Solicitation Overview

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The greatest portion of industry and government funding for NSRP is invested in R&D projects, and the process for identifying, selecting and funding projects is described below.

Projects selected and executed fall into two categories: Panel Projects and Research Announcement (RA) projects. Panel projects are lower cost and are of shorter duration. RA projects can run into the millions of dollars, are funded with both government monies and industry cost share and may last up to three years.

Research Announcement (RA)

Research Announcements (RAs) provide a method of contracting for research and development (R&D) based upon notices posted on Federal Business Opportunities (FedBizOpps) and the NSRP website and:

  • are general in nature
  • identify areas of research interest
  • indicate criteria for selecting proposals
  • solicit the participation of all offerors capable of meeting the objectives of NSRP
  • are issued when NSRP desires new and creative solutions to problem statements and/or advances in technologies, tools and processes.
  • are more flexible than other solicitation formats, (ex.,Requests for Proposals (RFPs) which require specific solutions or outcomes), allowing NSRP to state its objectives in general terms of need or interest ) allowing

Proposal Submission and Selection

In addition to describing NSRP areas of R&D interest, the RA provides an overview of the proposal submission and selection process, including submittal deadlines. As the chart below illustrates:

  1. RA is issued; proposersbegin developing summary proposals
  2. Summary Proposals are submitted to SCRA -- a firm submission deadline is included in the Research Announcement and posted on the NSRP website
  3. Summary Proposals are reviewed by third-party subject matter experts, followed by an industry expert panel
  4. Executive Control Board reviews and selects portfolio for funding
  5. Proposals selected for funding submit to SCRA full Statements of Work, Technology Transfer Plans and Cost Proposals for technical and cost compliance
  6. Proposals which meet above-described requirements receive award

Proposal Submission Process

Figure 1 - Research Announcement Solicitation

Further Information

Solicitation Resources project plans

Panel Project Solicitation

The NSRP Executive Control Board (ECB) allocates funds on an approximately annual basis to fund a portfolio of relatively small, short timeframe projects. Panel projects are solicited through the eleven panels. As the flowchart below illustrates:

  1. Proposers submit white papers to Panel Chair
  2. Panel Members review and prioritize white papers
  3. Panel Chairs submit final white paper selection to SCRA
  4. SCRA reviews for technical and cost compliance
  5. Complete white paper portfolio is presented by the Panel Chairs to the Executive Control Board for selection and award

panel project solicitation


Figure 2 - Panel White Paper Submission and Selection Process

Further Information

Panel Project Solicitation Solicitation Resources  

Contracting Procedures

The Executive Control Board employs SCRA Applied R&D (formerly known as ATI) as Program Administrator for NSRP operations, including contracting. Funds are distributed to NSRP project participants through contract award managed by the Program Administrator. Contract awards are made to those activities submitting the best value proposals, emphasizing benefits to the industry and conformance with the strategic direction of the industry. 

Proposers are encouraged to review the types of contracting vehicles for the relevant terms and conditions to ensure they are amenable to the award terms. Examples can be on the Solicitation Resources page.

For additional information, please contact SCRA Contracts.