Recent Contract Opportunities

SDA Seeks Feedback on Ground and Operations Segment Concepts, Methodologies, Approaches, and Systems for Tranche 1

Original Response Date: June 3, 2021

The Space Development Agency (SDA) seeks feedback on ground operations concepts, methodologies, approaches, and systems related to the operations and monitoring of the National Defense Space Architecture (NDSA).

SDA requests input on potential integrated Government-Owned Contractor-Operated (GOCO) solutions for dual-node, geographically separated ground operations centers to operate a proliferated Low Earth Orbit (pLEO) constellation of approximately 150 satellites during Tranche 1 with growth potential for an estimated 400-satellite constellation during Tranche 2 (beginning in Fiscal Year 2026). 

All responses received to this Request for Information (RFI) are solely for information and planning purposes. Responses to this RFI may be used to support future solicitations.

Please see the RFI for details and submission instructions.

SDA Releases New Small Business Opportunities for Space-Based Environmental Monitoring

Original Response Date: June 15, 2021

SDA is issuing new 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 (NDSA). Weather conditions critically impact the effectiveness of Department of Defense missions. The Space Development Agency (SDA) is issuing an SBIR/STTR Opportunity (SBO) inviting submissions of innovative research concepts for space-based environmental monitoring (SBEM). To deliver SBEM products from the NDSA, SDA seeks a preliminary system design for a next-generation compact passive polarimetric microwave radiometer and sounder (CP2MRS) with modular imaging and sounding capability to measure ocean surface vector wind, tropical cyclone intensity, and vertical temperature and atmospheric moisture profiles from low Earth orbit.

The SBO is issued under the SDA Broad Agency Announcement for SBIR/STTR, HQ085021S0001. The opportunity opened under pre-release rules on April 27, with proposal submissions accepted from May 12, 2021 through June 15, 2021. All proposals in response to these technical areas must be submitted in accordance with the instructions provided under HQ085021S0001

SDA Seeks Input on Tranche 1 Acquisition Approach (Draft)

Original Response Date: May 7, 2021

The Space Development Agency (SDA) is seeking industry feedback on its draft approach for acquiring the National Defense Space Architecture’s (NDSA) Tranche 1. Through this RFI, SDA is specifically seeking feedback on its approach to acquire T1 Transport space vehicles (SV) and support systems. All responses received to this Request for Information (RFI) are solely for information and planning purposes. Responses to this RFI may be used to support future solicitations.

Please see the RFI for details and submission instructions.

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

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-11059572-21-CW Interdisciplinary- Operations Research (Data Scientist)/ Mathematician May 14, 2021
ST-11100697-21-LMB Program Support Specialist May 18, 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.)

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