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Recent Contract Opportunities

Dynamic Spectrum Sharing 5G Prototype(s) at Hill AFB, UT

End Date: 3QFY20

Funding is for development of a 5G Prototype Testbed, 5G Prototype Enhancements, and 5G Prototype Applications to demonstrate and experiment with effective methodologies (hardware, software, and systems) for dynamic spectrum sharing enhanced by 5G communications technologies.

Reference: Solicitation #: W15QKN-15-9-1004; NSC-20-RPP-03

AFRL Broad Agency Announcement – Assured and Trusted Microelectronics Solutions (ATMS)

End Date: November 29, 2023

Funding for S&T development effort to identify and mature technologies for assessing assurance risk for microelectronics designs across the component lifecycle.

Reference: FA8650-18-S-1201

Space Development Agency

SDA Releases six Small Business Opportunities

Original Response Date: March 31, 2021

SDA is issuing six Small Business Opportunities (SBO) under the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs, inviting submissions of innovative research proposals supporting the advancement of the National Defense Space Architecture. These six SBOs are issued under the SDA Broad Agency Announcement for SBIR/STTR, HQ085021S0001. The opportunities open under pre-release rules on February 12, with proposal submissions accepted from March 9, 2021 through March 31, 2021.

Technical focus areas include:

  • Free-Space Optical Communication (FSOC) Technology for Optical Intersatellite Links (OISLs) (SBIR)
  • L-Band Multiband/Interleaved Electronically Scanned Array (ESA) Antenna (SBIR)
  • Mesh Network NSA Certifiable Cryptographic Solution (SBIR/STTR)
  • Advanced Space Mesh Networking (SBIR/STTR)

All proposals in response to these technical areas must be submitted in accordance with the instructions provided under HQ085021S0001, found here: website.

Small Business Resources


The Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) is another program that expands funding opportunities in the federal innovation research and development (R&D) arena.


The Rapid Innovation Fund provides a collaborative vehicle for small businesses to provide the department with innovative technologies that can be rapidly inserted into acquisition programs that meet specific defense needs.


The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program is a highly competitive program that encourages domestic small businesses to engage in Federal Research/Research and Development (R/R&D) that has the potential for commercialization.

Work With Us

Independent Research & Development (IR&D) is a key source of innovation for the department. We encourage private entities to get involved through the means below.

OUSD(R&E) Job Openings

Announcement # Job Title Closing Date
ST-11029272-21-CW CONTRACT SPECIALIST March 5, 2021
ST-11025415-21-LMB GENERAL ENGINEER March 9, 2021


Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency

DARPA pursues opportunities for transformational change rather than incremental advances. It does so collaboratively as part of a robust innovation ecosystem that includes academic, corporate, and governmental partners. DARPA relies on these diverse performers from throughout this ecosystem to apply multi-disciplinary approaches to advance basic research and create innovative technologies.

PORTLAND, Ore. (Apr. 7, 2016) Sea Hunter, an entirely new class of unmanned ocean-going vessel gets underway on the Williammette River following a christening ceremony in Portland, Ore. Part the of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)'s Anti-Submarine Warfare Continuous Trail Unmanned Vessel (ACTUV) program, in conjunction with the Office of Naval Research (ONR), is working to fully test the capabilities of the vessel and several innovative payloads, with the goal of transitioning the technology to Navy operational use once fully proven. (U.S. Navy photo by John F. Williams/Released)

Contract Opportunities has been moved to and is now known as Contract Opportunities. The website is now the authoritative location for finding contract opportunities.


The website is now home to all current contract opportunities formerly posted to


Organizations within the federal government publish notices on proposed contract actions valued at more than $25,000. These notices, or contract opportunities, cover announcements through official solicitations in the pre-award process. Anyone interested in doing business with the government can use this system to research active opportunities.

Learning Center

The General Services Administration (GSA) manages federal acquisition and awards processes in 10 online websites which are now being merged into one.


Defense Innovation Unit

DIU provides revenue to companies in the form of prototype contracts (a Commercial Solutions Opening based on the Other Transaction authority) to solve DoD problems. These prototype awards can include hardware, software, or unique projects. More importantly, after a successful prototype, the company involved and any DoD entity can enter into follow-on production contracts.

(U.S. Air Force photo by J.M. Eddins Jr.)

A software development team conducts an Iteration Planning Meeting about a software project in the office of Kessel Run, a program within the Defense Innovation Unit Experimental, a United States Department of Defense organization, in Boston, Mass., May. 30, 2018. Air Force software coders have been learning private sector techniques, such as coding in pairs and delivering a minimum viable product to the warfighter in weeks and months, instead of years, and then working directly with them to steadily build improvements. (U.S. Air Force photo by J.M. Eddins Jr.)

Everything you need in one place

The Defense Innovation Marketplace has more than 44,500 industry IR&D projects. Learn about and leverage industry's innovative technology projects.

  • Government Portal
    • Steps to Access Proprietary Industry IR&D Data
  • Industry Portal
    • Providing a centralized resource for the Department’s Acquisition and Science and Technology professionals on information about industry’s Independent research and development activities.
  • Communities of Interest
    • The Communities of Interest (CoIs) were established as a mechanism to encourage multi-agency coordination and collaboration in cross-cutting technology focus areas with broad multiple Component investment.
  • Technology Interchange Meetings
    • Technology Interchange Meetings (TIMs) allow DoD and industry/academia to cooperate on Research and Engineering technology challenges.
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