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A--Army Rapid Innovation Fund Broad Agency Announcement

Solicitation Number: W911NF-13-R-0011
Agency: Department of the Army
Office: Army Contracting Command
Location: ACC-APG - RTP
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Added: Aug 21, 2013 1:26 pm Modified: Aug 21, 2013 2:58 pmTrack Changes
This publication constitutes a Broad Agency Announcement as contemplated in Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Part 35.016 and FAR 6.102(d)(2). A formal Request for Proposals (RFP), solicitation or additional information regarding this announcement will not be issued.

The Army will not issue paper copies of this announcement. White papers, technical and cost or price proposals (or any other material) submitted in response to this BAA will not be returned. All proposals will be treated as sensitive competitive information and their contents will be disclosed only for the purposes of evaluation.

Research Opportunity Description
Authorized by Congress in the Ike Skelton National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2011 (Public Law 111-383), and funded for FY13 by the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2013 (Public Law 113-6), the Rapid Innovation Program (Fund) provides DoD with the authority to fund programs that facilitate the rapid insertion of innovative technologies into military systems or programs that meet critical national security needs.

This BAA is primarily for the transition of technologies developed by small businesses, including those resulting from the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program and DoD reimbursed Independent Research and Development (IR&D). IR&D does not include R&D performed under a grant or contract from the Government. IR&D is defined in Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) 31.205-18(a).
The goals of the RIF reflect DoD's emphasis on rapid, responsive acquisition and the engagement of small, innovative businesses in solving defense needs. The RIF is seeking projects that address innovative technology that resolve operational challenges or other critical national security needs, and has a demonstration path into a defense acquisition program, including, but not limited to capabilities that:

Accelerate or enhance a military capability;
Reduce the development, acquisition, sustainment, or lifecycle costs of defense acquisition programs or fielded systems;
Reduce technical risk;
Improve the timeliness and thoroughness of test and evaluation outcomes.

The Army RIF is seeking solutions to Army topics specified in Section 10 of this BAA. Each white paper MUST address an Army challenge in Section 10 of this BAA. and submitted solutions MAY also involve one or more of the Defense research and development Rapid Innovation Program science and technology thrust areas specified in Section 11 of this BAA.

Technology maturity will be identified to assess technical risks for candidate proposals in direct support of major defense acquisition programs, programs of record, or the next phase of research and development. For purposes of this BAA, the Army seeks a Technology Readiness Level (TRL) of at least 6 for the final product of proposed solution. In circumstances of exceptional technical merit, proposals with a lower TRL rating will be considered for award, as warranted by the Source Selection Authority.

The final due date for white papers to be considered under this BAA is no later than 4:00 a.m. EST on 21 October, 2013. White paper packages are to be submitted electronically via the Internet only at the following website: It is anticipated that the white paper evaluation process will be completed within 10 weeks. Any offeror whose white paper technology is assessed as quote mark not of particular value quote mark to the Army is ineligible to submit a full proposal under this BAA. The anticipated due date for full proposals is 30 calendar days after the invitation is issued. It is anticipated that final selections will be made within four weeks after full proposal submission. As soon as the final full proposal evaluation process is completed, organizations selected for funding will be notified via email by the Army organization that is managing the specific proposal. Information that provides links to additional FY 2013 RIF research opportunities, milestones for the FY 2013 source selection process, reference information for the FY 2011 and 2012 RIF awards, and RIF defense points of contact are provided at

NOTE: This is an updated posting of attachments to 2013 RIF BAA anouncement to correct a bad Hot-Link and a descrepancy in submission time for white paper.

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