NSF recently signed a memorandum of understanding with the DoD, allowing collaboration between the two agencies, and has just announced a joint solicitation for proposals in the tune of $8 million. The stated goals of the program are “1) to develop the DoD’s social and human science intellectual capital in order to enhance its ability to address future challenges; 2) to enhance the DoD’s engagement with the social science community; and 3) to deepen the understanding of the social and behavioral dimensions of national security issues.”
Although we are pleased with NSF's involvement in Minerva, additional clarification is needed about the extent of DoD's role in the selection and review process. AAA is also concerned that only a portion of Minerva funding is being routed through NSF.
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"Military's Social Science Grants Raise Alarm" ~ Washington Post
"When Professors Go to War" ~ Hugh Gusterson
"Pentagon Shift on 'Minerva'" ~ Inside Higher Ed
"Anthropology Association Urges Government to Tread Cautiously With 'Minerva' Project" ~ The Chronicle of Higher Education
"Academics Target Pentagon's Social Science Project" ~ Wired's Danger Room,
"AAA Issues Statement on Minerva" ~ Savage Minds