The Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) is a funding mechanism utilized by the Department of Defense (DoD) for the procurement of basic and applied research by issuing topics for scientific study and experimentation, which are directed towards advancing the state-of-art, increasing knowledge, or understanding rather than focusing on a specific system or hardware solution.
During the course of the fiscal year, the DoD generally issues three pre-scheduled Joint SBIR and STTR BAAs/CSOs, through which participating components have an opportunity to publish topics that seek innovative solutions from small businesses, usually in response to National Security challenges.
The DoD Joint SBIR and STTR BAA process is generally made up of 3 periods:
Selections: Prior to the making of an award, a company may be selected for further consideration (a selectee). A list of selectees will be posted on the Navy SBIR web site and updated weekly as new selections are made. After the contract award process is complete, the Navy web site will list the winners, the contact information and the proposal abstract.
In addition to the three pre-scheduled BAA/CSO cycles, starting in FY22, the DoD released SBIR and STTR Annual BAAs with the purpose of allowing DoD Components the flexibility to release topics throughout the fiscal year. Topics released under the Annual BAAs will be published for at least 45 days prior to the deadline for proposal submission and will have its own corresponding pre-release, open and close dates as outlined in the release.
Additional information is available on the DoD SBIR web site at www.defensesbirsttr.mil/SBIR-STTR/Opportunities/