Defense Security Cooperation University - Sponsored Research


The Defense Security Cooperation Agencys (DSCA) Defense Security Cooperation Universitys (DSCU) mission is to advance the knowledge and practice of security cooperation by producing research, analysis, and lessons learned that expand the intellectual foundations of security cooperation; and through the education, training, and development of the U.S. security cooperation workforce and the education, training, and institutional capacity building of partner nations. DSCU components sponsor research that aligns substantively with the Department of Defense Learning and Evaluation Agenda for Partnerships (LEAP) framework and the DSCU Research Agenda.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Defense Security Cooperation Agency (Dsca), Department of Defense
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
A - Formula Grants
Program Accomplishments
Not applicable.
10 U.S.C. 4001
10 U.S.C. 345
10 U.S.C. 384(g)
Research and Development Projects
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
DSCU-sponsored research is generally open to a broad range of researchers (with or without affiliation) and research institutions anywhere in the world. Researchers include those with or without formal affiliation with a research institution, U.S. interagency security cooperation communities of interest, and the security cooperation workforce (as defined by 10 USC 384(h)). Research institutions include professional military education (PME) and civilian academic institutions, think tanks, and federally funded research and development centers (FFRDCs). Individual DSCU components may have restrictions on who may receive assistance.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Not applicable.
A current registration in the System for Award Management (SAM) ( is required. The applicant, and any formal collaborators or sub-recipients, may not appear SAM Exclusions as currently debarred, suspended, or otherwise ineligible.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is not applicable.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Application procedures depend on funding instrument. For research grants see Notice of Funding Opportunity (NFO) HQ003423NFOEASD17 at for details. As other funding instruments are made available, notices will be posted on the DSCU website at
Award Procedure
A project work plan is developed between the applicant and the DSCU component that is sponsoring the research. Depending on the funding instrument, sponsoring component, and funding amount, awards are approved either by the DSCU President or by the head of the DSCU component that is sponsoring the research. Assistance awards undergo policy and legal review. In the case of grants and cooperative agreements, the Grants Officer bilaterally executes the award with the assistance recipient. All assistance is provided to the applicant, who will, as necessary, distribute funds to formal collaborators and sub-recipients.
Not applicable.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 120 to 180 days.
Not applicable.
May be considered on a case-by-case basis
How are proposals selected?
Principal Criteria: -- Technical merits of the proposed research: The proposed approach to research, including theory development, data collection and analysis, as applicable, is rigorous and appropriate to the research question. -- Relevance of the proposed research: The proposed research seeks to fill a high-priority knowledge gap in security cooperation or irregular warfare -- Feasibility of the proposed research: The proposed research can be completed given the qualifications of, time commitment by, and resources available to applicant and any formal collaborators or sub-recipients. Other Criteria -- Cost sharing by the research team: The extent to which the recipient proposes to share in the cost of the project Note: The Principal Criteria are of equal importance and are more important than Other Criteria.
How may assistance be used?
Assistance may be used to fund evidence-, theory-, and data-building activities that contribute to the body of knowledge on security cooperation or irregular warfare, meet standards of scientific rigor, results in lessons that can be applied to practice, and align substantively with the Department of Defense Learning and Evaluation Agenda for Partnerships framework and the DSCU Research Agenda. Allowable costs are governed by DoDGARS (32 CFR 32.27), related laws, and associated Office of Management and Budget circulars, and must be reasonable to research scope and outcomes.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Performance Reports: Performance reporting is required to be submitted with research milestones. Specific reporting requirements will be specified upon receipt of an award.
Not applicable.
Record keeping requirements are in accordance with the terms and conditions of the award, which will include appropriate provisions related to recipient records that are required by the DoD Grant and Agreement Regulations (DoDGARs) and 2 CFR 200.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.

Matching is voluntary_rating. Cost sharing is not required but, if offered, voluntary cost sharing may be considered as a demonstration of an applicant's commitment to their proposed project. If cost sharing is used, the source of all current and pending funding support for the proposed project must be declared.

MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
There is no anticipated end date to the DSCU-sponsored research program, subject to the availability of funds. Funding must be spent within the period of performance, which will vary depending on the type of funding instrument and the requirements of the research project. Funding will be released over time. Depending on the funding instrument and the requirements of the research project, this may be spread out evenly over the period of performance or upon completion of specified research milestones.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
None/Not specified.
Headquarters Office
Marc Grinberg
2800 Defense Pentagon
Arlington, DC 20301 USA
Phone: 703.697.4329
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Formula Grants) FY 23 est $1,000,000.00; FY 24 est $1,000,000.00; FY 25 est $1,000,000.00; FY 22$0.00; - DSCU's Irregular Warfare Center(Formula Grants) FY 23 est $104,030.00; FY 24 est $1,772,750.00; FY 25 est $3,500,000.00; FY 22$0.00; - DSCU's Research and Lessons Learned Institute
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Expected Award Range: $2,500-$800,000
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Not applicable.
Examples of Funded Projects
Not applicable.


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