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 Awards Completed - See reference document, below
FY 2014 Proposal Status: **Updated December 03, 2014**

DoD issued one solicitation entitled “Rapid Innovation Fund (RIF) Broad Agency Announcement (BAA)”, which includes separate technology areas of interest for each of the Services as well as Defense Agencies. The BAA lists 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.

FY 2014 RAPID INNOVATION FUND SOLICITATION SCHEDULE

June 24, 2014

July 9, 2014

July 18, 2014

  • BAA open for White Paper submission at http://www.dodrif.com. Status: Completed 
  • Portal closes to new questions
  • Answers to all formal questions posted as amendment to solicitation

  • August 11, 2014

    BAA Closes: White Papers (WPs) due from offerors by 3:00 pm EDT. Status: Completed 

    Due to technical issues with the RIF submission websites, the deadline to submit white papers has been extended to 3:00PM EDT on August 11, 2014. Any submissions not received in their entirety by this time will not be considered or evaluated.


    NLT December 18, 2014

  • Components conduct WP evaluations Status: 70 percent Complete 
  • Source selection authority establishes WP priorities / ranking

  • NLT January 9, 2015

    Components notify all offerors / invite full proposals Status: Components starting to Notify Offerors (40 percent Complete)


    NLT February 13, 2015

    Full proposals due from offerors Note: Actual due date will be established by each contracting office


    NLT March 20, 2015

    Components evaluate full proposals Note: Actual due date will be established by each contracting office


    NLT August 1, 2015 

    Complete proposal negotiations & contract awards Note: Actual due date will be established by each contracting office


    RIF Awards
    Additional Resources
    KEY 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


    Sherry Freeman

    Lead, OSD (OSBP)

    shermain.d.freeman.civ@mail.mil

    703-805-4972


    Rushawn Chambers

    Alternate, OSD (OSBP)

    rushawn.g.chambers.ctr@mail.mil

    571-372-6307


    Rob Saunders

    Lead, Department of the Army

    robert.m.saunders14.civ@mail.mil

    703-617-0279


    Tom Gallagher

    Lead, Department of Navy

    thomas.j.gallagher@navy.mil

    703-696-6815


    Brad Pantuck

    Alternate, Department of Navy

    bradford.pantuck.ctr@navy.mil

    703-862-5307


    LtCol Daniel Gallton

    Lead, Department of the Air Force

    daniel.a.gallton.mil@mail.mil

    571-256-0332


    John (JR) Smith

    Alternate, Department of the Air Force

    john.r.smith346.ctr@mail.mil

    571-256-0316


    Updated 12/10/14