BROAD AGENCY ANNOUNCEMENT (BAA) 04-03 Optical & RF Combined Link Experiment (ORCLE); CLOSING DATE: 03 November 2004; FIRST SELECTIONS: 19 December 2003; POC: G. Duchak, DARPA/ATO; Email: BAA04firstname.lastname@example.org, WEB: http://www.darpa.mil/ato/solicit/ORCLE/index.htm.
PROGRAM OBJECTIVES AND DESCRIPTION:
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's (DARPA) Advanced Technology Office (ATO) is soliciting proposals under this BAA to investigate, prototype and demonstrate an Air-to-Air-to- Surface hybrid [combined and simultaneous Free Space Optical (FSO) and Radio Frequency (RF)] link and networking concept that has a compact form factor, high availability, and high average data rate under all weather conditions. Proposals may be submitted in any, all, or any combination thereof, of the following technical topic areas: (1) Range and Flight Demonstration Systems Integration (2) Technology Maturation, to include the following: (a) Optical Channel Obscuration Mitigation (i.e. transmission through clouds); (b) Common/Combined FSO/RF aperture; (c) Compact Optical Beam Steering; (d) Hybrid (FSO & RF) Router Technology. NOTE: The principal focus of this BAA will be on the Optical & RF Combined Link Experiment (ORCLE), identified as Technical Topic Area (1) above. However, Proposers may, and are encouraged to, respond to any, all, or any combination thereof, of the Technical Topic Areas noted above as may be appropriate under the circumstances. For purposes of this BAA, Technical Topic Areas (1) and (2) will run concurrently with one another, but research results achieved under each area or subset area are not necessarily co-dependent upon each other. Specifically, Technical Topic Area (1) should achieve its objectives independent of the research conducted under Technical Topic Area (2). Technical Topic Area (2) research, however, should result in solutions that can be used as a basis to enhance the effort conducted under Technical Topic Area (1).
SCOPE AND FUNDING:
The government anticipates award of multiple contracts/agreements/other applicable arrangements as defined in the attached Proposer Information Pamphlet (PIP). NOTE: Although this BAA shall remain open for one year from the date of publication in the www.fedbizopps.gov and www.fedgrants.gov the government anticipates that the majority of funding for this program will be committed during the first selections phase. To be considered for funding during the first selections phase, proposals must be submitted to DARPA no later than 12:00pm local time on 19 December 2003.
PROPOSER?S DAY CONFERENCE:
A Proposers Day Conference will be held on 19 November 2003 at the George Mason University, Arlington Campus Professional Center, Ste 244, 3401 N. Fairfax Drive, Arlington, VA beginning at 8:30am, and anticipating to last until 4:30pm. The purpose of this conference is to discuss the information contained in this PIP and BAA, encourage discussion and teaming, and address any questions proposers may have about this PIP and BAA. Please contact Jennifer Mozie (Jennifer_Mozie@sra.com) not later than 13 November 2003 if you plan to attend. Please declare your citizenship in the e-mail. Foreign nationals should complete and return a DARPA Foreign National Visitor Request (DARPA Form 60) not later than 14 November 2003 if they wish to attend the conference. The DARPA Form 60 will be sent to you based on declaration of citizenship. The Proposers Day Conference is voluntary. Attendance is not required to propose to this BAA. This information will also be available through the ORCLE website: http://www.darpa.mil/ato/solicit/ORCLE/index.htm. Attendees at the Proposers Day Conference may request authorization from the government to present company overviews, discuss their technology expertise, and/or discuss teaming opportunities in scheduled five (5) minute presentations. Interested parties should contact Jennifer Mozie for scheduling. After the conference, there will be an opportunity to meet individually with George Duchak. Please contact Jennifer Mozie of SRA Inc., Adroit C4ISR Center (Jennifer_Mozie@sra.com, (703) 647-1175) or Vic Jaroch of DPM Consulting, Inc. (email@example.com ) (703) 967-9435 (contractors providing assistance with the ORCLE effort) to schedule an individual session.
Proposers choosing to respond to this BAA will be evaluated against the following five (5) criteria: 1) Overall Scientific and Technical Merit, 2) Contribution to DARPA/ATO Mission, 3) Proposers Capabilities and Related Experience, 4) Approach/Ability to Transition Technology, 5) Cost Realism. Technical factors (Overall Scientific and Technical Merit and Contribution to DARPA Mission) are considered more important than non-technical factors (Proposers Capabilities and Related Experience, Approach/Ability to Transition Technology, and Cost Realism). In accordance with FAR 35.016(e), the primary basis for selecting proposals for award shall be technical, importance to agency programs, and funds availability. Cost realism and reasonableness shall also be considered to the extent appropriate as described herein. The Government reserves the right to select for award all, some, or none of the proposals received in response to this BAA. All responsible sources capable of satisfying the Government's needs may submit a proposal that shall be considered by DARPA. Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and Minority Institutions (MIs) are encouraged to submit proposals and join others in submitting proposals. However, no portion of this BAA will be set aside for HBCU and MI participation due to the impracticality of reserving discrete or severable areas of this research for exclusive competition among these entities.
Proposers choosing to respond to this BAA must read the associated Proposer Information Pamphlet which provides specific information about this BAA, including instructions on how to respond.
Point of Contact: Anthony Cicala, Contracting Officer, Phone (571)218-4639, Fax (703)248-1927, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Who can apply:
Eligible functional categories:
Research and Technology Development
If you have problems accessing the full announcement, please contact:
Department of Defense, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, Contracts Management Office, 3701 North Fairfax Drive, Arlington, VA, 22203-1714