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Funding Opportunity: US Army Research Institute Releases FY 2019 BAA

5/9/2018-

by SIOP Administrative Office

The US Army Research Institute for Behavioral and Social Sciences (ARI) released a broad agency announcement (BAA) for basic and applied research. ARI is the Army’s main funding agency for behavioral and social science research, with the objective of improving “Army readiness and performance via research advances and applications of the behavioral and social sciences that address personnel, organization, training, and leader development issues.”

ARI will accept proposals under this BAA through 11:59 PM ET on April 29, 2023. ARI has not predetermined the level of funding for awards, as this will be determined by funding constraints and priorities set by each budget cycle. ARI will accept proposals from institutions of higher education, nonprofit organizations, and industry. Federally funded research and development centers (FFRDCs) are not eligible to apply.

The BAA gives insights into the Army’s priorities in behavioral and social science research through fiscal year (FY) 2023. The BAA lists several research topics of interest in both basic and applied research:

Basic Research Topics of Interest:

  • Understanding Team Dynamics – “Military organizations reflect a complex structure based on both formal hierarchy and informal social structures. Topics of interest in this area include understanding and predicting large and small group behavioral processes within and between teams, new measures and metrics for dynamic group constructs, and understanding cultural differences, norms, and cultural change.”
  • Improving Leadership and Leader Development – “Effective Army performance relies on high quality leaders, which necessitates an understanding of how to identify, develop, and retain quality leaders over time. Topics of interest in this area include training and retention of quality leaders, development of leader identity, leader adaptability and flexibility, leadership teams, and leader assessment and feedback.”
  • Identifying, Assessing, and Assigning Quality Personnel – “Maintaining readiness requires that the Army possess high quality personnel throughout the force. Topics of interest in this area include identifying and measuring the aptitudes and skills of the Future Force, understanding metrics for Soldier success, improving test theory, and the factors that influence recruitment, retention, and performance.”
  • Enhancing Lifelong Learning – “The Army not only develops Soldiers for specific jobs, tasks, and roles, the Army develops Soldiers over the duration of a career. Thus, it is important to understand how to maximize opportunities for learning throughout a Soldier’s career. Topics of interest in this area include longitudinal learning theory and measurement, innovative learning methods, and assessment of learning processes and learner performance.”

Applied Research and Advanced Technology Topics of Interest:

  • Holistic Personnel Assessments – This topic area addresses best ways to manage both capabilities and interests of soldiers to implement a “whole person” approach to talent management.
  • Assessing and Developing Leader Competencies – This topic area addresses “methods and techniques to identify, train, develop, and assess higher-order competencies and requisite skills for successful leader performance within the Army.”
  • Unit Performance and Cohesion – Research in this topic area seeks to “define and measure many variations of collective performance, as well as develop methods to promote performance across a spectrum of collective contexts.”
  • Statistical Innovations in Talent Management – This topic area seeks to develop new ways of generating, analyzing, and using data for the purpose of talent management.

Submission Information: Proposals should be submitted through www.grants.gov. Proposers should also send a copy of the proposal to the Army contact, listed in the BAA, under the proposal’s topic area. ARI will accept proposals under this BAA through 11:59 PM ET on April 29, 2023. White papers, although encouraged, are not mandatory and should be submitted via email to the listed ARI program manager for the proposal’s topic area. Please see the full BAA for further instructions.

Total Funding and Award Size: ARI has not predetermined the level of funding for awards, as this will be determined by funding constraints and priorities set by each budget cycle.

Eligibility: ARI will accept proposals from institutions of higher education, nonprofit organizations, and industry. Federally funded research and development centers (FFRDCs) are not eligible to apply.

Sources and Additional Information: The full BAA is available at https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=304462 under solicitation number W911NF-18-S-0005

More information on ARI is available at http://www.benning.army.mil/MCoE/ARI-FBRU/