The Acquisition Research Program (ARP) at the Naval Postgraduate School is interested in stimulating and supporting scholarly research in academic disciplines that bear on public procurement policy and management. These include economics, finance, financial management, information systems, organization theory, operations management, human resources management, risk management, and marketing, as well as the traditional public procurement areas such as contracting, program/project management, logistics, test and evaluation and systems engineering management.

The ARP primarily supports scholarly research through assistance vehicles that will benefit the general public and/or private sector to a larger extent than any direct benefits that may be gained by the U.S. Government. 

NPS anticipates making multiple grant awards of up to $120,000 each for a basic research period of twelve (12) months. 

Grant deliverables include a scholarly academic technical report and a paper/presentation at the Acquisition Research Symposium conducted annually in May in Monterey, CA  ( 

To be considered for funding, white papers should be submitted by 1 June 2016 to with subject line “White Paper Submission” with a WORD attachment.

Invited Full Proposals will be requested from those Offerors whose proposed research rate highly in the technical evaluation. Invited full proposals should be submitted to by 1 August 2016.

Faculty of U.S. Government schools of higher education who are interested in research described within the Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) should contact the technical point of contact at


Watch for announcement in mid-April 2016.