The Long Range Broad Agency Announcement (BAA’s) mission is to provide a standing, open invitation for researchers and scientists to contribute their best ideas that address Department of Homeland Security (DHS) capability gaps. It is a funding mechanism, not a program, for novel and innovative concepts. While most BAAs have prescriptive requirements, the Long Range BAA is an open, peer-reviewed competition of ideas to encourage researchers to pursue their creativity and innovations. All of Science and Technology Directorate's (S&T) divisions and special programs may receive, evaluate, and fund research and development projects through the Long Range BAA.
- Provide the private sector with a flexible funding mechanism with minimal administrative burden to encourage creativity and innovation.
- Maximize each submission’s exposure throughout S&T by having the Long Range BAA Advisory Board recommend relevant divisions and programs suited to the submission.
- Notify offerors of evaluation results within 90 days after the Department receives their paper.
- Ensure that all submissions are given due consideration and are evaluated fairly, according to the criteria set forth in the Long Range BAA Solicitation.
- Ensure S&T Long Range BAA Solicitations are issued in accordance with Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Part 6.102 “Use of Competitive Procedures” and FAR Part 35.016 “Broad Agency Announcement”.
- Comply with The Homeland Security Act of 2002 (Public Law 107-296), which states the Department's S&T Directorate will “support basic and applied homeland security research to promote revolutionary changes in technologies; advance the development, testing and evaluation, and deployment of critical homeland security technologies; and accelerate the prototyping and deployment of technologies that would address homeland security vulnerabilities.”
Mr. W. Adrian Groth, Management & Program Analyst, oversees the day-to-day operations of the Long Range BAA for the Department’s Science and Technology Directorate.