AFRL posts new BAA for Terahertz Communications
On August 17, the Air Force Research Laboratory posted a broad agency announcement for Terahertz (THz) Communications (BAA NUMBER: FA8750-18-S-7016). For FY 19 funding consideration, the agency recommends that white papers be submitted by October 5, 2018.
This announcement is for an Open, 2 Step BAA which is open and effective until 30 Sep 2022. Only white papers will be accepted as initial submissions; formal proposals will be accepted by invitation only. While white papers will be considered if received prior to 4 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST) on 30 Sep 2022, the following submission dates are suggested to best align with projected funding:
FY19 by 05 OCT 2018
FY20 by 13 SEP 2019
FY21 by 15 SEP 2020
FY22 by 15 SEP 2021
Offerors should monitor the Federal Business Opportunities website at http://www.fbo.gov in the event this announcement is amended.
CONCISE SUMMARY OF TECHNOLOGY REQUIREMENT: Seeking innovative research to develop, and demonstrate innovative RF technologies above 100 GHz and associated networking strategies for future line of sight air to air communications capabilities. The ultimate goal is to provide warfighters an interoperable, modular, and sustainable network connectivity fabric that satisfies Joint Service, Interagency, and Coalition tactical information exchange requirements for the relay of intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) sensor data, to shared situational awareness and reliable command & control (C2) dissemination.
BAA ESTIMATED FUNDING: Total funding for this BAA is approximately $9.9M. Individual awards will not normally exceed 36 months with dollar amounts normally ranging from $300,000 to $3,000,000. There is also the potential to make awards up to any dollar value as long as the value does not exceed the available BAA ceiling amount.
ANTICIPATED INDIVIDUAL AWARDS: Multiple Awards are anticipated.
Full information is available here.