The CWP office conducts an annual competition for DoD projects for cooperative research and development projects with foreign partners that meet DoD strategic goals. CWP will accept submissions only from DoD Agencies, Services, COCOMs, or OSD staff.  CWP cannot accept nominations directly from industry or foreign organization.

FY16 Service Deadlines

CWP Deadlines have passed. We will update this webpage in May 2015 for timeline for the FY17 proposal cycle.


CWP leverages U.S. and foreign investments to conduct cooperative research and development projects with foreign partners.  Program supports Department's goals of:

  • Collaboratively addressing strategic technology gaps for current and future missions

  • Developing interoperability solutions for coalition operations

  • Strengthening current defense partnerships and developing new relationships

CWP provides seed funding to DoD organizations that conduct cooperative research, development, test, and evaluation (RDT&E) projects with foreign partners.  It is the only Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) program dedicated to initiating cooperative RDT&E projects with allies and coalition partners. Specific details on the program and the process are in the CWP management plan.


  • DoD and foreign government Project Teams committed to contribute resources and execute the project

  • Clearly-defined project plans supporting legitimate use of RDT&E funding

  • Reasonable CWP funding request (no more than 50%) to make up part of the U.S. contribution to the project

  • Respond to a DoD priority need

  • Acceptable transition plan for project deliverable(s)


Nominations: Review the template instructions and the Nomination Tutorial. Throughout the process, the CWP Team will help you refine the proposal, and work through specific issues or questions, including coordination with Combatant Commands for advocacy for your proposal.  Download the Nomination Tutorial and FY16 Templates for deadlines and for help in completing the required submission package. 

CWP operates on an annual cycle beginning with outreach in the spring/summer – it does not have a rolling start process.  

Pre-submission worksheets:

  • Annex A (Initial Planning) is provided to see if the project is a good candidate for CWP and to initiate discussions with the appropriate Service/Agency/COCOM CWP POC to lay out plan before completing the full submission package.

  • Annex B (Resources and Schedule) can also be used as a pre-submission worksheet.


The CWP Team is happy to help you with your submissions and project executions, as are the CWP POCs within the Service and Agencies.  The CWP Team can be reached by email at Coalition Warfare Program.

Project Execution: The FAQs are designed to answer most execution questions, or contact the CWP Team for assistance.


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