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Army Futures Command BAA

To capitalize on opportunities for breakthrough research and development in key civil-military technology areas relevant to the Army’s modernization priorities, Army Futures Command has established the Army Applications Lab (AAL) to capitalize on the extended marketplace of ideas in government, academia, industry, and civilian innovation ecosystems and lead the research and development of disruptive innovations – i.e., technology demonstrators and early-stage products that revolutionize Army capabilities and corresponding civilian industries and create a first-mover advantage for the Army across a full spectrum of missions.

AAL is seeking technologies that address a wide range of Army needs consistent with CFT capability focus areas and associated programs and lines of effort as well as potentially disruptive new capabilities that augment or enhance Army capability overmatch. A key focus for AAL is to identify and transition new technologies, methodologies, and concepts related to:

  1. Translational Research – Approaches and methodologies that accelerate the Army’s innovation cycle through the translation of emerging technologies to Army capability objectives, including the Army’s six modernization priorities and associated programs and lines of effort.
  1. Fourth Industrial Revolution Technologies – Approaches and methodologies that are characterized by a fusion of technologies in the physical, digital, and biological spheres. Specific technologies of interest include robotics; artificial intelligence; autonomy; augmented and virtual reality; nanotechnology; quantum information systems; synthetic biology and biotechnology; Internet of Things (IoT); space systems; advanced networking, communications, and command and control technology; additive manufacturing; and power and energy systems.
  1. Commercialization – Approaches and methodologies that support the research and development of dual-use solutions – i.e., solutions that support both emerging Army needs and scalable commercial markets.

This BAA may be used to award procurement contracts, grants, cooperative agreements, Technology Investment Agreements, and Other Transactions.

Proposals and white papers that demonstrate significant innovation are sought from 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 scientific research in technology areas that will enhance the capabilities the Army desires as outlined in this solicitation.

Proposals and white papers may include studies, modeling & simulation, development of methodologies and approaches, technology demonstrators and prototypes, experiments, or feasibility analyses that are consistent with advancing the scientific state of the art or increasing basic knowledge and understanding.

Applicants may also propose that AAL support the research with the use of Government-furnished facilities, Army expertise or other Government assets. Proposals will only be considered for the acquisition of basic and applied research and work not related to the development of a specific system or hardware procurement.

Proposals and white papers are expected to be for cutting-edge innovations that could produce discoveries with the potential for significant impacts to enable new and improved Army operational capabilities. The specific research areas and topics of interest described in this document should be viewed as suggestive, rather than limiting. AAL is always interested in considering new innovative research concepts of relevance to the Army. Additional information about AAL areas of interest can be found on the AAL website: https://aal.army.





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