A Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) is a notice from the government that requests scientific or research proposals from private firms concerning certain areas of interest to the government. The proposals submitted by the private firms may lead to contracts.
FAR 35.016 (a) Broad Agency Announcement procedure is for the acquisition of basic and applied research and that part of development not related to the development of a specific system or hardware procurement. BAA’s may be used by agencies to fulfill their requirements for scientific study and experimentation directed toward advancing the state-of-the-art or increasing knowledge or understanding rather than focusing on a specific system or hardware solution. The BAA technique shall only be used when meaningful proposals with varying technical/scientific approaches can be reasonably anticipated.
AcqLinks and References:
- FAR 35.016 (a) Broad Agency Announcement
- Defense Acquisition Guidebook (DAG) – Chapter 10.5
- Technology Readiness Assessment Deskbook – Appendix C