United States Army Research Institute for the Behavioral and Social Sciences -- Broad Agency Announcement for Basic, Applied, and Advanced Scientific Reserach (FY13-18)

Funding Agency:
Department of Defense

This Broad Agency Announcement, which sets forth research areas of interest to the United States Army Research Institute for the Behavioral and Social Sciences (ARI), is issued under the provisions of paragraph 6.102(d)(2) of the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR), which provides for the competitive selection of proposals. 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, "The Competition in Contracting Act of 1984" and subsequent amendments.

The U.S. Army Research Institute for the Behavioral and Social Sciences 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, training, and leader development issues. Programs funded under this BAA include basic research, applied research, and advanced technology development that can improve human performance and Army readiness. Collaboration is encouraged among educational institutions, non-profit/not-for-profit organizations, commercial organizations, and the other U.S. Military Services.

This Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) is a continuously open five-year announcement valid throughout the period beginning 6 February 2013 and ending 5 February 2018.

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Areas of Interest

The funding opportunity is divided into two sections- (1) Basic Research and (2) Applied Research and Advanced Technology Development. The Applied Research and Advanced Technology Development Section is divided into four subsections- Training; Leader Development; Team and Inter-Organizational Performance in Complex Environments; and Solider/Personnel Issues.

Topic areas of research interest include the following:
• Improving Training in Complex Environments: Research in this area focuses on developing concepts and methods for training complex tasks and for sustaining complex task performance.
• Improving Leader and Team Performance: The focus of this area is to develop leader adaptability and flexibility, and discover and test the basic cognitive principles that underlie the dynamics of small group leadership and effective leader-team performance in both face-to-face and distributed environments.
• Identifying, Assessing, and Assigning Quality Personnel: This research domain is concerned with identifying and measuring the aptitudes and skills that are unique to the human performance requirements of the Future Force and the sociological and psychological factors that could influence recruitment, retention, and Army performance.
• Understanding Organizational Behavior and Network Science: The focus of this area is on understanding and predicting large and small group behavioral processes in dynamic social networks, whether in simulations, games, or Army organizations.

The ARI seeks Applied Research proposals that provide a systematic expansion and application of knowledge to design and develop useful strategies, techniques, methods, tests, or measures that provide the means to meet a recognized and specific Army need. Applied Research precedes system specific technology investigations or development, but it should have a high potential to transition into the Advanced Technology Development (ATD) Program.
The ARI ATD Program includes the development of technologies, components, or prototypes that can be tested in field experiments and/or simulated environments. Projects in this category have a direct relevance to identified military needs. These projects should demonstrate the general military utility or cost reduction potential of technology in the areas of personnel selection, assignment, and retention; training strategies and techniques; leader education and development; performance measurement; and team and inter-organizational mission effectiveness. These projects should be focused on a more direct operational benefit and if successful, the technology should be available for transition.

Funding Type





Social Sciences

External Deadline

February 5, 2018