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Updated Response Date: Apr 17, 2020 05:00 pm EDT

The Space Development Agency (SDA) seeks input on a DRAFT Request for Proposal (RFP) to inform the approach and technical requirements for the Transport layer. Transport Tranche 0 is an interoperable mesh network of tens of satellites to provide periodic low-latency and high-capacity data connectivity. The agency is looking for industry feedback to inform the current specific requirements and technical challenges that include, but are not limited to, low-recurring cost satellite buses, Link 16 and Integrated Broadcast System (IBS) mission payloads, and interoperable crosslinks and networking. Provide feedback now or join the SDA Virtual Industry Day on April 2 to hear more about it!

Responses Due: March 30, 2020

The Space Development Agency (SDA) seeks input through a Request for Information (RFI) looking for software to employ with mission partners to support the Custody Layer. The agency will develop ground-based Multi-INT software solutions to exploit mission partner data to provide beyond-line-of-sight targeting. The Custody Layer’s mission is to maintain track for left-of-launch time-critical targets and enable solutions from sensor data to support 24/7 target capabilities for the warfighter.

Original Response Date: March 31, 2020

The Space Development Agency (SDA) seeks input through a DRAFT Request for Proposals (RFP) regarding the launch of one Overhead Persistent Infrared (OPIR) experimental satellite in 2021. This satellite, the “Tracking Phenomenology Experiment,” will characterize scene backgrounds to optimize algorithms, Concept of Operations (CONOPS), and wavebands for advanced missile detection and tracking.

Original Date Offers Due: Jan 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).

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. 

Updated Response Date: Mar 27, 2020 05:00 pm EDT

The Space Development Agency (SDA) will host a digital Industry Day on Thursday, April 2, 2020. The Industry Day was converted to a digital event based on the cancellation of the nearby 36th Space Symposium. Due to this adjustment, registration for Industry Day has been extended through March 27. Those registered will receive the logistics information via e-mail for joining the event digitally.
This Industry Day will focus on the anticipated solicitation for the Transport Tranche 0 capability, an interoperable mesh network of tens of satellites to provide periodic low-latency and high-capacity data connectivity over a given area of responsibility (AoR), and downlink over tactical data links. SDA anticipates releasing a draft solicitation for the Transport Tranche 0 capability prior to the Industry Day.

Original Date Offers Due: Apr 27, 2020 03:00 pm EDT

Today the Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Research and Engineering released the funding opportunity announcement to create a Bioindustrial Manufacturing Innovation Institute (BIOIND MII). This will be the ninth DoD Manufacturing Innovation Institute established by the Office of the Secretary of Defense’s Manufacturing Technology (ManTech) Program. This announcement seeks proposals to establish the BIOIND MII, which will serve as a public-private partnership between government, academia, non-profit organizations, and industry to address the spectrum of manufacturing challenges associated with biomanufacturing of non-medical products. Through this partnership, the BIOIND MII will advance domestic biomanufacturing and support the establishment and growth of supply chain intermediaries within the U.S. that are essential for the bioeconomy.

This biomanufacturing institute will specifically focus on design-for manufacturing, scale-up production, downstream processing, and test and evaluation. It will build a resilient ecosystem, focus on ethical, legal, and social implications (ELSI), as well as advance related education and workforce development activities. The BIOIND MII will also serve as a venue to bring together public and private entities in order to examine and advance industry-wide standards, tools and measurements, and biosecurity and biosafety tenants for the responsible usage of this emerging technology. The combination of defense priorities addressable by bioindustrial manufacturing and the commercial potential of these innovations to industry will also require the expansion of a relatively small number of experts into a broader U.S. ecosystem and workforce capable of innovating and supplying defense and commercial entities with scalable, biomanufactured products.

More information on the FOA FA8650-20-S-5028 can be found here.

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.

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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.

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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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