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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.
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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.
Federal Business Opportunities
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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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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.