Rapid Innovation Fund (RIF)

The Rapid Innovation Fund provides a collaborative vehicle for small businesses to provide the department with innovative technologies that can be rapidly inserted into acquisition programs that meet specific defense needs. RIF is administered by the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) Assistant Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering (ASD R&E) and Office of Small Business Programs (OSBP).

FY 2013 Proposal Status

All proposers have been notified on the outcome of their FY2013 White Papers.
For those offerors invited to submit full proposals, the following milestones apply:

FY 2013 RAPID INNOVATION FUND AWARD TIMELINE

FULL PROPOSALS

Army, Navy, Air Force, and OSD/Defense Agency

  • February/March 2014 or 30 days after invitation: Full proposals due
  • March/April 2014: Full proposal evaluations
  • April/May 2014: Notify all bidders of results; contract negotiations begin for selected firms

  • CONTRACT AWARDS

    Army, Navy, Air Force, and OSD/Defense Agency

  • Not later than 1 August 2014:  Award Rapid Innovation Fund contracts

  • FY 2014 Pre-Solicitation Alert

    For FY2014, DoD will issue one solicitation entitled “Rapid Innovation Fund (RIF) Broad Agency Announcement (BAA)”, which will include separate technology areas of interest for each of the Services as well as Defense Agencies. The BAA will list the technology areas of interest, instructions for submission of a white paper and source selection criteria. The white paper will be used as the initial basis for award determination. Firms whose white papers are selected will be invited to submit a full proposal that will be used as the basis for selection of the contract awards. Bidders can submit one or more ideas to the BAA. Anticipated date for release of the BAA is April 2014. Check back for updates to this information.

    RIF Awards
    Additional Resources

    FY 2014 RAPID INNOVATION FUND SOLICITATION NOTIONAL SCHEDULE

    Estimated April 2014

    BAA Pre-Release in FEBIZOPPs (links posted at other portals / websites)

  • 30 day open period for public discussion with Defense technical PoCs

  • BAA Pre-Release + 30 Days

    BAA Pre-Release+ 45 Days

    BAA Pre-Release + 60 Days

    BAA Pre-Release + 90 Days

  • Public discussion limited to formal questions submitted to RIF Portal
  • Portal closes to new Questions
  • Answers to all formal questions posted
  • BAA Closes: White Papers (WPs) due from offerors

  • BAA + 90 Days

    BAA Closes: White Papers (WPs) due from offerors


    NLT October 31, 2014

  • Components conduct WP evaluations
  • Source selection authority establishes WP priorities / ranking

  • NLT November 15, 2014

    Components notify all offerors / invite full proposals


    January 15, 2015

    Full proposals due from offerors


    NLT February 15, 2015

    Components evaluate full proposals


    NLT August 1, 2015 

    Complete proposal negotiations & contract awards


     

    If you submitted a white paper or were invited to submit a full proposal and have not received notification as to the status of your submission, reach out to the points of contact:

    NAME
    ACTIVITY
    EMAIL
    PHONE

    Dan Cundiff

    Lead, OSD (ASD R&E)

    thomas.d.cundiff.civ@mail.mil

    571-372-6807


    Paul Frichtl

    Alternate, OSD (ASD R&E)

    paul.j.frichtl.ctr@mail.mil

    571-372-6804


    CAPT Richard Balzano

    Lead, OSD (OSBP)

    richard.a.balzano.mil@mail.mil

    571-256-7791


    Rushawn Chambers

    Alternate, OSD (OSBP)

    rushawn.g.chambers.ctr@mail.mil

    571-372-7692


    Rob Saunders

    Lead, Department of the Army

    robert.m.saunders14.civ@mail.mil

    703-617-0279


    Bob Smith

    Lead, Department of Navy

    robert.l.smith6@navy.mil

    703-696-7954


    Brad Pantuck

    Alternate, Department of Navy

    bradford.pantuck.ctr@navy.mil

    703-862-5307


    Dwaine Young

    Lead, Department of the Air Force

    dwaine.young@us.af.mil

    937-656-5152


    John (JR) Smith

    Alternate, Department of the Air Force

    johnr.smith@pentagon.af.mil

    571-256-0316


    Updated 4/3/14