AIM Micro Sensors Assessment Event (AE)

18-19 January 2023

Submissions Closed 27 November 2022 11:59 PM ET


SOFWERX, in collaboration with the USSOCOM, U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command Chemical Biological Center (DEVCOM CBC), the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA), and the Accelerator for Innovative Minds (AIM), will host a series of events leveraging their hybrid accelerator model to identify Micro Sensor technologies available now, under development, or anticipated to be developed in the Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction (CWMD) and Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, and Explosives (CBRNE) areas. These events will provide opportunities for direct dialogue with Industry, Academia, Warfighters, and Government Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) to lower the barrier to working with the DoD and accelerate disruptive technologies and processing to the field.

AIM is a collaborative initiative led by DoD in the CWMD and CBRNE space. The goal of AIM is to demonstrate an enduring Hybrid Accelerator model in coordination with Industry, non-traditional partners, and SMEs to develop technology, build networks/relationships, and develop processes targeting specific Warfighter problem spaces as identified by AIM government collaborators. AIM requests information from Industry, Academia, Laboratories, and non-traditional partners on approaches, products, and/or services to support CWMD technology requirements. Once these are reviewed, the collaborative DoD group intends to align transition pathways across the full technology maturation spectrum.

The Chemical and Biological Defense Program’s vision through AIM is to identify capabilities which provide insight of chemical and biological (CB) contested environments. The objective is to place low size, weight, and power (SWaP), readily deployable, non-recoverable CB sensing capabilities in strategically important areas in the maneuver space. For additional details, see the link to the problem statements below.

Why You Should Participate
USSOCOM seeks to enter into non-FAR or FAR-based agreements with Industry, Academic, and National Lab partners whose solutions are favorably evaluated by AIM Subject Matter Experts. As such, the follow-on Assessment Event (AE) is considered competitive and solutions will be evaluated independently of one another primarily for technical merit. This serves dually as notification of the intent to research the feasibility of an agreement under 10 U.S. Code, Section 4022 and/or Section 4022(f), and as notice of pre-solicitation activities IAW FAR 5.204.

Event Timeline
Completed Phase 1 – 11 May 2022 Government Only Collaboration Event (CE): Confirmed Government partners will identify current limitations and ideate ways to overcome limiting factors. Problem statement(s) will be developed to frame micro sensor needs. Outcomes from the Government Only Collaboration Event will shape the Industry, Academia, and Laboratory Collaboration Event on 29 June. Request to attend NLT 06 May. Confirmed attendees will be notified o/a 05 May. This event will take place in-person at SOFWERX in Tampa, FL.

Tentative Agenda
All times listed in ET
0800 – 0815: Participants arrive at SOFWERX
0815 – 0820: SOFWERX Welcome
0820 – 0830: Stakeholder Overview & Problem Set
0830 – 0930: Current Limitations Breakout
0930 – 0945: Break
0945 – 1045: Ways to Overcome Limitations Breakout
1045 – 1100: Large Group Huddle
1100 – 1200: Lunch (on your own)
1200 – 1430: Problem Statement Development
1430 – 1445: Break
1445 – 1545: Problem Statement Briefs
1545 – 1630: Voting
1630 – 1700: Path Forward

*Agenda is subject to change

Completed Phase 2 – 30 August 2022 Industry, Academia, and Laboratory Collaboration Event (CE): SOFWERX will host the Collaboration Event (CE) with Industry, Academic, and Laboratory partners focused on Micro Sensor needs. During this event, Warfighters will interact and inform Industry, Academic, and Laboratory partners to further understand operational needs. Participation in this event is not mandatory, however, it is designed to provide insights to ensure potential offerors understand the problem set fully and to increase the likelihood of matching their technologies with Warfighter needs. This CE is also an opportunity for attendees to meet and form partnerships that may provide a more comprehensive solution. If you do not wish to participate in the CE, you are free to submit your technology o/a 06 September for the AE. Request to attend the CE below, NLT 16 August.

30 August Tentative Agenda 
All times listed in ET 
0900-0930: Attendees Check-In
0945-1000: SOFWERX Welcome Remarks  
1000-1015: Stakeholder Remarks  
1015-1200: Problem Statement Round Robin  
1200-1330: Lunch (On Your Own)  
1330-1400: Large Group Q&A 
1400-1430: Networking
1430-1445: Technologies, Techniques, and POCs Submissions
1445-1500: Wrap-Up and Follow-On Event Schedules/Q&A
1500: Optional SOFWERX 101 & Tour 

*Agenda is subject to change 

This event will take place in person at SOFWERX.

Completed Phase 3 21 October 2022 to 27 November 2022 Submissions to the Assessment Event (AE) Open: Interested respondents who could potentially provide solutions that meet the needs of USSOCOM are encouraged to submit their capability for USSOCOM review. To submit your technology for potential Phase 5 attendance, please review the assessment criteria and follow the submission instructions at the bottom of the webpage.

Completed Phase 3a 10 November 2022 Q&A Telecon: Interested offerors may participate in a virtual Q&A session to better understand the PM’s specific technology objectives. The virtual telecon will take place on 10 November from 3:00–4:00 PM ET.

Completed Phase 4 – 28 November 2022 to 07 December 2022 Downselect: USSOCOM will downselect those respondents/submissions they feel have the highest potential to satisfy their technology needs. Favorably evaluated submissions will receive an invitation to attend the AE o/a 08 December.

Completed Phase 5 – 18 January 2023 to 19 January 2023 Assessment Event (AE): During the AE, selected participants will be allotted a one-on-one session with the USSOCOM evaluation panel to pitch, demonstrate, and/or discuss their solutions. The forum will include a Q&A portion and discussions may continue outside of the event. Solution brief presentation guidelines will be outlined in the event invitation and solutions will be assessed according to the criteria in the link provided below. If the USSOCOM evaluation panel favorably evaluates a solution brief, negotiations for Phase 6 may immediately begin.

This event will be held in person at SOFWERX.

Phase 6 Path Forward: Successfully negotiated awards may fall under any combination of these categories:

  • Business to business research and development agreement as a sub-award through the SOFWERX Partnership Intermediary Agreement (PIA) (15 U.S. Code Section 3715)
  • OTA for research or prototype projects (10 U.S. Code Sections 4021, 4022)
    • An award under 10 U. S. Code, Section 4022 may result in the further award of a follow-on production agreement without additional competition based on successful prototype completion. The Government may make this follow-on production award even if all successful prototype criteria are not fully met during the prototype project.
  • Procurement for experimental purposes (10 U.S. Code Section 4023)
  • Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (15 U.S. Code Section 3710a)
  • Prizes for advanced technology achievements (10 U. S. Code Section 4025) and/or prize competitions (15 U.S. Code 3719)
  • FAR-based procurement contract 

NOTE: Awardees may need to be compliant with NIST SP 800-171, Protecting Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI) in Non-Federal Systems and Organizations

How You Can Participate
Government, Industry, Academia, and National Labs

    1. Review the Problem Statements and Assessment Criteria: Click Here to View
      • Note: This is an inquiry of current Industry technologies and, in order to illicit a wide array of Industry participation, the Government has chosen not to provide discrete parameters at this time.
    2. Review the Stakeholder Brief Slides from Collaboration Event: Click Here to Download
    3. Review the Operational Context Scenarios: Click Here to Download
    4. Review FAQs Sheet: Click Here to Download
    5. Review the White Paper Template: Click Here to Download
    6. Review the Quad Chart Template: Click Here to Download
    7. Review the Q&A Telecon Transcript: Click Here to Download
    8. Submit to the Assessment Event (AE): Submissions closed 27 November 11:59 PM ET

For event-related questions, please contact Claire Hawley,