Attention Applicants: We have two ways to leverage IRT authorities:

  1. Regular process. This process involves two extended phases:

    a. A "matching" phase (finding a unit who needs the training offered by the non-DoD applicant). This phase is initiated by a non-DoD application submitted by September 30th, one year before the project window opens in October of the next year.

    b. A budgeting phase for military units to compete for training funds from the DoD-wide IRT appropriation. The military application for funding must be submitted on May 1st, five months before the funding fiscal year begins.

  2. Streamlined process. The streamlined process is available when these two conditions are true:

    a. A military unit's training requirements and a non-DoD applicant's request are already "matched".

    b. The training falls within the military unit's existing training budget (no funds from the DoD-wide IRT appropriation are required).

    Policies and procedures set by the Secretary of the Military Department concerned determine how quickly a streamlined training project could being. In a few examples of simple projects with motivated partners, projects have begun as quickly as two months.

Non-Department of Defense




Community Application
Military Service Application
ImportantApplications from non-DOD entities are due September 30, 2017 to compete in the normal training and budgeting cycle for fiscal year 2019 (Oct 2018–Sep 2019).

ImportantMilitary Service IRT applications to compete for funds from the OSD IRT appropriation are due to OSD May 1, 2017 for fiscal year 2018 (Oct 2017–Sep 2018) via your program manager.

  • Submitting the application. Once the application is complete, send us an email ( with the completed application attached.  Note: Scanned versions of the application are not compatible with our system.
  • Applications received outside the 1–30 September timeline will be considered but are not likely to be competitive as a planned training exercise.
  • The timelines above do not apply to projects that do not require the Military Services to ask for funds from the OSD IRT appropriation.
  • Government organization eligibility. Federal, state, local, and regional governments, as well as federally recognized tribal entities are eligible. A founding law, charter, or reference to the federal register may be required to verify the organization's government status.
  • Non-for-profit organization eligibility. If you are a youth or charitable organization, you may be eligible per law if your organization is listed in 32 US Code 508 paragraph (d). If your non-profit organization is not listed here, OSD will need to determine organization eligibility. To make this determination, you must provide a copy of the organization's IRS tax exemption determination letter, dated within 10 years of the IRT application signature date, along with your articles of incorporation and bylaws. If your IRS letter is more than 10 years old, you can request an updated letter of affirmation from the IRS.
  • Non-competition requirement. Requests must be for assistance that is not reasonably available from a commercial entity or (if so available) the commercial entity that would otherwise provide such services has agreed to the provision of such services by the armed forces. To meet this requirement, we require that a public notice is posted and any responses resolved by the requesting entity. Here's a sample non-competition public notice.
  • Environmental requirement. Proposals that include documentation of compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act. Learn about the environmental analysis potential partners must provide.