DoD releases SBIR BAA

On April 21, the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) issued the broad agency announcement (BAA) for its Small Business Innovation Research program. Proposals must be received before 12:00 p.m. Eastern on June 17.

Navy, Air Force, CBD, DLA, DTRA, MDA, NGA, and USSOCOM, hereafter referred to as DoD Components, invite small business firms to submit proposals under this BAA for the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program. Firms with the capability to conduct research and development (R&D) in any of the defense-related topic areas described in this BAA and to commercialize the results of that R&D are encouraged to participate.

Participating DoD Components:

  • Department of the Navy
  • Department of the Air Force
  • Chemical and Biological Defense (CBD)
  • Defense Logistics Agency (DLA)
  • Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA)
  • Missile Defense Agency (MDA)
  • National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA)
  • United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM)

The SBIR Program is a three-phase program. Phase I is to determine, to the extent possible, the scientific, technical, and commercial merit and feasibility of ideas submitted under the SBIR Program. Phase I awards are made in accordance with the SBA Policy Directive guidelines, current version. The period of performance is generally between six to twelve months with twelve months being the maximum period allowable. Proposals should concentrate on research or research and development which will significantly contribute to proving the scientific and technical feasibility, and commercialization potential of the proposed effort, the successful completion of which is a prerequisite for further DoD support in Phase II. Proposers are encouraged to consider whether the research or research and development being proposed to DoD Components also has private sector potential, either for the proposed application or as a base for other applications

This BAA is for Phase I proposals only unless the Component is participating in the Direct to Phase II Program. Navy, Air Force, and USSOCOM are offering Direct to Phase II topics for the SBIR 21.2 BAA – see the Component-specific instructions for more information.

The objectives of the DoD SBIR Program include stimulating technological innovation, strengthening the role of small business in meeting DoD research and development needs, fostering and encouraging participation by minority and disadvantaged persons in technological innovation, and increasing the commercial application of DoD-supported research or research and development results.

In accordance with DoD Instruction 5000.83, Technology and Program Protection to Maintain Technological Advantage, dated July 20, 2020, and as a means to counter the threat from strategic competitor nations, the DoD will employ risk-based measures to protect systems and technologies from adversarial exploitation and compromise of U.S. military vulnerabilities and weaknesses in: (1) systems, (2) components, (3) software, (4) hardware, and (5) supply chains. Any offeror submitting a proposal under this BAA will be required to disclose via self-report any foreign ownership or control. Offerors shall also require any proposed subcontractors included in their proposal under this BAA to disclose via self-report any foreign ownership or control. Reporting and disclosing such information will enable the DoD to identify national security risks posed by foreign participation, through investment, ownership, or influence, in the defense industrial base. This information will be used by DoD program offices to determine risks posed by SBIR contract awardees and their subcontractors to the DoD and the defense industrial base.

Full information is available here.

Source: SAM