A Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) (FAR 35.016) 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 details the procedures 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.
BAA announcements are published at the SAMS.gov website. Proposals may be submitted by any non-governmental entity, including commercial firms, institutions of higher education with degree-granting programs in science or engineering (universities), or by consortia led by such concerns.
AcqLinks and References:
- Website: FAR 35.016 (a) Broad Agency Announcement
- PDF: FAR 35.016 (a) Broad Agency Announcement
- DoD Contracting Officer Representative (COR) Handbook – 22 March 12
- Website: AF SBIR/STRR BAA