Round two of the 2015 DoD SBIRs and STTRs are now in their pre-release phase. At this time you can read the draft projects and in many cases contact the government program managers to ask questions about their projects. For more information on SBIRs and STTRs read this earlier post.
The pre-release period ends May 25, 2015 and proposals can be submitted between May 26, 2015 and June 24, 2015.
DoD organizations that have published SBIR opportunities include the Army, Navy, Chemical and Biological Defense (CBD), DARPA, Defense Logistics Agency (DLA), Defense Microelectronics Activity (DMEA), Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA), and Missile Defense Agency (MDA).
The Army has released the Advanced Navigation Technologies for Missile Applications BAA.
The BAA is from the Army Aviation & Missile Research, Development and Engineering Center (AMRDEC). They are interested in the “research, development and testing of navigation systems and components with application to Army Long Range Missile Systems and Air/Missile Defense Systems.” The BAA is “focused on developing advanced navigation system and component technologies and integration techniques that are affordable and will assure precise navigation in Global Positioning System (GPS) challenged environments for target engagements from 30 to 499 km.”
AMRDEC is interested in transitioning the research and are therefore interested in offerors who can not only perform the research and development, but also the “fabrication, integration and testing of missile navigation system technologies along with the experience and capabilities to produce navigation components and systems for high performance long range ground-to-ground and ground-to-air missile applications.”
Areas of interest include:
- Inertial navigation Technology
- Vision-based Navigation Technology
- Celestial Sensors
- Integration Architectures
- Other potential sensors and navigation aids for long range missile applications
Offerors are requested to submit 10 page concept papers before submitting full proposals. Person to submit to and the evaluation criteria are listed in the BAA. Concept papers can be submitted up to April 26, 2016. The BAA number is W31P4Q15R0100.
ONR has made an award under the Long Range BAA for Navy and Marine Corps Science and Technology, ONRBAA-14-001A, to OEwaves of Pasadena, CA in the amount of $1,508,695. The award was made on April 27, 2015.
OEwaves also won a SBIR from ONR in 2013 on “High Performance, Miniature, Wideband Signal Generator for mm-Waves.”
The U.S. Army Research Institute for the Behavioral and Social Sciences (ARI) has released an update to the Behavioral and Social Sciences BAA W911NF-13-R-0001 for the period 2013-2018. The BAA can also be found on the Army Single Face to Industry web site and on grants.gov.
The BAA is open for a fiver year period beginning February 6, 2013 and ending February 5, 2018. Topics are divided into Basic Research and Applied Research and Advanced Technology Development.
Under Basic Research, topics include:
- Improving Training in Complex Environments
- Improving Leader and Team Performance
- Identifying, Assessing and Assigning Quality Personnel
- Understanding Organizational Behavior and Network Science
For more information on the Basic Research Program contact program manager Dr. Jay Goodwin at (703) 545-2410 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In Applied Research and Advanced Technology Development, topics include:
- Leader Development
- Team and Inter-Organizational Performance in Complex Environments
- Soldier/Personnel Issues
For the above applied research topics see the BAA for subtopics and program manger contacts.
The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has published a pre-solicitation notice for an upcoming BAA. The FHWA has conducted a Naturalistic Driving Study (NDS) as part of the second Strategic Highway Research Program (SHRP2). This study collected data from 3,150 volunteer participants, that includes “video of the driver, vehicle location, forward radar, vehicle control positions, and many other data elements.” The data was collected from trips taken by the volunteers over 1-2 years that resulted in 2 petabytes of data covering over 5 million trips.
This BAA intends to fund research with a focus on the above data. Phase 1 of the program will consist of “preliminary examination of the data and insight into its application for solving a roadway safety concern”. The BAA will be published on FedBizOpps.gov in the future.
ONR has made an award under the Long Range BAA for Navy and Marine Corps Science and Technology, ONRBAA-14-001A, to University of Texas at Austin, UT Applied Research Laboratories, in the amount of $5,854,301.
ONR has made an award under the Long Range BAA for Navy and Marine Corps Science and Technology, ONRBAA-14-001A, to Lockheed Martin, Electronics Systems in Liverpool, NY in the amount of $15,851,774.
The title of the effort is Radar Enhancement Study and Demonstration.
ONR has awarded AlphaSense a contract for the Aluminum Allow Corrosion Control and Prevention program. The award value is $1,357,545. This was for ONR BAA14-003, released December 6, 2013.
DARPA has released the BAA for the DARPA POSYDON program. This program is to “develop an undersea system that provides omnipresent, robust positioning. DARPA envisions that the POSYDON program will distribute a small number of acoustic sources, analogous to GPS satellites, around an ocean basin. By measuring the absolute range to multiple source signals, an undersea platform can obtain continuous, accurate positioning without surfacing for a GPS fix.”
- Proposers’ Day: May 1, 2015
- Proposal Abstract Due Date: May 7, 2015
- Proposal Due Date: June 11, 2015
Here is an article on POSYDON by DefenseSystems.
IARPA has released the Standoff ILluminator for Measuring Absorbance and Reflectance Infrared Light Signatures (SILMARILS) BAA. The goal of the program is to develop a “portable system for real-time standoff detection and identification of trace chemical residues on surfaces using active infrared spectroscopy at a 30 meter range.”
Proposals are due May 18, 2015 by 5:00 pm EDT. Multiple awards are anticipated. The program manager is Dr. Kristy DeWitt in the Office of Smart Collection. The program web site can be found here.
The below is a list of envisioned applications of SILMARILS.