Commercial Solutions Opening

ERDCWERX, in collaboration with the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC), seeks to accelerate the application of commercially‐derived solutions into deployable capabilities in support of modernization. ERDCWERX capability assessments support ERDC’s Commercial Solutions Opening (CSO) and help identify industry partners. This platform provides support for the CSO’s broadly defined areas of interest and more specific individual program requirements.

What is a CSO? 

Commercial Solutions Opening (CSO) is a competitive procedure to acquire innovative commercial items, technologies, or services. Commercial solutions will be sought on a full‐and‐open basis under certain technology areas relevant to capabilities characterized by Areas of Interest (AOI). Submissions against these AOIs will be requested as Solution Briefs (SB). 

Solution Brief submissions against the CSO will be accepted anytime during the open period but submissions against an individual program requirement will only be accepted during the designated timeframe outlined in that solicitation. Specific individual program requirements will be announced and supported by this ERDCWERX platform when ERDC has a particular interest in a further defined problem set for installation modernization capabilities.

Commercial Solutions Opening Process
Click to view/download PDF

How You Can Participate

Please familiarize yourself with the instructions for submission and the evaluation criteria as defined in the CSO Solicitation document. Awardees must be registered in the System for Award Management (SAM) database prior to the award of any agreement resulting from this solicitation. Any questions regarding this Capability Assessment process, solution brief preparation, and other questions on the CSO may be submitted using this form.

The ERDC is an integral component of the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering and helps solve the Nation’s most challenging problems in civil and military engineering, geospatial sciences, water resources, and environmental sciences for the Army, Department of Defense (DoD), civilian agencies, and our Nation’s public good. This Commercial Solutions Opening (CSO) is authorized by the Department of Defense (DoD) Class Deviation 2018-O0016.

​To receive notifications of project announcements, join our ecosystem.