The Department of Defense (DOD) is now accepting white papers for the fiscal year (FY) 2017 Rapid Innovation Fund (RIF) Broad Agency Announcement (BAA). RIF facilitates the rapid insertion of innovative technologies into military systems or programs that meet critical national security needs. DOD seeks mature prototypes for final development, testing, evaluation, and integration under this program, and awards may be as much as $3 million with two years to perform the work. RIF places a preference on technology proposals from small businesses, but universities are invited and encouraged to participate. For universities, the RIF program is a unique opportunity to directly engage with DOD program managers on specific applied research and development problems. Academia is encouraged to contact the listed program managers to further discuss ideas and refine their potential pursuit of industry partners to engage in the BAA. University Affiliated Research Centers (UARCs) are also eligible to compete for awards.
DOD components participating include the Army, Department of the Navy, Air Force, and Defense agencies including the Chief Information Officer/Defense Information Systems Agency, Combating Terrorism Technical Support Office, Defense Logistics Agency, Defense Threat Reduction Agency, Joint Improvised-Threat Defeat Agency, Joint Science and Technology Office for Chemical and Biological Defense, Missile Defense Agency, National Reconnaissance Office, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering, and the Geographic Combatant Commands.
Topics of interest surround areas identified by DOD components as operational or national security needs, or technologies that will accelerate or enhance military capability or support a major defense acquisition program. Proposals should indicate how the proposed solution stimulates innovative technologies, reduces acquisition or lifecycle costs, or addresses technical risk. A broad range of technology capabilities are covered, but examples include additive manufacturing; human-systems interface to improve cognition; space domain information superiority; batteries; radio frequency detection of unmanned aerial vehicles; predictive analytics and alerts for intended terrorist attacks; data management platforms; real-time streaming video face tracking/detection, extraction and matching; abrasion resistant coatings; zonal imaging processing techniques; rapidly buildable structures; portable power units; an intelligence, surveillance & reconnaissance planning and assessment tool; and authentication on computing devices.
Due Dates: An amendment with relevant questions and answers will be posted on FedBizOpps by April 28, 2017. White paper proposals consisting of a four-page white paper and quad chart are due by May 19, 2017 at 3:00 PM EDT. Only the white papers which receive an invitation may submit a full proposal.
Total Funding and Award Size: Funding for the BAA is contingent upon a final FY 2017 appropriation. Awards may receive a maximum of $3 million. In previous years, about 2,000 white papers were submitted, and of those submitted between 150 and 200 were asked to submit full proposals. About 100 awards were made annually, primarily to small businesses and teams led by small businesses, at an average of $2.1 million.
Eligibility and Limitations: The competition is open to all firms and academic institutions capable of satisfying the government’s needs. Teams and UARCs are also encouraged to submit proposals. Emphasis is placed on source selection of technologies from small businesses or teams with small business participation.
Sources and Additional Background:
- The full solicitation can be found on FedBizOpps at https://www.fbo.gov/index?s=opportunity&mode=form&id=2695be1caea596c95b54e77e8db5e61e&tab=core&tabmode=list&=.
- More information on the FY 2017 Rapid Innovation Fund can be found at http://www.defenseinnovationmarketplace.mil/rif.html.
- The proposal submission links can be reached at https://www.dodrif.com/.