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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

SDA Publishes Broad Agency Announcement for Mission-Specific Application Prototypes

Response Date: Executive Summaries (optional) - July 15, 2020
Full Proposals: August 21, 2020

The Space Development Agency (SDA) is seeking executive summaries and proposals through a Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) for software prototypes that enable the mission-specific needs of the National Defense Space Architecture (NDSA). The three technical areas addressed in this BAA are (1) Custody, (2) Navigation, and (3) Tracking.
The developed prototypes will be used to demonstrate novel technical capabilities as well as inform architecture trades between ground and on-orbit processing. The period of performance for all proposed efforts should end no later than September 30, 2021. Multiple awards are expected. Optional executive summaries are due July 15, 2020 for feedback (anticipated by July 24). Full proposals are due August 21, 2020.

SDA RFP Seeks Industry Proposals for Tranche 0 MSE&I

Response Date: August 13, 2020

Today, SDA posted a Request for Proposal (RFP) for SDA’s first generation (called Tranche 0) Mission Systems Engineering and Integration (MSE&I). The RFP seeks to provide systems engineering and integration services for SDA’s satellite and ground programs to field in late fiscal year 2022. SDA is soliciting industry partners to work alongside SDA, the U.S. Navy, and satellite vendors to deliver an integrated space and ground enterprise.

The MSE&I vendor will work with commercial and government space and ground providers to establish SDA enterprise-level technical and schedule baselines, interface with external customers, provide cybersecurity support for the integrated SDA enterprise, and lead test campaign planning and execution for warfighter mission scenarios and experiments in Tranche 0.

This RFP builds upon industry responses to SDA’s MSE&I Request for Information released in May 2020. Proposals are due August 13, 2020.

DDR&E(R&T) Competitive Opportunity for August 2020

Date Open:  August 25, 2020
End Date:  October 22, 2020 at 12:00 p.m. ET

Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) 20.3

Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) 20.C BAAs.

OUSD(R&E) Fire Support Next Request for Information

Original Date Offers Due: January 20, 2021 05:00 pm EST

The Assistant Director for Autonomy (AD, Autonomy) in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering (OUSDR&E) and his team is seeking input from industry about advanced autonomous systems modernization aligned with the 2018 National Defense Strategy (NDS).

SDA Issues First Solicitation: BAA Seeks to Develop "Intellectual Pipeline" for NDSA

Original Inactive Date: Feb 04, 2021

Space Development Agency (SDA) is responsible for defining and monitoring the Department’s future threat-driven space architecture and accelerating the development and fielding of new military space capabilities necessary to ensure U.S. technological and military advantage in space for national defense.

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

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
SL-10915201-20-SR Director for Strategic Intelligence Analysis Cell September 30, 2020


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.)

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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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