In order to do business with USAMRAA access one of the sites listed below.
Opportunities solicited through Broad Agency Announcements (BAAs), Request for Proposals (RFPs) and Request for Quotes (RFQs) can be found on FedBizOpps. When conducting a search be sure to use USAMRAA DODAAC- W81XWH.
Solicitations for contract actions expected to exceed $15,000 but not expected to exceed $25,000 are issued on FedBizOpps.
Broad Agency Announcements (BAAs) and Program Announcements (PAs) can be found on Grants.gov. For a complete listing of Assistance Agreement Funding Opportunities, please see Grants.gov and perform a search using CFDA# 12.420.
Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR)
Army SBIR Program Website
The DoD SBIR/STTR Programs provide a venue through which high-risk research initiatives may be pursued without compromising the core research program. The goal of the dual-use SBIR program is to help meet government research and development objectives and to develop technologies, products, and services which can then commercialize through sales in the private sector or back to the government.
The SBIR/STTR Program conducts a project, if successful, through three phases. Proposals submitted in response to the Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) topics are competitively selected for Phase I awards. Note that Phase I is the entry point to the program; it cannot be bypassed. Phase I proposals must respond to a specific topic in the BAA; the SBIR/STTR Program does not accept unsolicited proposals.
SBIR Program - established in 1982 to increase the participation of small businesses in federal research and development. To be eligible for SBIR opportunities, companies must be based in the U.S. and be at least 50% owned and controlled by U.S. individuals. Three- Phase Process: (1) Phase I - company proves feasibility of its concept within a six-month ($162,500 for DHA and $108,000 for Army) effort. The Army Program features an option, for up to $54,500, which may be exercised for Phase II awardees. (2) Phase II - is a substantial R&D effort, spanning two years, and is intended to result in a dual-use prototype product or service meeting the requirements of the original topic and which can be made commercially viable (have a maximum dollar amount of $1,075,000.) Successful Phase II projects may also be awarded the opportunity to receive up to $537,500 for a matched Phase II Enhancement. Additionally, companies may be eligible to propose for a Sequential/Second Phase II upon further advancement of their project. (3) Phase III - the successful company markets the products or services developed in Phase II, either to the government or in the commercial sector. No SBIR funds can be used in Phase III.
SBIR Program - mandated by the Small Business Research and Development Enhancement Act of 1992, PL102-564. The STTR Program was established as a companion program to the SBIR Program, and is executed in essentially the same manner; however, there are distinct differences. While STTR has the same objectives as SBIR regarding the involvement of small businesses in federal R&D and the commercialization of their innovative technologies, the STTR Program requires participation by universities, federally funded research and development centers (FFRDCs), and other non-profit research institutions. Three-Phase Process: (1) Phase I - contracts are limited to a maximum of $162,500 over a period not to exceed six months. (2) Phase II - two-year efforts for up to a maximum dollar amount of $1,075,000. (3) Phase III - goal of every STTR effort, and represents the commercialization phase of the program.
DoD SBIR/STTR Website
DoD SBIR/STTR Small Business Portal
SBA's Official SBIR/STTR Website
USAMRDC New Products and Ideas MRDC-NPI
The NPI provides the vendor an opportunity to showcase their product or idea without needing to travel to Fort Detrick and without giving anyone an unfair competitive advantage.
OTA and MTEC
USAMRDC has awarded an Other Transaction Agreement (OTA) to the Medical Technology Enterprise Consortium (MTEC). The OTA is a flexible procurement instrument which provides an "enterprise partnership" between the Government and a Consortium of technology developers/providers in a specific medical research and development domain. It is designed to facilitate mutually beneficial collaborative research and development activities for medical prototype development between the Government and industry/academia with the intention of attracting nontraditional defense contractors.
How does the Other Transaction - Consortium Model differ from FAR-based acquisition processes?
The Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) maintains an arms-length relationship between Government and Industry; the consortia model allows for Government and Industry to work more as partners in advancing technologies of mutual interest. With Other Transactions (OT) for prototypes, the following do not apply: Competition in Contracting Act; Bayh-Dole and Rights in Technical Data; Contract Disputes Act; Procurement Protest System; FAR; DFARS; Department of Defense Grants and Agreements Regulations (DODGARS); and others.
What are the benefits of using the Other Transaction - Consortium Model?Unique Acquisition Process:
Competitive yet Flexible: Consortium membership is open to all organizations having capabilities in the technology domain. Research projects are awarded competitively. Awards can be made only to members of the consortium. When used, white paper process enables DoD to provide feedback to industry prior to full proposal submission.
Basket Provision: If funding is not available at the time of source selection decision, DoD has the option of placing a source-selection-approved proposal in a “basket” and funding it one to two years later should funds subsequently become available.
Single Point Contracting: MTEC’s Consortium Manager facilitates and manages DoD’s financial and contractual engagement with all members of the consortium, including conducting proposal cost analyses and executing research project agreements with awardees.
Open Dialogue with Contractors: The model permits the Government to continue open dialogue with consortium members until the full proposals are submitted. This extended period of authorized collaboration enhances understanding and refinement of requirements, which in turn improves the fidelity of proposals. MTEC also hosts periodic Membership meetings where military and commercial medical needs are discussed along with funding and partnering opportunities.
Open membership policies that provide low barriers to entry enhance the Government’s ability to access a broad range of potential solution providers, including small businesses and non-traditional contractors who find it difficult to do business with the Government under the restrictions imposed by FAR-based contracting.
Governing statutes for OT for prototypes provide financial incentives for traditional defense contracting companies to partner with non-traditional contractors who contribute significantly to the prototyping effort (avoids the requirement for traditional defense contractors to pay 1/3 cost share if performing alone or without significant contribution by a partnering non-traditional contractor).
Improved Strategic Planning
Anti-trust protections facilitate Government and Consortium member collaboration in developing technology roadmaps and strategic investment plans against which subsequent investments can be made.
Permits streamlined contracting such as lifecycle acquisitions through expedited transition from competitive prototype development into a follow-on non-competitive production contract.
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