A. Overview Information
I.Federal Agency Name: Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, Information Processing Technology Office
II.Funding Opportunity Title: Architectures for Cognitive Information Processing (ACIP)
III.Announcement Type: Initial Broad Agency Announcement
IV.Funding Opportunity Number: BAA 04-14
V.CFDA Number: 12.910
a.Initial Closing: 12:00 Noon (ET), March 19, 2004
b.Final Closing: 12:00 Noon (ET), January 21, 2005
c.All administrative correspondence and questions on this solicitation, including requests for information on how to submit a proposal to this BAA, must be received at one of the administrative addresses below by 12:00 Noon (ET) December 23, 2004
B. Full text of announcement
I. Funding Opportunity Description
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Information Processing Technology Office (IPTO) is soliciting proposals for the first phase of a new program in Architectures for Cognitive Information Processing (ACIP). The goal of the ACIP program is to develop a new generation of computing architectures (both hardware and software) that will enable revolutionary advances in cognitive information processing algorithms and systems for real-time DoD applications. The detailed Funding Opportunity Description can be found in the Proposer Information Pamphlet (PIP) posted directly to FedBizOpps.gov. It may also be obtained at URL address http://www.darpa.mil/ipto/Solicitations/solicitations.htm.
PROGRAM SCOPE DARPA. Proposed research should investigate innovative approaches and techniques that lead to or enable revolutionary advances in the state-of-the-art. Proposals are not limited to the specific strategies listed above, and alternative visions will be considered. However, proposals should be for research that substantially contributes towards the goals stated. Specifically excluded is research that primarily results in minor evolutionary improvement to the existing state of practice or focuses on special-purpose systems or narrow applications.
The full ACIP program is anticipated to be comprised of three phases: 1) Early Architecture Concepts and In-Context Evaluation, 24 months; 2) Full-Scale Implementation and Demonstration, 48 months; 3) Cognitive Technology System Transitions to DoD, 24 months. The Phase I deliverables are defined in the Proposer Information Pamphlet .
II. Award Information
Awards for Phase I efforts are expected to be made during the first half of calendar year 2004. It is anticipated that there will be multiple awards for ACIP Phase I. The Government reserves the right to select for award all, some, or none of the proposals received. Proposals identified for funding may result in a contract, grant, cooperative agreement, or other transaction depending upon the nature of the work proposed, the required degree of interaction between the parties, and other factors. If warranted, portions of resulting awards may be segregated into pre-priced options.
III. Eligibility Information
1. Eligible Applicants
Proposers should propose a multi-organizational but integrated team comprising a Lead Study Integration (LSI) function and a set of Technology Contributors (TC's). Since this is a concept development effort, innovative teaming strategies that maximize overall team efficiency are strongly encouraged. The LSI should provide overall project management, system integration, and concept evaluation and validation. Offerors should propose a well-balanced team that fully covers the topics of interest in this BAA and that provides appropriate diversity within each topic area.
All responsible sources capable of satisfying the Government's needs may submit a proposal that shall be considered by DARPA. Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and Minority Institutions (MIs) are encouraged to submit proposals and join others in submitting proposals. However, no portion of this BAA will be set aside for HBCU and MI participation due to the impracticality of reserving discrete or severable areas of this research for exclusive competition among these entities.
Awards made under this BAA may be subject to the provisions of the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Subpart 9.5, Organizational Conflict of Interest. All offerors and proposed subcontractors must affirmatively state whether they are supporting any DARPA technical office(s) through an active contract or subcontract. All affirmations must state which office(s) the offeror supports, and identify the prime contract number. Affirmations should be furnished at the time of proposal submission. All facts relevant to the existence or potential existence of organizational conflicts of interest, as that term is defined in FAR 2.101, must be disclosed in Section II, I. of the proposal, organized by task and year. This disclosure shall include a description of the action the Contractor has taken, or proposes to take, to avoid, neutralize, or mitigate such conflict.
2. Cost Sharing or Matching
Cost sharing is not required for this particular program; however, cost sharing will be carefully considered where there is an applicable statutory condition relating to the selected funding instrument (e.g., for any Technology Investment Agreement under the authority of 10 U.S.C. 2371).
IV. Application and Submission Information
1. Address to Request Application Package
This announcement contains all information required to submit a proposal. No additional forms, kits, or other materials are needed. [NOTE: See Paragraph 6, ?Other Submission Requirements,? for reference to the PIP.]
2. Content and Form of Application Submission
This Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) requires completion of a BAA Cover Sheet for each Proposal prior to submission. This cover sheet can be accessed at the following URL:
After finalizing the BAA Cover Sheet, the proposer must print the BAA Confirmation Sheet that will automatically appear on the web page. Each proposer is responsible for printing the BAA Confirmation Sheet and attaching it to every copy. The Confirmation Sheet should be the first page of the Proposal. If a proposer intends on submitting more than one Proposal, a unique UserId and password must be used in creating each BAA Cover Sheet. Failure to comply with these submission procedures may result in the submission not being evaluated.
NOTE: The Government anticipates that proposals submitted under this BAA will be unclassified. In the event that a proposer chooses to submit a classified proposal or submit any documentation that may be classified, the following information is applicable.
Security classification guidance on a DD Form 254 will not be provided at this time since DARPA is soliciting ideas only. After reviewing incoming proposals, if a determination is made that the award instrument may result in access to classified information, a DD Form 254 will be issued and attached as part of the award. Proposers choosing to submit a classified proposal must first receive permission from the Original Classification Authority to use their information in replying to this BAA. Applicable classification guide(s) should be submitted to ensure that the proposal is protected appropriately.
NEW REQUIREMENTS/PROCEDURES: The Award Document for each proposal selected and funded will contain a mandatory requirement for submission of DARPA/IPTO Quarterly Status Reports and an Annual Project Summary Report. These reports will be submitted electronically via the DARPA/IPTO Technical-Financial Information Management System (T-FIMS), utilizing the government-furnished Uniform Resource Locator (URL) on the World Wide Web (WWW). Further details may be found in the Proposer Information Pamphlet (PIP).
Proposers must submit an original and 3 copies of the full proposal and 2 electronic copies (i.e., 2 separate disks) of the full proposal (in PDF or Microsoft Word 2000 for IBM-compatible format on a 3.5-inch floppy disk, 100 MB Iomega Zip disk or cd). Mac-formatted disks will not be accepted. Each disk must be clearly labeled with BAA 04-14, proposer organization, proposal title (short title recommended) and Copy number of 2.
3. Submission Dates and Times
The full proposal (original and designated number of hard and electronic copies) must be submitted in time to reach DARPA by 12:00 NOON (ET) Friday, March 19, 2004, in order to be considered during the initial evaluation phase. However, BAA 04-14, ACIP will remain open until 12:00 NOON (ET) Friday, January 21, 2005. Thus, proposals may be submitted at any time from issuance of this BAA through Friday, January 21, 2005. While the proposals submitted after the Friday, March 19, 2004, deadline will be evaluated by the Government, proposers should keep in mind that the likelihood of funding such proposals is less than for those proposals submitted in connection with the initial evaluation and award schedule. DARPA will acknowledge receipt of submissions and assign control numbers that should be used in all further correspondence regarding proposals.
4. Intergovernmental Review ? N/A
5. Funding Restrictions
Authorization of precontract costs will be considered in situations of genuine urgency where programmatic benefits will accrue from their use.
6. Other Submission Requirements
Proposers must obtain the BAA 04-14 Proposer Information Pamphlet (PIP), which provides further information on the areas of interest, submission, evaluation, funding processes, and proposal formats. This pamphlet will be posted directly to FedBizOpps.gov and may also be obtained at URL address http://www.darpa.mil/ipto/Solicitations/solicitations.htm. Proposals not meeting the format described in the pamphlet may not be reviewed. This notice, in conjunction with the BAA 04-14 PIP and all references, constitutes the total BAA. No additional information is available, nor will a formal RFP or other solicitation regarding this announcement be issued. Requests for same will be disregarded.
V. Application Review Information
1. Criteria (listed in descending order of relative importance):
(1) Overall Scientific and Technical Merit.
(2) Innovative Technical Solution to the Problem.
(3) Potential Contribution and Relevance to DARPA/IPTO Mission.
(4) Offeror's Capabilities and Related Experience.
(5) Plans and Capability to Accomplish Technology Transition.
(6) Cost Realism.
2. Review and Selection Process
It is the policy of DARPA to ensure impartial, equitable, comprehensive evaluation of all proposals and to select the source (or sources) whose offer meets the Government?s technical and policy goals. Evaluation of proposals will be accomplished through a scientific review of each proposal, using the above criteria which are further detailed in the PIP.
Proposals will not be evaluated against each other, since they are not submitted in accordance with a common work statement. DARPA's intent is to review proposals as soon as possible after they arrive; however, proposals may be reviewed periodically for administrative reasons.
Restrictive notices notwithstanding, proposals may be handled for administrative purposes by support contractors. These support contractors are prohibited from competition in DARPA technical research and are bound by appropriate non-disclosure requirements. Input on technical aspects of the proposals may be solicited by DARPA from non-Government consultants /experts who are also bound by appropriate non-disclosure requirements. However, non-Government technical consultants/experts will not have access to proposals that are labeled by their offerors as ?Government Only?. Use of non-government personnel is covered in FAR 37.203(d).
VI. Award Information Administration
1. Award Notices
Principal Investigators will receive a letter informing them of the disposition of their proposal via U.S. mail.
2. Administrative and National Policy Requirements
Proposers may wish to visit DARPA?s Contracts Management Office (CMO) website (http://www.darpa.mil/cmo/pages/modelgrantagreement.htm) for model grant and cooperative agreement terms and conditions.
Post-award reporting requirements are set forth in Section B.I, Funding Opportunity Description. Additional details are contained in the Proposer Information Pamphlet. The DARPA/CMO website referenced above also provides general information about reports required specifically for grants and cooperative agreements.
VII. Agency Contacts
Fax: (703) 741-7804 Addressed to: DARPA/IPTO, BAA 04-14
Electronic Mail: BAA04firstname.lastname@example.org
Electronic File Retrieval: http://www.darpa.mil/ipto/Solicitations/solicitations.htm
ATTN: BAA 04-14
3701 N. Fairfax Drive
Arlington, VA 22203-1714
[NOTE: Notwithstanding any other ?Contact Information? provided with this notice, only correspondence directed to the above ?Agency Contacts? will be processed.]
Who can apply:
Eligible functional categories:
Research and Technology Development
If you have problems accessing the full announcement, please contact:
Department of Defense, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, Contracts Management Office, 3701 North Fairfax Drive, Arlington, VA, 22203-1714