Opportunity to contribute to SelectUSA Industry Guide

SelectUSA, whose mission is to facilitate business investment in the United States, is preparing to publish a guide to strategic industries in the United States to be posted on the program’s website, www.selectusa.gov/industry-guide. The guide will be a compilation of short papers that address topics of interest to foreign investors and EDOs looking to invest or attract investment in certain industries in the United States. SelectUSA is seeking to draft this guide with technical experts in spaces such as industry associations and academia. The resulting chapters will be approximately 8 – 15 pages or 2,400-6,000 words in length.

SelectUSA is now accepting brief proposals outlining the approach a potential author would take in their chapter (suggested length of the proposal outline: approximately one page). The final chapter should provide an overview of the industry, incorporate data trends, explore supply and demand in the industry with qualitative and quantitative measures if possible, identify critical areas in the supply chain, and discuss forward-looking trends. SelectUSA is calling for proposal submissions on the following industries:
  • Semiconductors 
  • Advanced Batteries
  • Wind Energy
SelectUSA is inviting technical experts, such as industry associations and members of academia, to submit proposals to partner with SelectUSA by drafting papers for inclusion in the industry guide. The suggested length of the proposal outline is approximately one page. 

If a proposal is selected, SelectUSA and the submitter will enter into a license agreement pursuant to which:
  • Timelines will be set out for drafting of papers, discussion of content with SelectUSA, and posting of papers within the guide. [It is currently anticipated that proposals for drafts will be accepted until April 30, 2021; selections made by May 28, 2021; first drafts completed by September 30; and final versions posted in the guide on the SelectUSA website in January 2022.]
  • Submitters and their respective organizations will be provided an appropriate by-line, but all papers will be subject to a disclaimer by SelectUSA relating to the views expressed in the papers and their use by readers.
  • The submitter will provide to SelectUSA a non-exclusive and irrevocable right to post the paper on the SelectUSA website as part of the industry guide. SelectUSA may print the content of the guide for its clients as needed.
  • The submitter will retain the right to use and promote its paper or papers outside of the context of the SelectUSA website.
  • Papers will be reviewed periodically by SelectUSA for possible updates.

For a paper to be included, SelectUSA and the submitter must reach agreement on its content. SelectUSA will evaluate each proposed submission for completeness, appropriateness for the SelectUSA audience, consistency with applicable USG policies and guidelines, and geographic and policy neutrality. Proposal outlines and the resulting papers should broadly cover industries in the United States rather than promote the submitter’s association. In the event of multiple proposals relating to a single topic, SelectUSA intends to select a single proposal.

Please send all proposal submissions and any requests for additional information to FDIResearch@trade.gov by April 30, 2021.