Request for Research Project Proposals #4: Department of State

THIS FUNDING OPPORTUNITY IS NOW CLOSED. THANK YOU FOR YOUR INTEREST.

MSRDC and the Department of State, Bureau of Diplomatic Security, Physical Security Division, Research and Development Branch (DS/PSD/RD) are please to release a new Request for Research Project Proposals (RRPP).

Any questions about the proposal or process are due to the MSRDC’s Business Development Team at BusDev@MSRDConsortium.org by Friday July 19, 2019 at 5:00pm.

If you have any issues submitting your interest, please reach out to Monique Davis at monique.davis@msrdconsortium.org.

Note: Your institution must be a member of the Consortium before applying to this announcement.


Project Title: Study of Blast Loaded Fasteners, Welds, Connections, Anchors

Project Number: W911SR-14-2-0001 RPP-1915

Introduction & Background 

Department of State (DoS) facilities must be designed to mitigate the effects of relatively large explosive attacks from various possible assailants. Key security essential-components including doors, windows, curtainwalls, grills, and associated reinforcements or retrofits must be able to resist large forces that are transferred into the building structure. Also, primary building structure connections often include attachment to concrete using pre-installed anchors that must transfer the relatively high magnitude and high rate loading resulting from DOS threats. 

Scope/Program Goals

A. Pre- and Post-installed Concrete Anchors 

  • Goal: The Bureau of Diplomatic Security seeks to identify and / or develop standard methods or guidelines suitable for evaluation and design of pre- and post-installed concrete anchors and anchor connections subjected to blast load induced shear, tension, bending and pull-out. 

B. Threaded Rods and Fasteners with Bending at the Threads 

  • Goal: The Bureau of Diplomatic Security seeks to identify and / or develop standard methods or guidelines suitable for evaluation and design of threaded components subjected to bending combined with shear and tension at threaded portions of components with particular focus on the effects of blast loading. 

C. Blast Loaded Welded Connections 

  • Goal: The Bureau of Diplomatic Security seeks to identify and / or develop standard methods or guidelines suitable for evaluation and design welded steel connections with particular focus on the effects of DOS level blast loading. 

Please read the full announcement for requirements and milestones.

Technology Readiness Levels (learn more)

  • Technology Readiness Level 1: Basic principles observed and reported
  • Technology Readiness Level 2: Technology concept and/or application formulated
  • Technology Readiness Level 3: Analytical and experimental critical function and/or characteristic proof of concept
  • Technology Readiness Level 4: Component and/or breadboard validation in a laboratory environment
  • Technology Readiness Level 5: Component and/or breadboard validation in a relevant environment
  • Technology Readiness Level 6: System/subsystem model or prototype demonstration in a relevant environment
  • Technology Readiness Level 7: System prototype demonstration in an operational environment
  • Technology Readiness Level 8: Actual system completed and qualified through test and demonstration
  • Technology Readiness Level 9: Actual system proven through successful mission operations

About the Department of State 

The U.S. Department of State leads America’s foreign policy through diplomacy, advocacy, and assistance by advancing the interests of the American people, their safety and economic prosperity. 

About the Bureau of Diplomatic Security 

Diplomatic Security (DS) is the federal law enforcement and security bureau of the Department of State. Tasked with securing diplomacy and protecting the integrity of U.S. travel documents, the Diplomatic Security Service (DSS) has the largest global reach of any U.S. federal law enforcement agency, with offices in 29 U.S. cities and in more than 270 locations around the world.