THE INTENT OF THIS BROAD AGENCY ANNOUNCEMENT IS
TO ESTABLISH GOVERNMENT-UNIVERSITY COOPERATIVE AGREEMENTS IN SUPPORT OF BASIC AND APPLIED RESEARCH FOR THE NAVAL AIR SYSTEMS COMMAND
BAA CLOSING DATE: 07/01/2016
The Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) is soliciting white papers from universities, colleges, and educational research institutes to establish Cooperative Agreements (CAs) to collaborate on and support a broad range of research areas for advances in Science and Technology (S&T) of revolutionary capabilities for U.S. Naval forces to mature and transition in S&T. The purpose is to improve U.S. Naval capabilities, respond to current critical needs, and maintain broad technology investments to anticipate and counter potential technology surprises. To support this mission, the white paper must provide S&T solutions that will enable the future force while simultaneously seizing opportunities to enhance current readiness. White papers must also discuss the potential commercial applications of the proposed development and its impact on the market.
NAVAIR S&T challenges are broad and inherently multidisciplinary in nature. S&T core capabilities being developed at NAVAIR include but are not limited to structures, avionics, materials science, aerodynamics, navigation, sensors, human factors, propulsion, and power.
The purpose of this Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) is to establish an agreement between NAVAIR and universities, colleges, or other educational research institutes to advance basic and applied research in support of Naval Aviation. Agreement holders may work on a broad range of research projects in close cooperation with NAVAIR subject matter experts (SMEs) to interact with and provide support to Naval Aviation S&T areas that have the potential to serve a public purpose. By establishing these collaborative agreements, the overall ability to conduct research needed to solve current and future technological challenges pertinent to Naval Aviation will be addressed. The work to be performed shall be in direct support of NAVAIR. Activities shall include but are not limited to:
• Conducting research in current and emerging technologies. NAVAIR's S&T philosophy spans the continuum from science to product.
• Teaming with academia and DoD agencies to find the most appropriate solution to current and future war fighter requirements.
• Promoting technology transfer using NAVAIR facilities including operational aircraft test beds.
• Providing technical assistance and training associated with different types, models, and series of aircrafts.
• Providing SMEs in the aviation specific area of expertise.
• Providing research and development for projects in the areas of planning, design, development, construction, and training of fixed and rotary wing aircraft.
• Conducting short courses and seminars to address unique topics and issues in research and development as determined by NAVAIR SMEs for current and future aircrafts.
• Providing and participating in summer internships and sabbaticals for professors and senior students.
3. AREAS OF INTEREST
NAVAIR has spent considerable time identifying and defining critical areas of research referred to as the core capabilities within departments of the Research & Engineering, Test & Evaluation, and Logistics competencies. Specific core areas of research addressed by this BAA include but are not limited to the following:
a) Air Vehicles:
• Advanced Airframe Materials & Structures
• Corrosion Prevention & Control
• Air Vehicle Aerodynamics & Flight Controls
• Shipboard Interaction
• Advanced Modeling & Simulation
• Life Management of Naval Airframes/Subsystems
• Thermal Management, Fire & Ice Protection
• Hydraulics, Pneumatics & Landing Gear Systems
• Fuel Containment/Aerial Refueling
• Mechanical Systems
b) Propulsion and Power:
• Advanced Cycle Propulsion Systems
• State Based Management of Dynamic Components
• Highly Integrated Control System
• Low Observable Signature Technologies (Noise, Radar, Infra-Red)
• Emissions and Pollution Control
• High Speed Aerodynamics
• High Power Density Electrical Systems
• Sensor/Data Fusion
• Electronic Warfare/Airborne Electronic Attack
• Fiber Optics/Networking
• Acoustics Sensors
• Radar & Antenna Systems
• Electro Optical/Special Mission Sensors
• Information Assurance
• Maritime Domain Awareness
d) Human Systems:
• Command & Control
• Human, Social, Behavioral, Cultural Modeling
• Human Performance Assessment & Modeling
• Interactive Experimentation
• Protection, Performance & Survivability
• Virtual Environments & Simulation
e) Weapons and Energetics:
• Energetic Materials & Energetics Systems
• Weapon Airframe Engineering
• Weapon Guidance and Control
• Weapon Systems Engineering
f) Support Equipment (SE) and Aircraft Launch and Recovery Equipment (ALRE):
• Diagnostics of Avionics
• Networks, Information Systems & Intelligent Agents
• Controls, Sensors & Instrumentation, Prognostics & Health Monitoring
• Cameras, Displays, Optics
g) Warfare Analysis:
• Engagement/Mission/Campaign Analyses
• Operational Suitability/Effectiveness Analyses
• Weapon System Performance Analyses
• Aircraft Suitability Utility Analyses Science and Technology (S&T) Gap Analyses
h) Research and Intelligence:
• Materials Research
• Image and Signal Processing
• Employment of Unmanned Systems
• Optics Research and Fabrication
• Chemical Detection
i) Test, Evaluation and Engineering:
• Systems Evaluation, Experimentation & Test
• Air Vehicle Testing
• Shore Based and Shipboard Precision Approach and Landing System (PALS) Certification
• Stores Compatibility Testing
• Mission Systems Testing
• Weapons Testing
• Air Vehicle Modification & Instrumentation Testing
• Survivability Flight Test
• Time Space Position Information (TPSI)
• Mission Systems Flight Test
• Weapon Effectiveness Testing
• Aero-Mechanical Flight Test
• Threat/Target Systems
• Target Engineering
• Target Airborne Threat Simulation
• Target Combat Environment Testing
• Seaborne Targets
• Integrated Battle-Space Simulation & Test
• Physical and Simulated Environments for Platform, System of System (SoS), and Family of System (FoS) Test and Evaluation
• Generation of Threat Simulations/Signals for Installed System Testing
• Weapons and Aircraft Systems Hardware-in-the-Loop Testing
• Interoperability Evaluations for Communications Signals/Data
• Aircraft Flight Simulation and Stimulation T&E
• Electromagnetic Environment Effects (E3) T&E
• Ground Radar Cross Section (RCS) Measurement and Analysis
j) Simulation and Modeling:
• Weapons Training Systems
• Low-cost Photo Texture/Databases
• Virtual Environment Training Technology
• Tactical Decision-Making under Stress
• Parallel Computing as applied to Simulation and Modeling
4. PROPOSAL SUBMISSION
Proposal submissions shall follow a two-phased approach. The first phase shall consist of submission of a technical white paper, discussed below. Phase II, submission of full proposals, is by invitation only. No further Request for Information (RFI), solicitation, or other announcement of this opportunity will be made. White papers may be submitted at any time up to the closing date of the BAA. Offerors may submit white papers within one or more of the areas of interest listed in previous paragraphs.
4.1 PHASE I - PROPOSAL ABSTRACTS
Offerors shall submit a technical white paper, not to exceed five pages. The white paper shall address one or more of the areas identified above. White papers will be evaluated quarterly. All proprietary portions of the white paper shall be clearly identified and will be treated with the strictest confidence. The white paper shall include:
• the need for the proposed research, interactions, joint research, sabbaticals, etc.;
• how Naval Aviation / the Warfighter will benefit (including commercial applications if applicable);
• technology challenges that must be overcome;
• brief description of the technical approach and facilities involved;
• annual cost estimate if applicable; and
• anticipated sharing arrangement between the Government and submitting organization (facilities, equipment, people, etc.).
Submission of a proposal shall constitute consent to disclose proprietary information to all Government source selection participants.
The cover sheet for the white paper shall identify:
1. BAA Number;
2. University, College, or Educational Research Institute Name;
3. Other Team Members and type of business for each;
4. Technical Points of Contact (including phone, fax, and e-mail information) at the University, College, or Educational Research Institute;
5. Administrative Point of Contact (including phone, fax, and e-mail information) University, College, or Educational Research Institute; and
6. One paragraph that summarizes the relationship of the proposal to the BAA.
Overview of the Proposed Work / Interactions shall include:
• A summary of proposed concepts;
• an estimated timeframe for completion of project;
• a brief description of the facilities involved;
• a brief resume of the principle investigator(s);
• a rough order of cost magnitude; and,
• the anticipated sharing arrangement (if applicable).
Phase I White papers shall be submitted electronically. Phase I white papers submitted in response to this announcement will be reviewed by NAVAIR's Science and Technology community. Only Offerors' who's Phase I - White Papers that are of interest to the Government and considered capable of meeting Program requirements will be requested to submit a Phase II - Full Proposal.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR PROSPECTIVE AGREEMENT HOLDERS:
Current registration in the DoD's System for Award Management (SAM) database is a prerequisite for receiving an award resulting from this BAA. For more information, please contact the Federal Service Desk at 1-866-606-8220 or go to the SAM website at: https://www.sam.gov/portal/SAM/.
The National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2001 (Public Law 106-398) required Contractors to submit invoices electronically, and the Department of Defense (DoD) to process electronically, requests for payment under DoD contracts. Wide Area Workflow (WAWF) is a Web-based application that allows DoD Vendors to submit and track their invoices, receipts and acceptance documents electronically. Offerors shall submit payment requests and receiving reports using WAWF. For more information, please contact the WAWF Help Desk at 1-800-756-4571, option 6 or go to the WAWF Information website at: http://www.dfas.mil/ecommerce/wawf/info.html
4.2 PHASE II - FULL PROPOSAL
4.2.1 General Information
Request and/or submission of a full proposal does not constitute an agreement and does not guarantee award selection. Offerors will not be reimbursed for bid and proposal costs.
Proposals shall be submitted with an original signature of an authorizing official to firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com. Proposal submission is not restricted in any way to any particular entity. Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Minority Institutions, Tribal Colleges and Universities are encouraged to participate. The NAICS Code for this BAA is 541712.
Submit Phase II Full Proposals electronically in two (2) volumes: Volume I Technical and Volume II Cost.
(1) VOLUME I - TECHNICAL PROPOSALS shall not exceed thirty (30) pages and shall include the following three sections:
1) Section 1 - Executive Summary: Provide a brief technical and business summary of the contents of the proposal. The technical summary shall address the proposal's technical goals, approach, interactions, and expected results. The business summary shall address business and/or commercial applications of the proposal technology.
2) Section 2 - Technical Issues: Provide a detailed narrative of the proposed technical approach, objectives, staffing, and resources relating to the development of the proposed technology for military and commercial (if applicable) use. Additionally, the following areas shall be addressed:
• Discuss specifically the technical objectives of this proposed effort;
• Provide a Statement of Work (SOW) that discusses the specific tasks to be accomplished, tied to the specific approach, and goals of the project;
• Provide resumes for Principle Investigator(s) and other key research personnel;
• Describe the current and planned facilities and equipment to accomplish the research objectives; and
• Provide a narrative of your past performance on similar efforts including initial office set-up.
The Statement of Work shall not be marked as proprietary as the SOW will be utilized in the resultant agreement/order.
3) Section 3 - Business Issues: Discuss the business issues relating to the commercial applications of the proposed development and its impact on the market and detail benefits to the Department of Defense (DoD), if applicable.
(2) VOLUME II - COST/FUNDING PROPOSAL. Cost/funding proposals are not restricted in length and have no specific page layout requirements, but should address funding by periods of performance. Formal work breakdown structures (WBS) and certified cost or pricing data are neither required nor desired. However, NAVAIR reserves the right to request this information. Organize the Cost/Funding proposals to include four (4) sections in the following order:
Section 1 - Total Project Cost: Provide a summary spreadsheet outlining the total cost by project, including labor, material, and travel for each project proposed and a total cost for the entire proposal. In addition, provide a detailed breakdown of costs of the project. Costs shall be broken down for each task appearing in the Statement of Work (SOW) and shall include all of the proposed costs to the Government and cost shared by the offeror. Present the following information for each phase of the effort:
• Total cost of the particular project phase;
• Total offeror cost share;
• Funding requested from the Government; and
• Elements of cost (labor, direct materials, travel, other direct costs, equipment, software, patents, royalties, indirect costs, escalation, and cost of money).
Sufficient information shall be provided in supporting documents to allow the Government to evaluate the reasonableness of these proposed costs, including salaries, overhead, equipment purchases, fair market rental value of leased items, and the method used for making such valuations. Documents shall include the most recent ONR Rate Negotiation Agreement and/or DCAA Forward Pricing Rate Agreements, payroll verification, three years of historical actual indirect rates, and invoices or quotes for material purchases. Profit shall not be proposed in accordance with DODGARS 34.18 "Fee and Profit".
Section 2 - Cost Sharing and In-Kind Contributions: This section shall include: (i) the sources of cash and amounts to be used for matching requirements; (ii) the specific in-kind contributions proposed, their value in monetary terms, and the methods by which their values were derived; and (iii) evidence of the existence of adequate cash or commitments to provide sufficient cash in the future. Affirmative, signed statements are required from outside sources of cash. Provide sufficient information regarding the sources of the offeror's cost share so that a determination may be made by the Government regarding the availability, timeliness, and control of these resources. For example: How will the funds and resources be applied to advance the progress of the proposed effort? What is the role of any proposed in-kind contribution?
Section 3 - Cost to the Government: This section shall specify the total costs proposed to be borne by the Government and any technical or other assistance including equipment, facilities, and personnel of Federal laboratories, if any, required to support these activities. The cost to the Government should be that portion of the proposed effort, which is not covered, by the contractor's portion of the cost share. The costs incurred and work performed by any DoD or national laboratory "partnering" with the offeror under the proposal shall normally be considered costs of the Government and not costs of the offeror for purposes of the cost-sharing requirement. Present sufficient information regarding the resources to be provided by the Government so that an evaluation of their availability, timeliness, and control may be made.
Section 4 - Off-Budget Supporting Resources: This section shall show cash or in-kind resources which will support the proposed activity but which are not intended to be included in the total project cost. Items in this category do not count as cost share or as Federal funds, which must be matched. Examples of items to place in this category include commitments of cash or in-kind resources from other Federal sources, such as national laboratories, and projections of fee-based income where there is substantial uncertainty about the level which will actually be collected and where the income is not needed to meet cost-share requirements.
5. EVALUATION CRITERIA
The Government will evaluate proposals responsive to any or all of the areas of interest discussed herein. Proposals will not be evaluated against each other.
5.1 EVALUATION CRITERIA
The primary evaluation criteria are:
a) Scientific and technical merits of the proposed research to include, (1) the degree to which the proposed research and development objectives support the targeted technical topic and (2) validity of the technical basis for the approach offered.
b) The offeror's capabilities, related experience, past performance on similar efforts, research investigators/personnel, facilities, techniques, or unique combination of these, which are integral factors for achieving the proposal objectives.
c) The realism and reasonableness of cost, including proposed cost sharing.
NAVAIR intends to award Cooperative Agreements, however, NAVAIR will consider various types of acquisition vehicles including but not limited to traditional FAR/DFARS type contracts or other non-procurement agreements. NAVAIR is planning to make one or more awards within the overall objectives stated in this BAA. All awards will be based on the individual merit of the proposal. The Government reserves the right to select all, some, or none of the proposals received in response to this announcement. Any awards are subject to the availability of appropriations. There is no commitment by the Navy to be responsible for any monies expended by the offeror before award of a contract/agreement. For awards made as contracts, the socio-economic merits of each proposal will be evaluated based on the commitment to provide meaningful subcontracting opportunities with small business programs. These efforts shall be conducted primarily at the agreement holder's site but NAVAIR facilities may also be available and/or used depending on project needs. Access and use of NAVAIR facilities will require security clearances and US citizenship.
NOTE: Typically, research findings result in the need for additional services/supplies, which are not possible to anticipate or project. Modifications to the agreement may be executed to satisfy these requirements; thereby providing for flexibility in technology assessment (with technology transition the ultimate goal). In the event that this is required, it shall be considered to be within the scope of this BAA and the resulting agreement, and therefore will have met the requirements of the Department of Defense Grant and Agreement Regulations (DODGARS).
Contracting Office Address:
Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division
22299 Exploration Drive, Suite 301
Lexington Park, MD 20653-2058
Place of Performance:
Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division
Patuxent River, Maryland 20670
Primary Points of Contact: