This Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) for the Foundational Science Research Unit (FSRU) of the U. S. Army Research Institute for the Behavioral and Social Sciences (ARI) solicits new proposals for its fiscal year 2019 program of basic research in behavioral science.
It is issued under the provisions
of paragraph 6. 102(d) (2) and 3 5. 016 of the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR), which provides for the acquisition of basic and applied research and that part of development not related to the development of a specific system or hardware procurement through the competitive selection of proposals and 10 U.S.C.
2358 and 10 U.S.C.
237 1. Proposals submitted in response to this BAA and selected for award are considered to be the result of full and open competition and in full compliance with the provisions of Public Law 98- 369, Section 2701, "The Competition in Contracting Act of 1984" and subsequent amendments.
ARI is the Army’s lead agency for the conduct of research, development, and analyses for the improvement of Army readiness and performance via research advances and applications of the behavioral and social sciences that address personnel, organization, and Soldier and leader development issues.
ARI’s mission is to drive scientific innovation to enable the Army to acquire, develop, employ, and retain professional Soldiers and enhance personnel readiness.
The mission of the Basic Research Program is to develop fundamental theories and investigate new domain areas in behavioral and social sciences with high potential impact on Army issues related to personnel readiness.
In addition to looking for proposals that provide for programmatic efforts to develop and evaluate psychological and behavioral theory, we strongly encourage Applicants to propose novel, state-of-the-art, and multidisciplinary approaches that address difficult problems.
A key consideration in the decision to support a research proposal is that its findings are likely to stimulate new, basic behavioral research which, in turn, will lead to improved performance of Army personnel and their units.
ARI will not support proposals through this BAA that are primarily applied research projects (e.g., human factors studies or training program evaluations) or purely focused on physiology, psychopathology, or behavioral health.
Collaboration is encouraged among institutions of higher education (IHE’s), non-profit organizations and commercial organizations.
Funding of basic research proposals within ARI areas of interest will be determined by funding constraints and priorities set during each budget cycle.
A proposal should describe its contribution to theory and how its results might lead to basic behavioral research that would be meaningful to the Army.
Those contemplating submission of a proposal are encouraged to submit a White Paper before submitting a proposal.
Submission of a White Paper before a proposal allows earliest determination of the potential for funding and minimizes the labor and cost associated with the submission of a proposal that may have minimal probability of being selected for funding.
Costs associated with a White Paper or proposal submission in response to this BAA are not considered allowable direct charges to any resulting award.
These costs may be allowable expenses to normal bid and proposal indirect costs specified in FAR 3 1. 205-1 8. An Applicant submitting a proposal is cautioned that only a Government Contracting or Grants Officer may obligate the Government to any legal instrument involving expenditure of Government funds.
The full announcement and application instructions may be accessed via the 'Related Documents' tab at the top of this page.
The required forms may be accessed and submitted via the 'Package' tab at the top of this page.
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