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BAA TO ESTABLISH GOVERNMENT/UNIVERSITY COOP AGREEMENTS IN SUPPORT OF BASIC AND APPLIED RESEARCH AND EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS

Solicitation Number: N00421-13-R-0126
Agency: Department of the Navy
Office: Naval Air Systems Command
Location: Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division Pax River
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Added: Sep 05, 2013 11:04 am

THE INTENT OF THIS BROAD AGENCY ANNOUNCEMENT IS TO ESTABLISH GOVERNMENT-UNIVERSITY COOPERATIVE AGREEMENTS IN SUPPORT OF BASIC AND APPLIED RESEARCH AND EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS FOR THE NAVAL AIR SYSTEMS COMMAND

INTRODUCTION

The Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) is soliciting white papers from universities, colleges, and educational research institutes to establish Cooperative Agreements (CAs) to collaborate in a broad range of research areas. Cooperative Agreements are a legal instrument defining a relationship between the United States Government and a State, or local College or University or other recipient where 1) the principal purpose is to transfer a thing of value to the State, local government, and / or other recipient to carry out a public purpose of support or stimulation authorized by a law of the United States instead of acquiring (by purchase lease, or barter) property or services for the direct benefit or use of the United States Government; and 2) substantial involvement is expected between the executive agency and the State, local government, College, University or other recipient when carrying out the activity contemplated in the agreement.


NAVAIR is pursuing agreements to research revolutionary capabilities for US Naval forces to mature and transition advances in Science and Technology (S&T). This is to improve US Naval capabilities, respond to current critical needs, maintain broad technology investments to anticipate and counter potential technology surprises. To support this mission, the white paper must provide S&T solutions that will enable the future force while simultaneously seizing opportunities to enhance current readiness. White papers must also discuss the potential commercial applications of the proposed development and its impact on the market.


NAVAIR S&T challenges are, broad and inherently multidisciplinary in nature. S&T core capabilities being developed at NAVAIR include but are not limited to, structures, avionics, materials science, aerodynamics, navigation, sensors, human factors, propulsion and power. These efforts will be conducted primarily at the agreement holder's site but NAVAIR facilities may also be available and/or used depending on project needs. Access and use of NAVAIR facilities will require security clearances and US citizenship.


2. BACKGROUND


The purpose of this broad agency announcement is to establish a cooperative agreement between NAVAIR and universities, colleges, or other educational research Institutes to advance basic and applied research in support of Naval Aviation. Under cooperative agreements, agreement holders may work on a broad range of research projects in close cooperation with NAVAIR subject matter experts (SMES) to provide support to Naval Aviation S&T areas that has the potential to serve a public purpose. By establishing these collaborative agreements the overall ability to conduct research needed to solve current and future technological challenges pertinent to Naval Aviation will be addressed. The work to be performed shall be in direct support of NAVAIR. Activities shall include but are not limited to:


• Conducting research in current and emerging future technologies. NAVAIR's S&T philosophy spans the continuum from science to product.
• Teaming with academia and DOD agencies to find the most appropriate solution to current and future war fighter requirements.
• Promoting technology transfer using NAVAIR facilities including operational aircraft test beds
• Providing technical assistance and training associated with different types, model and series aircrafts.
• Providing SMEs in the aviation specific area of expertise.
• Providing research and development for projects in the areas of planning, design, development, construction, and training of fixed and rotary wing aircraft.
• Conducting short courses and seminars to address unique topics and issues as determined by NAVAIR SME for current and future aircrafts.
• Participating in summer internships for professors and senior students.


3. AREAS OF INTEREST


NAVAIR has spent considerable time identifying and defining critical areas of research referred to as the core capabilities within departments of the Research & Engineering, Test & Evaluation, and Logistics competencies . Specific core areas of research addressed by this broad agency announcement include but are not limited to the following:


a) Air Vehicles
• Advanced Airframe Materials & Structures
• Corrosion Prevention & Control
• Air Vehicle Aerodynamics & Flight Controls
• Shipboard Interaction
• Advanced Modeling & Simulation
• Life Management of Naval Airframes/Subsystems
• Thermal Management, Fire & Ice Protection
• Hydraulics, Pneumatics & Landing Gear Systems
• Fuel Containment/Aerial Refueling
• Mechanical Systems


b) Propulsion and Power
• Advanced Cycle Propulsion Systems
• State Based Management of Dynamic Components
• Highly Integrated Control System
• Low Observable Signature Technologies (Noise, Radar, IR)
• Emissions and Pollution Control
• High Speed Aerodynamics
• High Power Density Electrical Systems


c) Avionics
• Sensor/Data Fusion
• EW/Airborne Electronic Attack
• Fiber Optics/Networking
• Acoustics Sensors
• Radar & Antenna Systems
• Communications
• EO/Special Mission Sensors
• Information Assurance
• Maritime Domain Awareness


d) Human Systems
• Command & Control
• Human, Social, Behavioral, Cultural Modeling
• Human Performance Assessment & Modeling
• Interactive Experimentation
• Protection, Performance & Survivability
• Virtual Environments & Simulation


e) Weapons and Energetics
• Energetic Materials & Energetics Systems
• Weapon Airframe Engineering
• Weapon Guidance and Control
• Weapon Systems Engineering


f) Support Equipment (SE) and Aircraft Launch and Recovery Equipment (ALRE)
• Electromagnetics
• Diagnostics of Avionics
• Networks, Information Systems & Intelligent Agents
• Controls, Sensors & Instrumentation, Prognostics & Health Monitoring
• Cameras, Displays, Optics
• Robotics


g) Warfare analysis:
• Engagement/Mission/Campaign Analyses
• Operational Suitability/Effectiveness Analyses
• Weapon System Performance Analyses
• Aircraft Suitability Utility Analyses Science and Technology (S&T) Gap Analyses


h) Research and Intelligence
• Materials research
• Image and Signal processing
• Employment of unmanned systems
• Optics research and fabrication
• Chemical detection


i) Test, Evaluation and Engineering
• Systems Evaluation, Experimentation & Test
• Air Vehicle Testing
• Shore based and shipboard PALS Certification
• Stores Compatibility testing
• Mission Systems Testing
• Weapons Testing
• Ranges
• Air Vehicle Modification & Instrumentation Testing
• Survivability Flight Test
• TSPI Information
• Mission Systems Flight Test
• Weapon Effectiveness Testing
• Aero-Mechanical Flight Test
• Threat/Target Systems
• Target Engineering
• Target Airborne Threat Simulation
• Target Combat Environment Testing
• Seaborne Targets
• Integrated Battle-space Simulation & Test
• Physical and simulated environments for Platform, System of System (SoS), and Family of System (FoS) Test and Evaluation
• Generation of threat simulations/signals for installed system testing
• Weapons and Aircraft systems hardware-in-the-loop testing
• Interoperability evaluations for communications signals/data
• Aircraft Flight Simulation and Stimulation T&E
• Electromagnetic Environment Effects (E3) T&E
• Ground Radar Cross Section (RCS) Measurement and Analysis


j) Simulation and Modeling
• Weapons training systems
• Low-cost photo texture/data bases
• Virtual environment training technology
• Tactical decision-making under stress
• Parallel computing as applied to simulation and modeling


4. AGREEMENT TYPE


NAVAIR intends to issue Cooperative Agreement as a result of this announcement.


NOTE: Typically, research findings result in the need for additional services/supplies, which are not possible to anticipate or project. Modifications to the agreements may be executed to satisfy these requirements; thereby providing for flexibility in technology assessment (with technology transition the ultimate goal). In the event that this is required, it shall be considered to be within the scope of this BAA and the resulting agreement, and therefore will have met the requirements of the Department of Defense Grant and Agreement Regulations (DODGARS).


5. PROPOSAL SUBMISSION


Proposal submissions shall follow a two phased approach. The first phase will consist of submission of a technical white paper, discussed below. Phase II, submission of full proposals, is by invitation only. No further Request for Information (RFI), solicitation or other announcement of this opportunity will be made. White papers may be submitted at any time up and to the closing date of the BAA. Offerors may submit white papers within one or more of the areas of interest listed in previous paragraphs.


5.1 PHASE I - PROPOSAL ABSTRACTS


Submit a technical white paper, not to exceed five pages. The white papers will be evaluated quarterly. All proprietary portions of the white paper shall be clearly identified and will be treated with the strictest confidence. The white paper shall include: the need for the proposed research and how Naval Aviation / the Warfighter will benefit (including commercial applications if applicable); the technology challenges that must be overcome; a brief description of the technical approach and facilities involved; an annual cost estimate; and, if applicable, the anticipated sharing arrangement between the government and submitting organization (facilities, equipment, people).


Submission of a proposal shall constitute consent to disclose proprietary information to all Government source selection participants.


The cover sheet for the white paper shall identify:


1. BAA Number;
2. Organization Name;
3. Other Team Members and type of business for each;
4. Technical Points of contact (including phone, fax, and e-mail information);
5. Administrative Point of Contact;
6. One paragraph that summarizes the relationship of the proposal to the BAA.


Overview of the Proposed Work shall include: A summary of proposed concept, an estimated timeframe for project completion, a brief description of the facilities involved, and a brief resume of the principle investigator(s); and a rough order of cost magnitude and, if applicable, the anticipated sharing arrangement.


Phase I White papers submitted in response to this announcement will be reviewed by NAVAIR's Science and Technology community. Only Offerors who's Phase I - White Papers that are of interest to the government and considered capable of meeting Program requirements will be requested to submit a Phase II - Full Proposals.


IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR PROSPECTIVE AGREEMENT HOLDERS: Current registration in the DoD's System For Award Management (SAM) database is a prerequisite for receiving an award resulting from this BAA. For more information please go to their website at: https://www.sam.gov/portal/public/SAM/


White papers may be submitted electronically to the BAA Manager, krista.hayden@navy.mil and TPOC james.sheehy@navy.mil.



5.2 PHASE II - FULL PROPOSAL


5.2.1 General Information



Request and/or submission of a full proposal does not constitute an agreement and does not guarantee award selection. Offerors will not be reimbursed for bid and proposal costs.


Proposals shall be submitted in original, with the signature of an authorizing official, to krista.hayden@navy.mil. Proposal submission is not restricted in any way to any particular entity. Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Minority Institutions, Tribal Colleges and Universities are encouraged to participate. The NAICS Code for this BAA is 541710.


Submit Full Proposals in two (2) volumes; Volume 1 Technical, Volume II Cost.


(1) VOLUME I - TECHNICAL PROPOSALS are not to exceed thirty (30) pages and shall include the following three sections:


1) Section 1 - Executive Summary: Provide a brief technical and business summary of the contents of the proposal. The technical summary should address the proposal's technical goals, approach, and expected results. The business summary should address business and/or commercial applications of the proposal technology.


2) Section 2 - Technical Issues: Provide a detailed narrative of the proposed technical approach, objectives, staffing and resources relating to the development of the proposed technology for military and commercial (if applicable) use; discuss specifically the technical objectives of this proposed effort; provide a Statement of Work (SOW) that discusses the specific tasks to be accomplished, tied to the specific approach and goals of the project; provide resumes for Principle Investigator(s) and other key research personnel; describe the current and planned facilities and equipment to accomplish the research objectives; and, give a description of past performance on similar efforts including initial office set-up. The Statement of Work shall not be marked as proprietary as the SOW will be utilized in the resultant order.


3) Section 3 - Business Issues: Discuss the business issues relating to the commercial applications of the proposed development and its impact on the market; detail benefits to the Department of Defense (DoD), if applicable.


(2) VOLUME II - COST/FUNDING PROPOSAL. Cost/funding proposals are not restricted in length, have no specific page layout requirements, but should address funding periods of performance. Formal work breakdown structures (WBS) and certified cost or pricing data are neither required nor desired. However, NAVAIR reserves the right to request this information. Organize Cost/Funding proposals to include four (4) sections in the following order:


Section 1 - Total Project Cost. Provide a summary sheet outlining the total cost by project, including labor, material, and travel for each project proposed and a total cost for the entire proposal. In addition, provide a detailed breakdown of costs of the project. Cost should also be broken down for each task appearing in the Statement of Work (SOW) and should include all of the proposed costs to the Government and cost shared by the offeror. Present the following information for each phase of the effort: total cost of the particular project phase; total offeror cost share; funding requested from the Government; and elements of cost (labor, direct materials, travel, other direct costs, equipment, software, patents, royalties, indirect costs, escalation, fee or profit, and cost of money). Sufficient information should be provided in supporting documents to allow the Government to evaluate the reasonableness of these proposed costs, including salaries, overhead, equipment purchases, fair market rental value of leased items, and the method used for making such valuations. Documents may include DCAA Forward Pricing Rate Agreements, payroll verification, three years of historical actual indirect rates, and invoices or quotes for material purchases. Profit should not be included as a cost element if the contract type to be awarded will be cost sharing.


Section 2 - Cost Sharing and In-Kind Contributions: This section will include: (i) the sources of cash and amounts to be used for matching requirements; (ii) the specific in-kind contributions proposed, their value in monetary terms, and the methods by which their values were derived; and (iii) evidence of the existence of adequate cash or commitments to provide sufficient cash in the future. Affirmative, signed statements are required from outside sources of cash. Provide sufficient information regarding the sources of the offerors' cost share so that a determination may be made by the Government regarding the availability, timeliness, and control of these resources. For example: How will the funds and resources be applied to advance the progress of the proposed effort? What is the role of any proposed in-kind contributions?


Section 3 - Cost to the Government: This section will specify the total costs proposed to be borne by the Government and any technical or other assistance including equipment, facilities, and personnel of Federal laboratories, if any, required to support these activities. The cost to the Government should be that portion of the proposed effort, which is not covered, by the contractor's portion of the cost share. The costs incurred and work performed by any DoD or national laboratory "partnering" with the offeror under the proposal shall normally be considered costs of the Government and not costs of the offeror for purposes of the cost-sharing requirement. Present sufficient information regarding the resources to be provided by the Government so that an evaluation of their availability, timeliness, and control may be made.


Section 4 - Off-Budget Supporting Resources: This section will show cash or in-kind resources which will support the proposed activity but which are not intended to be included in the total project cost. Items in this category do not count as cost share or as Federal funds, which must be matched. Examples of items to place in this category include: Commitments of cash or in-kind resources from other Federal sources, such as national laboratories, and projections of fee-based income where there is substantial uncertainty about the level which will actually be collected and where the income is not needed to meet cost-share requirements.


6. EVALUATION CRITERIA


The government will evaluate proposals responsive to any or all of the areas of interest discussed herein. Proposals will not be evaluated against each other.


6.1 EVALUATION CRITERIA


The primary evaluation criteria are:


a) Scientific and technical merits of the proposed research to include, (1) the degree to which proposed research and development objectives support the targeted technical topic and (2) validity of the technical basis for the approach offered
b) The offeror's capabilities, related experience, past performance on similar efforts, research investigators/personnel, facilities, techniques or unique combination of these which are integral factors for achieving the proposal objectives
c) The realism and reasonableness of cost, including proposed cost sharing.


 


7. AWARDS


NAVAIR is planning to make awards within the overall Program Objectives stated in Section 2 and 3. All awards will be based on merit competition. The Government reserves the right to select all, some, or none of the proposals received in response to this announcement. Any awards are subject to the availability of appropriations. There is no commitment by the Navy to be responsible for any monies expended by the offeror before award of an agreement.


Contracting Office Address:
NAWC-AD
22299 Exploration Drive, Suite 301
Lexington Park, MD 20653-2058
United States
Place of Performance:
Naval Air Warfare Center-Aircraft Division
Patuxent River, Maryland
United States
Primary Point of Contact.:
Krista Hayden
Phone: 301-737-2915

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Building 441
21983 Bundy Road Unit 7
Patuxent River, Maryland 20670
United States
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United States
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Krista K Hayden,
Contract Specialist
Phone: (301) 757-9069
Fax: 301-757-8959