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Devcom Army Research Laboratory Broad Agency Announcement For Foundational Research




November 21, 2022



November 20, 2027



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State governments, County governments, City or township governments, Public & State controlled institutions of higher education, Nonprofits (with 501(c)(3) status), For profit organizations other than small businesses, Small businesses

Eligible applicants under this BAA include institutions of higher education, nonprofit organizations, state and local governments, foreign organizations, foreign public entities, and for-profit organizations (i.e. large and small businesses). For ARO Targeted Opportunities, please see the specific eligibility requirements in the II.A.3 ARO Targeted Opportunities section above. For specific Other Transactions for Prototypes eligibility requirements, please see the Other Transaction for Prototype or Production section within the II.B. Federal Award Information section.




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The purpose of this combined Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) under Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Part 35 and Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) under 2 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) 200.204 (henceforth referred to as BAA) is to solicit research proposals for submission to the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command (DEVCOM) Army Research Laboratory (ARL) for funding consideration. Prior to this announcement, ARL announced two separate BAAs to support the mission: 1) W911NF-17-S-0002 titled Army Research Laboratory Army Research Office Broad Agency Announcement for Fundamental Research; and 2) W911NF-17-S-0003 titled Army Research Laboratory Broad Agency Announcement for Basic and Applied Scientific Research. This announcement succeeds BAA W911NF-17-S-0002 and BAA W911NF-17-S-0003 combining the opportunities into a single announcement. ARLs mission as the Armys foundational research laboratory is to Operationalize Science to ensure overmatch in any future conflict. ARLs foundational research mission spans basic research (budget activity 6.1) and applied research (budget activity 6.2) as defined by 32 CFR 22.105 but may include advanced technology development (budget activity 6.3) and advanced component development and prototypes (budget activity 6.4) when opportunities arise to directly or indirectly help achieve ARLs mission. ARL partners across the national security enterprise to deliver fundamentally advantageous change that is rooted in the creation and exploitation of scientific knowledge. This publication constitutes a BAA for awards as contemplated in FAR 6.102(d)(2) and 35.016 as well as a merit-based, competitive procedure in accordance with the Department of Defense Grant and Agreement Regulations (DoDGARS) at 32 CFR 22.315(a) and the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment Other Transaction Guide version 1.0 dated November, 2018. This BAA document, and the online list of research topics found on the ARL BAA topics website at, sets forth ARLs research topics of interest for whitepapers and proposals. This BAA is issued under FAR 6.102(d)(2), which provides for the competitive selection of basic and applied research proposals, and 10 U.S.C. 4001, 10 U.S.C. 4021, and 10 U.S.C. 4022, which provide the authorities for issuing awards under this announcement for basic and applied research. The definitions of basic and applied research may be found at 32 CFR 22.105. Proposals submitted in response to this BAA and selected for award are considered to be the result of full and open competition and in full compliance with the provision of Public Law 98-369, The Competition in Contracting Act of 1984 and subsequent amendments.

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