The Science and Technology Directorate's (S&T) Long-Range Broad Agency Announcement (LRBAA) is a standing, open invitation to the scientific and technical communities to fund pioneering research and development (R&D) projects in support of our nation’s security. Its purpose is to advance our scientific and technical knowledge and to apply such advances to the department’s operational environments.
A traditional Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) is fairly specific in its subject matter requirements. The LRBAA is not. By design, it covers a wide range of subjects and is short on details. This enables S&T to contemplate proposals for original research that fall outside the scope of its more narrowly defined BAAs. To view a listing of S&T's current solicitations, visit S&T's Solicitation Portal.
All of S&T’s divisions and special programs may receive submissions through the LRBAA. Research areas of strategic interest are provided in Part I of the LRBAA 14-02 solicitation. Part II describes the submission process, requirements, and evaluation criteria. Both of these documents may be accessed on the LRBAA website. Prospective applicants are strongly encouraged to read the entire solicitation.
The LRBAA is not allocated a pre-defined level of funding. As such, the provision of funds is an important consideration when an otherwise promising proposal is evaluated.
Products that are available to the commercial marketplace or support services of any kind cannot be contemplated or purchased through the LRBAA, according to the Federal Acquisition Regulation. Above all, the LRBAA is expressly for original, state-of-the-art research or unique prototypes that require proof of concept. All submissions are peer reviewed.
Successful submissions to the LRBAA answer questions such as, “What research problem do you propose to solve? How is your concept different from and superior to solutions currently available elsewhere? What data and analysis do you have to support the contention that funding your R&D project will result in a significant increase in capability for DHS?”
More detailed information about the LRBAA may be accessed on the LRBAA website. Learn about research areas of strategic interest, submission requirements and processes, and evaluation criteria at this website.
You may expect to be notified of the results of your evaluation in approximately 90 days from the date of submission; however, the evaluation process can take longer in certain situations.
Stephen D. Hancock and Sally Harris currently oversee the day-to-day operations of the LRBAA program for S&T.