2023 Phase I Call for Research Proposals

MAY 11, 2023

Open call to all faculty, fellows, and research staff at SERC/AIRC universities for Phase I research proposals related to innovative ideas to improve the integration and interoperability of acquired defense systems.  Funding awards for Phase I studies up to $75,000 are anticipated for the Fall 2023 Semester.

AIRC-DAU Quarterly Research Forum: Improving the DoD Requirements Process

MARCH 13, 2023

AIRC principal investigators will present their research findings and recommendations on the Requirements Definition process in Defense Acquisition. Faculty from Defense Acquisition University (DAU) will present the DAU learning and development opportunities supporting the Requirement Definition process. The event will elicit feedback from the audience on the research and development opportunities.

Webinar — Do Cost or Pricing Requirements Improve Contract Outcomes?

JANUARY 11, 2023

How do requirements for contractors to disclose cost or pricing data to the federal government affect the bidding and execution performance of public procurement contracts? Examining the Truth in Negotiations Act (TINA), which can require contractors to provide cost or pricing data with their bids, a research paper by Brad Nathan, an accounting professor at Columbia Business School, studies the effects of these requirements on contract competition (i.e., whether multiple bids are received), how frequently cost-plus contracts are awarded, and contract performance (i.e., re-negotiations and cost overruns). Join GW Law School’s Government Procurement Law Program and the Acquisition Innovation Research Center for this free one-hour webinar to learn more about potential benefits and disadvantages of requiring cost or pricing data in public procurement.

AIRC-DAU Quarterly Research Forum

DECEMBER 9, 2022

What will the future of Defense Acquisition look like? What policies, procedures, and priorities will characterize Defense Acquisition in the next five years? If you are a leader or emerging leader in the Defense Acquisition Workforce, you are probably interested in the answers to these questions.

The Acquisition Innovation Research Center (AIRC) and DAU are partnering to bring you a forum to gain insight into the future of Defense Acquisition.  AIRC principal investigators will present their research and you, the acquisition practitioners, can provide feedback on that research and share insights and lessons learned from your experiences as practitioners.

The 2022 AIRC Research Review


This day will present a focused review of the Acquisition Innovation Research Center (AIRC) research portfolio to sponsors and the broader government, industry, and academic communities.

Established in 2020, AIRC is a learning organization that reaches across the DoD to enable innovation and evidence-based decision making through policy, organizational change management, and workforce development.

The Art of Acquisition Workshop

SEPTEMBER 23, 2022

The wisdom of Sun Tzu and his legendary Art of War  treatise from the 5thcentury BC have been applied to a range of fields outside of the military, including business, law, and even sports. On September 23, 2022, the Acquisition Innovation Research Center (AIRC) convened a workshop with 20 thought leaders with expertise across the Defense Acquisition system. This workshop drew on these other applications of the Art of War  to develop relevant insights for practitioners of Defense Acquisition in an era of Great Power Competition.

Heat 3 of the Defense Data Grand Prix Registration Deadline Extended to Sep. 9, 2022


The Defense Data Grand Prix is an academic competition organized by the AIRC to increase awareness of Defense Acquisition System challenges, decisions, and processes. For Heat 3 (Fall 2022), competitors will apply advanced analytics and visualize findings from defense acquisition data.