Office of Sponsored Programs

What We Do:
The Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) facilitates projects between Air University (AU) organizations and external sponsors, ranging from formalized Research Task Forces and media like the Wild Blue Yonder blog and podcast to one-off requests for expertise, coordination, and event planning.  Our approach is to help solve problems by figuring out how to “get to yes” and then passing on that process to others, whether it is responsive contracting and financial support or making use of AU assets like AUTV.  We do our best to direct traffic and make matches for whatever comes up as an opportunity to promote AU scholarship. 

Our Mission:
We’re the connective tissue that gets AU scholarship from the schoolhouse to decision-makers and sponsor’s requests to responsive subject matter experts.

Our Vision:
To be the one-stop entry point for requests for AU brainpower.

Our Team:

Dr. Margaret Sankey
Research Coordinator
Air University Academic Services
Office of Sponsored Programs
OfficeOfSponsoredPrograms@au.af.edu

Dr. Kenneth Johnson
Research Coordinator
Air University Academic Services
Office of Sponsored Programs
OfficeOfSponsoredPrograms@au.af.edu

Dr. Stephanie Rollins
Acquisition Program Manager
EPASS Program Manager
Air University Academic Services
Office of Sponsored Programs
OfficeOfSponsoredPrograms@au.af.edu

A recap of our year in the Academic Services Annual Report:  


Air University offers sponsors the chance to leverage the career-spanning population of students, full spectrum of MOS and expert SME guidance to work on problem sets of importance to the DAF.  The backbone of a Research Task Force (RTF) are two-term elective courses taken by a mixed group of AWC and ACSC students, recruited early in the school year and selected by faculty for what they bring to the discussion. This joint, collaborative environment allows researchers to bring their expertise and experience to formal academic scholarship guided by available AU faculty.  Sponsors interested in providing data sets, financial support, access to their own SMEs, outbrief slots, or multi-year iterative topics are welcome to contact us for further discussion. 

A RTF requires:

* A sponsor 
* Available faculty with appropriate expertise
* Non-duplicative student interest at both ACSC and AWC (so no JADO RTF that competes with JWSS/JADS)
* Specific problem set and desired deliverables.
* External funding (if necessary).

If your organization is interested in sponsoring an RTF or other AU scholarship, please contact us at OfficeOfSponsoredPrograms@au.af.edu

Multiple RTFs study questions and develop research answers for specific leaders. Our research task forces, housed at the Air War College and at Air Command and Staff College, include the following for AY23:

* ACTS 2.0 (AFRL)
* Resiliency Research Task Force (HAF A1Z)
Russia Research Task Force (EUCOM/Russia Strategic Initiative)
Cyber Research Task Force 
* Innovation (AETC/A9)
Immersive Learning and Simulations (AFAMS)

Past Research Task forces include: 

* Arctic Strategists Research Task Force (AY22)
* Military Basing in the Indo-Pacific Research Task Force (INDOPACOM J5) (AY22)
Deterrence Research Task Force (DRTF) (AY22)
Vigilance Horizons (ISR) Research Task Force (AY22)


The Office of Sponsored Programs work with a number of DoD partners to support scholarship at Air University. 


The OSP collaborates with authors, from cadets, to practitioners, to academics, to ensure peer-reviewed content relevant to the DOD and researchers worldwide is added to the Wild Blue Yonder Digital Journal. We also produce Podcasts, available here: https://www.airuniversity.af.edu/Wild-Blue-Yonder/.

Wild Blue Yonder is an online journal and forum focused on military-related thought and dialogue. The journal seeks to foster discussion and debate among practitioners and academicians. We want to hear your ideas on how to reshape the way we think about air, space, cyberspace, and the multi-domain. Our articles bridge the gap between academic thought and practical operational experience. 

Consider submitting an article or podcast idea today!  Submission requirements here: https://www.airuniversity.af.edu/Wild-Blue-Yonder/.


The EPASS program is managed by the Air University Office of Sponsored Programs and the 42nd ABW Contracting Squadron (42nd CONS). The EPASS Program Manager, Dr. Stephanie Rollins (Stephanie.Rollins@au.af.edu), can assist with the process and provide templates and examples for the Purchase Request (PR) package.

What is EPASS?
• A mandatory-use contract vehicle for all Air University Educational Services requirements.
• Organizations must supply funding; EPASS does not provide financing.
• Non-AU organizations may also use EPASS for educational services.
• EPASS is a contracting program that uses established blanket purchase agreements (established pricing by type of job and degree level required) with approved vendors.
• The advantage of EPASS is that it saves time over traditional contracting when contracting for educational service requirements.

Examples of EPASS Domains and Labor Categories:
• Professional ServicesInstructors, Instructional Designers, Curriculum Developers, Course Developers, Instructor Training, and Professional Continuing Education (PCE) Training
• Research Services: Academic Research Support, Research Subject Matter Experts, and Laboratory Specialists
• Educational Technology: Simulation Support Specialist, Graphic Design Specialist, Media Specialist, Video/Film Production Specialist, Information Technology Professional Specialist, and Introduction of New Information Services and Products Specialist
• Administrative Support Services: Translation/Language Services, Financial Support Services, Program Support Services, Multimedia Services, Professional  Certificate Support Services, Educational Accreditation Support Services, Book Logistic Services, Public Relations/Strategic Communications Services,  Integrated Marketing Services, Challenge & Competition Services, Advertising Services, Training & Educational Materials Services,  Integrated Consulting Services, Program Management Services, Writing Proficiencies Services, Register/Transcript/Competency-Based Services, Assessment Leadership & Personality Services, Assessment Testing & Test Management Services, and Grant Writing Services

Using EPASS:
Customers must provide certified funding and complete a PR PackageThe process is coordinated with the EPASS Program Manager and submitted to 42nd CONS. The required documents for submission depend on funding requirements:

     Under $250K:
     • EPASS Approval Letter
     • Form 9 Checklist
     • Statement of Work (SOW)
     • Coordinate SOW with Manpower, Civilian Personnel, and Security via email
     • Market Research
     • Independent Government Estimate (IGE)
     • Non-Personal Services Certification

     Over $250K:
     • EPASS Approval Letter
     • Form 9 Checklist
     • Performance Work Statement (PWS)
     • Quality Assurance Surveillance Plan (QASP)
     • Contract Support Approval (CSA) Letter with approved Requirements Approval Document (RAD)
     • Coordinate PWS with Manpower, Civilian Personnel, and Security via email
     • Market Research
     • Independent Government Estimate (IGE)
     • Non-Personal Services Certification
     • Task orders over $250k require a fully trained and duly appointed Contracting Officer’s Representative (COR) and Form.

     As needed for PR Packages:
     • AF Form 332 (Civil Engineering)
     • Communications-Computer Systems Requirements Document (CSRD)

Important to Note:
• Certified funds are required to accompany PR Packages.
• The EPASS program manager will provide templates for the PWS/SOW, Market Research, and IGEs and guide customers through the EPASS process.
• All EPASS task orders are for Non-personal Services (Contractor, not the government, supervises contract employees).
• All EPASS task orders are performance-based.
• The COR is responsible for inputting information into the Past Performance Information Retrieval System (PPIRS). In addition, if the contract is over $1M, the COR is responsible for inputting data into the Contractor Performance Assessment Reporting System (CPARS).


What is Adjunct Contract Professional (ACP)?

• The program is a CSAF-sponsored collaboration with Air University to leverage the knowledge, skills, and experience of select retired senior leaders and SMEs

• Two general requirement areas:
     1) Assist with the development of Airmen
     2) Assist with Air Force improvement initiatives

• Deliverables focused on research, “red-teaming,” writing, teaching, consulting, curriculum development, and mentoring.

• HAF originated the program in 2017 in collaboration with Air University through a commercial contract with Flatter, Inc. to perform a broad range of Adjunct Professor duties that are within the scope of functions outlined in DoDI 1402.06

Who is ACP?

• Just under 60 senior leaders and SMEs participate.

• Primarily General Officers, but also some 0-6 officers, senior civilians, and non-DoD experts.

• ACPs have expertise in numerous areas, including Joint Staff Strategy, Command and Control, Air Superiority, Cyberspace Superiority, Global Integrated ISR, Global Position Attack, Rapid Global Mobility, Theaters of Operation, Electronic Warfare, Operational Test and Evaluation, Acquisitions, Logistics, etc.

Important to Note:

• HAF annually promotes ACP program to every MAJCOM, HAF directorate, select FOAs, select DRUs, and several Air Force initiatives like Air Force Futures, Chief Data Officer, and Enterprise Capability Collaboration Teams (ECCTs)

• Primary users have been AF/A1, AFIT, ACSC, AWC, Eaker, as well as SeCAF, CSAF, CSO, AF/CC, AF/REG, AFDW, USPACOM, 505 CTS, HQ AF Space Command, A5/7, SAF/IG, USAFWC, HAF/DS, AFRL, IMSC, and AU/SJIOAC.

• ACP is distinct from the “Senior Mentor” program (aka HQE-SM – Highly Qualified Expert-Senior Mentor) run by Air Combat Command, which by public law delineates specific tasks which can only be performed by the Senior Mentors (such as non-Academic wargaming)

• By contract law, participating organizations cannot by-name request a specific person in the requirement specification.

Contact Us:

• For information about the ACP program, don’t hesitate to get in touch with the government contracting officer representative, Col Jeremy Holmes, email: Jeremy.Holmes@us.af.mil.


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About Us

What We Do:
The Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) facilitates projects between Air University (AU) organizations and external sponsors, ranging from formalized Research Task Forces and media like the Wild Blue Yonder blog and podcast to one-off requests for expertise, coordination, and event planning.  Our approach is to help solve problems by figuring out how to “get to yes” and then passing on that process to others, whether it is responsive contracting and financial support or making use of AU assets like AUTV.  We do our best to direct traffic and make matches for whatever comes up as an opportunity to promote AU scholarship. 

Our Mission:
We’re the connective tissue that gets AU scholarship from the schoolhouse to decision-makers and sponsor’s requests to responsive subject matter experts.

Our Vision:
To be the one-stop entry point for requests for AU brainpower.

Our Team:

Dr. Margaret Sankey
Research Coordinator
Air University Academic Services
Office of Sponsored Programs
OfficeOfSponsoredPrograms@au.af.edu

Dr. Kenneth Johnson
Research Coordinator
Air University Academic Services
Office of Sponsored Programs
OfficeOfSponsoredPrograms@au.af.edu

Dr. Stephanie Rollins
Acquisition Program Manager
EPASS Program Manager
Air University Academic Services
Office of Sponsored Programs
OfficeOfSponsoredPrograms@au.af.edu

A recap of our year in the Academic Services Annual Report:  


Research Task Forces

Air University offers sponsors the chance to leverage the career-spanning population of students, full spectrum of MOS and expert SME guidance to work on problem sets of importance to the DAF.  The backbone of a Research Task Force (RTF) are two-term elective courses taken by a mixed group of AWC and ACSC students, recruited early in the school year and selected by faculty for what they bring to the discussion. This joint, collaborative environment allows researchers to bring their expertise and experience to formal academic scholarship guided by available AU faculty.  Sponsors interested in providing data sets, financial support, access to their own SMEs, outbrief slots, or multi-year iterative topics are welcome to contact us for further discussion. 

A RTF requires:

* A sponsor 
* Available faculty with appropriate expertise
* Non-duplicative student interest at both ACSC and AWC (so no JADO RTF that competes with JWSS/JADS)
* Specific problem set and desired deliverables.
* External funding (if necessary).

If your organization is interested in sponsoring an RTF or other AU scholarship, please contact us at OfficeOfSponsoredPrograms@au.af.edu

Multiple RTFs study questions and develop research answers for specific leaders. Our research task forces, housed at the Air War College and at Air Command and Staff College, include the following for AY23:

* ACTS 2.0 (AFRL)
* Resiliency Research Task Force (HAF A1Z)
Russia Research Task Force (EUCOM/Russia Strategic Initiative)
Cyber Research Task Force 
* Innovation (AETC/A9)
Immersive Learning and Simulations (AFAMS)

Past Research Task forces include: 

* Arctic Strategists Research Task Force (AY22)
* Military Basing in the Indo-Pacific Research Task Force (INDOPACOM J5) (AY22)
Deterrence Research Task Force (DRTF) (AY22)
Vigilance Horizons (ISR) Research Task Force (AY22)


Partners

The Office of Sponsored Programs work with a number of DoD partners to support scholarship at Air University. 


Completed Projects

Here are some examples of the completed projects that the Office of Sponsored Programs supported or launched. For more on what types of services the OSP can offer, please click on the X tab. 


Research Topics

View the AU Research Topics ListThe AU Research Topics List is comprised of questions given to Air University by organizations with the USAF and other DoD organizations. Any organization is welcome to submit topics at any time. Please direct any questions about Air University Research, which can be reached at AUResearch@au.af.edu.


Wild Blue Yonder

The OSP collaborates with authors, from cadets, to practitioners, to academics, to ensure peer-reviewed content relevant to the DOD and researchers worldwide is added to the Wild Blue Yonder Digital Journal. We also produce Podcasts, available here: https://www.airuniversity.af.edu/Wild-Blue-Yonder/.

Wild Blue Yonder is an online journal and forum focused on military-related thought and dialogue. The journal seeks to foster discussion and debate among practitioners and academicians. We want to hear your ideas on how to reshape the way we think about air, space, cyberspace, and the multi-domain. Our articles bridge the gap between academic thought and practical operational experience. 

Consider submitting an article or podcast idea today!  Submission requirements here: https://www.airuniversity.af.edu/Wild-Blue-Yonder/.


EPASS

The EPASS program is managed by the Air University Office of Sponsored Programs and the 42nd ABW Contracting Squadron (42nd CONS). The EPASS Program Manager, Dr. Stephanie Rollins (Stephanie.Rollins@au.af.edu), can assist with the process and provide templates and examples for the Purchase Request (PR) package.

What is EPASS?
• A mandatory-use contract vehicle for all Air University Educational Services requirements.
• Organizations must supply funding; EPASS does not provide financing.
• Non-AU organizations may also use EPASS for educational services.
• EPASS is a contracting program that uses established blanket purchase agreements (established pricing by type of job and degree level required) with approved vendors.
• The advantage of EPASS is that it saves time over traditional contracting when contracting for educational service requirements.

Examples of EPASS Domains and Labor Categories:
• Professional ServicesInstructors, Instructional Designers, Curriculum Developers, Course Developers, Instructor Training, and Professional Continuing Education (PCE) Training
• Research Services: Academic Research Support, Research Subject Matter Experts, and Laboratory Specialists
• Educational Technology: Simulation Support Specialist, Graphic Design Specialist, Media Specialist, Video/Film Production Specialist, Information Technology Professional Specialist, and Introduction of New Information Services and Products Specialist
• Administrative Support Services: Translation/Language Services, Financial Support Services, Program Support Services, Multimedia Services, Professional  Certificate Support Services, Educational Accreditation Support Services, Book Logistic Services, Public Relations/Strategic Communications Services,  Integrated Marketing Services, Challenge & Competition Services, Advertising Services, Training & Educational Materials Services,  Integrated Consulting Services, Program Management Services, Writing Proficiencies Services, Register/Transcript/Competency-Based Services, Assessment Leadership & Personality Services, Assessment Testing & Test Management Services, and Grant Writing Services

Using EPASS:
Customers must provide certified funding and complete a PR PackageThe process is coordinated with the EPASS Program Manager and submitted to 42nd CONS. The required documents for submission depend on funding requirements:

     Under $250K:
     • EPASS Approval Letter
     • Form 9 Checklist
     • Statement of Work (SOW)
     • Coordinate SOW with Manpower, Civilian Personnel, and Security via email
     • Market Research
     • Independent Government Estimate (IGE)
     • Non-Personal Services Certification

     Over $250K:
     • EPASS Approval Letter
     • Form 9 Checklist
     • Performance Work Statement (PWS)
     • Quality Assurance Surveillance Plan (QASP)
     • Contract Support Approval (CSA) Letter with approved Requirements Approval Document (RAD)
     • Coordinate PWS with Manpower, Civilian Personnel, and Security via email
     • Market Research
     • Independent Government Estimate (IGE)
     • Non-Personal Services Certification
     • Task orders over $250k require a fully trained and duly appointed Contracting Officer’s Representative (COR) and Form.

     As needed for PR Packages:
     • AF Form 332 (Civil Engineering)
     • Communications-Computer Systems Requirements Document (CSRD)

Important to Note:
• Certified funds are required to accompany PR Packages.
• The EPASS program manager will provide templates for the PWS/SOW, Market Research, and IGEs and guide customers through the EPASS process.
• All EPASS task orders are for Non-personal Services (Contractor, not the government, supervises contract employees).
• All EPASS task orders are performance-based.
• The COR is responsible for inputting information into the Past Performance Information Retrieval System (PPIRS). In addition, if the contract is over $1M, the COR is responsible for inputting data into the Contractor Performance Assessment Reporting System (CPARS).


ACP

What is Adjunct Contract Professional (ACP)?

• The program is a CSAF-sponsored collaboration with Air University to leverage the knowledge, skills, and experience of select retired senior leaders and SMEs

• Two general requirement areas:
     1) Assist with the development of Airmen
     2) Assist with Air Force improvement initiatives

• Deliverables focused on research, “red-teaming,” writing, teaching, consulting, curriculum development, and mentoring.

• HAF originated the program in 2017 in collaboration with Air University through a commercial contract with Flatter, Inc. to perform a broad range of Adjunct Professor duties that are within the scope of functions outlined in DoDI 1402.06

Who is ACP?

• Just under 60 senior leaders and SMEs participate.

• Primarily General Officers, but also some 0-6 officers, senior civilians, and non-DoD experts.

• ACPs have expertise in numerous areas, including Joint Staff Strategy, Command and Control, Air Superiority, Cyberspace Superiority, Global Integrated ISR, Global Position Attack, Rapid Global Mobility, Theaters of Operation, Electronic Warfare, Operational Test and Evaluation, Acquisitions, Logistics, etc.

Important to Note:

• HAF annually promotes ACP program to every MAJCOM, HAF directorate, select FOAs, select DRUs, and several Air Force initiatives like Air Force Futures, Chief Data Officer, and Enterprise Capability Collaboration Teams (ECCTs)

• Primary users have been AF/A1, AFIT, ACSC, AWC, Eaker, as well as SeCAF, CSAF, CSO, AF/CC, AF/REG, AFDW, USPACOM, 505 CTS, HQ AF Space Command, A5/7, SAF/IG, USAFWC, HAF/DS, AFRL, IMSC, and AU/SJIOAC.

• ACP is distinct from the “Senior Mentor” program (aka HQE-SM – Highly Qualified Expert-Senior Mentor) run by Air Combat Command, which by public law delineates specific tasks which can only be performed by the Senior Mentors (such as non-Academic wargaming)

• By contract law, participating organizations cannot by-name request a specific person in the requirement specification.

Contact Us:

• For information about the ACP program, don’t hesitate to get in touch with the government contracting officer representative, Col Jeremy Holmes, email: Jeremy.Holmes@us.af.mil.