External Research Associates Program (ERAP)
The 2015 solicitation period for topic proposals under the External Research Associates Program (ERAP) is closed (as of 14 September 2015). The Strategic Studies Institute (SSI) will open the next solicitation period for 2016 ERAP proposals in May/June 2016.
ERAP is a contractual program (not an academic grant), whereby the U.S. Government pays for scholarly research and analysis on issues of concern to those institutions responsible for U.S. national security policy and strategy, with particular focus on issues relevant to the U.S. Army and the Department of Defense. Contributing scholars are drawn from within the United States and abroad, with the program open to U.S. and international scholars and other experts not affiliated with the U.S. military, the U.S. Government, or for-profit consulting firms.
While all relevant strategic topics submitted will be considered, a critical part of SSI's mission is providing direct analysis to U.S. Army and Department of Defense leadership - therefore, proposals focused on answering topics identified in the KSIL will receive the strongest consideration.
The expected end-product of an ERAP contract is a well-written, well-researched monograph of 40-50 pages containing substantive recommendations for U.S. policymakers, deliverable approximately within one year of the date the contract is awarded. It is important to note, payment occurs after the product is received, reviewed, and accepted by SSI. SSI’s objective is to distribute approved monographs to key leaders in the U.S. Army and Department of Defense, the military educational system, Congress, the media, other domestic and international think tanks and defense institutes, and major colleges and universities.
Examples of recent ERAP submissions published by SSI include:
- Iraq's Shia Warlords and Their Militias: Political and Security Challenges and Options, by Norman Cigar
- The Limits of Offshore Balancing, by Hal Brands
- Reforming U.S. Export Controls Reforms: Advancing U.S. Army Interests