Collaborative Research and Development

To facilitate productivity-improving research and development and application of advanced construction technologies through collaborative research and development, field demonstration, licensing agreements, and other means of commercialization and technology transfer.

Examples of Funded Projects

Projects have been funded in the areas on construction planning and design improvement, improved construction site productivity and advanced materials.

Agency - Department Of Defense

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Office - Corps research and development laboratories.

Program Accomplishments

Seventy-six projects covering a wide range of technologies have been funded at a total investment of over $70 million. The Corps has provided over $32 million and the construction industry partners have contributed over $38 million.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Projects are based on ideas from the U. S. construction industry on how to improve productivity.

Industry partners must agree to substantially produce and market products domestically.

Corps laboratory must perform a significant portion of each project.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Any U.S.

private firm, including corporations, partnerships, limited partnerships and industrial development organizations; public and private foundations; nonprofit organizations; units of State and local governments; academic institutions; and others who have interest in and the capability to address CPAR objectives.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Beneficiaries of CPAR products will include the U.S. construction industry (builder/contractor/developer, engineer/architect, construction equipment/material suppliers) profit and nonprofit business organizations, the general public, and Federal, State and local government agencies.


Representations, certifications and other statements of proposers disclosure of lobbing activities are required.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Informal discussions with a Corps laboratory is required.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

Written proposal to the Corps laboratory must be submitted.

Award Procedures

Proposals recommended by the Corps laboratories are evaluated and prioritized by the CPAR Executive Committee in Corps headquarters. Proposals are funded in descending priority order until available funds are exhausted.


Time for submission of proposals varies, set annually.


Water Resources Development Act of 1988, Section 7, Public Law 100-676, 33 U.S.C. 2313.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 90 to 120 days.





Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Industry partner must provide at least 50 percent of the total project costs. At least 5 percent of the partner share must be paid in cash for services and supplies that do not originate within the partner organization.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance


Post Assistance Requirements


Technical report/product data sheets are required at the end of the project.





Financial Information

Account Identification



(Cooperative Agreement) FY 07 $6,000,000; FY 08 est not reported; and FY 09 est not reported. Note: No current information provided by Agency.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

$200,000 to $900,000. Average: $400,000.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

CPAR Guidelines for Participation, published annually.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

Corps research and development laboratories.

Headquarters Office

Headquarters, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, ATTN: CERD-C, 20 Massachusetts Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20314-1000, David B. Mathis, General Manager. Telephone: (202) 272-1846.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Potential impact on U.S. construction industry productivity; potential impact on the Corps of Engineers; commercialization/technology transfer; ease of adoption; probability of achieving projected productivity and effectiveness enhancement; project duration; and research and development investment.

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