A Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) (FAR 35.016) is a notice from the government that requests scientific or research & development (R&D) proposals from private firms concerning certain areas of interest to the government that is not related to the development of a specific system or hardware procurement. A BAA doesn’t provide the standard Statement of Work (SOW) as a normal Request for Proposal (RFP) would but rather details a problem statement and challenges and solicited an innovative solution. The proposals submitted by the private firms may lead to contracts.
Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) Purpose
The purpose of a BAAs is to conduct basic and applied research in the early planning stages of a potential program. The research is intended the give the government a better understanding of the technical challenge a future potential program may face and to plan accordingly.
Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) Regulation
Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) 35.016 (a) “Broad Agency Announcement” details the procedures for the acquisition of basic and applied research and that part of development is 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.
How is a Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) Used
A BAAs is used by government agencies to meet 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. It should only be used when meaningful proposals with varying technical and/or scientific approaches can be anticipated.
Broad Agency Announcements (BAA) Content
The BAA will have the following content included and any supporting documentation that is deemed necessary for contractors to fully understand the needs of the government. This will help ensure the best proposals are received: (FAR 35.016)
- Describe the agency’s research interest, either for an individual program requirement or for broadly defined areas of interest covering the full range of the agency’s requirements;
- Describe the criteria for selecting the proposals, their relative importance, and the method of evaluation;
- Specify the period of time during which proposals submitted in response to the BAA will be accepted; and
- Contain instructions for the preparation and submission of proposals.
Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) Announcements
BAA announcements are published on the SAM.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.
Announcement Website: SAM.gov
Proposals received as a result of the BAA shall be evaluated in accordance with evaluation criteria specified therein through a peer or scientific review process. Written evaluation reports on individual proposals will be necessary but proposals need not be evaluated against each other since they are not submitted in accordance with a common work statement.
Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) Selection
The primary basis for selecting proposals for acceptance shall be technical, importance to agency programs, and fund availability. Cost realism and reasonableness shall also be considered to the extent appropriate.
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