative Awards

DoD Announces FY2018 Minerva Research Initiative Awards
Overcoming the challenges defined in the National Defense Strategy
By CHIPS Magazine - March 19, 2019
The Department of Defense continued its history of strong support for fundamental research by selecting 12 faculty investigators for awards through the FY2018 Minerva Research Initiative.

This initiative, which was launched by the Secretary of Defense in 2008, supports basic research that focuses on topics of particular relevance to U.S. national security. Through its network of faculty investigators, the Minerva Research Initiative also strengthens the department’s connections with the social science community and helps DoD better understand and prepare for future challenges, including those defined in the National Defense Strategy, such as great power competition.

“We live in a dynamic world, and many of the challenges we face are social or have social elements to them,” said Dr. Bindu Nair, deputy director of the Basic Research Office. “The knowledge and methodologies generated from Minerva awardees are an important source of new ideas from the social science community to better understand the social aspects that are inherent to security and stability.”

The 12 faculty awardees were selected for the prestigious awards following a merit competition from approximately 175 applicants across eight categories. Research proposals were peer-reviewed and selected in conference between the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering and the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy to identify proposals that make foundational contributions to basic social science and align with the National Defense Strategy.

The Minerva Research Initiative is jointly administered by the Basic Research Office in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering and the Strategy and Force Development Office in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy. The projects are jointly supported by the Basic Research Office, the Air Force Office of Scientific Research and the Office of Naval Research.

FY2018 Minerva Research Initiative Awardees

The Central Eurasian State Capacity Initiative: Assessing Threats to Geopolitical Stability and Conflict along Russia’s Periphery
PI: Erik Herron (West Virginia University)
Topic Area (ONR): Sociopolitical (In)Stability, Resilience, and Recovery

Computational Framework for Assessing Absorptive Capacity
PI: Jose Padilla (Old Dominion University)
Topic Area (ONR): Sociopolitical (In)Stability, Resilience, and Recovery

Asymmetric Interdependence and Statecraft: Building Knowledge to Explicate Great Power Coercion Dilemmas at the Security-Economy Nexus
PI: Adam Stulberg (Georgia Institute of Technology)
Topic Area (OUSD & ONR): Economic Interdependence and Security & Power, Deterrence, Influence, and Escalation Management for Shaping Operations

A Network-Analytic Study of the Determinants and Consequences of Burden Sharing in International Alliances and Defense Cooperation Agreements, 1945-2020
PI: Zeev Maoz (University of California, Davis)
Topic Area (OUSD): Alliances and Burden Sharing

Science Genome: A Scholarly Graph Embedding Framework to Uncover the Fundamental Dynamics of Scientific Enterprise
PI: Yong-Yeol Ahn (Indiana University)
Topic Area (AFOSR): Fundamental Dynamics of Scientific Discovery

Mapping the Structure and Dynamics of the Scientific Ecosystem
PI: Daniel Larremore (University of Colorado, Boulder)
Topic Area (AFOSR): Fundamental Dynamics of Scientific Discovery

Fundamental Dynamics, Predictability, and Uncertainty of Scientific Discovery and Advance
PI: Dashun Wang (Northwestern University)
Topic Area (AFOSR): Fundamental Dynamics of Scientific Discovery

The Role of Emotions in Adversarial Information Campaigns
PI: Susannah Paletz (University of Maryland)
Topic Area (ONR): Adversarial Information Campaigns

Monitoring the Content and Measuring the Effectiveness of Russian Disinformation and Propaganda Campaigns in Selected Former Soviet Union States
PI: Maureen Taylor (University of Tennessee, Knoxville)
Topic Area (ONR): Adversarial Information Campaigns

Empirical Analysis for Meeting Great Power Challenges
PI: Stephen Biddle (Columbia University)
Topic Area (ONR): Power, Deterrence, Influence, and Escalation Management for Shaping Operations

Deep Learning Models for Predicting Globally Disruptive Events
PI: Anna Buczak (Johns Hopkins University)
Topic Area (ONR): Power, Deterrence, Influence, and Escalation Management for Shaping Operations

Forecasting Crisis Dynamics with Machine Coded Data: A Model of Power Projection, Influence and Escalation
PI: Erik Gartzke (University of California, San Diego)
Topic Area (ONR): Power, Deterrence, Influence, and Escalation Management for Shaping Operations.

For more information about the Minerva Research Initiative, visit https://minerva.defense.gov/

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