Upcoming Rapid Innovation Fund Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) Solicitation

The FY16 NDAA extended the Rapid Innovation Fund program by eight years (FY16 through FY23).  And the FY16 appropriations bill funded RIF at $250M for this next cycle.   The corresponding BAA is anticipated to be released on March 1st.  The full BAA schedule is at http://www.defenseinnovationmarketplace.mil/rif.html.  Government TPOCs can talk openly now; communications become restricted upon BAA release.  Historically, about 2/3 of DoN RIF awards go to fund projects which derive from the SBIR program.  The program is quite competitive: about 4% of white papers submitted get funded.  Companies may want to review the FY15 BAA (DoN topics on pages 38-54) now as many of the topics represent persistent DoN needs.  This National Defense Magazine article has more advice.

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