Department of Defense Releases Funding Opportunity for Innovative Solutions to National Security Needs


On July 9, 2012, the Department of Defense (DoD) released a Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) soliciting proposals for the Rapid Innovation Fund (RIF). Enacted by Congress in the 2011 National Defense Authorization Act, RIF facilitates the rapid insertion of innovative technologies into military systems or programs that meet critical national security needs. Projects funded under this BAA will resolve operational challenges characterized by the following four science and technology thrust areas:

  1. Enhancing energy security and independence
  2. Developing advanced materials
  3. Improving manufacturing technology and the defense industrial base
  4. Advanced microelectronics

RIF is administered by DoD's Washington Headquarters Services and is positioned to work with eight DoD non-service components: Chemical and Biological Defense, Defense Information Systems Agency, Defense Logistics Agency, Defense Threat Reduction Agency, Missile Defense Agency, United States Northern Command, United States Special Operations Command, and United States Transportation Command. Total federal government expenditures for projects chosen under the funding opportunity announcement will not exceed $27.5 million, and individual awards will total up to $3 million each for two years or less. Small businesses are favored and teaming is permitted.

Candidates are required to submit a white paper that includes a narrative of up to three pages, as well as supporting technical attachments, by September 7, 2012. After the September 7 deadline, DoD components will conduct the white paper evaluation and make requests for proposals. Once proposals are submitted, the components in the following round will select proposals for awards (contract or cooperative agreement). The full solicitation can be found here.

Written by:

Published In:

DISCLAIMER: Because of the generality of this update, the information provided herein may not be applicable in all situations and should not be acted upon without specific legal advice based on particular situations.

© Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati | Attorney Advertising

Don't miss a thing! Build a custom news brief:

Read fresh new writing on compliance, cybersecurity, Dodd-Frank, whistleblowers, social media, hiring & firing, patent reform, the NLRB, Obamacare, the SEC…

…or whatever matters the most to you. Follow authors, firms, and topics on JD Supra.

Create your news brief now - it's free and easy »

All the intelligence you need, in one easy email:

Great! Your first step to building an email digest of JD Supra authors and topics. Log in with LinkedIn so we can start sending your digest...

Sign up for your custom alerts now, using LinkedIn ›

* With LinkedIn, you don't need to create a separate login to manage your free JD Supra account, and we can make suggestions based on your needs and interests. We will not post anything on LinkedIn in your name.