External Research Associates Program (ERAP)
The US Army War College Strategic Studies Institute (SSI) is pleased to announce it will soon open solicitation for topic proposals under its External Research Associates Program (ERAP) to directly fund research by scholars who are not affiliated with the U.S. military or the U.S. government. 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 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 as well.
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 the beginning of July, for a range of relevant 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 developed with input from the Combatant Commands. These topics range from questions on 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 Army and Department of Defense leadership - therefore, proposals 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 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 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