The Sub-Surface Navigation (SSN) program is soliciting proposals due 21 June 2005. Point of Contact (POC): Greg Duckworth, Program Manager, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Special Projects Office (SPO), 3701 North Fairfax Drive, Arlington, Virginia 22203-1714; facsimile: (703) 807-1783; e-mail: BAA05email@example.com (e-mail contact preferred).
OBJECTIVE: In support of the SSN Program, DARPA/SPO is soliciting proposals (both technical and cost) from qualified corporations, research institutions, universities, Federally Funded Research and Development Centers (FFRDC?s) and Department of Energy (DoE) laboratories under BAA05-33 While GPS is sometimes denied on the surface of the Earth; and provides limited to very poor performance under foliage, in urban environments outdoors, and inside surface buildings, it is always denied to assets and users underground in tunnels, underground facilities (UGF's), and caves. The SSN program focuses on creating this capability to allow military operations to have GPS-level navigation functions in underground facilities. The SSN goal of providing geo-location and navigation capability to users in these environments will provide a much-needed capability to our forces in the face of increasing use of these underground havens by our adversaries.
The goal of this program is to produce a non-form/fit functional prototype for a demonstration of the capability. The SSN system must solve the fundamental problem of navigation and geolocation in GPS-denied areas, specifically in underground facilities, tunnels, and caves. Ideally, the SSN concept will use available Signals of Opportunity (SoOP). Realizing that very few SoOP will penetrate the earth?s surface enough to be usable, the SSN system should employ a layered approach where, for example, forces could place special purpose beacons a safe distance from the underground facility in question if SoOP are unavailable or unusable.
A related task within the navigation via signals of opportunity approach, Robust Surface Navigation (RSN), will solve a similar geolocation problem, but will concentrate on geolocation and navigation in urban canyons and inside buildings. The RSN program will be announced separately from SSN.
PROPOSAL SUBMISSION: Proposers may obtain the BAA05-33 Proposer?s Information Packet (PIP) which provides further technical and administrative detail for this BAA including the technologies of interest, evaluation criteria, funding processes, and format of proposals. Proposals not meeting the specified format described in the PIP will not be considered for award. The PIP is not classified and may be obtained from the FedBizOpps website. A table of important dates and milestones is provided in the PIP. These include a classified proposer?s brief to be held 11 May 2005 at Booz Allen Hamilton, 3811 N. Fairfax Drive, Suite 600, Arlington, Virginia 22203. This announcement, the PIP, and Unclassified material from the proposer's brief will be available on the SSN Website, http://www.darpa.mil/spo/solicit/ssn/index.htm. In addition to this BAA and the unclassified PIP, bidders with proper personnel and facility security clearances must obtain the classified addendum that details the system performance expected by DARPA. Bidders with proper personnel and facility security clearances must obtain the classified Addendum that details the system performance expected by DARPA. To receive the classified addendum to the PIP, proposers must provide a classified mailing address, point of contact (POC), and CAGE code to BAA05firstname.lastname@example.org. If the proposer wishes to receive the document via SIPRNET, provide the POC?s valid SIPRNET address in addition to the mailing address, POC, and CAGE code. All key personnel who will be working on this program are required to have a final SECRET clearance or higher.
Questions regarding this BAA or comments on the PIP may be e-mailed directly to BAA05email@example.com. It is anticipated that contracts will be awarded on or about 1 August 2005. The Government will not be liable for the cost of proposal preparation and submission. Proposals must be submitted in accordance with this announcement and the PIP. There will be no other solicitation issued in regard to this requirement. Proposers should be alert for any BAA amendments that may be published on the FedBizOpps website.
ORGANIZATIONAL CONFLICT OF INTEREST: Each cost proposal shall contain a section satisfying the following requirements: awards made under this BAA are subject to the provisions of the FAR, subpart 9.5, Organizational Conflict of Interest. All Proposers 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 Proposer supports and identify the prime contract number(s). Affirmations shall be furnished at the time of proposal submission and the existence or potential existence of organization conflicts of interest, as that term is defined in FAR 9.501, must be disclosed. This disclosure shall include a description of the action the Proposer has taken, or proposes to take, to avoid, neutralize, or mitigate such conflict. If the Proposer believes that no such conflict exists, then it shall so state in the section. It is the policy of DARPA to treat all proposals as competitive information and to disclose the contents only for the purposes of evaluation. The Government intends to use non-Government personnel as special resources to assist with the logistics of administering the proposal evaluation and providing selected technical assistance related to proposal evaluation. These support personnel are restricted by their contracts from disclosing proposal information for any purpose and are required to sign Organizational Conflict of Interest Non-Disclosure Agreements. By submission of its proposal, each Proposer agrees that proposal information may be disclosed to those selected contractors for the limited purpose stated above. Any information not intended for limited release to support contractors must be clearly marked and segregated from other submitted proposal material.
SPONSOR: DARPA/SPO, 3701 North Fairfax Drive, Arlington, Virginia 22203-1714.
Who can apply:
Other Private Institution/Organization
Private Institutions Of Higher Education
Public And State Controlled Institutions Of Higher Education
Eligible functional categories:
Research and Technology Development
Sub-Surface Navigation (SSN) Program
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