Contracting Cone

Research & Development (R&D) Studies

Research to explore technological and innovative solutions; improve existing products or develop new products.

For the DoD, Study Contracts are executed in the Materiel Solutions Analysis (MSA) Phase of the Major Capability Acquisition (MCA) pathway in accordance with DoDI 5000.85 – Major Capability Acquisition.


Strategies to Explore First

While many of the contracting strategies could apply, the following are well-suited for R&D Studies:

This is NOT an all exhaustive list. Other contract strategies on the Contracting Cone may achieve mission outcomes based upon unique program objectives and constraints.