Armament Technology Broad Agency Announcement

US DOD: Dept. of the Air Force, Materiel Command

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Grant amount: Up to US $500,000,000

Deadline: Mar 11, 2022

Applicant type: Organizations

Funding uses: Research

Location of project: United States

Location of residency: United States

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This BAA will remain open through 12 March 2022 or until amended or superseded. It may be reissued and/or amended periodically, as needed. This BAA is set up in two parts:

  • Basic Open BAA, in which white papers may be submitted at any time during the open period, and
  • CALL BAA, in which proposal CALL announcements may be issued by the Government in FedBizOpps or under FA8651-17-S-0003. For these white papers, it is recommended prior to submission, each submitter consult with the technical POC to discuss the topic of interest. 

STATEMENT OF OBJECTIVE/ NEEDS: This is a BAA of the Air Force Research Laboratory, Munitions Directorate (AFRL/RW) under the provisions of Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) paragraph 6.102(d)(2), which provides for competitive selection of research proposals. Proposals submitted in response to the BAA that are selected for award are considered to be the results of full and open competition and in full compliance with the provisions of PL 98-369, the Competition in Contracting Act of 1984.

This acquisition is unrestricted. Small businesses are encouraged to propose on all or any part of this solicitation. The NAICS Code for this acquisition is 541712 (for Research and Development in the Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences (except Biotechnology), and the small business size standard is 1000 employees for Research and Development in the Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences (except biotechnology). 

For purposes of this announcement, research is defined to be scientific study and experimentation directed at increasing knowledge and understanding in relation to long term national security needs. It is an enhancement to related exploratory and advanced development programs. A program should be designed to demonstrate well-defined and substantive research results, should not be overly ambitious or open-ended, and should not be a paper study that inherently requires a substantial testing effort. Any significant testing is unlikely; however, there is a possibility of experimental testing to support battle lab experiments proposed under this BAA. Programs to support Team Eglin Technology Demonstration Programs may also be considered under this BAA.

Under some circumstances, the Government expects that narrowly focused proposals for specific research interests under the research areas outlined in this BAA may be required during the time of this open announcement. Under those circumstances, proposal CALL announcements (CALLS) may be issued in FedBizOpps under FA8651-17-S-0003 to request proposals for specific topic areas. These subsequent CALLS will contain specific objectives and descriptions of the specific topic area to be addressed, anticipated period of performance, information peculiar to the specific topic area, and the expected dollar range for proposals received under a CALL. Proposals in response to a BAA CALL will be evaluated in accordance with the Proposal Review Information as outlined in Section (IV.B.).

AFRL/RW awards to educational institutions, non-profit organizations, and private industry for research in armament technology. This BAA is intended to cover, in general nature, all research areas of interest to this Directorate. Offerors contemplating a submission to AFRL/RW are strongly encouraged to contact the AFRL/RW technical Point of Contact (POC) for the research area to ascertain the extent of interest AFRL/RW may have in a specific research project.

AFRL/RW is the primary Air Force organization concerned with conventional munitions technology development. AFRL/RW plans and executes research, development, and test of conventional munitions, and supports conventional munitions Weapons Program Offices. There are three divisions within the Munitions Directorate that conduct research and development (R&D). They are the Ordnance Division, the Strategic Planning and Integration Division, and the Weapon Engagement Sciences Division.

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