AFRL-Rome has released BAA number BAA-RIK-2015-0006 titled “Next Generation Intelligence Collection Analyses”. The objectives of this BAA is to “improved capabilities for collecting and analyzing data gathered from DoD and mission partners’ intelligence assets.”
Work is encouraged in, but not limited to, these focus areas:
- Sensor Fusion for Intelligence
- Data Signature Analysis
- Technologies for Big Data Management
Total funding for this BAA is approximately $48.7M for fiscal years 2015-2019. This is a two step BAA, where submitters are requested to submit a 3-5 page page white paper summarizing their proposed approach/solution by October 30, 2015
AFRL-Rome has released BAA number BAA-AFRL-RIK-2015-0007 and titled “Improved Networking Through Embedded Processing and Sensing”.
The objective of the BAA is to “develop, demonstrate, and evaluate new sources and methods for improving network connectivity and stability through embedded processing and sensing. This effort is expected to provide research and development activities to enhance warfighter mission capabilities and advance baseline performance beyond what is currently considered satisfactory. Under the proposed effort, it is anticipated that improved network connectivity research and development will be conducted in support of Command & Control (C2) operations.”
The following are areas of interest (but not limited to the below):
1. Network Sensing Technologies
2. Network Embedded Processing
3. Distributed Control
The BAA is a two step process with 3-5 page white papers being requested first that summarize the proposed approach/solution, before full proposals are invited. Total funding for the BAA is approximately $49.2M over fiscal years 2016-2019. To be considered for fiscal year 2016, white papers are due October 30, 2016.
AFRL-Rome has released a BAA number BAA-AFRL-RIK-2015-0013 titled “ELINT Collection, Processing and Exploitation.”
The objectives of this BAA are to “employ existing and emerging technologies to develop and demonstrate automated, real-time signal detection, processing, exploitation, and reporting capabilities of existing and emerging Electronic Intelligence (ELINT) signals in support of ground and airborne Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) platforms.”
Technology applications include, but are not limited to:
- the enhancement of ELINT signal processing software and hardware to address the increased complexity and volume of the ELINT battlespace;
- the enhancement of collection system efficiency for single and multi-platform collection optimization and management;
- the development of technology for the detection and exploitation of emerging ELINT signals and systems, and
- the enhancement of effectiveness of databases that use existing multi-source, multi-platform, real-time collection systems.
This is a two step BAA. White papers of length 3-5 pages that summarize the proposed approach/solution are required before being invited to submit a full proposal. For fiscal year 2016, white papers are due by September 1, 2015.
DARPA has announced the “Wait, What? A Future Technology Forum”. The forum is an effort by DARPA to be aware of emerging and pending technologies relevant to its mission.
The purpose of the forum is to “foster discussions among leaders on the forward edge of change-to learn from them about emerging technologies worthy of attention or support, and to inspire them to consider applying their expertise to the important and rewarding worlds of public service and national security. DARPA is bringing together forward-thinking scientists, engineers and other innovators interested in sharing ideas within and across some of the most exciting areas of research and technology today.”
The forum will feature:
- Discussions about the technologies that could shape the future
- Engagement with scientists and engineers working to turn them into reality
- Consideration of the widespread implications of some of these next steps in DARPA’s legacy of innovation.
The forum will be September 9 through 11, 2015 in St. Louis, MO. Details about the meeting agenda, speakers, venue and registration can be found at www.darpawaitwhat.com. Registration will close by July 31, 2015 or when full. The registration fee is $400 per person.
The US Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC) has made three awards under BAA W912HZ-15-BAA-01:
- University of Illinois – $175,007 for “research effort is to develop methods to detect and diagnose facility problems that degrade facility energy efficiency performance in the absence of site-specific information about occupant behavior, building envelope, mechanical systems or electrical systems.”
- University of Illinois – $1,500,000 to “provide support for and multidisciplinary scientific mission of ERDC in the areas of energy, environment, computer science, and cultural resources.
- Colorado State University – $124,608 for a proposal titled “Changes in Climate and its Effect on Timing of Snowmelt and Intensity-Duration-Frequency Curves”. CSU proposes to “1) develop an improved understanding of snow accumulation, melt, and runoff for historical and future climate scenarios at regional and watershed scales, and 2) to produce current and future intensity-duration-frequency curves for the study locations. Study locations are Fairbanks, AK, Yakima, WA and Colorado Springs, CO.”
IARPA has released the Cyber-attack Automated Unconventional Sensor Environment (CAUSE) Program BAA.
The BAA seeks to “fund research on multi-disciplinary methods that provide accurate and timely forecasts of cyber-attacks. Throughout the CAUSE Program, IARPA expects performers to identify and extract novel leading signals from both internal and external sensors (both conventional and unconventional) and generate warnings for cyber-attacks against participating organization(s).”
Proposals are due September 14, 2015. The program is expected to start in February 2016 and end August 2019. The program manager Robert Rahmer in the Office for Anticipating Surprise. The program web site is http://www.iarpa.gov/index.php/research-programs/cause.
The Office of Naval Research (ONR) on May 12, 2015 awarded Progeny Systems Corporation in Manassas, VA an SBIR for $3,908,687.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has released a BAA on Standoff Explosives Detection on Vehicles (SED-V). This program “will develop non-contact, near real-time detection technologies for federal facility protection. Technologies will be designed to screen potential vehicleand person-borne threats in both fixed and portable checkpoint configurations. Solutions for standoff explosives detection and identification will be realized through emerging optical techniques, such as Raman and Infrared Reflectance Spectroscopy. The feasibility of using such techniques has previously been demonstrated for a variety of relevant trace explosive materials.”
This is a two step BAA with white papers required in the first step. Based on evaluations, selected white will result in encouraged full proposals. Any submitter of a white paper may also submit a full proposal. White papers are due by July 30, 2015.
The Army Corp of Engineers announced the following contract awards for the Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program (SERDP) program (BAA-14-0001) for 2015:
- Innovative Materials and Processes, LLC, award amount $1,460,013. The title of the award is “Environmentally Benign Multi-Component Delay System with Tunable Propagation Characteristics.” The Principal Investigator is Zac Doorenbos
- Institute for Wildlife Studies, Inc., award amount $2,523,378. The title of the award is “Evaluating the Use of Spatially Explicit Population Models to Predict Conservation Reliant Species in Nonanalogue Future Environments on DoD Lands.” The Principal Investigator is Dr. Brian Hudgens
- Pennsylvania State University in University Park, award amount $246,381. The title of the award is “Quantitative Sediment Mapping: Surveys of Geoacoustic Properties Affecting Munitions Burial, Mobility, and Detection.” The Principal Investigator is Dr. Charles Holland
- University of California, Los Angeles, award amount $971,196. The title of the award “Effects of Global Change on Extreme Precipitation and Flooding: New Approaches to IDF and Regional Flood Frequency Estimation.” The Principal Investigator is Dr. Dennis Lettenmaier
NAVSEA has released a BAA for basic and applied research in undersea technologies in the areas of submarine, surveillance, and surface ship signal processing. Areas of interest in the technologies includes “Automation, Torpedo Defense, Electronic Warfare, Situational Awareness, Active Sonar Signal Processing, and Imaging.”
White papers are being solicited in the first phase of the BAA that describe the technical approach, experience, capabilities, past performance, and cost estimate. White papers are being accepted until September 30, 2015. An Industry Day will be held August 18th at Johns Hopkins University APL in Laurel, MD. The BAA number is N00024-15-IWS5A-01.