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External Research Associates Program (ERAP)


The U.S. Army War College (USAWC) Strategic Studies Institute (SSI) is pleased to announce it is accepting topic proposals under its External Research Associates Program (ERAP). ERAP directly funds research by scholars who are not affiliated with the U.S. military or the U.S. government. Please go to https://www.fbo.gov/index?s=opportunity&mode=form&id=fe2f04d66afa73c9f8fe08f77abc2f9c&tab=core&_cview=0 or www.fbo.gov (type in key work: ERAP) to find the official solicitation.

The solicitation period closes 29 July 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 the institutions responsible for U.S. national security and strategy, but especially the U.S. Army and the Department of Defense. Contributing scholars are drawn from within the United States and abroad, with international scholars and other experts not affiliated with the U.S. military, the U.S. Government, or for-profit consulting firms eligible. All topics of strategic interest will be considered, but proposals need to cite specifically why the subject is of critical strategic importance to the U.S. Army, the U.S. Department of Defense, and/or the U.S. Government.

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 within one year of the date the contract is awarded. Payment occurs after the product is received, reviewed, and accepted by SSI. Approved monographs are distributed to key leaders in the U.S. Army and Department of Defense, the military educational system, Congress, the media, other domestic/international think tanks and defense institutes, and major colleges and universities.

The selection process is highly competitive, and interested parties are encouraged to refer to the USAWC's 2015-2016 Key Strategic Issues List (KSIL), available online at http://www.strategicstudiesinstitute.army.mil/pubs/display.cfm?pubID=1296, for examples of relevant strategic topics. The KSIL outlines topic areas of strategic priority identified by the Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army, Department of the Army Headquarters, and the Unified Combatant Commands. Topics range from asking how the Force needs to evolve to remain Globally Responsive/Regionally Engaged to questions on the Future of the Army in today's rapidly changing domestic and international security environment. 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 answering topics related to those found in the KSIL will receive the strongest consideration. The USAWC's 2016-2017 KSIL will be posted in early July 2016.