ARMY RESEARCH OFFICE -- Staff Research Program

Funding Agency:
Department of the Army

The ARO is soliciting proposals for Staff Research Program opportunities. The purpose of the program is to enable ARO scientific staff to maintain and expand professional competence in support of fulfilling the ARO mission through the conduct of personal, staff research. The staff research will be performed collaboratively with institutions external to ARO. Staff research efforts will involve scientific study directed toward advancing the state-of-the-art or increasing knowledge and scientific understanding in engineering, physical, life and information sciences, when there is an intersection with the interests and capabilities of the participating external institutions in these basic research areas. Due to the purpose and constraints of the ARO Staff Research Program, only certain universities are suited to effectively conduct collaborative research with ARO scientists and engineers.

Protection of Mission Integrity: The primary role of the ARO scientific staff is to objectively assess and fund extramural research at numerous institutions across the U.S. and throughout the world. Since it is vitally important that the ARO be impartial in its actions, ARO scientists cannot engage in activities, such as staff research with a particular institution, that could compromise the perceived objectivity of that scientist with respect to the institution, or with respect to the areas of science/engineering that they are responsible for as Program Managers. Staff research will be conducted, directed and managed by an ARO scientist at the institution's laboratory facilities or field research sites. The Staff Research Program enables ARO scientists to perform collaborative basic research, publish research results and present at scientific forums.

NOTE: ARO scientific staff will seek out a collaborating institution to engage in staff research as opportunities arise and at the discretion of ARO.

This Program Announcement (PA) is a continuously open announcement valid throughout the period from the date of issuance through 19 February 2020. Amendments to this PA will be sent directly to the qualifying institutions when they occur.

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Eligibility Requirements

List of qualifying institutions: Local universities within approximately an hour’s drive of ARO have been evaluated based on the requisite criteria. Based on national academic standing, university websites and discussions with university faculty, the following institutions have been identified as meeting the above requirements:
Duke University
• North Carolina State University
• University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
• North Carolina A&T

Application forms are available at the ARL website entitled “Forms & ARO Reporting Instructions” at

Offerors should submit full proposals in accordance with the requirements set forth in this PA. Submission will be by email to the following address:

Funding Type





Engineering and Physical Sciences

External Deadline

February 19, 2020