BROAD AGENCY ANNOUNCEMENT BAA-RVKV-2014-0001Air Force Research Laboratory/Space Vehicles Directorate
PROPOSAL CALL 004 ANNOUNCEMENT TO BAA-RVKV-2014-0001
BROAD AGENCY ANNOUNCEMENT TITLE: AFRL Space Vehicles Directorate, Battlespace Environment Surveillance Innovation Branch Research Interests - Kirtland
BROAD AGENCY ANNOUNCEMENT NUMBER: BAA-RVKV-2014-0001
PROPOSAL CALL ANNOUCEMENT (CALL) TITLE: Topic Area 4, Nuclear Explosion Monitoring
PROPOSAL CALL ANNOUNCEMENT (CALL) NUMBER: 004 (See Full Text Announcement BAA-RVKV-2014-0001 posted 9 April 2014)
TECHNICAL POINT OF CONTACT: The technical point of contact for this CALL is Dr. Frederick Schult, AFRL/RVBYE, Kirtland AFB, NM, Phone 505-846-6101, Email: Frederick.Schult@us.af.mil
CONTRACTING POINTS OF CONTACT FOR THIS CALL: The contracting points of contact for this CALL are: Contract Specialist: Ambros Montoya, Det 8 AFRL/RVKVB, Kirtland AFB, NM, Phone 505-853-4170, Email: Ambros.Montoya@us.af.mil or Contracting Officer: Mr. Francis M. Eggert, Det 8 AFRL/RVKVB, Kirtland AFB, NM, Phone 505-846-7603, Email: Francis.Eggert@us.af.mil .
This CALL is specifically requesting potential Offeror(s) to provide proposals on below topics.
Note! Each proposal must be submitted against a single Subtopic, even if that proposal partially addresses multiple topics. Offeror may submit multiple proposals to this call. Subtopics 4 A, B, C and F are of a higher programmatic priority, but we expect to fund efforts in most or all topics dependent on the technical quality of the proposals submitted.
Subtopic 4 A: Seismic Source Physics:
Proposals are sought to improve predictions of source generation of seismic signals, from all shallow source types, that may be used for discrimination and/or yield estimation. Physical understanding of the dependence of seismic source generation on explosion emplacement conditions (depth, scaled depth, decoupling, material properties, pre-stress, and local structure/topography), is of particular interest, especially for small shallow seismic events. Hypothesis tests of proposed mechanisms for anomalous waveform characteristics, e.g. larger surface waves than predicted for explosions, are of interest. Investigations intended to distinguish between feasible source mechanisms are strongly preferred over efforts to assess the feasibility of a single mechanism. Methods of determining depth to within 10s of meters for shallow and very shallow events are of particular interest. Partitioning of energy into P, S, and surface waves, and understanding of the higher frequencies that may be critical for local discrimination are of interest, as are methods that can discriminate chemical from nuclear explosions. Proposals may include one or multiple approaches, and may include analysis of existing nuclear and chemical explosion records, theoretical investigations, laboratory and/or field experiments, and numerical simulations.
Subtopic 4 B: Discrimination and Yield Estimation:
Proposals are sought to develop new local (200 km or less) discriminants that take advantage of the characteristics of small shallow events or of local propagation effects. Assessment of extensions of successful regional discriminants to local distances are of particular interest, including investigations of what conditions affect the performance at local distances. Of interest are rigorous assessments of local discriminant performance and uncertainty, and of the physical bases for their success or failure. New understanding of the properties of small seismic events and their seismic waveforms at local and regional (2,000 km or less) distances is of interest, as are improvements in the accuracy of existing discriminants and estimates of their uncertainty and development of new discriminants that have a firm physical and statistical basis. Of particular interest are methods for estimating yield of seismic events recorded at local distances with low uncertainty. At regional distances, there is an interest in improved event characterization of smaller events as well as improved understanding of uncertainties. Methods to improve the accuracy of source characterization by moment tensors and their uncertainties, and new understanding of their limitations are also of interest, especially for smaller events recorded at higher frequencies.
Subtopic 4 C: Attenuation and Full Waveform Earth Models:
Proposals are sought to improve the prediction of waveforms and amplitudes at local and regional distances. Of particular interest are: local/regional attenuation and scattering models, with emphasis on their ability to match observed amplitudes of Pn, Pg, Sn, and Lg phases, their codas, and surface waves; assessment of the extent and effects of censoring and application of appropriate methods to address censoring; new methods to parameterize models of signal loss and estimate their uncertainties; models that fit multiple datasets (e.g. body wave and surface wave amplitudes), if the potential to improve predictions that affect discrimination can be shown; and proposals that utilize full waveforms and finite-frequency methods as well as methods that account for 3D structural effects on amplitudes. In all cases, a robust estimate of uncertainty is an important consideration (confidence, resolution, and variance).
Subtopic 4 D: Velocity Earth Models:
Proposals are sought to develop advanced models of the Earth's velocity structure that will improve location capability. Of particular interest are: (1) P-wave velocity structure studies and studies of poorly calibrated regions within Eurasia; (2) new techniques for building models by fitting multiple datasets, especially of different types of data, if the potential to improve predictions that affect location can be shown; (3) techniques to estimate the uncertainty in geophysical models and assess the tradeoffs between different parameters of the models, as well as the uncertainty (confidence, resolution, and variance) in predicted observables, such as travel times; (4) new techniques for determining velocity structure in aseismic regions; (5) studies that compare different methods to show their strengths and weaknesses; and (6) models that can better predict structural effects on seismic amplitudes at 1 Hz and higher as well as travel times. Proposals that utilize full waveforms and finite-frequency methods are of interest. Techniques for accurately predicting P-wave travel times from surface wave based models are of interest.
Subtopic 4 E: Location and Discrimination Ground Truth:
There is interest in the collection of calibration events at a GT5 level (absolute location and depth errors less than 5 kilometers) or better in uncalibrated or very poorly calibrated areas. Studies that generate new discrimination calibration events, along with source geometry and other characterizing information are also sought. Accurate estimates of depth and origin time and their uncertainties are important elements for location calibration events. Improved techniques for event location using models and/or ground truth at local, regional or near-teleseismic distances, particularly methods that use more than a single type of data jointly are of interest. For multiple data type methods, the potential for improvement in location capability should be demonstrated. Robust estimation of uncertainty is an important consideration.Subtopic 4 F: Data Processing:
We seek new and innovative signal processing methods for data from local (less than 200 km) and regional (less than 2,000 km) distances that significantly lower the thresholds at which detection, location and identification functions can be performed at an acceptable false alarm rate. Extension of existing state-of-the art single station and array methods to networks to reduce detection, location and identification thresholds is of interest. Ways to increase the efficiency of the real-time automated process of constructing thousands of unique seismic events to low thresholds from millions of detections on hundreds of seismic sensors, combining local, regional, and teleseismic seismic signals are sought, as are ways to enable the incorporation of orders of magnitude larger seismic networks and seismic data streams, including rapidly changing networks. In particular, ways to reduce the computational burdens of global signal association for event construction for such systems are sought. Tuning studies, either of specific arrays or of techniques in general, are not sought.
ANTICIPATED FUNDING: The Government reserves the right to select for award to responsible offerors/Contractors any, all, part, or none of the proposals that are received in response to this CALL, subject to the availability of funds. All funding is subject to change due to government discretion and availability of funds.
PERIOD OF PERFORMANCE: The anticipated period of performance for individual awards for a specific Sub-topic resulting from this CALL is between 15 and 39 total months. The period of performance is to be proposed in the format "includes XX months for technical effort and 3 months for a Guaranteed Final Report preparation."
PROPOSAL DUE DATE AND TIME: The due date for proposals submitted in response to this CALL is no later than 12 Noon MDT 5 October 2016, (1) electronically by means of the US Army's Space and Missile Center's AMRDEC Secure Access File Exchange, (SAFE), followed thereafter with two (2) hard copies after submitting via AMRDEC by Fed Ex, UPS, or other means including the U.S. Mail. The receipt will be based upon the AMRDEC date received OR the U.S. Mail. Proposals for any other technology area identified in the baseline Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) will not be accepted at this time unless a CALL for proposals in that specific area is open. Proposals received after the due dates and times shall be governed by the provisions of FAR 52.215-1(c)(3).
CALL AMENDMENTS: Offerors should monitor FedBizOpps http://www.fbo.gov for any additional notices to this CALL that may permit extensions to the proposal submission date or otherwise modify this announcement.
ANTICIPATED TYPE OF CONTRACTS: The Air Force anticipates awarding either a Cost or Cost Plus Fixed Fee contract as a result of this CALL, but also reserves the right to award the instrument best suited to the nature of research proposed. A model contract will be provided to each apparent successful offeror for review and comment as part of the BAA solicitation and award process.
ANTICIPATED NUMBER OF AWARDS: The Air Force anticipates awarding one or more contracts. However, the Air Force does reserve the right to make multiple awards or no awards pursuant to this CALL. ANTICIPATED AWARD DATE: Depending upon the AFRL Program Office's and the Contracting Office's workload, training, and leave scheduled by the program and contracting personnel, and the number of anticipated awards from this CALL, the expected award dates are around the 2nd Quarter of Fiscal Year 2017
INTENT TO PROPOSE: Potential offerors are requested to advise the contracting point of contact if they intend to submit a proposal in response to this CALL. Such notification is merely a courtesy and is not a commitment by the offeror to submit a proposal.DELIVERABLES ITEMS:
1. Quarterly Status Report (A001 CDRL)2. Annual Technical Reports (A002 CDRL)3. Final Report (A003 CDRL)
OTHER RELEVANT INFORMATION:
1. Reference BAA-RVKV-2014-0001, Section IV, Eligibility Information, paragraph 3, concerning Federally Funded Research and Development Centers. NOTE! Non Air Force (AF) Federally Funded Research Development Research Centers (FFRDC) such as Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), Sandia National Laboratory (SNL), and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) may partner with proposers to this Broad Agency Announcement CALL provided the benefits of partnership are clearly stated and their efforts are included in the proposal but are technically and financially separable. The results and deliverables that will be achieved independently by the prime and their non-FFRDC partners must also be clearly stated. Furthermore, the offeror must specify and provide supporting rationale how the offeror envisions funding be transferred to the FFRDC for the proposed effort without Air Force involvement. The specified sponsor and funding mechanism must be identified (e.g., direct fund by the FFRDC's parent agency, subcontract to the prime, or other agency funding, through the "Work for Others" program of the Department of Energy (DOE)), and a clear description of how the Prime plans to coordinate with the FFRDC to accomplish their proposed efforts in order to support the sub-topic. Please note that funding of the non-FFRDC partners is subject to funds availability. Points of contact for the following FFRDCs are:
William Walter, LLNL, firstname.lastname@example.org (925) 423-8777Dale Anderson, LANL, email@example.com (505) 606-1960Neill Symons, SNL, firstname.lastname@example.org (505) 844-5782 James Hayes, PNNL, email@example.com (509) 375-1793
2. Program security classification for this CALL is UNCLASSIFIED.
3. Information is NOT expected to be ITAR restricted.
4. Government Furnished Property and Government Furnished Information are NOT expected to be provided.
5. Base Support: The Government is NOT expecting to be providing any base support for this effort.
6. Administrative Access to Proprietary Information: Administrative access to proprietary information may be necessary throughout completion of this effort. Service contracts contain a non-disclosure agreement that requires the service Contractors to protect the data and prohibits them from using the data for any purpose other than for which the data was presented. Offerors will be required to sign and submit the Representations and Certifications associated with this CALL; The Air Force Research Laboratory's Directed Energy (RD) and Space Vehicles (RV) Directorates have contracted for various business and staff support services, some of which require contractors to obtain administrative access to proprietary information submitted by other contractors. Administrative access is defined as "handling or having physical control over information for the sole purpose of accomplishing the administrative functions specified in this contract or order, which do not require the review, reading, or comprehension of the content of the information on the part of non-technical professionals assigned to accomplish the specified administrative tasks.
7. Cost Proposal Instructions: see Attachment #02.
8. FAR Representations and Certifications must be completed and submitted with the proposal per attachment #4
9. Organizational Conflict of Interest (OCI), FAR Subpart 9.5, and Team Arrangements, FAR Subpart 9.6: All offerors shall provide a written statement whether or not OCI and or Team Arrangements applies when submitting a proposal; otherwise, the offerors' proposal shall be considered "NON-RESPONSIVE" to this CALL solicitation. If the offerors states that OCI and or Team Arrangement applies, then the offeror shall submit a Mitigation Plan (for OCI) with their proposal in accordance with FAR 9.505, General rules. All items within FAR Subpart 9.5 and Subpart 9.6 apply. OCI or Team Arrangements may apply to this action but cannot be determined prior to issuance of this announcement. This issue and the need for applicable clauses will be resolved prior to the award of any instrument resulting from an offeror's proposal.
10. Employment Eligibility Verification: As prescribed by FAR 22.1803, FAR Clause 52.222-54, "Employment Eligibility Verification (Oct 2015)," is hereby incorporated by reference in this CALL. Any contract awarded as a result of this BAA that is above the Simplified Acquisition Threshold, and contains a period of performance greater than 120 days, shall include this clause. This clause requires contractors to enroll as a Federal Contractor in the E-Verify program within 30 days after contract award.
11. Small Business (SB) Requirements and Subcontracting Plans and Goals. All offerors shall submit SB Subcontracting Plans per the FULL TEXT, paragraph IX, Other Information, subparagraph 9, for Subcontracting Plan requirements per the
APPLICABILITY OF BASELINE BAA: All requirements of BAA-RVKV-2014-0001 apply unless specifically amended and addressed in this CALL. Any discrepancies shall be brought to the contracting officer's attention immediately in writing. For complete information regarding BAA-RVKV-2014-0001, refer to the initial BAA (Original posted to FEDBIZOPPS on 9 April 2014 and 18 August 2016 and any revisions, updates or amendments. https://www.fbo.gov/spg/USAF/AFMC/AFRLPLSVD/BAA-RVKV-2014-0001/listing.html. It contains information applicable to all CALLs issued under the BAA and provides information on the overall program, proposal preparation and submission requirements, proposal review and evaluation criteria, award administration, agency contacts, etc. Direct questions to the "Contracting Points of Contact" identified on page 1.
PROPOSAL/APPLICATION AND SUBMISSION INFORMATION:(1) Proposal Instructions: Please prepare your cost proposal in accordance with (IAW) Attachment #02 Please submit a Management (Business), Technical, and Cost Proposals IAW instructions provided in paragraph VI, Proposal & Application and Submission Information of the Baseline BAA-RVKV-2014-0001 on Fed Biz Ops. Proposals may be submitted by Not Later Than 12 Noon MDT 5 October 2016 by:
a. Electronically by means of the US Army's Space and Missile Center's AMRDEC Secure Access File Exchange, (SAFE) utility at https://safe.amrdec.army.mil/safe/. It is the proposer's responsibility to upload the complete proposal via this site with sufficient time to verify the safe arrival. Acknowledgement will be made by an email receipt from the contracting office or their representative. NOTE! See the attached instructions for submitting your proposals electronically. Also, note, that these proposals stay inside of the SAFE utility for a limited time.
AND, FOLLOWED BY HARD COPIES, PER PARAGRAPH b BELOW:
b. By sending two (2) hardcopies of the proposal with an Electronic copy of the proposal on either a compact disk (CD-R) or a DVD which shall be in a standard format such as PDF, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel or other Microsoft Office compatible documents. Send the cost proposal to the following address:
AFRL/RVKVB (General Mail Room)Attn: Contracting Officer or Specialist3550 Aberdeen Ave., SE (Bldg 570)Kirtland AFB, NM 87117-5776
Proposal will be accepted up to noon on the 5 October 2016. Please note, allow enough time to mail handler's to get through security and receive documents by the required due date and time. Currently the US Mail has been delayed 1-3 days due to staffing, we highly recommend using FedEx, UPS or other expeditious means. Also, it is the Offeror's responsibility to ensure that their proposal's arrive by the due date and time.
(2) Proposal Preparation Requirements: Note! Each proposal must be submitted under a subtopic, even if that proposal partially addresses multiple topics.
Other Proposal Preparation Factors
The following Other Proposal Preparation is offered as a recommended format for evaluation needs. This section addresses other considerations and requirements or further explains proposal requirements.
(1) Eligibility Requirements: Proposals must be: 1) signed by an individual who is authorized to commit the Proposing Organization; and 2) must commit the offeror Organization to comply with the terms and conditions of the award, if awarded. (Principal Investigators are not generally authorized to act for their institutions), in addition to the Eligibility Information found in the Full Text BAA-RVKV-2014-0001, Section IV, items 1 through 6.
(2) Proprietary Proposal Information: Note! The data bearing restrictions may be subject to release under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), if the funding agencies or a court determines that the material so marked is not exempt under the FOIA. The Government assumes no liability for disclosure or use of unmarked data and may use or disclose such data for any purpose. The offeror may request that proprietary information not be disclosed to non-Government reviewers. Such information should be clearly marked and separable, so that the information may be removed prior to submitting the proposal for review.
Attachment # 1: Attachment 1 - Data Assertions Call 004Attachment # 2: Attachment 2 - Cost Proposal Instructions Call 004Attachment # 3: Attachment 3 - CDRLs Call 004Attachment # 4: Attachment 4 - Representations and Certifications (Section K)Attachment # 5: Attachment 5 - AMRDEC Instructions for Call 004