Funding Opportunities

About Funding Opportunities

Since its inception in 2015, the MSI STEM Research & Development Consortium has built an initial momentum of DoD research opportunities for its membership. We are now positioned to continue this momentum to attract additional government resources to fund the innovation taking place on the campuses of our member institutions. To that end, MSRDC has established 3 different ways for our members to pursue funding through the MSRDC Cooperative Agreement, Broad Agency Announcements and Other Subcontracting Opportunities.

Cooperative Agreement

Click here for more details on the Cooperative Agreement Process

MSRDC and its government partners have established Technology Objectives for White Paper submissions. All of the White Paper topics are open for submission on a rolling basis. The white paper process is straightforward and requires the following submission

  • Cover Page
  • Quad Chart
  • 4 White Paper Narrative
  • One-page Back-up Sheet if required

Once the government has reviewed your white paper, those white papers that are evaluated as high or medium strength will receive a Request for Research Proposal.

Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) Partnerships

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MSRDC has identified a number of agency BAAs and corresponding government points of contact appropriate for member responses. We are encouraging members to partner with MSRDC in providing abstracts and white paper solutions to these government announcements. In these partnerships, MSRDC will act in the capacity of management support provider, while the member will be the prime for the award funds.

Other Subcontracting Opportunities

Click here for more details of the process for Other Subcontracting Opportunities

Private industry government contractors occasionally request MSRDC to assemble technical teams of HBCUs/MSIs to participate in contract bids for a variety of government agencies. This type of opportunity represents an approach for member institutions to build their contracting management capacity and technical capabilities.

Via MSRDC Cooperative Agreement

Funding Process Via the MSRDC Procurement Vehicle, (Cooperative Agreement No. W911SR-14-2-0001)

 

SEARCH TECHNOLOGY OBJECTIVES

The Government identifies the Technology Objectives (TOs) that describe the research needs and capability gaps of the sponsoring agency.

The TOs typically include a technical point-of-contact (POC) that faculty researchers are encouraged to contact for additional information and understanding of the government’s technical need/requirements.

Click here to see published Technology Objectives.

SUBMIT RESEARCH IDEAS

Faculty researchers can submit their proposed innovative solutions to the published Technology Objectives (TOs) in a couple of ways.

White Papers

  • Respond to formal Calls for White Papers issued by MSRDC, and/or
  • Submit Quad Charts that are typically based upon a prescribed format, (Click here for a template) and that are just sufficient to pique the interest of the government program manager
  • If necessary, collaborate with government scientists and/or MSRDC collaborative partners. Contact MSRDC if you require assistance or referrals to collaborators

Business Development Proposals (Click here for a more detailed process chart.)

  • Member institution markets its capabilities to appropriate government program manager with interest and need for the proposed solution.
  • Contact MSRDC for assistance in best practices in marketing your capabilities/solutions and making introductions to government technical contacts.
  • Proposed solution is typically outside of published TOs.
  • Government negotiates the scope and cost and uses the MSRDC cooperative agreement vehicle to issue sole source award to institution.

RESPOND TO REQUEST FOR RESEARCH PROJECT PROPOSALS

After government technical review, top rated ideas/white papers are invited to submit full proposals.

Member institutions are highly encouraged to seek assistance from MSRDC senior scientific advisors on ways to strengthen and align the proposal with DoD expectations.

RECEIVE RESEARCH PROJECT AWARDS

Government selects successful proposals and may or may not engage in negotiations over scope and cost.

MSRDC issues sub-award to the selected awardee and holds kick-off meeting.

Project work begins.

Via Broad Agency Announcements

Funding Process Via Broad Agency Announcements (BAA), (Outside of the MSRDC Cooperative Agreement)

 

REVIEW BROAD AGENCY ANNOUNCEMENT REQUIREMENTS

The Government research agencies typically produce an annual updated BAA that describes the general research interests and priorities of each agency.

The BAAs typically include a technical point-of-contact (POC) that faculty researchers are encouraged to contact for additional information and understanding of the government’s technical need/requirements.

Click here to see selected BAAs of interest to MSRDC.

PARTNER WITH MSRDC AND SUBMIT RESEARCH IDEAS

Institutions can submit responses to the BAA independently; however, there are competitive advantages to partnering with MSRDC. Benefits include the following services.

  1. Technical assistance in interpreting DoD requirements
    1. Ongoing consultation on strengthening the BAA submission
    2. Information sharing of DoD strategic plans
  2. Preliminary technical review of quad charts and/or white papers by
    1. MSRDC Senior Technical Advisor and former Army Senior Scientific Advisor, (SES)
    2. Technical Advisory Board members of current and recently retired scientists with extensive DoD experience
  3. Referrals to collaborating partners
    1. Scientists from Edgewood Chemical Biological Center (ECBC) and other relevant agencies
    2. Majority university partners
    3. Private industry
  4. Technical management support and reporting
    1. Setup and maintenance of program management system to track deliverables
    2. Support with monthly technical review meetings and report generation
    3. Assistance with maintaining alignment with agency requirements to increase likelihood of continuation funding

Complete a Teaming Agreement with MSRDC as your management support provider.

RESPOND TO REQUEST FOR RESEARCH PROJECT PROPOSALS

After government technical review, top rated ideas/white papers are invited to submit full proposals.

MSRDC will provide technical assistance to member institution to prepare a strong proposal.

RECEIVE RESEARCH PROJECT AWARDS

Government selects successful proposals and may or may not engage in negotiations over scope and cost.

Member institution issues subcontract to MSRDC and holds kick-off meeting.

Project work begins.

Via Subcontracting Opportunities

Funding Process Via Other Subcontracting Opportunities, (Outside of the MSRDC Cooperative Agreement)

 

RECEIVE ALERTS OF SUBCONTRACTING OPPORTUNITIES

MSRDC will periodically distribute Calls for Partners or similar to participate on technical teams, usually as a subcontractor to a private industry government contractor.

MSRDC will assemble the technical team using Teaming Agreements with MSRDC as the management support provider. (Final configuration of the team may vary depending upon RFP requirements.)

RESPOND TO REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL

MSRDC will manage data calls from the prime contractor and manage the technical and cost volume proposal writing assignments for the technical team.

RECEIVE SUBCONTRACT AWARD

Upon successful bid, prime government contractor issues subcontract to MSRDC.

MSRDC issues 2nd tier subcontracts to technical team members.

Contract work begins.