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A--FY16 Research and Development (R and D) for Facility Systems

Department of the Navy, Naval Facilities Engineering Command | Published July 22, 2016  -  Deadline July 22, 2017
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This announcement constitutes a Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) for the Naval Facilities Engineering and Expeditionary Warfare Center (NEXWC) under FAR 6.102(d)(2) and 35.106.  A formal Request for Proposals (RFP), other solicitation, or additional information regarding this announcement will not be issued.
This announcement is open for 365 days from the date of publication.  Proposals may be submitted at any time date during this period:
FAR Part 35 restricts the use of Broad Agency Announcements (BAAs), such as this, to the acquisition of basic and applied research and that portion of advance technology development not related to the development of a specific system or hardware procurement.
Contracts made under BAAs are for scientific study and experimentation directed towards advancing the state of the art and increasing knowledge or understanding.
This announcement seeks out technologies and methodologies that are new, innovative, advance the state-of-the-art, or increase knowledge or understanding to support NAVFAC EXWC/PW Business Line. NAVFAC EXWC/PW reduces total facility ownership costs by standardizing best technical practices, solutions, material and processes to support the entire lifecycle of U.S. Navy and Marine Corps facilities, while meeting operational and readiness requirements. The Energy and Public Works department is comprised of 6 divisions: Facilities Management, Energy Management and Engineering, Utilities Management and Engineering, Geothermal Program Office, Mobile Utilities Support Equipment, and Base Support Vehicles  and  Equipment.
These divisions support the PW Business Line through NAVFAC Subject Matter Experts who provide technical solutions for naval facilities, that would reduce facilities O and M costs with emphasis on SECNAV goals of reducing energy consumption, increase renewable energy use, and increase energy resiliency on naval installations.  Energy related functions within the PW Business Line include: testing and evaluation of energy storage technologies, micro-grids, critical power, fuel cells, local self-generation, alternative fueled vehicles, energy savings performance contracting, renewable energy, building efficiency, water conservation, and utility infrastructure studies and improvements.
NAVFAC EXWC/PW provides a vast array of specialized services including: 1) Utility and Energy program management, financing, planning, and engineering development 2) Operation, maintenance and sustainment of Navy facilities; 3) Development and implementation of policies, and guidance to enable delivery of energy and utility related products and services; 4) Strategic liaison with military services, federal agencies, professional and technical organizations, and academia.
The technologies or methodology shall address one of the following topic areas.
TOPIC NO 1:  RENEWABLE ENERGY.
RDT and E of technologies related to the generation of energy and power from renewable resources to include but not limited to: a) wind energy; b) solar energy; c) wave energy; d) waste energy; e) geothermal energy; and f) biomass.
TOPIC NO 2: ENERGY STORAGE.  RDT and E of technologies related to energy storage to include but not limited to: a) electro chemical batteries; b) mechanical systems; c) thermal storage; e) hydrogen and other chemical gases; and f) liquid fuel.
TOPIC NO 3:  BUILDING EFFICIENCY AND COST SAVINGS.  RDT and E of technologies related to building energy efficiency, water conservation, and cost savings.  Technologies of interest include but are not limited to: a) HVAC systems; b) building insulation; c) lighting; d) windows; e) building digital data control and SCADA systems; and f) water conservation and filtration.
TOPIC NO 4: MICROGRIDS AND SMART GRIDS.
RDT and E of technologies related to micro-grids, smart grids, and power management to include but not limited to: a) cybersecurity; b) utility grid power quality improvement; c) power grid resiliency and UPS; d) power distribution and transmission; and e) grid simulation, modeling and characterization.
TOPIC NO 5:  ALTERNATIVE FUEL VEHICLES.  RDT and E of technologies related to the advancement or alternative uses of a) electric vehicles; b) hydrogen fuel cell vehicles; c) hybrid electric vehicles; d) natural gas powered vehicles; and e) biofuel vehicles.
TOPIC NO 6:  DISTRIBUTED POWER GENERATION.  RDT and E of technologies that would advance and facilitate the implementation of local distributed power generation devices, to include but not limited to:  a) fuel cells; b) micro-turbines; c) Alternative and green energy combustion power plants to include flex-fuel and biofuel technologies; and d) combined heat and power.
ABSTRACT SUBMITTALS TO THIS BAA CAN BE MADE USING THE ABSTRACT FORM.
Submissions should be made via the NAVFAC EXWC/PW BAA e-mail: navfac_exwc_PW_BAA@navy.mil.
Submission process: This announcement is for abstracts/white papers only. Abstracts shall identify the specific topic area that the submission addresses with relevant Product Service Code (PSC) code located at http://support.outreachsystems.com/resources/tables/pscs/.  Each abstract must be specific to one of the topic areas. Multiple submissions are acceptable. Abstracts will be evaluated on relevance and merit. The abstract may be supplemented by resumes and lists of relevant publications and prior experience with the technology and/or methodology.
The abstracts will be evaluated thoroughly by a Government Technical Evaluation Board (TEB) to select technologies and methodologies that have potential benefits to the Navy.
The TEB will consist of engineers, scientists, environmental specialists, and regulatory agency personnel who have experience in specific energy technology areas. The abstracts will not be evaluated against each other since each possesses a unique technology with no common work statement. When an abstract aligns with a customer need and funding, the NAVFAC contracting office may request a full proposal.  Additional guidance will be provided at that time, regarding cost and pricing submittals in addition to a more comprehensive technical submission.
Technical Evaluation: Unsuccessful abstracts will not receive a detailed description of the reasons for abstract rejection due to the anticipated volume of submissions.
Unsuccessful full proposals will receive a debriefing in accordance with FAR part 15.  Awards will be in the form of contracts. Average contract duration is one (1) to three (3) years. The government may choose to fund a base period with options.
The abstracts will be evaluated based on the following CRITERIA, of approximately equal weight.
1). TECHNICAL APPROACH:  The scientific/technical merits and objectives of the abstract, in terms of Naval relevance. All proposals must demonstrate an approach that will achieve a DOD technology readiness level (TRL) of 5/6, and successfully manage risk while achieving technological advance.  Provide an explicit, detailed description of the approach.
If options are required describe appropriate research activities which would commence for subsequent options.  The abstract should indicate what tasks are planned, how and where the work will be conducted, a schedule of major events, and the final product(s) to be delivered.  Offeror’s effort should attempt to determine the technical feasibility of the proposed concept.  The methods planned to achieve each objective or task should be discussed in detail.  This section should be a substantial portion of the abstract.
2). PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR’S and KEY MEMBER’S RELATED EXPERIENCE: The qualifications, capabilities, and experience of the principal investigator, team leader, and/or key personnel who are critical in achieving the objectives of the abstract.
Principal investigators and key personnel should be identified in the proposal as such.
3). SAFETY:  NAVFAC requires the offeror to provide their EMR and DART ratings. Safety is an integral and important part of NAVFAC contracting. If the offeror does not have an EMR/DART rating, they should state this and provide the rationale. See NFAS 15.304.
4). OFFEROR’S EXPERIENCE:  The contractors capabilities related experience, techniques, or unique combination of these that are integral factors in achieving the contractors proposed objectives.  Experience will be assessed based on both relevance and confidence.
5). COST/PRICE:  The cost relative to the proposed scientific/technical approach.
6).
NAVY BENEFIT AND IMPACT: Expected benefits in terms of reduced total facility ownership cost, projections of the number of Navy sites or facilities where the proposed technology could be deployed, and life cycle cost advantages over current approaches used by Naval facilities
CRITICAL NOTE:  An Offeror is required to register with the system for award management (SAM). No contract award will be made to any offeror that is not registered. Registration may take up to three weeks. SAM may be accessed at https://www.sam.gov.
NOTES:
1). An eligible abstract does not guarantee a contract.  Multiple contracts may result.
2). The preceding data should be sufficient for completing the abstract form.
3).
There are no solicitation documents applying to this BAA.  Request for a solicitation package will not be acknowledged.  Those interested in participating in the BAA program must follow the instructions to submit an abstract.
4).  There is no commitment by the Navy either to make any contract awards or to be responsible for any money expended by the contractor before a contract award.
5).  As no funding for contracts has been reserved in advance,  NAVFAC EXWC will be sharing qualified abstract with other Federal Government activities  to seek sites and funding.  Technical and cost proposals submitted under BAA will be protected from unauthorized disclosure in accordance with FAR 3.104-4 and 15.207.
The cognizant Program Officer and other Government scientific experts will perform the evaluation of technical proposals.
6).  Eligibility notification will be sent to all contractors, who have submitted an abstract, after the Navy’s TEB has reviewed all abstracts submitted by an  INTERNAL PERIODIC CUT-OFF DATE.  The INTERNAL PERIOD CUT-OFF DATE may occur several times within the period from the BAA announcement to the closing date for receipt of abstracts.
7).  Awarded contracts containing scopes of work that require construction may require payment or performance bonds in accordance with FAR 52.228-15.
8).  For questions regarding this BAA, contact NAVFAC EXWC, 1100 23rd Ave., Port Hueneme, CA 93043or via this e-mail address navfac_exwc_PW_BAA@navy.mil.
9).
The contractor does not receive a notification of abstract receipt, the contractor should contact or e-mail NAVFAC EXWC by using the address or e-mail address provided above.   The abstract is not received by the Contracting Office.
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