Follow this step-by-step process for doing business with ERDC.
Step 1: Learn about federal contracting
Getting a federal contract can be challenging. It can be especially challenging for small business owners doing it for the first time. You should do plenty of research on how federal contracting works before you get started.
Learn about federal contracting with these resources:
Step 2: Register in the System for Award Management (SAM) database
You must register your business on the SAM website to receive federal contracts. The SAM website is an official website of the U.S. government, and you can use it for free.
Explore these resources for SAM:
Step 3: Match your business’s primary NAICS code to ERDC’s NAICS codes
At ERDC, our five major research and development areas are:
- Military engineering
- Installations and operational environments
- Civil works
- Geospatial research and engineering
- Engineered resilient systems
Our top NAICS codes supporting these research areas include:
- 541715: Research and Development in Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences (except Nanotechnology and Biotechnology)
- 541330: Engineering Services
- 541611: Administrative Management and General Management Consulting Services
- 541512: Computer Systems Design Services
- 541712: Research and Development in Physical Engineering and Life Sciences (except Biotechnology)
Learn more about NAICS codes with this resource from the U.S. Census Bureau.
Step 4: Find contract opportunities that are right for your business
Contract opportunities are procurement notices from federal contracting offices. You can use the SAM website to search for these contract opportunities. They include:
- Pre-solicitation notices
- Solicitation notices
- Award notices
- Sole source notices
Explore ERDC contracting opportunities on the SAM website by entering “W2R2” in the keyword/solicitation field.
You should also take note of ERDC’s codes in the Department of Defense Activity Address Directory, including:
- W912HZ: USACE Information Technology Laboratory (ITL), Geotechnical and Structures Laboratory (GSL), Environmental Laboratory (EL), Coastal and Hydraulics Laboratory (CHL), Vicksburg, Mississippi
- W913E5: USACE Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory (CRREL), Hanover, New Hampshire
- W9132T: USACE Construction Engineering Research Laboratory (CERL), Champaign, Illinois
- W9132V: USACE Geospatial Research Laboratory (GRL), Alexandria, Virginia
- W91C9G: Joint Test and Evaluation Program