Monthly Archives: May 2015

DoD 2015.B STTRs Now Open

The 2015.B DoD STTRs are now open.  A list of the calls can be found here.  DoD components with SBIR solicitations include the Defense Health Program (DHP) and the Defense Microelectronics Activity (DMEA).

Proposals are due June 24th by 6:00 AM ET.

DoD 2015.2 SBIRs Now Open

The 2015.2 DoD SBIRs are now open.  A list of the calls can be found here.  DoD components with SBIR solicitations include the Army, Navy, CBD, DARPA, DLA, DMEA, DTRA and MDA.

Proposals are due June 24th by 6:00 AM ET.


NASA Behavioral Health & Performance and Human Health Countermeasures Research Announcement

On May 29, 2015 NASA released a new topic to the Human Exploration Research Opportunities Research Announcement.  This is modification 4 which releases Appendix E titled “Behavioral Health & Performance and Human Health Countermeasures.”  The topic will be available through NSPIRES at


DARPA Strategic Technologies Award

DARPA Logo DARPA announced on May 22, 2015 an award to 3DEO, Inc. under the Strategic Technologies Office open BAA, BAA number DARPA-BAA-14-18.

The award amount was $246,350.

NASA Early Stage Innovations (ESI)

NASA Logo NASA has released an appendix to the Space Technology Research, Development, Demonstration, and Infusion 2015 NRA requesting proposals to “develop unique, disruptive, or transformational space technologies that have the potential to lead to dramatic improvements at the system level performance, weight, cost, reliability, operational simplicity, or other figures of merit associated with space flight hardware or missions.”

Proposals should be on one of the following seven topics:

  1. Payload Technologies for Assistive Free-Flyers,
  2. Robotic Mobility Technologies for the Surfaces of Icy Moons,
  3. Integrated Photonics for Space Optical Communication,
  4. Discrete Cellular Materials Assembly, Repair, and Reconfiguration,
  5. Computationally Guided Structural Nanomaterials Design,
  6. Atmospheric Entry Modeling Development Using Orion EFT-1 Flight Data, and
  7. High Voltage PMAD Electronics for Space Applications.

There will be approximately 12 awards.  Only accredited U.S. universities are eligible, but universities can team with other accredited U.S. universities, industry, not-for-profit entities, NASA Centers, other government agencies, and Federally Funded Research and Development Centers (FFRDCs).

Notices of Intent (not mandatory) are due by June 12, 2015. Proposals are due on or before July 10, 2015.

Army Fire Control Systems BAA

The Army announced through BAA W15QKN-11-R-A006 that it is seeking proposals in the area of Fire Control Systems in the following technology areas:

Topic 1: Advanced Technical Fire Control
1.2 Position/Navigation
1.3 Fire Control-Indirect Fire
1.4 Environmental Sensors

Topic 2: Advanced Algorithms
2.1 Advanced Architectures
2.2 Improved Target Acquisition/ State Estimation Prediction

Topic 3: Advanced Controllers
3.2 User Interface(s)

White Papers / Proposals are due June 18, 2015.

USAID Innovative Solutions for Strengthening Civil Society in the Middle East and North Africa BAA

Untitled USAID’s Middle East regional democracy, governance, peace and security (ME/DGPS) team is soliciting basic and applied research to “increase the Middle East Bureau’s understanding of the practical methods available to respond to “closing” and “restricted space” for civil society in the Middle East and North Africa. This BAA is Addendum 9 to the USAID Development Innovation Accelerator BAA for Science, Technology, Innovation, and Partnership.”

Proposals need to have a “specific regional and country contexts: what “works” in one country or region may not work in another or even in the same country at a different point in time.”  USAID seeks research specifically in the following two areas: (1) prevention of closing space and (2) adaptation to closed spaces.

USAID has approximately $200K – $800K to fund one or more research projects, and seeks co-funding.  Expression of interests should be submitted first and should be a maximum of 1,000 words.  Submissions are open from June 1, 2015 – June 22, 2015.

Selected groups will be invited to a co-creation workshop in July 2015.  The workshop will result in concept papers that will be submitted to the USAID internal review board and then refined (co-designed) and potentially implemented.

DARPA Revolutionary Enhancement of Visibility by Exploiting Active Light-fields (REVEAL) BAA

DARPA Logo DARPA Defense Sciences Office (DSO) has released the Revolutionary Enhancement of Visibility by Exploiting Active Light-fields (REVEAL) BAA.  The DARPA program manager is Dr. Predrag Milojkovic and the REVEAL Proposers’ Day will be May 27th.

The objective of the REVEAL program “is to develop a comprehensive theoretical framework and the requisite technologies for maximum information extraction from complex scenes by leveraging the higher dimensions of the Plenoptic function and multiple degrees of freedom of light over all – both direct and indirect – photon pathways, i.e. single and multi-bounce photons (including decoding information from before the last “bounce”).  …  Important outcomes of the REVEAL program are expected to include: (a) the determination of the fundamental bounds of scene information extraction based on optimally exploiting photon pathways and degrees of freedom of light; (b) the development of design specifications/metrics for new technologies (e.g., sources, optics, sensors, and processing) that would be capable of measuring the optimal combinations of degrees of freedom; (c) the lab-scale demonstration of systems capable of testing the comprehensive theoretical framework; and (d) demonstration of full 3D scene reconstruction from a single viewpoint. It is expected that performers will be publishing and sharing their results broadly within the scientific community. … This program requires the formation of multi-disciplinary teams that bring together expertise from disparate communities including, but not limited to, computer vision, computational imaging, optical sciences, and computer graphics.”

Eight page abstracts describing the research are due by June 12th and full proposals are due by July 30th.   DARPA will respond to abstracts as to whether they are interested in the research or not.  The abstracts will be reviewed in the order received and will attempt to reply within 2-3 weeks.

AFRL Applied Open Systems Development Techniques for C4I Trusted MLS Platforms BAA

AFRL Logo AFRL-Rome has released an update to BAA-RIK-14-02, Innovative Cross-Domain Cyber Reactive Information Sharing (ICCyRIS) RIK, with the item Applied Open Systems Development Techniques for C4I Trusted MLS Platforms.


This BAA is to “further the state of the art of new and existing innovative technologies and explore other potential COTS / GOTS capabilities that address the challenges of improved security, resiliency and agility through integration of novel Open Systems technologies into modernized systems of record. Research and develop new Open Architecture technologies through studies, analysis, engineering, design, development, prototype testing, demonstration and integration of new and existing technologies. Improve secure information sharing within and among multiple security domains from the enterprise to the tactical/mobile user which includes overall cyber security capabilities for evolving multi-level solutions for the monitoring and management of their overall security environment and ecosystem.”

The Submission Date for this focus area only – Applied Open Systems Development Techniques for C4I Trusted MLS Platforms – is 24 Jun 15.  Offerors are required to submit 3 copies of a 3 to 5 page white paper summarizing their proposed approach/solution.  See the BAA for more information.


NASA RFI for Advanced Turbine Technologies and Development Strategies

NASA Logo NASA is requesting responses to a RFI on Advanced Turbine Technologies and Development Strategies to Enable High Overall Pressure Ratio (OPR), High Bypass Ration (BPR) Small Core Propulsion Systems.  The NASA “Advanced Air Vehicles Program (AAVP) is developing tools and technologies to enable significant improvements in the noise, emissions, and performance of commercial transport aircraft with technical scope addressing airframe and propulsion technology challenges. This Request for Information (RFI) is focused on advanced propulsion systems and, more specifically, on turbine technologies for future high Overall Pressure Ratio (OPR), high By-Pass Ratio (BPR) small core turbofan engines. Information obtained from this RFI will help two AAVP projects, Advanced Air Transportation Technology (AATT) and Revolutionary Vertical Lift Technology (RVLT), make informed decisions on portfolio investments and potential acquisition strategies.”

Responses to the RFI are due July 3, 2015.