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AUSMURI 2021 round 5 announced

Australian universities are invited to submit proposals under the Australia-US International Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative (AUSMURI) 2021 designated topic 'Bio-architected Responsive Materials with 3D Nanoscale.'

AUSMURI is part of Defence's Next Generation Technologies Fund (NGTF) and an Australian university selected to be part of an Australia-US collaborative research project through the US Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative (MURI) program may be eligible for funding up to a maximum of AUD$1 million a year over three years, with a possible extension for a further two years.

The topic for AUSMURI funding has been selected by Defence from topics announced by the US Department of Defense MURI program.

Topic Selection

The designated topic, 'Bio-architected Responsive Materials with 3D Nanoscale', is aligned with the NGTF theme of Advanced Materials.

It is expected that the project will generate new concepts and techniques using Synthetic Biology to create new advanced materials based on biological material modification and addition as well as new pathways and combinations of materials science, /biology, computing and engineering.

Developed concepts and techniques may support the development of:

  • Materials that self-heal after damage (e.g. armour, windshields, airframes, clothing, composites and robotics);
  • new reactive coatings and adhesives;
  • optical and electronic sensors;
  • alternative fuels;
  • anti-fouling coatings;
  • active textiles;
  • higher-strength materials than are available today.

The new materials may be dynamic, self-organising, multi-functional, responsive, and autonomously adaptive.

If an Australian university is selected to be part of a US–Australia collaborative research project, the Australian University can apply for AUSMURI funding.

White Papers for the prerequisite MURI Round 2021/22 are now closed. Applications for the prerequisite MURI Round 2021/22 must be received no later than 27 September 2021 at 11:59 PM Eastern (US) Time.

Check out the AUSMURI grant page for more information about the program and how to apply.

Key information

White Papers for the prerequisite MURI Round 2021/22 are now closed.

Applications for the prerequisite MURI Round 2021/22 must be received no later than 27 September 2021 at 11:59 PM Eastern (US) Time.

Check out the AUSMURI grant page for more information about the program and how to apply.