BROAD AGENCY ANNOUNCEMENT (BAA)
In February 2018, the DPA Title III Office, working with the U.S. Army Contracting Command, issued a Broad Agency Announcement (BAA), a contracting vehicle, that provides companies a formalized way to submit their ideas through white papers for future projects essential to national defense. The BAA is in effect until February 22, 2023.
For detailed information about the most recent BAA, please visit Solicitation # W15QKN-18-R-01HZ at www.fbo.gov.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
Successful White Papers will fit under one or more of the three BAA focus areas described below:
SUSTAIN CRITICAL PRODUCTION
Programs addressing Industrial Base capability and capacity, whose primary focus is generating and sustaining Material Availability, Reliability, Maintainability, Mobility, Commonality, or Affordability.
COMMERCIALIZE R&D INVESTMENTS
Advanced Component or System Development and Demonstration capabilities may require investments to retain a qualitative edge in capabilities and establish commercial viability or scale up. Typical programs may begin with a technology proven capable of producing prototype components or systems in a production relevant environment.
SCALE EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES
Emerging Technology investments enable the rapid and affordable introduction of new capabilities into the organic or commercial marketplace. The technologies may be developed to respond to an emerging threat, a capability gap, or may enhance interoperability or service of existing systems or platforms. The interest in these projects may be the result of revolutionary RD&D capabilities.
THE WHITE PAPER PROCESS
Successful White Papers must meet all of the following criteria:
To preclude unwarranted effort on the part of companies responding to the BAA, white papers, not full proposals, will be accepted for evaluation.