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Air Delivered Effects




March 22, 2022



March 21, 2027



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Entity Types:

Public & State controlled institutions of higher education, Nonprofits (with 501(c)(3) status), Private institutions of higher education, Small businesses





Source Type:


This is a BAA of the Air Force Research Laboratory, Munitions Directorate (AFRL/RW) under the provisions of Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) paragraph 6.102(d)(2), which provides for competitive selection of research proposals. Proposals submitted in response to the BAA that are selected for award are considered to be the results of full and open competition and in full compliance with the provisions of PL 98-369, the Competition in Contracting Act of 1984. This acquisition is unrestricted. Small businesses are encouraged to propose on all or any part of this solicitation. The NAICS Code for this acquisition is 541715, Research and Development in the Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences (except Nanotechnology and Biotechnology), and the small business size standard is 1,000 employees. For purposes of this announcement, research is defined to be scientific study and experimentation directed at increasing knowledge and understanding in relation to long term national security needs. It is an enhancement to related exploratory and advanced development programs. A program should be designed to demonstrate well-defined and substantive research results, should not be overly ambitious or open-ended, and should not be a paper study that inherently requires a substantial testing effort. Any significant testing is unlikely; however, there is a possibility of experimental testing to support battle lab experiments proposed under this BAA. Programs to support Team Eglin Technology Demonstration Programs may also be considered under this BAA.
b. AFRL/RW awards to educational institutions, non-profit organizations, and private industry for research in Air Delivered Effects. This BAA is intended to cover, in general nature, all research areas of interest under this Directorate. Offerors contemplating a submission to AFRL/RW are strongly encouraged to contact the AFRL/RW technical POC for the research area to ascertain the extent of interest AFRL/RW may have in a specific research project.
c. AFRL/RW is the primary Department of the Air Force (DAF) organization concerned with conventional munitions technology development. AFRL/RW plans and executes research, development, and test of conventional munitions, and supports conventional munitions Weapons Program Offices. There are three product divisions within the Munitions Directorate that conduct research and development (R&D). They are the Technology Integration Division (RWI), Strategy Division (RWS), and Science and Technology Division (RWT).

There are 20 primary research areas:

Weapon Airframe Systems Technology Research (RWWN).
Bioprincipic Sensors, Information Processing, and Control (RWWI).
Autonomous Target Recognition (RWWI).
Hardware-in-the-loop Simulation Technologies (RWWG).
Advanced Scene Generation (RWWG).
EO/IR/LADAR/SAL System Research (RWWI).
Navigation and Estimation Technology (RWWN).
Modeling, Simulation, & Analysis (MS&A) of Advanced Weapon Concepts (RWWG).
Lethality, Vulnerability, and Survivability (RWMA).
Warhead Research (RWMRW).
Fuze Research (RWMRF).
Munitions Energetic Materials (RWME).
Facilities and Equipment Enabling Ordnance Technologies and Advanced Energetics (RWM).
Multi-function, Multi-mode Radar Research (RWWI).
Modular Open Systems Research (RWWG).
Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) for Education Outreach (RW).
Weapons Autonomy Technology Research (RWWN).
Technology Transfer Invovative Collaboration (RWPB).
Cyber Resiliency Security Research for Precision-guided Munitions (RWWI).
Strategic Planning, Prototyping, and Experimentation (RWP).

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