The topic designated for Round 5 is:

Bio-architected Responsive Materials with 3D Nanoscale Order

Topic theme


Synthetic Biology is a cross-disciplinary approach to creating new advanced materials that uses biological processes and combines materials science, biology, computing, and engineering. It has been identified as a game-changing area of smart materials and their application.

Synthetic Biology may be applied to and inspire the design and manufacture of advanced materials, including:

  • materials that are self-healing after damage ( this includes structures such as armour, windshields, airframes, textiles, composites, robotics)
  • 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
  • autonomously adaptive

What is AUSMURI?


Australia–US Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative (AUSMURI) operates in conjunction with the United States Department of Defense’s Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative (MURI). It encourages partnerships between Australian and US academic institutions on research and innovation that have the potential to be game-changing for Defence capability.

Each year the Department of Defence designates a topic that is a research priority for Australia’s future defence capability. If an Australian university is part of a successful submission to the US MURI for a research project on the designated topic, it can then apply for AUSMURI funding for that project.

What do you get?


The AUSMURI program will provide 100% of eligible project costs up to a maximum of AUD$1 million per year over 3 years. Projects may be extended for a further 2 years, subject to approval, with additional funding of up to AUD$1 million per year.

Who is this for?


AUSMURI is open only to Australian universities involved in a successful MURI submission on the designated topic.

Collaboration between universities and disciplines within universities is an important objective of the program.

What's next?


For further information, guidelines and to see if you're eligible to apply go to the AUSMURI grant page.