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

 USSOCOM Innovation Foundry (IF12) Event

30 January-02 February 2023

Submit NLT 07 December 11:59 PM ET

 

Purpose
SOFWERX, in collaboration with USSOCOM’s Directorate of Science and Technology (S&T) Futures, Norwegian Special Operations Command (NORSOCOM), and the Norwegian Defence Research Establishment (FFI), will host the twelfth Innovation Foundry (IF12) Event in Oslo, Norway, as the first international IF, which seeks to bring together U.S. and International Special Operations Forces (SOF), Industry, Academia, Government, and futurists in an exploration, design thinking, facilitated event to assist USSOCOM in decomposing future scenarios and missions.

The Arctic environment presents significant challenges for military operations – harsh temperatures, a predominantly sea and ice environment, poor terrestrial data and communications infrastructure due to a lack of large population centers, and complex ongoing climate, environmental, political, economic, and cultural developments. The theme of IF12 is “Joint and Partner Communications in a Contested and Austere Environment”. The goal of the event is to explore the challenges of communications in a future challenged operating environment in the Arctic. Participants will develop concepts and approaches for the framework, technologies, infrastructure, and capabilities required to enable effective communications between SOF, joint forces, and partners, and to conduct operations in the future environment. Challenges include limited beyond-line-of-sight coverage, ionospheric and atmospheric disturbances to radio communications, Anti-Access/Area Denial (A2/AD) environments, sensor communication challenges, extreme temperatures, high latitudes, the impact of climate change, economic and environmental considerations, diverse stakeholders and interests, and potentially challenged territories.

In this effort, S&T Futures is working with the Norwegian Special Operations Command (NORSOCOM), the Norwegian Defence Research Establishment (FFI), other international S&T liaisons, USSOCOM staff, Joint Staff Intelligence (J2), and the Center for Joint Futures (J59).

The IF12 event seeks to cultivate future technology-based capabilities utilizing design thinking to explore concepts from future technology areas and how they may impact USSOCOM mission sets for future Special Operations Forces operators in the Future Operating Environment. Deliverables for the IF12 event will include solution concepts, capabilities, technologies, and approaches, around SOF forces and operations in the 2035-2040 timeframe, in which Joint and Partner communications are required in a contested and austere environment.

Why You Should Participate
The event will be a compelling opportunity for leading minds in Industry, Academia, Labs, and Government, as well as Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) in Radio Frequency (RF) technologies, satellite communications technologies, wide area and mesh networking, autonomous systems, robotics, artificial intelligence, machine learning, material science, structures design, hydrophobic and signature reducing coatings, remote sensors, chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear defense, medical treatment and evacuation, device interoperability, technology standards, geophysical positioning and navigation, partnered operations, and SOF Operations to ideate, collaborate, and develop concepts for the future needs of SOF. USSOCOM has also used Innovation Foundries to build key relationships with local and regional entrepreneurs and technology developers.

Problem Statement
How do we effectively communicate and operate in a future Arctic environment where civilian, military, and economic activity will be greatly increased, where environmental, communications, navigational, and cultural challenges are significant, and where policy and international relations issues will continue to be sensitive? How do we access, communicate, and operate in a challenged or A2/AD environment facing near-peer adversaries? In such an environment, what technologies, approaches, and solutions will allow SOF to effectively fulfill their mission? How might these technologies be deployed in a future challenged / constrained environment in the Arctic?

As General Terrence O’Shaughnessy, former Commander, USNORTHCOM, said in January 2019, “Our adversaries are rapidly acquiring the capability and capacity to hold our citizens, our way of life and our national interests at risk. Along with our partners and allies, we must adapt to the evolving strategic landscape and associated challenges to ensure we are ready to operate in and through the Arctic in all scenarios, across all domains, and against any adversary. Our homelands are not a sanctuary, and the Arctic is the front line in our defense.”

Participants at the Oslo, Norway, IF12 event will develop concepts for future SOF missions, addressing communications, networking, and navigation, as well as related questions including equipment operations, logistics, ad hoc approaches, and multinational operations in a rapidly changing Arctic environment.

“The scenarios were sophisticated and intentionally difficult in order to drive new and creative approaches to the problem sets.” — RDML Rodriguez (NSWC Deputy), IF3

Event Timeline
Phase 1 – 21 November 2022 to 07 December 2022 Submissions Open: Radio Frequency (RF) technologies, satellite communications technologies, wide area and mesh networking, autonomous systems, robotics, artificial intelligence, machine learning, material science, structures design, hydrophobic and signature reducing coatings, remote sensors, chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear defense, medical treatment and evacuation, device interoperability, technology standards, geophysical positioning and navigation, partnered operations, and SOF Operations to ideate, collaborate, and develop concepts for the future needs of SOF SMEs, futurists and visionaries from Industry, Academia, and National Labs are encouraged to participate in the IF12 Event by submitting a CV (Curriculum Vitae) below NLT 07  December.

Phase 2 – 07 December 2022 to 14 December 2022 SME Review: The S&T Directorate Future’s Team will review SME submissions and notify SOFWERX of invited participants. SOFWERX will notify participants of their attendance status o/a 14 December. 

Phase 3 – 30 January 2023 to 02 February 2023 Innovation Foundry 12 Event: During the event, selected participants will collaborate and ideate with fellow SMEs, the S&T Directorate Future’s Team, and U.S. and International SOF Operators on the concept areas above. Selectees should plan for workdays from 0800-1700 ET.

This event will be held in person at a location to be determined in Oslo, Norway.

Phase 4 – 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 
  • 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, Government and National Labs Participants

Questions?
For event-related questions, please contact Gabby Robles, gabrielle.robles@sofwerx.org

AIM Micro Sensors Assessment Event (AE)

18-20 January 2023

Submissions Closed 27 November 2022 11:59 PM ET

 

Purpose
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.

Background
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.

Objective
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.

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.

Phase 5 – 18 January 2023 to 20 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): Click Here to Submit (NLT 27 November 11:59 PM ET)

Questions?  
For event-related questions, please contact Claire Hawley, Claire.Hawley@sofwerx.org

USSOCOM PEO-Maritime

Undersea (PEO-M) Battery Charger Assessment Event (AE)

10-12 January 2023

Submit NLT 02 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 the submersible vehicle programs Battery Charger. 

Objective
The PEO-M submersible vehicle programs requires a charging solution to be installed on a host vessel to charge the Main Batteries on the submersible during transport. The Power Supply shall have well defined interfaces and will need to meet current and planned future capabilities. The solution will need to fit in a predefined space and interface with existing host vessel infrastructure.

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
Phase 1 – 08 November 2022 to 02 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 3 attendance, please review the assessment criteria and follow the submission instructions that will be near the bottom of this webpage on/around 08 November.

Phase 1a – 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 3:00–4:00 PM ET.

Phase 2 – 05 December 2022 to 16 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 on/around 19 December.

Phase 3 – 10 January 2023 to 12 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 4 may immediately begin.

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

Phase 4 – 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 02 December)

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

Support Truck Prototype

Virtual Assessment Event (AE)

03-05 January 2023

Submit NLT 28 November 2022 11:59 PM ET

 

Purpose 
SOFWERX, in collaboration with USSOCOM, U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command Chemical Biological Center (DEVCOM CBC), the U.S. Navy, and the Accelerator for Innovative Minds (AIM), will host a Virtual Assessment Event (AE) leveraging their hybrid accelerator model to develop a proof of concept for an advanced manufacturing mobile workstation. This event will provide opportunities for direct dialogue with 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.

Objective
The objective is to design, manufacture, and test three mobile workstations that facilitate the transportation of at least four personnel and six server storage racks (42 Rack Units 19”x32”), workbenches, alternate access into the workstation, and provide a climate-controlled workspace with the ability to store and consume meals within the mobile workstation.

The mobile workstation allows teams of four personnel to drive to mission areas with multiple racks of equipment and hardware. The 20’ mobile workstation provides the ability to fabricate and modify aluminum mounting foundations. Additionally, the mobile workstation must supply multiple internal and external 20A 120 VAC power receptacles to power tools and test equipment.

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 Navy SMEs. As such, the Assessment Event 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.

Phase 1 – 28 October 2022 to 28 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 solutions for USSOCOM review. To submit your technology for potential Phase 3 attendance, please review the assessment criteria and follow the submission instructions at the bottom of this webpage.

Completed Phase 1a – 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 telecon will take place on 10 November from 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM ET. Click Here to RSVP (NLT 09 November)

Phase 2 – 30 November 2022 to 09 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 Virtual Assessment Event o/a 09 December.

Phase 3 – 03 January 2023 to 05 January 2023 Virtual Assessment Event (AE): During the Virtual 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 evaluation criteria 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 4 may immediately begin.

This event will be held virtually.

Phase 4 – 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 Q&A Telecon Transcript: Click Here to Review
  3. Review Vignette: Click Here to Review
  4. Download the White Paper Template: Click Here to Download
  5. Complete the Submission Form: Click Here to Submit (NLT 28 November)

Questions?  
For event-related questions, please contact Gabby Robles, gabrielle.robles@sofwerx.org

 USSOCOM Innovation Foundry (IF11) Event

14-16 December 2022

Submissions Closed 12 August 11:59 PM ET

 

Purpose
SOFWERX, in collaboration with USSOCOM’s Directorate of Science and Technology (S&T), will host the eleventh Innovation Foundry (IF11) Event, where S&T Futures seeks to bring together U.S. and International Special Operations Forces (SOF), Industry, Academia, Government, and futurists in an exploration, design thinking, facilitated event to assist USSOCOM in decomposing future scenarios and missions.

The theme of IF11 will be “SOF Operations in a World of Omnipresent Sensor Networks.” The goal of the event is to develop concepts and approaches for the framework, technologies, infrastructure, and capabilities required to effectively conduct SOF operations in a world where omnipresent sensors track people, organizations, vehicles, and systems throughout their lives, at home and around the world in both the physical and virtual realms. In this effort, S&T Futures will be working with international S&T liaisons, USSOCOM staff, the USSOCOM Next-Generation Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) and Tactically Relevant Situational Awareness (NGISR/SA) Capability Focus Area (CFA), and Joint Staff Intelligence (J2).

To ground the discussion, IF11 participants will use a fictional mission scenario that reflects the future operating environment with omnipresent sensor networks that are part of the civilian infrastructure. This scenario will also consider the potential for additional sensor networks emplaced by military and intelligence organizations who may be friendly, neutral, or adversaries. Participants will emphasize the opportunities and challenges related to these sensor networks and their resultant information products, reflecting the complex interplays of social, technological, political, and cultural factors as they might play out in the 2035 timeframe.

Why You Should Participate
The event will be a compelling opportunity for leading minds in Industry, Academia, Labs, and Government, as well as Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) in sensor design and development, Radio Frequency (RF) technologies, Low Probability of Intercept/Low Probability of Detection (LPI/LPD) solutions, data analysis, data visualization, communications technologies, networking, autonomous systems, robotics, artificial intelligence, machine learning, situational awareness, social and behavioral sciences, and SOF Operations to ideate, collaborate, and develop concepts for the future needs of SOF. USSOCOM has also used Innovation Foundries to build key relationships with local and regional entrepreneurs and technology developers.

Problem Statement
How do we move from traditional ISR platforms and sensors to future state-of-the-art methods to understand and conduct operations in this future environment, considering both offensive and defensive perspectives? How can we collect, analyze, and disseminate data, as well as effectively use the resulting product(s) to operate in a contested/constrained environment?

IF11 participants will develop concepts for future SOF missions, addressing situational awareness and signature management, as well as related questions including maneuverability, operations, effects, and countermeasures in a world of omnipresent sensors.

“The scenarios were sophisticated and intentionally difficult in order to drive new and creative approaches to the problem sets.” — RDML Rodriguez (NSWC Deputy), IF3

Event Timeline
Completed Phase 1 – 19 July 2022 to 12 August 2022 Submissions Open: Sensor design and development, RF technologies, LPI/LPD solutions, data analysis, data visualization, communications technologies, networking, autonomous systems, robotics, artificial intelligence, machine learning, situational awareness, social and behavioral sciences, and SOF Operations SMEs, futurists and visionaries from Industry, Academia, and National Labs are encouraged to participate in the IF11 Event by submitting a CV (Curriculum Vitae) below NLT 12 August.

Completed Phase 2 – 15 August 2022 to 19 August 2022 SME Review: The S&T Directorate Future’s Team will review SME submissions and notify SOFWERX of invited participants. SOFWERX will notify participants of their attendance status o/a 22 August. 

Phase 3 – 14 December 2022 to 16 December 2022 Innovation Foundry 11 Event: During the event, selected participants will collaborate and ideate with fellow SMEs, the S&T Directorate Future’s Team, and U.S. and International SOF Operators on the concept areas above. Selectees should plan for workdays from 0800-1700 ET.

This event will be held in person at SOFWERX. 

Phase 4 – 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 
  • Awardees may need to be compliant with NIST SP 800-171, Protecting Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI) in Non-Federal Systems and Organizations

Questions?
For event-related questions, please contact Gabby Robles, gabrielle.robles@sofwerx.org

JSOU Geopolitical Mapping & Social Network Analytics Collaboration Event (CE)

13 December 2022

Request to Attend Closed 16 November 11:59 PM ET

 

Purpose
SOFWERX, in collaboration with USSOCOM and the Joint Special Operations University (JSOU), will host a series of events to find solutions for a Geographic Information System (GIS) generated Geopolitical Toolkit and associated Social Network Analysis.

Background/Synopsis
SOF professionals require a GIS-generated tool that allows them to graphically layer the work of prominent geopolitical theorists and the underlying currents of compound security threats (economic imbalance; governance and human security imbalance; dynamics of the region, sect, and ethnicity; changes in demography; resource and environmental scarcities; border and boundary artificiality). This tool will better equip SOF to predict geopolitical flashpoints and understand the contributing conditions. Relatedly, SOF professionals require a social network analysis of these geopolitical flashpoints, enabling them to visualize the relationships between various stakeholders and plan more effective interventions.

Objective
USSOCOM hopes to find solutions for a GIS-generated Geopolitical Toolkit (or atlas) and social network analysis to help SOF professionals assess and visualize where geopolitical flashpoints might emerge. The prototype must be baselined on the Campaign Plan for Global SOF Operations (CP-GSO). The aim is a single operating picture that combines the GIS-generated Geopolitical Toolkit, leveraging data analytics to construct network models that inform SOF interventions.

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 JSOU 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 – 09 November 2022 Q&A Telecon: Interested participants may join a virtual Q&A session to better understand the scope and intent of the 13 December Collaboration Event (CE). The telecon will take place on 09 November 2022 from 2:00-3:00 PM ET.

Phase 2 – 13 December 2022 Collaboration Event (CE): SOFWERX will host the Collaboration Event (CE) with Industry, Academic, and Laboratory partners focused on GIS-generated Geopolitical Toolkit and associated Social Network Analysis 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 on or around 04 January for the AE. Request to attend the CE below, NLT 16 November. Confirmed attendees will be notified o/a 22 November. 

Tentative Agenda
All times listed are in ET
0800 – 0820: Participants arrive at SOFWERX

0820 – 0825: SOFWERX Welcome
0825 – 0845: Stakeholder Overview & Problem Set
0845 – 0945: Current Limitations Breakout
0945 – 1000: Break
1000 – 1100: Ways to Overcome Limitations Breakout
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

Note: Agenda is subject to change

Phase 3 – 04 January 2023 to 25 January 2023 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 that will be near the bottom of this webpage on or around 04 January.

Phase 4 – 26 January 2023 to 01 February 2023 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 on or around 02 February.

Phase 5 – 14 February 2023 to 16 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 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
Industry, Academia, National Labs, and Non-Traditional Attendees

  1. Request to attend the 13 December 2022 Collaboration Event: Request to Attend Closed 16 November
  2. Review Assessment Criteria: Will be Posted on or about 04 January
  3. Download the White Paper Template: Will be Posted on or about 04 January
  4. Complete the Submission Form: Will be Posted on or about 04 January

Questions?  
For event-related questions, please contact Claire Hawley, claire.hawley@sofwerx.org

Science and Technology

Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) 22.4 Round 2 & Round 3

Submissions Closed 29 September 2022

Overview
The purpose of the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program is to strengthen the role of innovative Small Business Concerns (SBCs) in federally-funded research or research and development (R/R&D). The Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) program stimulates a partnership of ideas and technologies between innovative SBCs and non-profit Research Institutions. By providing awards to SBCs for cooperative R/R&D efforts with Research Institutions, the SBIR and STTR programs assist the U.S. small business and research communities by supporting the commercialization of innovative technologies. The SBIR/STTR programs employ a phased process:

Phase I: Phase I involves a solicitation of contract proposals or grant applications to conduct feasibility-related experimental or theoretical R/R&D related to described agency requirements. These requirements, as defined by agency topics contained in a solicitation, may be general or narrow in scope, depending on the needs of the agency. The object of this phase is to determine the scientific and technical merit and feasibility of the proposed effort and the quality of performance of the SBC with a relatively small agency investment before consideration of further Federal support in Phase II.

Phase II: The object of Phase II is to continue the R/R&D effort from the completed Phase I.

Direct to Phase II: Department of Defense may issue a Phase II SBIR award to an SBC that did not receive a Phase I SBIR or STTR award for that R/R&D. Direct to Phase II involves a solicitation of contract proposals or grant applications and the SBC’s proposal must demonstrate the scientific and technical merit and feasibility of the ideas that appear to have commercial potential.

Phase III: The objective of Phase III, where appropriate, is for the small business to pursue commercialization objectives resulting from the Phase I/II R/R&D activities. The SBIR/STTR programs do not fund Phase III.

SBIR Process Timeline
Completed 11 August 2022: Topic issued for pre-release
Completed 01 September 2022: USSOCOM begins accepting proposals via DSIP
Completed 22 September 2022: DSIP Topic Q&A closes to new questions at 12:00 PM ET
Completed 29 September 2022: Deadline for receipt of proposals no later than 12:00 PM ET

Special Areas of Interest
(Round 2) PHASE I:
SOCOM224-007 Topological Anomaly Detection

(Round 3) DIRECT TO PHASE II:
SOCOM224-D005: Artificial Intelligence-Driven Voice Control at the Edge
SOCOM224-D006: Canine In-Ear Hearing Protection

How You Can Participate
Industry and Non-Traditional Attendees 

  1. Review the Q&A Telecon Transcript: Click Here to Download
  2. Review supporting documents: Click Here to View
  3. Submit your proposal: Submissions closed 29 September

Questions?
For questions on the special areas of interest, please email
sbir@socom.mil
To submit questions via the DSIP tool, please visit dodsbirsttr.mil/submissions/login
For questions about the SBIR/STTR program, please visit events.sofwerx.org/dcode