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This Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) for the Foundational Science Research Unit (FSRU) of the U. S. Army Research
Institute for the Behavioral and Social Sciences (ARI) solicits new proposals for its fiscal year 2016 program of basic research in behavioral science.
It is issued under the provisions of paragraph 6. 102(d) (2) and 3 5. 016 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.
The basic research program supports research projects that are designed to expand fundamental knowledge and discover general principles in the behavioral and social sciences.
Proposals should describe their contribution to theory and how their results might lead to basic behavioral research that would be meaningful to the Army.
Those contemplating submission of a proposal are encouraged to submit a white paper before submitting a full proposal.
This sequence allows earliest determination of the potential for funding and minimizes the labor and cost associated with submission of full proposals that have minimal probability of being selected for funding.
Costs associated with white paper or full proposal submissions in response to this BAA are not considered allowable direct charges to any resulting award.
These costs may be allowable expenses to normal bid and proposal indirect costs specified in FAR 3 1. 205-1 8. Offerors submitting proposals are cautioned that only a Government Contracting or Grants Officer may obligate the Government to any legal instrument involving expenditure of Government funds.
Decisions to award new basic research awards are subject to funds availability, and ARI may choose to not award any new basic research awards due to unavailability of funds or other factors.
Due to Government budget uncertainties, (1) no specific dollars have been reserved for total awards under this BAA, and (2) no award floor or ceiling thresholds have been established for individual awards under this BAA.
Proposals are sought from educational institutions, non-profit/not-for-profit organizations, and commercial organizations, domestic or foreign, for research and development (R&D) in those areas specified in SECTION A of the Broad Agency Announcement.
Foreign owned, controlled, or influenced organizations are advised that security restrictions may apply that could preclude their participation in these efforts.
Government laboratories, Federal Funded Research and Development Centers (FFRDCs), and U. S. Service Academies are not eligible to participate as prime contractors or recipients.
However, they may be able to participate as subcontractors or subrecipients (eligibility will be determined on a case by case basis).