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AUSMURI is the Australia-US International Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative and is part of the Next Generation Technologies Fund (NGTF). The designated topic for AUSMURI funding has been selected by the Australian Department of Defence from topics announced by the US Department of Defense in its Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative (MURI).

AUSMURI 2020 Topic Selection


The designated topic, Cyber Autonomy through Robust Learning and Effective Human/Bot Teaming’, is aligned to the NGTF priorities of cyber and trusted autonomous systems.

This project will generate new concepts and techniques for trusted cyber autonomous operations to achieve mission assurance under highly dynamic and contested environments. Developed concepts and techniques will support:

  • robust learning
  • anti-fragility adaptation
  • cyber bot teaming
  • cyber bot teaming with human agents

Open to successful MURI applicants


An Australian university selected to be part of a US-Australia collaborative research project through the US MURI program may be eligible for funding up to a maximum of AUD$1 million per year over 3 years, with a possible extension for a further two years.

Who can apply


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 the lead Australian University in an Approved MURI submission on the selected AUSMURI topic

How to apply


Submissions for the US-based MURI program close on 14 September 2020 (US time). Go to the AUSMURI  grant page for more information about the program and how to apply.