USSOCOM PEO-Maritime Undersea (PEO-M)

Fault-Tolerant Battery Technology

Assessment Event (AE)

07-09 February 2023

Submit NLT 16 December 2022 11:59 PM ET
U.S. Citizens Only

 

Purpose
SOFWERX, in collaboration with USSOCOM Program Executive Office-Maritime Undersea (PEO-M), will host an Assessment Event (AE) to identify solutions for submersible vehicle programs fault-tolerant battery technology. In June 2021, SOFWERX hosted a Virtual Collaboration Event (CE) to (1) promote specific areas of interest, (2) encourage an early exchange of information, and (3) provide an opportunity for both Government and Industry to gather more information prior to the release of a formal solicitation. With valuable information learned from that event, PEO-M is seeking proposals that define system level solutions for the Main Battery system for the PEO-M Program Office needs.

Objective
The objective of PEO-M for this AE is to find both mid (2025) and long (2030) term solutions for energy for the PEO-M submersible vehicles.

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 PEO-M Subject Matter Experts (SMEs). 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 – (UPDATED) 15 June 2021 Virtual Collaboration Event (CE): SOFWERX will host the Virtual CE with Industry, Academic, and Laboratory partners focused on submersible programs battery technology needs. During this event, Warfighters will interact with potential solution offerors and further communicate operational needs and desirements. Participation in this event is not mandatory, however, it is designed to provide insights to ensure potential offerors understand the problem set(s) 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 28 June 2021 for the AE.

Phase 2 – 09 November 2022 to 16 December 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 4 attendance, please review the assessment criteria and follow the submission instructions at the bottom of this webpage on/around 09 November.

Phase 2a – 16 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 telecon will take place on 16 November from 1:00–2:00 PM ET.

Phase 3 – 02 January 2023 to 13 January 2023 Downselect: USSOCOM will downselect those respondents/submissions they feel have the highest potential to satisfy the technology needs that were identified during the June 2021 CE. Favorably evaluated submissions will receive an invitation to attend the AE on/around 16 January.

Phase 4 – 07 February 2023 to 09 February 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 5 may begin immediately.

This event will be held in person at SOFWERX, but will have a virtual component.

Phase 5 – 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
Industry, Academia, National Labs, and Non-Traditional Attendees

  1. Review Assessment Criteria: Click Here to Review 
  2. Review Request for Information (RFI): Click Here to Review
  3. Download the White Paper Template: Click Here to Download
  4. Complete the Submission Form: Click Here to Submit (NLT 16 December)

Questions?
For event-related questions, please contact Lindsay Horst,
lindsay.horst@sofwerx.org

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