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Enterprise Risk Management Research Projects

Background and Purpose

The Society of Actuaries’ Joint Risk Management Research Committee (JRMRC) is seeking proposals for research projects that will produce information, data, theoretical models, and/or empirical tools useful to enterprise risk management professionals.

JRMRC will convene a project oversight group for each project that is selected for sponsorship.  The project oversight group will oversee the progress of the project.  The oversight group may include members of JRMRC, Society of Actuaries staff, and/or others who are knowledgeable and interested in the subject matter of the proposal.

Projects will be funded or partially funded by JRMRC.  JRMRC will budget funds on a project-by-project basis, depending on the perceived value of a project as determined during the selection process (described below).  Larger budget projects may require joint funding with other groups within the SOA and/or other organizations.  This may lengthen the decision time for awarding of such projects.

Proposals will be reviewed for funding consideration by JRMRC at its next meeting after the proposal deadline.  It is not uncommon for JRMRC to request additional details on a proposal for subsequent discussion and evaluation.

Research Objective

The specific subject matter, methods, and presentation of results are intentionally undefined in this RFP, with the hope that many unique and valuable projects will be proposed.  Examples of enterprise risk management research projects supported by the JRMRC, and/or the Joint Risk Management Section of the Canadian Institute of Actuaries, Casualty Actuarial Society and Society of Actuaries in the past can be found on the Society of Actuaries website at: /research/topics/risk-mgmt-topic-landing/. The guiding principle above, of being immediately useful to practitioners, should be borne in mind.


To facilitate the evaluation of proposals, the following information should be submitted:

  1. Resumes of the researcher(s), including any graduate student(s) expected to participate, indicating how their background, education and experience bear on their qualifications to undertake the research. If more than one researcher is involved, a single individual should be designated as the lead researcher and primary contact. The person submitting the proposal must be authorized to speak on behalf of all the researchers as well as for the firm or institution on whose behalf the proposal is submitted.
  2. An outline of the approach to be used (e.g. literature search, model, etc.), emphasizing issues that require special consideration. Details should be given regarding the techniques to be used, collateral material to be consulted, and possible limitations of the analysis.
  3. A description of the expected deliverables and any supporting data, tools or other resources.
  4. Cost estimates for the research, including computer time, salaries, report preparation, material costs, etc. Such estimates can be in the form of hourly rates, but in such cases, time estimates should also be included. Any guarantees as to total cost should be given and will be considered in the evaluation of the proposal. While cost will be a factor in the evaluation of the proposal, it will not necessarily be the decisive factor.
  5. A schedule for completion of the research, identifying key dates or time frames for research completion and report submissions.  JRMRC is interested in completing this project in a timely manner.  Suggestions in the proposal for ensuring timely delivery, such as fee adjustments, are encouraged.
  6. Other related factors that give evidence of a proposer's capabilities to perform in a superior fashion should be detailed.

Selection Process

JRMRC will appoint a Project Oversight Group (POG) to oversee the project.  JRMRC is responsible for recommending the proposal to be funded.  Input from other knowledgeable individuals also may be sought, but JRMRC will make the final recommendation, subject to SOA leadership approval. The SOA's Research Actuary will provide staff actuarial support.


Any questions regarding this RFP should be directed to Ronora Stryker, SOA Research Actuary (phone: 847-706-3614; email:    

Notification Of Intent To Submit Proposal

If you intend to submit a proposal, please e-mail written notification by November 30, 2018 to Jan Schuh; email:

Submission Of Proposal

Please e-mail a copy of the proposal to Jan Schuh.

Proposals must be received no later than December 11, 2018. It is anticipated that all proposers will be informed of the status of their proposal by the end of January 2019.


The selection of a proposal is conditioned upon and not considered final until a Letter of Agreement is executed by both the Society of Actuaries and the researcher.

JRMRC reserves the right to not award a contract for this research. Reasons for not awarding a contract could include, but are not limited to, a lack of acceptable proposals or a finding that insufficient funds are available. JRMRC also reserves the right to redirect the project as is deemed advisable.

JRMRC plans to hold the copyright to the research and to publish the results with appropriate credit given to the researcher(s).

JRMRC may choose to seek public exposure or media attention for the research.  By submitting a proposal, you agree to cooperate with JRMRC in publicizing or promoting the research and responding to media requests.

JRMRC may also choose to market and promote the research to members, candidates and other interested parties.  You agree to perform promotional communication requested by JRMRC which may include, but is not limited to, leading a webcast on the research, presenting the research at an SOA meeting, and/or writing an article on the research for an SOA newsletter.