External Research Associates Program (ERAP)
The US Army War College Strategic Studies Institute (SSI) is pleased to announce it is soliciting topic proposals under its External Research Associates Program (ERAP). If you are interested in submitting a proposal, please go to https://www.fbo.gov/index?s=opportunity&mode=form&id=febd41bf622cda454aefcb4e15e2fd5a&tab=core&_cview=1 or to www.fbo.gov (type in key word: ERAP) to find the official solicitation.
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 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.
The selection process is highly competitive, and if you are interested, you 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 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 from input provided by the Unified Combatant Commands.Â 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 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