Monthly Archives: August 2016

MDA Advanced Technology Innovation (ATI) BAA for Advanced Technology Amendment

The Missile Defense Agency (MDA) has released an amendment to the Advanced Technology Innovation (ATI) BAA for Advanced Technology, HQ0147-15-ATI-BAA.  The amendment requests white papers on an experimental Low Power Laser Demonstrator for Missile Defense.

MDA anticipates two contract awards in 2017 for a two-phase demonstration. Phase 1 is a 10-12 month design activity that ends in a technical design review.  Phase 2 is a build, integrate and test phase.

There will be an Industry Day September 8th, 2016 at MDA/DVL, Kirtland AFB, NM.  White papers are due October 14, 2016.

ONR Integrated Tipping and Cueing (iTAC) Award

ONR has announced an award for “Integrated Tipping and Cueing (iTAC).” The awardee is Lockheed Martin Corporation in Cherry Hill, NJ.  The award amount is $1,261,892.


ONR Models for Employment of ASW Technology Award

ONR has announced an award for “Models for Employment of ASW Technology.”  The awardee is Systems Planning and Analysis, Inc. of Alexandria, VA.  The award amount is $1,430,607.

FHWA Exploratory Advanced Research Program 2016 BAA

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has released the Exploratory Advanced Research (EAR) Program BAA, DTFH6116R00036.  This BAA is seeking “research projects that could lead to transformational changes and truly revolutionary advances in highway engineering and intermodal surface transportation in the United States. This program supports scientific investigations and studies that advance the current knowledge and state-of-the-art in the sciences and technologies employed in the planning, design, construction, operation, maintenance and management of the nation’s highways.”

The FHWA anticipates sponsoring research addressing the following three topics:

  • Topic 1: Computation Methods for Analysis of Mobile Device Data – research to test new, credible, extensible, and reproducible computational data manipulation methods and to point towards expanding derived data for public data purposes on a sustained basis.
  • Topic 2: Behavioral Science and Experimental Economics Approaches for Transportation – research that could demonstrate the potential for responding to national challenges based on evidence from behavioral economics studies.  Challenge problems for this area include: (A) Testing Methods to Reduce Distraction from Hand-Held or Mobile Devices, (B) Platooning, Cooperative Adaptive Cruise Control or other Connected Vehicle Applications (C) Augmenting Predictive Models for Managed Lanes Operations
  • Topic 3: New Methods in Simulation

Proposals are due October 14, 2016 at 4:00 pm EST.

DARPA Extreme Optics and Imaging (EXTREME) BAA

DARPA DSO has released the Extreme Optics and Imaging (EXTREME) BAA, DARPA-BAA-16-58.  The EXTREME program aims to reinvent optical components, devices, systems, architectures, and design tools in the context ofEngineered Optical Materials (EnMats).

The goal of the EXTREME Program is to “develop new optical architectures designed in concert with the maturation of practical EnMats (i.e., wide spectral bandwidth, low loss, etc.) to enable new functionality and/or vastly improve SWaP characteristics of traditional optical systems. If successful, the EXTREME program will open up a heretofore unexplored optical design space, redefining, if not completely breaking, trade-offs that are inherent to traditional optical design processes. Please note that DARPA is interested in the application of EnMats to novel optical architectures, and not on advancing any specific EnMat during this program. Specifically not of interest to EXTREME is conventional gradient refractive index (GRIN) optics.”

EXTREME is divided into three technical areas (TAs):

  • TA1: Modifying the Principles of Conventional Optics – performers will analyze the limits to which EnMats can modify conventional light propagation laws defined as the laws typically used within the optical design process
  • TA2: Multifunctional Optics – performers will explore the limits and state-of-the-possible of multifunctional optical elements
  • TA3: Modeling, Design, and Optimization – will develop novel concepts in the modeling, design, and optimization of optical systems based on EnMats, and is divided into two sub-TAs. TA3(a) focuses on physics-based models, and n TA3(b) will explore design concepts and optimization environments specifically tailored towards the development of disruptive EnMatbased optical system architectures

The Proposers Day is September 1, 2016.  Six page abstracts are due September 9, 2016 and full proposals are due October 25, 2016.  The Program Manager is Dr. Predrag Milojkovic.

HHS Advanced Research and Development to Expedite the Identification, Development, and Manufacturing of Medical Countermeasures against Infectious Diseases BAA Award

Health and Human Services has announce awards for the Advanced Research and Development to Expedite the Identification, Development, and Manufacturing of Medical Countermeasures against Infectious Diseases BAA, BAA-16-100-SOL-00003.

The awardees are:

  • OraSure Technologies, Inc with an award amount of $16,629,447.  The award is for the “development of the OraQuick Zika Point-of-Care Test to detect infection from the Zika virus in multiple matrices which may include whole blood (venous whole blood and finger-stick whole blood), oral fluid, serum, plasma, urine, and seminal fluid.”
  • DiaSorin, Inc with an award amount of $2,665,898.  The award is for the “development of Zika IgM and Zika IgG automated immunoassays. The overall objective of this contract is to advance the development of two laboratory-based in vitro diagnostic (IVD) assays: one to detect Zika IgM antibodies and the other to detect Zika IgG antibodies in human patient serum, to be used together for the diagnostic detection and identification of Zika virus infection.”

MDA Science and Technology Advanced Research (MSTAR) BAA Award

MDA has announced an award to the Science and Technology Advanced Research (MSTAR) BAA, HQ0147-15-MSTAR-BAA.  The awardee is The Pennsylvania State University of University Park, PA.  The award amount is $594,765.

The purpose of this effort is to study the development of materials needed for solid rocket nozzle applications.

DHS Exploratory Research in Preventing Nuclear and Radiological Terrorism BAA

DHS has released the Exploratory Research in Preventing Nuclear and Radiological Terrorism BAA, HSHQDN-16-R-0002.  This BAA solicits proposals in the “area of Preventing Nuclear and Radiological Terrorism that may lead to a dramatic improvement in national capabilities in nuclear/radiological threat detection and interdiction and in nuclear forensics capabilities.”

Technologies or methodologies are of interest that can “dramatically improve the national capability to detect and report attempts to import or transport a nuclear device, SNM, or radiological material outside of regulatory control.” These technologies ad methodologies are divided into the following research topic areas:

  • RTA-01: Advancements in Low-Cost Plastic Scintillators for Gamma Detection
  • RTA-02: Approaches for Advanced Continuous Monitoring of Radiological/Nuclear Threats by Law Enforcement Vehicles
  • RTA-03: Development of Accelerators with Applications to Homeland Security
  • RTA-04: Modeling to Improve Risk Assessment and Encounter Dynamics in Challenging (non-Port/Point of Entry) Pathways
  • RTA-05: Development of Materials to Support Fundamental Nuclear Data Targets and Nuclear Forensics Reference Materials

Four page white papers on the above are due by September 14, 2016.  Evaluations by DHS will either encouraging or discouraging submission of a full proposal.

MDA Airborne Advanced Tracking Award

The Missile Defense Agency has announced an award for the Airborne Advanced Tracking.  The awardee is General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. of Poway, CA.  The award amount is $9,609,911.

GA-ASI will design, build, and test in the laboratory key laser subsystems required to demonstrate precision tracking. They will perform systems level analyses and performance assessments based on design predictions and laboratory measurements and will develop and demonstrate, a MQ-9 flight representative laser system with the beam train optics required to upgrade a Multi-Spectral Targeting System for use as an active tracking sensor.

This award was made under MDA’s BAA for Advanced Technology Innovation (ATI), HQ0147-15-ATI-BAA.

AFRL Applied Open Systems Development Techniques Award

AFRL-Rome has announced an award for Applied Open Systems Development Techniques to Quark Security, Inc. of Columbia, MD.  The award amount is $2,764,901.