AFRL updates advanced computing tech BAA
On August 5, the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) posted an updated broad agency announcement (BAA) for Advancing Computing Technology and Applications (BAA NUMBER: FA8750-19-S-7010).
This announcement is for an Open, 2 Step BAA which is open and effective until 29 Sep 2024. 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 2359 Eastern Standard Time (EST) on 29 Sep 2024, the agency recommends that submissions for FY23 funding be submitted by May 31, 2022.
AFRL is seeking innovative research to explore and develop computational capabilities with greater sophistication, autonomy, intelligence, and assurance for addressing dynamic mission requirements imposed by Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C4ISR) and Cyber applications and size, weight, and power (SWaP) constrained Air Force Platforms.
Of particular interest are emerging technologies that can provide revolutionary computational capabilities which enable greater system adaptability, autonomy, and intelligence while improving information availability throughout the C4ISR enterprise. This includes high performance embedded computing that supports on-board processing using advanced machine learning applications, robust and secure machine learning technology to strengthen and defend military applications of artificial intelligence and machine learning, non-conventional neuromorphic systems and applications, tools to increase the productivity of developing applications, methods and architectures that can provide dramatic improvements in the performance/cost of systems. Also of interest are technologies that can reduce warfighter decision latencies/response time, decrease system costs and system development times.
This BAA is a follow-on to BAA RIK-14-05 entitled Emerging Computing Architectures and Applications, which was closed on 18 April 2019.