Emerging Computing Architectures and Applications

Agency: Department of the Air Force
State: New York
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Posted Date: Apr 18, 2019
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Solicitation No: BAA-RIK-14-05
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Added: May 14, 2014 10:13 am

NAICS CODE: 541712

FEDERAL AGENCY NAME: Department of the Air Force, Air Force Materiel Command, AFRL - Rome Research Site, AFRL/Information Directorate, 26 Electronic Parkway, Rome, NY, 13441-4514


TITLE: Emerging Computing Architectures and Applications


ANNOUNCEMENT TYPE: Initial announcement


FUNDING OPPORTUNITY NUMBER: BAA-RIK-14-05


CFDA Number: 12.800


I. FUNDING OPPORTUNITY DESCRIPTION:


The Information Directorate, High Performance Systems Branch, of the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), Rome Research Site, is soliciting white papers under this announcement for innovative technologies to explore and develop computational capabilities with greater sophistication, autonomy, intelligence, and assurance for addressing dynamic mission requirements imposed by Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C4ISR) applications and Size Weight and Power (SWAP) constrained Air Force platforms.


Of particular interest are emerging technologies that can provide revolutionary computational capabilities which enable greater system adaptability, autonomy and intelligence while improving information availability throughout the C4ISR enterprise. This includes quantum algorithms, computing architectures that improve energy efficiency, architectures that support computational intelligence and neuromorphic computing, architectures for embedded processing, architectures for high-performance computing which improve performance & enable increased system functionality, tools to increase the productivity of developing applications, methods and architectures that can provide dramatic improvements in the performance/cost of systems. Also of interest are technologies that can reduce warfighter decision latencies/response time, decrease system costs and system development times.


The overall objective of this BAA is to research, develop, and demonstrate emerging computing technologies and applications. This involves performing research and development in the following technical areas:


(1) Quantum Computing

The objective of this research is to explore the theoretical development of quantum algorithms and their experimental implementation in quantum systems with an emphasis on applications to scientific computing, search, decision, and optimization problems. This research includes but is not limited to: one-way quantum computation using cluster/graphs states, measurement based quantum computation, quantum computing with an emphasis on the utilization of photon-based qubits, quantum algorithms employing cluster/graph states, quantum annealing or adiabatic quantum computation, blind quantum computation, quantum error protection by topological encoding, quantum circuit simulation with an emphasis on modeling experiments, single photon/entangled-photons on demand, quantum integrated optical waveguide circuitry, reduced measurement methodologies for quantum tomography of multi-qubit states, measures of quantum entanglement, and the distinction between quantum and classical information and its subsequent exploitation.

Questions regarding this technical area can be directed to:
Paul Alsing (315) 330-4960, Paul.Alsing@us.af.mil

(2) Nanocomputing

The objective of this research is to explore current and emerging nanoelectronics for information processing towards novel super-high-performance computing architectures that utilize ultra-low consumed power. In order to achieve this energy efficient computing performance, this research utilizes bottom-up/top-down synthesis taxonomy based designs for computing (processing) platforms implemented using innovative inorganic and/or organic nanodimensional devices and circuits. The emphasis of this research is on emerging nanomaterials and processes that enable innovative organizations/architectures and assess 2D and 3D technology research involving novel hardware, software, design methods and nanotechnology solutions. Nanoelectronics of interest include, but are not limited to, multidisciplinary development of memristive, spintronic, carbon-based, or hybrid complementary metal oxide semiconductor (CMOS) technologies in novel architectures. Nanoelectronic architectures that support novel information processing such as spike processing and synthetic neurons in bio-inspired architectures are also of interest. Emerging applications include use in embedded, autonomous systems, as well as brain-computer interfaces.

Questions regarding this technical area can be directed to:
Joseph Van Nostrand (518) 956-7247, Joseph.VanNostrand.1@us.af.mil


(3) Computational Intelligence and Neuromorphic Computing


The objective of this research is to advance the understanding and development of emerging computationally intelligent architectures towards increased perception, adaptability, reconfigurability, resiliency, self-optimization, and autonomy for energy efficient agile AF platforms. In order to achieve high levels of intelligence within systems, neuromorphic computing exploits the characteristic behaviors of novel complex materials and structures with advanced processing techniques to achieve very large scale integration within highly parallel neural architectures. Such research includes the multidisciplinary development of beyond Von Neumann-based computers to include memristive systems, hardware-based neural networks, reservoir computing, chaotic systems, and advanced software algorithms, among others. The utilization of recent enabling advancements in computational neuroscience, nanoelectronics, nanophotonics, high performance computing, and material science, is stressed. Emerging applications include pattern recognition and signature analysis, autonomous adaptive operations, human machine collaboration, neural control of complex systems, and self-learning.


Questions regarding this technical area can be directed to:
Bryant Wysocki (315) 330-7109 Bryant.Wysocki@us.af.mil


(4) Resource Analysis of Cognitive Process Flow Used to Achieve Autonomy


The objective of this research is to analyze and evaluate the computing and energy resource requirements for autonomous systems. The analysis would help determine complete processing architectures and the energy/performance trade space for the total mission flow performed by an autonomous system. To do so we seek work in determining resource utilization during an operationally complete set of cognitive functions. First, what is desired is the listing of a complete, typical "cognizance flow" for analysis. The first pass at the analysis should focus on the resources used by conventional hardware running conventional, independent applications to perform functionals, (e.g. object recognition).


An example list of cognitive primitives required for significant autonomy could include: to perceive, recognize, semantically assign, evaluate against goals, determine a course of action, perform the action and evaluate results. Functionals could be sensing, object recognition and tracking, learning, decision processes and course of action (COA) analysis. AFRL views an autonomic system as a stack of functional layers with horizontal bindings and vertical abstractions that all interact continuously. Significant work has been performed in characterizing resource utilization for individual lower level perception-recognition functions such as object recognition. For example, AFRL has a good idea of what it takes in performance and energy to perform pixel by pixel edge detection and know a Haar wavelet detection operation is much less computationally intensive. Less work has been done in analyzing the resource requirements for the higher level functions and little has been accomplished in analysis of the binding or abstraction functions that flow the results from one functional into the next stage for processing.

The second analysis pass is desired to explore the use of non-conventional hardware/software, such as neuromorphic processors, with more integrated flow between functionals. Where can we effectively use non-conventional hardware to reduce the energy/processing required? The third analysis result of interest is a characterization of the energy requirements focused on the flow control operations. How much processing and energy does it take to process the results from say an object recognition and move those results to an object tracking operation, or process and move the results from a learning (semantic assignment) operation to a goal evaluation operation? How much to keep the whole system moving in an efficient streaming flow?

AFRL has significant in-house mainframe resources available for use in simulation and emulation.

Questions regarding this technical area can be directed to:
Thomas Renz (315) 330-3423, Thomas.Renz@us.af.mil


(5) High Performance Computing


The objective of this research is to explore innovative computing processor architectures and clusters for meeting future Air Force real-time high performance embedded computing applications. The computing architectures of interest include the digital signal processing (DSP) processors, field-programmable gate array (FPGA) devices, Graphics Processing Units (GPUs), Tilera multi-core processors, and advanced processor architectures. At the other end of the spectrum, supercomputing clusters, cloud computing applications and innovative data center computing and power saving strategies are desirable. This research includes but is not limited to: innovative techniques for exploiting multi-core and many-core parallelism, mapping of applications, multi-core software technologies, programming tools and interconnection technologies. The emphasis on the computing processor architectures is based primarily on Size Weight and Power (SWaP) constraints. Basic and applied research in the area of high performance embedded energy efficient computing hardware, software and total systems are of interest. Exploration and concept demonstrations of novel system architectures are desired such as high speed input/output (I/O) devices and heterogeneous systems that ensure best performance across a diverse set of C4ISR applications and algorithms.


Questions regarding this technical area can be directed to:
Mark Barnell (315) 330-3273 Mark.Barnell.1@us.af.mil


(6) Modular Embedded Computing Architectures


The objective of this research is to explore innovative modular computing system architectures for meeting future Air Force real-time embedded applications. AFRL's interest is to develop methods supporting modular plug-n-play system design to be used in future weapon and aircraft applications. Applications may include, but are not limited to C4ISR, communication, autonomy and target recognition. Modular design should support interchangeable sensors and other devices, with automatic software reconfiguration based on the set of available resources. Data bandwidth requirements of future systems can be expected to increase, compute and interface methods should be selected that will be scalable. Optimization of Size Weight and Power (SWaP) will be a priority.

Questions regarding this technical area can be directed to:
Dennis Fitzgerald (315)330-4220 Email: Dennis.Fitzgerald5@us.af.mil


II. AWARD INFORMATION:


1. FUNDING: Total funding for this BAA is approximately $24.9M. The anticipated funding to be obligated under this BAA is broken out by fiscal year as follows: FY 14 - $1.4M; FY 15 - $4.5M; FY 16 - $5M; FY 17 - $4.9M; and FY18 - $5M: FY 19 - $4.1M. Individual awards will not normally exceed 36 months with dollar amounts normally ranging between $100K to $1M per year. There is also the potential to make awards up to any dollar value. The Government reserves the right to select all, part, or none of the proposals received, subject to the availability of funds. All potential Offerors should be aware that due to unanticipated budget fluctuations, funding in any or all areas may change with little or no notice.


2. FORM: Awards of efforts as a result of this announcement will be in the form of contracts, grants, or cooperative agreements depending upon the nature of the work proposed.


3. BAA TYPE: This is a two-step open broad agency announcement. This announcement constitutes the only solicitation. AS STEP ONE - We are only soliciting white papers at this time. DO NOT SUBMIT A FORMAL PROPOSAL. Those white papers found to be consistent with the intent of this BAA may be invited to submit a technical and cost proposal, see Section VI of this announcement for further details regarding the proposal.


III. ELIGIBILITY INFORMATION:


1. ELIGIBLE APPLICANTS: All qualified offerors who meet the requirements of this BAA may apply. Foreign or foreign-owned offerors are advised that their participation is subject to foreign disclosure review procedures. Foreign or foreign-owned offerors should immediately contact the contracting office focal point, Gail E. Marsh, Contracting Officer, telephone (315) 330-7518 or e-mail Gail.Marsh@us.af.mil for information if they contemplate responding. The e-mail must reference the title and BAA-RIK-14-05.


IV. APPLICATION AND SUBMISSION INFORMATION: All responses to this announcement must be addressed to the Technical point of contact (POC) listed in SECTION VII. DO NOT send white papers to the Contracting Officer.


1. SUBMISSION DATES AND TIMES: It is recommended that white papers be received by the following dates to maximize the possibility of award:


FY14 by 16 Jun 2014
FY15 by 02 Mar 2015
FY16 by 01 Mar 2016
FY17 by 01 Mar 2017
FY18 by 01 Mar 2018
FY19 by 30 Sep 2019

White papers will be accepted until 2pm Eastern time on 30 Sep 2019, but it is less likely that funding will be available in each respective fiscal year after the dates cited. If any of these dates listed fall on a non-business day, they will be accepted on the next business day. This BAA will close on 30 Sep 2019.


All offerors submitting white papers will be contacted by the technical POC, referenced in Section VII of this announcement. Offerors can email the technical POC for status of their white paper/proposal no earlier than 45 days after submission.


2. CONTENT AND FORM OF SUBMISSION: Offerors are required to submit 3 copies of a 3 to 5 page white paper summarizing their proposed approach/solution. The purpose of the white paper is to preclude unwarranted effort on the part of an offeror whose proposed work is not of interest to the Government.


The white paper will be formatted as follows:

a. Section A: Title, Period of Performance, Estimated Cost, Name/Address of Company, Technical and Contracting Points of Contact (phone, fax and email)(this section is NOT included in the page count);
b. Section B: Task Objective; and
c. Section C: Technical Summary and Proposed Deliverables.

All white papers/proposals shall be double spaced with a font no smaller than 12 pitch. In addition, respondents are requested to provide their Commercial and Government Entity (CAGE) number, their Dun & Bradstreet (D&B) Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number, a fax number, an e-mail address, and reference BAA-RIK-14-05 with their submission.

Multiple white papers within the purview of this announcement may be submitted by each offeror. If the offeror wishes to restrict its white papers/proposals, they must be marked with the restrictive language stated in FAR 15.609(a) and (b).

3. HANDLING AND MAILING INSTRUCTIONS:

a. CLASSIFICATION GUIDANCE. All Proposers should review the NATIONAL INDUSTRIAL SECURITY PROGRAM OPERATING MANUAL, (NISPOM), dated February 28, 2006 as it provides baseline standards for the protection of classified information and prescribes the requirements concerning Contractor Developed Information under paragraph 4-105. Defense Security Service (DSS) Site for the NISPOM is: http://www.dss.mil/ .

b. In the event of a possible or actual compromise of classified information in the submission of your white paper or proposal, immediately but no later than 24 hours, bring this to the attention of your cognizant security authority and AFRL Rome Research Site Information Protection Office (IPO):

Bob Kane
315-330-2324 0730-1630 Monday-Friday
315-330-2961 Evenings and Weekends
Email: Robert.Kane.7@us.af.mil

c. MAILING INSTRUCTIONS. All unclassified responses to this announcement must be addressed to ATTN: Stanley Lis, AFRL/RITB, 525 Brooks Rd., Rome NY 13441-4505. Unclassified electronic submission to Stanley.Lis@us.af.mil will also be accepted.
4. OTHER SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS: DO NOT send white papers to the Contracting Officer.

a. COST SHARING OR MATCHING: Cost sharing is not a requirement.

b. SYSTEM FOR AWARD MANAGEMENT (SAM). Offerors must be registered in the SAM database to receive a contract award, and remain registered during performance and through final payment of any contract or agreement. Processing time for registration in SAM, which normally takes forty-eight hours, should be taken into consideration when registering. Offerors who are not already registered should consider applying for registration before submitting a proposal. The provision at FAR 52.204-7, System for Award Management (JUL 2013) applies.

c. EXECUTIVE COMPENSATION AND FIRST-TIER SUBCONTRACT/ SUBRECIPIENT AWARDS: Any contract award resulting from this announcement may contain the clause at FAR 52.204-10 - Reporting Executive Compensation and First-Tier Subcontract Awards. Any grant or agreement award resulting from this announcement may contain the award term set forth in 2 CFR, Appendix A to Part 25 which can be viewed at: http://ecfr.gpoaccess.gov/cgi/t/text/text-idx?
c=ecfr&sid=c55a4687d6faa13b137a26d0eb436edb&rgn=div5&view=
text&node=2:1.1.1.41&idno=2#2:1.1.1.4.1.2.1.1

d. ALLOWABLE CHARGES: The cost of preparing white papers/proposals in response to this announcement is not considered an allowable direct charge to any resulting contract or any other contract, but may be an allowable expense to the normal bid and proposal indirect cost specified in FAR 31.205-18. Incurring pre-award costs for ASSISTANCE INSTRUMENTS ONLY are regulated by the DoD Grant and Agreements Regulations (DODGARS).
V. APPLICATION REVIEW INFORMATION:

1. CRITERIA: The following criteria, which are listed in descending order of importance, will be used to determine whether white papers and proposals submitted are consistent with the intent of this BAA and of interest to the Government:

(1) Overall Scientific and Technical Merit -- The soundness of approach for the development and/or enhancement of the proposed technology,

(2) Related Experience - The extent to which the offeror demonstrates relevant technology and domain knowledge,

(3) Openness, Maturity and Assurance of Solution - The extent to which existing capabilities and standards are leveraged and the relative maturity of the proposed technology, and

(4) Reasonableness and realism of proposed costs and fees (if any).

No further evaluation criteria will be used in selecting white papers/proposals. Individual white paper/proposal evaluations will be evaluated against the evaluation criteria without regard to other white papers and proposals submitted under this BAA. White papers and proposals submitted will be evaluated as they are received.

2. REVIEW AND SELECTION PROCESS: Only Government employees will evaluate the white papers/proposals for selection. The Air Force Research Laboratory's Information Directorate has contracted for various business and staff support services, some of which require contractors to obtain administrative access to proprietary information submitted by other contractors. Administrative access is defined as "handling or having physical control over information for the sole purpose of accomplishing the administrative functions specified in the administrative support contract, which do not require the review, reading, and comprehension of the content of the information on the part of non-technical professionals assigned to accomplish the specified administrative tasks." These contractors have signed general non-disclosure agreements and organizational conflict of interest statements. The required administrative access will be granted to non-technical professionals. Examples of the administrative tasks performed include: a. Assembling and organizing information for R&D case files; b. Accessing library files for use by government personnel; and c. Handling and administration of proposals, contracts, contract funding and queries. Any objection to administrative access must be in writing to the Contracting Officer and shall include a detailed statement of the basis for the objection.

3. ADEQUATE PRICE COMPETITION: The Government may simultaneously evaluate proposals received under this BAA from multiple offerors. In this case, the Government may make award based on adequate price competition, and offerors must be aware that there is a possibility of non-selection due to a proposal of similar but higher-priced technical approach as compared to another offeror.

VI. STEP TWO INFORMATION - REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL & AWARD:


1. AWARD NOTICES: Those white papers found to be consistent with the intent of this BAA may be invited to submit a technical and cost proposal. Notification by email or letter will be sent by the technical POC. Such invitation does not assure that the submitting organization will be awarded a contract. Those white papers not selected to submit a proposal will be notified in the same manner. Prospective offerors are advised that only Contracting Officers are legally authorized to commit the Government.

For additional information, a copy of the AFRL "Broad Agency Announcement (BAA): Guide for Industry," May 2012, may be accessed at: https://www.fbo.gov/index?s=opportunity&mode=form&id=e68f832abb3a7341bb7328547c0e19c0&tab=core
&_cview=0

2. ADMINISTRATIVE AND NATIONAL POLICY REQUIREMENTS:

Depending on the work to be performed, the offeror may require a SECRET facility clearance and safeguarding capability; therefore, personnel identified for assignment to a classified effort must be cleared for access to SECRET information at the time of award. In addition, the offeror may be required to have, or have access to, a certified and Government-approved facility to support work under this BAA.

This acquisition may involve data that is subject to export control laws and regulations. Only contractors who are registered and certified with the Defense Logistics Information Service (DLIS) at http://www.dlis.dla.mil/jcp/ and have a legitimate business purpose may participate in this solicitation. For questions, contact DLIS on-line at http://www.dlis.dla.mil/jcp/ or at the DLA Logistics Information Service, 74 Washington Avenue North, Battle Creek, Michigan 49037-3084, and telephone number 1-800-352-3572. You must submit a copy of your approved DD Form 2345, Militarily Critical Technical Data Agreement, with your Proposal.

3. DATA RIGHTS:

a. SBIR RIGHTS. The potential for inclusion of Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) or data rights other than unlimited on awards is recognized. In accordance with (IAW) the Small Business Administration (SBA) SBIR Policy Directive, Section 8(b), SBIR data rights clauses are non-negotiable and must not be the subject of negotiations pertaining to an award, or diminished or removed during award administration. Issuance of an award will not be made conditional based on forfeit of data rights. If the SBIR awardee wishes to transfer its SBIR data rights to the Air Force or to a third party, it must do so in writing under a separate agreement. A decision by the awardee to relinquish, transfer, or modify in any way its SBIR data rights must be made without pressure or coercion by the agency or any other party.

b. NON-SBIR RIGHTS. Non-SBIR data rights less than unlimited will be evaluated and negotiated on a case-by-case basis. Government Purpose Rights are anticipated for data developed with DoD-reimbursed Independent Research and Development (IR&D) funding.

4. REPORTING: Once a proposal has been selected for award, offerors will be given complete instructions on the submission process for the reports.

VII. AGENCY CONTACTS:

All submissions and any questions of a technical nature shall be directed to the cognizant technical point of contact, as specified below:

Stanley Lis
525 Brooks Rd.
Rome NY 13441-4505
Telephone: (315) 330-3275
Email: Stanley.Lis@us.af.mil
Questions of a contractual/business nature shall be directed to the cognizant contracting officer, as specified below (email requests are preferred):

Gail Marsh
Telephone (315) 330-7518
Email: Gail.Marsh@us.af.mil

Emails must reference the solicitation (BAA) number and title of the acquisition.

The provision at DFARS 252.239-7017, Notice of Supply Chain Risk (Nov 2013) applies.

In accordance with AFFARS 5301.91, an Ombudsman has been appointed to hear and facilitate the resolution of concerns from offerors, potential offerors, and others for this acquisition announcement. Before consulting with an ombudsman, interested parties must first address their concerns, issues, disagreements, and/or recommendations to the contracting officer for resolution. AFFARS Clause 5352.201-9101 Ombudsman (Nov 2012) will be incorporated into all contracts awarded under this BAA. The AFRL Ombudsman is as follows:

Ms. Barbara Gehrs
AFRL/PK
1864 4th Street
Building 15, Room 225
Wright-Patterson AFB OH 45433-7130
FAX: (937) 656-7321; Comm: (937) 904-4407
Email: barbara.gehrs@us.af.mil

All responsible organizations may submit a white paper which shall be considered.

Added: May 27, 2014 2:04 pm
The purpose of this modification is to:

1) Correct two email addresses in SECTION I - FUNDING OPPORTUNITY DESCRIPTION:

a. Under Paragraph (3) entitled Computational Intelligence and Neuromorphic Computing, Mr. Wysocki's email should read: bryant.wysocki.2@us.af.mil


b. Under Paragraph (6) entitled Modular Embedded Computing Architectures, Mr Fitzgerald's email should read: dennis.fitzgerald.5@us.af.mil


No other changes are being made.

Added: Sep 16, 2014 2:45 pm
The purpose of this modification is to notify respondents that all foreign allied participation is excluded at the prime contractor level. All other information remains the same.
Added: Feb 27, 2015 12:09 pm
The purpose of this modification is to:

1) Revise the POC for AFRL Rome Research Site Information Protection Office in SECTION IV.3.a:

The new POC is:


Vincent Guza
315-330-4048 0730-1630 Monday - Friday
315-330-2961 Evenings and Weekends
Email: vincent.guza@us.af.mil


2) Revise the technical POC in SECTION VII - Agency Contacts. The TPOC is deleted in its entirety and replaced with the following:

Juan E. Esparza
AFRL/RITB
525 Brooks Road
Rome New York 13441-4505
Telephone: (315) 330-3872
Email: juan.esparza@us.af.mil


No other changes are being made.


Added: May 28, 2015 11:55 am
The purpose of this modification is to republish the original announcement, incorporating all previous modifications, pursuant to FAR 35.016(c). This republishing also includes the following changes: (a) Section I: Revised Topic 6-Modular Embedded Computing Architectures; (b) Section IV.2: Removed two references to proposals. Directions are now specific to white papers (see Proposal Preparation Instructions for proposal guidance.); (c) Section IV.3.b: Updated the AFRL Rome Research Site Information Protection Officer's name and phone number; (d) Section IV.4.e: Add information on the Government approved accounting system requirement; (e) Section V, 1 & 3: Removed the second to the last sentence in Sub-Section 1 and reworded the first sentence in Sub-Section 3 to clarify the use of adequate price competition; (f) Section VI.1: Added new URL for BAA Guide to Industry and the Proposal Preparation Instructions; (g) Section VI.5: Add information specific to grant awardees regarding the requirement for an additional proposal document; and (h) Section VII: Updated the AFFARS Clause 5352.201-9101 version.


No other changes have been made.



NAICS CODE: 541712


FEDERAL AGENCY NAME: Department of the Air Force, Air Force Materiel Command, AFRL - Rome Research Site, AFRL/Information Directorate, 26 Electronic Parkway, Rome, NY, 13441-4514


TITLE: Emerging Computing Architectures and Applications


ANNOUNCEMENT TYPE: Initial announcement


FUNDING OPPORTUNITY NUMBER: BAA-RIK-14-05


CFDA Number: 12.800


I. FUNDING OPPORTUNITY DESCRIPTION:


The Information Directorate, High Performance Systems Branch, of the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), Rome Research Site, is soliciting white papers under this announcement for innovative technologies to explore and develop computational capabilities with greater sophistication, autonomy, intelligence, and assurance for addressing dynamic mission requirements imposed by Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C4ISR) applications and Size Weight and Power (SWAP) constrained Air Force platforms.


Of particular interest are emerging technologies that can provide revolutionary computational capabilities which enable greater system adaptability, autonomy and intelligence while improving information availability throughout the C4ISR enterprise. This includes quantum algorithms, computing architectures that improve energy efficiency, architectures that support computational intelligence and neuromorphic computing, architectures for embedded processing, architectures for high-performance computing which improve performance & enable increased system functionality, tools to increase the productivity of developing applications, methods and architectures that can provide dramatic improvements in the performance/cost of systems. Also of interest are technologies that can reduce warfighter decision latencies/response time, decrease system costs and system development times.


The overall objective of this BAA is to research, develop, and demonstrate emerging computing technologies and applications. This involves performing research and development in the following technical areas:


(1) Quantum Computing

The objective of this research is to explore the theoretical development of quantum algorithms and their experimental implementation in quantum systems with an emphasis on applications to scientific computing, search, decision, and optimization problems. This research includes but is not limited to: one-way quantum computation using cluster/graphs states, measurement based quantum computation, quantum computing with an emphasis on the utilization of photon-based qubits, quantum algorithms employing cluster/graph states, quantum annealing or adiabatic quantum computation, blind quantum computation, quantum error protection by topological encoding, quantum circuit simulation with an emphasis on modeling experiments, single photon/entangled-photons on demand, quantum integrated optical waveguide circuitry, reduced measurement methodologies for quantum tomography of multi-qubit states, measures of quantum entanglement, and the distinction between quantum and classical information and its subsequent exploitation.

Questions regarding this technical area can be directed to:
Paul Alsing (315) 330-4960 Paul.Alsing@us.af.mil

(2) Nanocomputing

The objective of this research is to explore current and emerging nanoelectronics for information processing towards novel super-high-performance computing architectures that utilize ultra-low consumed power. In order to achieve this energy efficient computing performance, this research utilizes bottom-up/top-down synthesis taxonomy based designs for computing (processing) platforms implemented using innovative inorganic and/or organic nanodimensional devices and circuits. The emphasis of this research is on emerging nanomaterials and processes that enable innovative organizations/architectures and assess 2D and 3D technology research involving novel hardware, software, design methods and nanotechnology solutions. Nanoelectronics of interest include, but are not limited to, multidisciplinary development of memristive, spintronic, carbon-based, or hybrid complementary metal oxide semiconductor (CMOS) technologies in novel architectures. Nanoelectronic architectures that support novel information processing such as spike processing and synthetic neurons in bio-inspired architectures are also of interest. Emerging applications include use in embedded, autonomous systems, as well as brain-computer interfaces.


Questions regarding this technical area can be directed to:
Joseph Van Nostrand (518) 956-7247 Joseph.VanNostrand.1@us.af.mil


(3) Computational Intelligence and Neuromorphic Computing


The objective of this research is to advance the understanding and development of emerging computationally intelligent architectures towards increased perception, adaptability, reconfigurability, resiliency, self-optimization, and autonomy for energy efficient agile AF platforms. In order to achieve high levels of intelligence within systems, neuromorphic computing exploits the characteristic behaviors of novel complex materials and structures with advanced processing techniques to achieve very large scale integration within highly parallel neural architectures. Such research includes the multidisciplinary development of beyond Von Neumann-based computers to include memristive systems, hardware-based neural networks, reservoir computing, chaotic systems, and advanced software algorithms, among others. The utilization of recent enabling advancements in computational neuroscience, nanoelectronics, nanophotonics, high performance computing, and material science, is stressed. Emerging applications include pattern recognition and signature analysis, autonomous adaptive operations, human machine collaboration, neural control of complex systems, and self-learning.


Questions regarding this technical area can be directed to:
Bryant Wysocki (315) 330-7109 Bryant.Wysocki.2@us.af.mil


(4) Resource Analysis of Cognitive Process Flow Used to Achieve Autonomy


The objective of this research is to analyze and evaluate the computing and energy resource requirements for autonomous systems. The analysis would help determine complete processing architectures and the energy/performance trade space for the total mission flow performed by an autonomous system. To do so we seek work in determining resource utilization during an operationally complete set of cognitive functions. First, what is desired is the listing of a complete, typical "cognizance flow" for analysis. The first pass at the analysis should focus on the resources used by conventional hardware running conventional, independent applications to perform functionals, (e.g. object recognition).


An example list of cognitive primitives required for significant autonomy could include: to perceive, recognize, semantically assign, evaluate against goals, determine a course of action, perform the action and evaluate results. Functionals could be sensing, object recognition and tracking, learning, decision processes and course of action (COA) analysis. AFRL views an autonomic system as a stack of functional layers with horizontal bindings and vertical abstractions that all interact continuously. Significant work has been performed in characterizing resource utilization for individual lower level perception-recognition functions such as object recognition. For example, AFRL has a good idea of what it takes in performance and energy to perform pixel by pixel edge detection and know a Haar wavelet detection operation is much less computationally intensive. Less work has been done in analyzing the resource requirements for the higher level functions and little has been accomplished in analysis of the binding or abstraction functions that flow the results from one functional into the next stage for processing.

The second analysis pass is desired to explore the use of non-conventional hardware/software, such as neuromorphic processors, with more integrated flow between functionals. Where can we effectively use non-conventional hardware to reduce the energy/processing required? The third analysis result of interest is a characterization of the energy requirements focused on the flow control operations. How much processing and energy does it take to process the results from say an object recognition and move those results to an object tracking operation, or process and move the results from a learning (semantic assignment) operation to a goal evaluation operation? How much to keep the whole system moving in an efficient streaming flow?

AFRL has significant in-house mainframe resources available for use in simulation and emulation.

Questions regarding this technical area can be directed to:
Thomas Renz (315) 330-3423 Thomas.Renz@us.af.mil


(5) High Performance Computing


The objective of this research is to explore innovative computing processor architectures and clusters for meeting future Air Force real-time high performance embedded computing applications. The computing architectures of interest include the digital signal processing (DSP) processors, field-programmable gate array (FPGA) devices, Graphics Processing Units (GPUs), Tilera multi-core processors, and advanced processor architectures. At the other end of the spectrum, supercomputing clusters, cloud computing applications and innovative data center computing and power saving strategies are desirable. This research includes but is not limited to: innovative techniques for exploiting multi-core and many-core parallelism, mapping of applications, multi-core software technologies, programming tools and interconnection technologies. The emphasis on the computing processor architectures is based primarily on Size Weight and Power (SWaP) constraints. Basic and applied research in the area of high performance embedded energy efficient computing hardware, software and total systems are of interest. Exploration and concept demonstrations of novel system architectures are desired such as high speed input/output (I/O) devices and heterogeneous systems that ensure best performance across a diverse set of C4ISR applications and algorithms.


Questions regarding this technical area can be directed to:
Mark Barnell (315) 330-3273 Mark.Barnell.1@us.af.mil


(6) Modular Embedded Computing Architectures


The objective of this research is to explore innovative modular computing system architectures for meeting future Air Force real-time embedded applications. AFRL's interest is to develop methods supporting efficient modular plug-n-play system design to be used in future weapon and aircraft applications. Applications may include, but are not limited to C4ISR, communication, autonomy and target recognition. Modular design should support interchangeable sensors, software modules, and other devices, with automatic software reconfiguration based on the set of available resources. Programming languages and tools are of interest providing increased programmer efficiency, as well as scalability and high real time performance on multiprocessor heterogeneous systems. Data bandwidth requirements of future systems can be expected to increase, compute and interface methods must support system scalability.


Question regarding this technical area can be directed to:
Dennis Fitzgerald (315)330-4220 Email: Dennis.Fitzgerald.5@us.af.mil



II. AWARD INFORMATION:


1. FUNDING: Total funding for this BAA is approximately $24.9M. The anticipated funding to be obligated under this BAA is broken out by fiscal year as follows: FY 14 - $1.4M; FY 15 - $4.5M; FY 16 - $5M; FY 17 - $4.9M; and FY18 - $5M: FY 19 - $4.1M. Individual awards will not normally exceed 36 months with dollar amounts normally ranging between $100K to $1M per year. There is also the potential to make awards up to any dollar value. The Government reserves the right to select all, part, or none of the proposals received, subject to the availability of funds. All potential Offerors should be aware that due to unanticipated budget fluctuations, funding in any or all areas may change with little or no notice.


2. FORM: Awards of efforts as a result of this announcement will be in the form of contracts, grants, or cooperative agreements depending upon the nature of the work proposed.


3. BAA TYPE: This is a two-step open broad agency announcement. This announcement constitutes the only solicitation. AS STEP ONE - We are only soliciting white papers at this time. DO NOT SUBMIT A FORMAL PROPOSAL. Those white papers found to be consistent with the intent of this BAA may be invited to submit a technical and cost proposal, see Section VI of this announcement for further details regarding the proposal.



III. ELIGIBILITY INFORMATION:


1. ELIGIBLE APPLICANTS: All qualified applicants who meet the requirements of this BAA may apply.


This BAA is closed to foreign participation at the Prime Contractor level.


Foreign Ownership, Control or Influence (FOCI) companies who have mitigated FOCI may inquire as to eligibility by contacting the contracting office focal point, Gail E. Marsh, Contracting Officer, telephone (315) 330-7518 or e-mail Gail.Marsh@us.af.mil for verification prior to submitting a white paper. Please reference BAA RIK-14-05.



IV. APPLICATION AND SUBMISSION INFORMATION: All responses to this announcement must be addressed to the Technical point of contact (POC) listed in SECTION VII. DO NOT send white papers to the Contracting Officer.


1. SUBMISSION DATES AND TIMES: It is recommended that white papers be received by the following dates to maximize the possibility of award:


FY14 by 16 Jun 2014
FY15 by 02 Mar 2015
FY16 by 01 Mar 2016
FY17 by 01 Mar 2017
FY18 by 01 Mar 2018
FY19 by 30 Sep 2019


White papers will be accepted until 2pm Eastern time on 30 Sep 2019, but it is less likely that funding will be available in each respective fiscal year after the dates cited. If any of these dates listed fall on a non-business day, they will be accepted on the next business day. This BAA will close on 30 Sep 2019.


All offerors submitting white papers will be contacted by the technical POC, referenced in Section VII of this announcement. Offerors can email the technical POC for status of their white paper/proposal no earlier than 45 days after submission.


2. CONTENT AND FORM OF SUBMISSION: Offerors are required to submit 3 copies of a 3 to 5 page white paper summarizing their proposed approach/solution. The purpose of the white paper is to preclude unwarranted effort on the part of an offeror whose proposed work is not of interest to the Government.


The white paper will be formatted as follows:


a. Section A : Title, Period of Performance, Estimated Cost, Name/Address of Company, Technical and Contracting Points of Contact (phone, fax and email)(this section is NOT included in the page count);
b. Section B : Task Objective; and
c. Section C : Technical Summary and Proposed Deliverables.


All white papers shall be double spaced with a font no smaller than 12 points. In addition, respondents are requested to provide their Commercial and Government Entity (CAGE) number, their Dun & Bradstreet (D&B) Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number, a fax number, an e-mail address, and reference BAA-RIK-14-05 with their submission.


Multiple white papers within the purview of this announcement may be submitted by each offeror. If the offeror wishes to restrict its white papers, they must be marked with the restrictive language stated in FAR 15.609(a) and (b).


3. HANDLING AND MAILING INSTRUCTIONS:


a. CLASSIFICATION GUIDANCE. All Proposers should review the NATIONAL INDUSTRIAL SECURITY PROGRAM OPERATING MANUAL, (NISPOM), dated February 28, 2006 as it provides baseline standards for the protection of classified information and prescribes the requirements concerning Contractor Developed Information under paragraph 4-105. Defense Security Service (DSS) Site for the NISPOM is: http://www.dss.mil/ .


b. In the event of a possible or actual compromise of classified information in the submission of your white paper or proposal, immediately but no later than 24 hours, bring this to the attention of your cognizant security authority and AFRL Rome Research Site Information Protection Office (IPO):


Vincent Guza
315-330-4048 0730-1630 Monday-Friday
315-330-2961 Evenings and Weekends
Email: vincent.guza@us.af.mil


c. MAILING INSTRUCTIONS. All unclassified responses to this announcement must be addressed to ATTN: Juan Esparza, AFRL/RITB, 525 Brooks Rd., Rome NY 13441-4505. Unclassified electronic submission to juan.esparza@us.af.mil will also be accepted.


4. OTHER SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS: DO NOT send white papers to the Contracting Officer.


a. COST SHARING OR MATCHING: Cost sharing is not a requirement.
b. SYSTEM FOR AWARD MANAGEMENT (SAM). Offerors must be registered in the SAM database to receive a contract award, and remain registered during performance and through final payment of any contract or agreement. Processing time for registration in SAM, which normally takes forty-eight hours, should be taken into consideration when registering. Offerors who are not already registered should consider applying for registration before submitting a proposal. The provision at FAR 52.204-7, System for Award Management (JUL 2013) applies.
c. EXECUTIVE COMPENSATION AND FIRST-TIER SUBCONTRACT/ SUBRECIPIENT AWARDS: Any contract award resulting from this announcement may contain the clause at FAR 52.204-10 - Reporting Executive Compensation and First-Tier Subcontract Awards. Any grant or agreement award resulting from this announcement may contain the award term set forth in 2 CFR, Appendix A to Part 25 which can be viewed at: http://ecfr.gpoaccess.gov/cgi/t/text/text-idx?c=ecfr&sid=c55a4687d6faa13b137a26d0eb436edb&rgn=div5&view=text&node
=2:1.1.1.41&idno=2#2:1.1.1.4.1.2.1.1

d. ALLOWABLE CHARGES: The cost of preparing white papers/proposals in response to this announcement is not considered an allowable direct charge to any resulting contract or any other contract, but may be an allowable expense to the normal bid and proposal indirect cost specified in FAR 31.205-18. Incurring pre-award costs for ASSISTANCE INSTRUMENTS ONLY are regulated by the DoD Grant and Agreements Regulations (DODGARS).
e. GOVERNMENT APPROVED ACCOUNTING SYSTEM: An offeror must have a government approved accounting system prior to award of a cost-reimbursement contract per limitations set forth in FAR 16.301-3(a) to ensure the system is adequate for determining costs applicable to the contract. The acceptability of an accounting system is determined based upon an audit performed by the Defense Contract Audit Agency (DCAA). IMPORTANT: If you do not have a DCAA approved accounting system access the following link for instructions: https://www.fbo.gov/index?s=opportunity&mode=form&id=1cffad228f48b58057072a6c9113799d&tab
=core&_cview=1



V. APPLICATION REVIEW INFORMATION:


1. CRITERIA: The following criteria, which are listed in descending order of importance, will be used to determine whether white papers and proposals submitted are consistent with the intent of this BAA and of interest to the Government:


(1) Overall Scientific and Technical Merit -- The soundness of approach for the development and/or enhancement of the proposed technology,
(2) Related Experience - The extent to which the offeror demonstrates relevant technology and domain knowledge,
(3) Openness, Maturity and Assurance of Solution - The extent to which existing capabilities and standards are leveraged and the relative maturity of the proposed technology, and
(4) Reasonableness and realism of proposed costs and fees (if any).


No further evaluation criteria will be used in selecting white papers/proposals. White papers and proposals submitted will be evaluated as they are received.


2. REVIEW AND SELECTION PROCESS: Only Government employees will evaluate the white papers/proposals for selection. The Air Force Research Laboratory's Information Directorate has contracted for various business and staff support services, some of which require contractors to obtain administrative access to proprietary information submitted by other contractors. Administrative access is defined as "handling or having physical control over information for the sole purpose of accomplishing the administrative functions specified in the administrative support contract, which do not require the review, reading, and comprehension of the content of the information on the part of non-technical professionals assigned to accomplish the specified administrative tasks." These contractors have signed general non-disclosure agreements and organizational conflict of interest statements. The required administrative access will be granted to non-technical professionals. Examples of the administrative tasks performed include: a. Assembling and organizing information for R&D case files; b. Accessing library files for use by government personnel; and c. Handling and administration of proposals, contracts, contract funding and queries. Any objection to administrative access must be in writing to the Contracting Officer and shall include a detailed statement of the basis for the objection.


3. ADEQUATE PRICE COMPETITION: The Government may simultaneously evaluate proposals received under this BAA with a common cutoff date for multiple offerors. In this case, the Government may make award based on adequate price competition, and offerors must be aware that there is a possibility of non-selection due to a proposal of similar but higher-priced technical approach as compared to another offeror.



VI. STEP TWO INFORMATION - REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL & AWARD:


1. AWARD NOTICES: Those white papers found to be consistent with the intent of this BAA may be invited to submit a technical and cost proposal. Notification by email or letter will be sent by the technical POC. Such invitation does not assure that the submitting organization will be awarded a contract. Those white papers not selected to submit a proposal will be notified in the same manner. Prospective offerors are advised that only Contracting Officers are legally authorized to commit the Government.


For additional information, a copy of the AFRL "Broad Agency Announcement (BAA): Guide for Industry," Mar 2015, and Proposal Preparation Instructions, Dec 2014 may be accessed at: https://www.fbo.gov/index?s=opportunity&mode=form&id=1cffad228f48b58057072a6c9113799d
&tab=core&_cview=1


2. ADMINISTRATIVE AND NATIONAL POLICY REQUIREMENTS:


Depending on the work to be performed, the offeror may require a SECRET facility clearance and safeguarding capability; therefore, personnel identified for assignment to a classified effort must be cleared for access to SECRET information at the time of award. In addition, the offeror may be required to have, or have access to, a certified and Government-approved facility to support work under this BAA.


This acquisition may involve data that is subject to export control laws and regulations. Only contractors who are registered and certified with the Defense Logistics Information Service (DLIS) at http://www.dlis.dla.mil/jcp/ and have a legitimate business purpose may participate in this solicitation. For questions, contact DLIS on-line at http://www.dlis.dla.mil/jcp/ or at the DLA Logistics Information Service, 74 Washington Avenue North, Battle Creek, Michigan 49037-3084, and telephone number 1-800-352-3572. You must submit a copy of your approved DD Form 2345, Militarily Critical Technical Data Agreement, with your Proposal.


3. DATA RIGHTS:


a. SBIR RIGHTS. The potential for inclusion of Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) or data rights other than unlimited on awards is recognized. In accordance with (IAW) the Small Business Administration (SBA) SBIR Policy Directive, Section 8(b), SBIR data rights clauses are non-negotiable and must not be the subject of negotiations pertaining to an award, or diminished or removed during award administration. Issuance of an award will not be made conditional based on forfeit of data rights. If the SBIR awardee wishes to transfer its SBIR data rights to the Air Force or to a third party, it must do so in writing under a separate agreement. A decision by the awardee to relinquish, transfer, or modify in any way its SBIR data rights must be made without pressure or coercion by the agency or any other party.


b. NON-SBIR RIGHTS. Non-SBIR data rights less than unlimited will be evaluated and negotiated on a case-by-case basis. Government Purpose Rights are anticipated for data developed with DoD-reimbursed Independent Research and Development (IR&D) funding.


4. REPORTING: Once a proposal has been selected for award, offerors will be given complete instructions on the submission process for the reports.


5. GRANT AWARDS ONLY: For efforts proposed as grant awards, offerors must provide an abstract in their proposal (not to exceed one page) that is publicly releasable and that describes - in terms the public may understand - the project or program supported by the grant. The DoD will publically post the abstract to comply with Section 8123 of the Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2015 (Pub. L. 113-235).



VII. AGENCY CONTACTS:


All submissions and any questions of a technical nature shall be directed to the cognizant technical point of contact, as specified below:


Juan E. Esparza
AFRL/RITB
525 Brooks Rd.
Rome NY 13441-4505
Telephone: (315) 330-3872
Email: juan.esparza@us.af.mil

Questions of a contractual/business nature shall be directed to the cognizant contracting officer, as specified below (email requests are preferred):


Gail Marsh
Telephone (315) 330-7518
Email: Gail.Marsh@us.af.mil


Emails must reference the solicitation (BAA) number and title of the acquisition.


The provision at DFARS 252.239-7017, Notice of Supply Chain Risk (Nov 2013) applies.


In accordance with AFFARS 5301.91, an Ombudsman has been appointed to hear and facilitate the resolution of concerns from offerors, potential offerors, and others for this acquisition announcement. Before consulting with an ombudsman, interested parties must first address their concerns, issues, disagreements, and/or recommendations to the contracting officer for resolution. AFFARS Clause 5352.201-9101 Ombudsman (Nov 2014) will be incorporated into all contracts awarded under this BAA. The AFRL Ombudsman is as follows:


Ms. Barbara Gehrs
AFRL/PK
1864 4th Street
Building 15, Room 225
Wright-Patterson AFB OH 45433-7130
FAX: (937) 656-7321; Comm: (937) 904-4407
Email: barbara.gehrs@us.af.mil


All responsible organizations may submit a white paper which shall be considered.

Added: Oct 05, 2015 2:17 pm
AMENDMENT 5 to BAA RIK-14-05


The purpose of this modification is to: 1) Revise SECTION II, Paragraph 1 to increase the total potential funding available under this BAA and 2) Add Section VI, Paragraph 6 to highlight possible relevant provisions.



1) Section II/AWARD INFORMATION, Paragraph 1./FUNDING is deleted in its entirety and replaced with the following:


1. FUNDING: Total funding for this BAA is approximately $49.9M. The anticipated funding to be obligated under this BAA is broken out by fiscal year as follows: FY 14 - $.05M; FY 15 - $1.8M; FY 16 - $8.15M; FY 17 - $15M; and FY18 - $15.4M: FY 19 - $9.5M. Individual awards will not normally exceed 36 months with dollar amounts normally ranging from $100K to $1M per year.


There is also the potential to make awards up to any dollar value. The Government reserves the right to select all, part, or none of the proposals received, subject to the availability of funds. All potential Offerors should be aware that due to unanticipated budget fluctuations, funding in any or all areas may change with little or no notice.



2) Section VI/STEP TWO INFORMATION - REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL & AWARD is revised to add the following paragraph:


6. NOTICE: The following provisions apply:
(a) DFARS 252.239-7017, Notice of Supply Chain Risk (Nov 2013)
(b) DFARS 252.204-7009, Compliance with Safeguarding covered Defense Information Controls



No other changes have been made.


Added: Oct 06, 2015 2:16 pm
BAA RIK-14-05 Amendment 6:


The purpose of this Amendment is to revise Section I, Funding Opportunity Description, Focus Area 3-Computational Intelligence and Neuromorphic Computing's point of contact information. The Focus Area is deleted in its entirety and replaced with the following:


(3) Computational Intelligence and Neuromorphic Computing


The objective of this research is to advance the understanding and development of emerging computationally intelligent architectures towards increased perception, adaptability, reconfigurability, resiliency, self-optimization, and autonomy for energy efficient agile AF platforms. In order to achieve high levels of intelligence within systems, neuromorphic computing exploits the characteristic behaviors of novel complex materials and structures with advanced processing techniques to achieve very large scale integration within highly parallel neural architectures. Such research includes the multidisciplinary development of beyond Von Neumann-based computers to include memristive systems, hardware-based neural networks, reservoir computing, chaotic systems, and advanced software algorithms, among others. The utilization of recent enabling advancements in computational neuroscience, nanoelectronics, nanophotonics, high performance computing, and material science, is stressed. Emerging applications include pattern recognition and signature analysis, autonomous adaptive operations, human machine collaboration, neural control of complex systems, and self-learning.


Questions regarding this technical area can be directed to:
Clare Thiem, 315-330-4893, clare.thiem@us.af.mil



No other changes are being made.

Added: Aug 24, 2016 2:22 pm

The purpose of this modification is to republish the original announcement, incorporating all previous modifications, pursuant to FAR 35.016(c).


This republishing also includes the following changes:


(a) Section I: Revised Topic 5- High Performance Computing;
(b) Section IV.3.a: Added latest change to NISPOM;
(c) Section VI.4: Revised highlight some of the new or revised contractual provisions; and
(d) Section VII: Updated the AFFARS Clause 5352.201-9101 version.


No other changes have been made.
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NAICS CODE: 541712


FEDERAL AGENCY NAME: Department of the Air Force, Air Force Materiel Command, AFRL - Rome Research Site, AFRL/Information Directorate, 26 Electronic Parkway, Rome, NY, 13441-4514


TITLE: Emerging Computing Architectures and Applications


ANNOUNCEMENT TYPE: Initial announcement


FUNDING OPPORTUNITY NUMBER: BAA-RIK-14-05


CFDA Number: 12.800


I. FUNDING OPPORTUNITY DESCRIPTION:


The Information Directorate, High Performance Systems Branch, of the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), Rome Research Site, is soliciting white papers under this announcement for innovative technologies to explore and develop computational capabilities with greater sophistication, autonomy, intelligence, and assurance for addressing dynamic mission requirements imposed by Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C4ISR) applications and Size Weight and Power (SWAP) constrained Air Force platforms.


Of particular interest are emerging technologies that can provide revolutionary computational capabilities which enable greater system adaptability, autonomy and intelligence while improving information availability throughout the C4ISR enterprise. This includes quantum algorithms, computing architectures that improve energy efficiency, architectures that support computational intelligence and neuromorphic computing, architectures for embedded processing, architectures for high-performance computing which improve performance & enable increased system functionality, tools to increase the productivity of developing applications, methods and architectures that can provide dramatic improvements in the performance/cost of systems. Also of interest are technologies that can reduce warfighter decision latencies/response time, decrease system costs and system development times.


The overall objective of this BAA is to research, develop, and demonstrate emerging computing technologies and applications. This involves performing research and development in the following technical areas:


(1) Quantum Computing

The objective of this research is to explore the theoretical development of quantum algorithms and their experimental implementation in quantum systems with an emphasis on applications to scientific computing, search, decision, and optimization problems. This research includes but is not limited to: one-way quantum computation using cluster/graphs states, measurement based quantum computation, quantum computing with an emphasis on the utilization of photon-based qubits, quantum algorithms employing cluster/graph states, quantum annealing or adiabatic quantum computation, blind quantum computation, quantum error protection by topological encoding, quantum circuit simulation with an emphasis on modeling experiments, single photon/entangled-photons on demand, quantum integrated optical waveguide circuitry, reduced measurement methodologies for quantum tomography of multi-qubit states, measures of quantum entanglement, and the distinction between quantum and classical information and its subsequent exploitation.

Questions regarding this technical area can be directed to:
Paul Alsing (315) 330-4960 Paul.Alsing@us.af.mil

(2) Nanocomputing

The objective of this research is to explore current and emerging nanoelectronics for information processing towards novel super-high-performance computing architectures that utilize ultra-low consumed power. In order to achieve this energy efficient computing performance, this research utilizes bottom-up/top-down synthesis taxonomy based designs for computing (processing) platforms implemented using innovative inorganic and/or organic nanodimensional devices and circuits. The emphasis of this research is on emerging nanomaterials and processes that enable innovative organizations/architectures and assess 2D and 3D technology research involving novel hardware, software, design methods and nanotechnology solutions. Nanoelectronics of interest include, but are not limited to, multidisciplinary development of memristive, spintronic, carbon-based, or hybrid complementary metal oxide semiconductor (CMOS) technologies in novel architectures. Nanoelectronic architectures that support novel information processing such as spike processing and synthetic neurons in bio-inspired architectures are also of interest. Emerging applications include use in embedded, autonomous systems, as well as brain-computer interfaces.


Questions regarding this technical area can be directed to:
Joseph Van Nostrand (518) 956-7247 Joseph.VanNostrand.1@us.af.mil


(3) Computational Intelligence and Neuromorphic Computing


The objective of this research is to advance the understanding and development of emerging computationally intelligent architectures towards increased perception, adaptability, reconfigurability, resiliency, self-optimization, and autonomy for energy efficient agile AF platforms. In order to achieve high levels of intelligence within systems, neuromorphic computing exploits the characteristic behaviors of novel complex materials and structures with advanced processing techniques to achieve very large scale integration within highly parallel neural architectures. Such research includes the multidisciplinary development of beyond Von Neumann-based computers to include memristive systems, hardware-based neural networks, reservoir computing, chaotic systems, and advanced software algorithms, among others. The utilization of recent enabling advancements in computational neuroscience, nanoelectronics, nanophotonics, high performance computing, and material science, is stressed. Emerging applications include pattern recognition and signature analysis, autonomous adaptive operations, human machine collaboration, neural control of complex systems, and self-learning.


Questions regarding this technical area can be directed to:
Clare Thiem, 315-330-4893, clare.thiem@us.af.mil

(4) Resource Analysis of Cognitive Process Flow Used to Achieve Autonomy


The objective of this research is to analyze and evaluate the computing and energy resource requirements for autonomous systems. The analysis would help determine complete processing architectures and the energy/performance trade space for the total mission flow performed by an autonomous system. To do so we seek work in determining resource utilization during an operationally complete set of cognitive functions. First, what is desired is the listing of a complete, typical "cognizance flow" for analysis. The first pass at the analysis should focus on the resources used by conventional hardware running conventional, independent applications to perform functionals, (e.g. object recognition).


An example list of cognitive primitives required for significant autonomy could include: to perceive, recognize, semantically assign, evaluate against goals, determine a course of action, perform the action and evaluate results. Functionals could be sensing, object recognition and tracking, learning, decision processes and course of action (COA) analysis. AFRL views an autonomic system as a stack of functional layers with horizontal bindings and vertical abstractions that all interact continuously. Significant work has been performed in characterizing resource utilization for individual lower level perception-recognition functions such as object recognition. For example, AFRL has a good idea of what it takes in performance and energy to perform pixel by pixel edge detection and know a Haar wavelet detection operation is much less computationally intensive. Less work has been done in analyzing the resource requirements for the higher level functions and little has been accomplished in analysis of the binding or abstraction functions that flow the results from one functional into the next stage for processing.

The second analysis pass is desired to explore the use of non-conventional hardware/software, such as neuromorphic processors, with more integrated flow between functionals. Where can we effectively use non-conventional hardware to reduce the energy/processing required? The third analysis result of interest is a characterization of the energy requirements focused on the flow control operations. How much processing and energy does it take to process the results from say an object recognition and move those results to an object tracking operation, or process and move the results from a learning (semantic assignment) operation to a goal evaluation operation? How much to keep the whole system moving in an efficient streaming flow?

AFRL has significant in-house mainframe resources available for use in simulation and emulation.

Questions regarding this technical area can be directed to:
Thomas Renz (315) 330-3423 Thomas.Renz@us.af.mil


(5) High Performance Computing


The objective of this research is to explore innovative computing processor architectures and clusters for meeting future Air Force real-time high performance embedded computing applications. The computing architectures of
interest include the digital signal processing (DSP) processors, field-programmable gate array (FPGA) devices, Graphics Processing Units (GPUs), Tilera multi-core processors, and advanced processor architectures. At the other end of the spectrum, supercomputing clusters, cloud computing applications and innovative data center computing and power saving strategies are desirable. This research includes but is not limited to: innovative techniques for exploiting multi-core and many-core parallelism, mapping of applications, multi-core software technologies, programming tools and interconnection technologies. The broader scope includes, low-latency, rapid reconfigurability, and high-bandwidth interconnection of heterogeneous processors and the necessary software design. More specifically, this research investigates integrated photonics and their applications in on-chip and off-chip interconnection as well as all-photonic networking at different system hierarchies. Technology maturation and transition of integrated photonics interconnection and networking is an important building block of this research. The emphasis on the computing processor architectures is based primarily on Size Weight and Power (SWaP) constraints. Basic and applied research in the area of high performance embedded energy efficient computing hardware, software and total systems are of interest. Exploration and concept demonstrations of novel system architectures are desired such as high speed input/output (I/O) devices and heterogeneous systems that ensure best performance across a diverse set of C4ISR applications and algorithms.


Questions regarding this technical area can be directed to:
Mark Barnell (315) 330-3273 Mark.Barnell.1@us.af.mil


(6) Modular Embedded Computing Architectures


The objective of this research is to explore innovative modular computing system architectures for meeting future Air Force real-time embedded applications. AFRL's interest is to develop methods supporting efficient modular plug-n-play system design to be used in future weapon and aircraft applications. Applications may include, but are not limited to C4ISR, communication, autonomy and target recognition. Modular design should support interchangeable sensors, software modules, and other devices, with automatic software reconfiguration based on the set of available resources. Programming languages and tools are of interest providing increased programmer efficiency, as well as scalability and high real time performance on multiprocessor heterogeneous systems. Data bandwidth requirements of future systems can be expected to increase, compute and interface methods must support system scalability.


Question regarding this technical area can be directed to:
Dennis Fitzgerald (315)330-4220 Email: Dennis.Fitzgerald.5@us.af.mil


II. AWARD INFORMATION:


1. FUNDING: Total funding for this BAA is approximately $49.9M. The anticipated funding to be obligated under this BAA is broken out by fiscal year as follows:


FY 14 - $.05M
FY 15 - $1.8M
FY 16 - $8.15M
FY 17 - $15.0M
FY 18 - $15.4M
FY 19 - $9.5M


Individual awards will not normally exceed 36 months with dollar amounts normally ranging from $100K to $1M per year. There is also the potential to make awards up to any dollar value. The Government reserves the right to select all, part, or none of the proposals received, subject to the availability of funds. All potential Offerors should be aware that due to unanticipated budget fluctuations, funding in any or all areas may change with little or no notice.


2. FORM: Awards of efforts as a result of this announcement will be in the form of contracts, grants, or cooperative agreements depending upon the nature of the work proposed.


3. BAA TYPE: This is a two-step open broad agency announcement. This announcement constitutes the only solicitation. AS STEP ONE - We are only soliciting white papers at this time . DO NOT SUBMIT A FORMAL PROPOSAL. Those white papers found to be consistent with the intent of this BAA may be invited to submit a technical and cost proposal, see Section VI of this announcement for further details regarding the proposal.


III. ELIGIBILITY INFORMATION:


1. ELIGIBLE APPLICANTS: All qualified applicants who meet the requirements of this BAA may apply.


This BAA is closed to foreign participation at the Prime Contractor level.


Foreign Ownership, Control or Influence (FOCI) companies who have mitigated FOCI may inquire as to eligibility by contacting the contracting office focal point, Gail E. Marsh, Contracting Officer, telephone (315) 330-7518 or e-mail Gail.Marsh@us.af.mil for verification prior to submitting a white paper. Please reference BAA RIK-14-05.



IV. APPLICATION AND SUBMISSION INFORMATION: All responses to this announcement must be addressed to the Technical point of contact (POC) listed in SECTION VII. DO NOT send white papers to the Contracting Officer.


1. SUBMISSION DATES AND TIMES: It is recommended that white papers be received by the following dates to maximize the possibility of award:


FY14 by 16 Jun 2014
FY15 by 02 Mar 2015
FY16 by 01 Mar 2016
FY17 by 01 Mar 2017
FY18 by 01 Mar 2018
FY19 by 30 Sep 2019


White papers will be accepted until 2pm Eastern time on 30 Sep 2019, but it is less likely that funding will be available in each respective fiscal year after the dates cited. If any of these dates listed fall on a non-business day, they will be accepted on the next business day. This BAA will close on 30 Sep 2019.


All offerors submitting white papers will be contacted by the technical POC, referenced in Section VII of this announcement. Offerors can email the technical POC for status of their white paper/proposal no earlier than 45 days after submission.


2. CONTENT AND FORM OF SUBMISSION: Offerors are required to submit 3 copies of a 3 to 5 page white paper summarizing their proposed approach/solution. The purpose of the white paper is to preclude unwarranted effort on the part of an offeror whose proposed work is not of interest to the Government.


The white paper will be formatted as follows:


a. Section A : Title, Period of Performance, Estimated Cost, Name/Address of Company, Technical and Contracting Points of Contact (phone, fax and email)(this section is NOT included in the page count);
b. Section B : Task Objective; and
c. Section C : Technical Summary and Proposed Deliverables.


All white papers shall be double spaced with a font no smaller than 12 points. In addition, respondents are requested to provide their Commercial and Government Entity (CAGE) number, their Dun & Bradstreet (D&B) Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number, a fax number, an e-mail address, and reference BAA-RIK-14-05 with their submission.


Multiple white papers within the purview of this announcement may be submitted by each offeror. If the offeror wishes to restrict its white papers, they must be marked with the restrictive language stated in FAR 15.609(a) and (b).


3. HANDLING AND MAILING INSTRUCTIONS:


a. CLASSIFICATION GUIDANCE. All Proposers should review the NATIONAL INDUSTRIAL SECURITY PROGRAM OPERATING MANUAL, (NISPOM), dated February 28, 2006 and Change 1, dated March 28, 2013, as it provides baseline standards for the protection of classified information and prescribes the requirements concerning Contractor Developed Information under paragraph 4-105. Defense Security Service (DSS) Site for the NISPOM is: http://www.dss.mil/.


b. In the event of a possible or actual compromise of classified information in the submission of your white paper or proposal, immediately but no later than 24 hours, bring this to the attention of your cognizant security authority and AFRL Rome Research Site Information Protection Office (IPO):


Vincent Guza
315-330-4048 0730-1630 Monday-Friday
315-330-2961 Evenings and Weekends
Email: vincent.guza@us.af.mil


c. MAILING INSTRUCTIONS. All unclassified responses to this announcement must be addressed to ATTN: Juan Esparza, AFRL/RITB, 525 Brooks Rd., Rome NY 13441-4505. Unclassified electronic submission to juan.esparza@us.af.mil will also be accepted.


4. OTHER SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS: DO NOT send white papers to the Contracting Officer.


a. COST SHARING OR MATCHING: Cost sharing is not a requirement.

b. SYSTEM FOR AWARD MANAGEMENT (SAM). Offerors must be registered in the SAM database to receive a contract award, and remain registered during performance and through final payment of any contract or agreement. Processing time for registration in SAM, which normally takes forty-eight hours, should be taken into consideration when registering. Offerors who are not already registered should consider applying for registration before submitting a proposal. The provision at FAR 52.204-7, System for Award Management (JUL 2013) applies.

c. EXECUTIVE COMPENSATION AND FIRST-TIER SUBCONTRACT/ SUBRECIPIENT AWARDS: Any contract award resulting from this announcement may contain the clause at FAR 52.204-10 - Reporting Executive Compensation and First-Tier Subcontract Awards. Any grant or agreement award resulting from this announcement may contain the award term set forth in 2 CFR, Appendix A to Part 25 which can be viewed at: http://ecfr.gpoaccess.gov/cgi/t/text/text-idx?c=ecfr&sid=c55a4687d6faa13b137a26d0eb436edb&rgn=div5&view =
text&node=2:1.1.1.41&idno=2#2:1.1.1.4.1.2.1.1

d. ALLOWABLE CHARGES: The cost of preparing white papers/proposals in response to this announcement is not considered an allowable direct charge to any resulting contract or any other contract, but may be an allowable expense to the normal bid and proposal indirect cost specified in FAR 31.205-18. Incurring pre-award costs for ASSISTANCE INSTRUMENTS ONLY are regulated by the DoD Grant and Agreements Regulations (DODGARS).

e. GOVERNMENT APPROVED ACCOUNTING SYSTEM: An offeror must have a government approved accounting system prior to award of a cost-reimbursement contract per limitations set forth in FAR 16.301-3(a) to ensure the system is adequate for determining costs applicable to the contract. The acceptability of an accounting system is determined based upon an audit performed by the Defense Contract Audit Agency (DCAA). IMPORTANT: If you do not have a DCAA approved accounting system access the following link for instructions: https://www.fbo.gov/index?s=opportunity&mode=form&id=1cffad228f48b58057072a6c9113799d&tab=
core&_cview=1


V. APPLICATION REVIEW INFORMATION:


1. CRITERIA: The following criteria, which are listed in descending order of importance, will be used to determine whether white papers and proposals submitted are consistent with the intent of this BAA and of interest to the Government:


(1) Overall Scientific and Technical Merit -- The soundness of approach for the development and/or enhancement of the proposed technology,
(2) Related Experience - The extent to which the offeror demonstrates relevant technology and domain knowledge,
(3) Openness, Maturity and Assurance of Solution - The extent to which existing capabilities and standards are leveraged and the relative maturity of the proposed technology, and
(4) Reasonableness and realism of proposed costs and fees (if any).


No further evaluation criteria will be used in selecting white papers/proposals. White papers and proposals submitted will be evaluated as they are received.


2. REVIEW AND SELECTION PROCESS: Only Government employees will evaluate the white papers/proposals for selection. The Air Force Research Laboratory's Information Directorate has contracted for various business and staff support services, some of which require contractors to obtain administrative access to proprietary information submitted by other contractors. Administrative access is defined as "handling or having physical control over information for the sole purpose of accomplishing the administrative functions specified in the administrative support contract, which do not require the review, reading, and comprehension of the content of the information on the part of non-technical professionals assigned to accomplish the specified administrative tasks." These contractors have signed general non-disclosure agreements and organizational conflict of interest statements. The required administrative access will be granted to non-technical professionals. Examples of the administrative tasks performed include: a. Assembling and organizing information for R&D case files; b. Accessing library files for use by government personnel; and c. Handling and administration of proposals, contracts, contract funding and queries. Any objection to administrative access must be in writing to the Contracting Officer and shall include a detailed statement of the basis for the objection.


3. ADEQUATE PRICE COMPETITION: The Government may simultaneously evaluate proposals received under this BAA with a common cutoff date for multiple offerors. In this case, the Government may make award based on adequate price competition, and offerors must be aware that there is a possibility of non-selection due to a proposal of similar but higher-priced technical approach as compared to another offeror.



VI. STEP TWO INFORMATION - REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL & AWARD:


1. AWARD NOTICES: Those white papers found to be consistent with the intent of this BAA may be invited to submit a technical and cost proposal. Notification by email or letter will be sent by the technical POC. Such invitation does not assure that the submitting organization will be awarded a contract. Those white papers not selected to submit a proposal will be notified in the same manner. Prospective offerors are advised that only Contracting Officers are legally authorized to commit the Government.


For additional information, a copy of the AFRL "Broad Agency Announcement (BAA): Guide for Industry," Mar 2015, and Proposal Preparation Instructions, Dec 2014 may be accessed at: https://www.fbo.gov/index?s=opportunity&mode=form&id=1cffad228f48b58057072a6c9113799d&tab=
core&_cview=1


2. ADMINISTRATIVE AND NATIONAL POLICY REQUIREMENTS:


Depending on the work to be performed, the offeror may require a SECRET facility clearance and safeguarding capability; therefore, personnel identified for assignment to a classified effort must be cleared for access to SECRET information at the time of award. In addition, the offeror may be required to have, or have access to, a certified and Government-approved facility to support work under this BAA.


This acquisition may involve data that is subject to export control laws and regulations. Only contractors who are registered and certified with the Defense Logistics Information Service (DLIS) at http://www.dlis.dla.mil/jcp/ and have a legitimate business purpose may participate in this solicitation. For questions, contact DLIS on-line at http://www.dlis.dla.mil/jcp/ or at the DLA Logistics Information Service, 74 Washington Avenue North, Battle Creek, Michigan 49037-3084, and telephone number 1-800-352-3572. You must submit a copy of your approved DD Form 2345, Militarily Critical Technical Data Agreement, with your Proposal.


3. DATA RIGHTS:


a. SBIR RIGHTS. The potential for inclusion of Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) or data rights other than unlimited on awards is recognized. In accordance with (IAW) the Small Business Administration (SBA) SBIR Policy Directive, Section 8(b), SBIR data rights clauses are non-negotiable and must not be the subject of negotiations pertaining to an award, or diminished or removed during award administration. Issuance of an award will not be made conditional based on forfeit of data rights. If the SBIR awardee wishes to transfer its SBIR data rights to the Air Force or to a third party, it must do so in writing under a separate agreement. A decision by the awardee to relinquish, transfer, or modify in any way its SBIR data rights must be made without pressure or coercion by the agency or any other party.


b. NON-SBIR RIGHTS. Non-SBIR data rights less than unlimited will be evaluated and negotiated on a case-by-case basis. Government Purpose Rights are anticipated for data developed with DoD-reimbursed Independent Research and Development (IR&D) funding.


4. NOTICE: The following provisions* apply:
(a) FAR 52.209-07, Information Regarding Responsibility Matters
(b) FAR 52.209-11, Representation by Corporations Regarding Delinquent Tax Liability or a Felony Conviction under any Federal Law
(c) DFARS 252.203-7996, Prohibition on Contracting with Entities that Requirement Certain Internal Confidentiality Agreements-Representation
(d) DFARS 252.204-7008, Compliance with Safeguarding Covered Defense Information Controls
(e) DFARS 252.239-7017, Notice of Supply Chain Risk
* Please note that the current versions or deviations of the related clauses will be included in any resulting contract.


5. GRANT AWARDS ONLY : For efforts proposed as grant awards, offerors must provide an abstract in their proposal (not to exceed one page) that is publicly releasable and that describes - in terms the public may understand - the project or program supported by the grant. The DoD will publically post the abstract to comply with Section 8123 of the Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2015 (Pub. L. 113-235).


VII. AGENCY CONTACTS:


All submissions and any questions of a technical nature shall be directed to the cognizant technical point of contact, as specified below:


Juan E. Esparza
AFRL/RITB
525 Brooks Rd.
Rome NY 13441-4505
Telephone: (315) 330-3872
Email: juan.esparza@us.af.mil

Questions of a contractual/business nature shall be directed to the cognizant contracting officer, as specified below (email requests are preferred):


Gail Marsh
Telephone (315) 330-7518
Email: Gail.Marsh@us.af.mil


Emails must reference the solicitation (BAA) number and title of the acquisition.


The provision at DFARS 252.239-7017, Notice of Supply Chain Risk (Nov 2013) applies.


In accordance with AFFARS 5301.91, an Ombudsman has been appointed to hear and facilitate the resolution of concerns from offerors, potential offerors, and others for this acquisition announcement. Before consulting with an ombudsman, interested parties must first address their concerns, issues, disagreements, and/or recommendations to the contracting officer for resolution. AFFARS Clause 5352.201-9101 Ombudsman (Jun 2016) will be incorporated into all contracts awarded under this BAA. The AFRL Ombudsman is as follows:


Ms. Barbara Gehrs
AFRL/PK
1864 4th Street
Building 15, Room 225
Wright-Patterson AFB OH 45433-7130
FAX: (937) 656-7321; Comm: (937) 904-4407
Email: barbara.gehrs@us.af.mil


All responsible organizations may submit a white paper which shall be considered.


Added: Jun 20, 2017 10:16 am
The purpose of this modification is to republish the original announcement, incorporating any previous amendments, pursuant to FAR 35.016(c).

This republishing also includes the following changes:


(a) Section I: Update Focus Areas 3 and 5
(b) Section III: Updated to reflect current access requirements;
(c) Section IV.3.a: Revised to reflect NISPOM revision date and current change;
(d) Section IV.4.b & c: Updated date of cited clauses;
(e) Section V.3: Deleted paragraph on adequate price competition and replaced it with Federal Awardee Performance and Integrity Information System (FAPIIS) Public Access paragraph;
(f) Section VI.4 & 6: Updated 4 and add 6 to reflect current information; and
(g) Section VII: Revised/Updated Ombudsman information.


No other changes have been made.
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NAICS CODE: 541712


FEDERAL AGENCY NAME: Department of the Air Force, Air Force Materiel Command, AFRL - Rome Research Site, AFRL/Information Directorate, 26 Electronic Parkway, Rome, NY, 13441-4514


TITLE: Emerging Computing Architectures and Applications


ANNOUNCEMENT TYPE: Initial announcement


FUNDING OPPORTUNITY NUMBER: BAA-RIK-14-05


CFDA Number: 12.800


I. FUNDING OPPORTUNITY DESCRIPTION:


The Information Directorate, High Performance Systems Branch, of the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), Rome Research Site, is soliciting white papers under this announcement for innovative technologies to explore and develop computational capabilities with greater sophistication, autonomy, intelligence, and assurance for addressing dynamic mission requirements imposed by Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C4ISR) applications and Size Weight and Power (SWAP) constrained Air Force platforms.


Of particular interest are emerging technologies that can provide revolutionary computational capabilities which enable greater system adaptability, autonomy and intelligence while improving information availability throughout the C4ISR enterprise. This includes quantum algorithms, computing architectures that improve energy efficiency, architectures that support computational intelligence and neuromorphic computing, architectures for embedded processing, architectures for high-performance computing which improve performance & enable increased system functionality, tools to increase the productivity of developing applications, methods and architectures that can provide dramatic improvements in the performance/cost of systems. Also of interest are technologies that can reduce warfighter decision latencies/response time, decrease system costs and system development times.


The overall objective of this BAA is to research, develop, and demonstrate emerging computing technologies and applications. This involves performing research and development in the following technical areas:


(1) Quantum Computing

The objective of this research is to explore the theoretical development of quantum algorithms and their experimental implementation in quantum systems with an emphasis on applications to scientific computing, search, decision, and optimization problems. This research includes but is not limited to: one-way quantum computation using cluster/graphs states, measurement based quantum computation, quantum computing with an emphasis on the utilization of photon-based qubits, quantum algorithms employing cluster/graph states, quantum annealing or adiabatic quantum computation, blind quantum computation, quantum error protection by topological encoding, quantum circuit simulation with an emphasis on modeling experiments, single photon/entangled-photons on demand, quantum integrated optical waveguide circuitry, reduced measurement methodologies for quantum tomography of multi-qubit states, measures of quantum entanglement, and the distinction between quantum and classical information and its subsequent exploitation.

Questions regarding this technical area can be directed to:
Paul Alsing (315) 330-4960 Paul.Alsing@us.af.mil

(2) Nanocomputing

The objective of this research is to explore current and emerging nanoelectronics for information processing towards novel super-high-performance computing architectures that utilize ultra-low consumed power. In order to achieve this energy efficient computing performance, this research utilizes bottom-up/top-down synthesis taxonomy based designs for computing (processing) platforms implemented using innovative inorganic and/or organic nanodimensional devices and circuits. The emphasis of this research is on emerging nanomaterials and processes that enable innovative organizations/architectures and assess 2D and 3D technology research involving novel hardware, software, design methods and nanotechnology solutions. Nanoelectronics of interest include, but are not limited to, multidisciplinary development of memristive, spintronic, carbon-based, or hybrid complementary metal oxide semiconductor (CMOS) technologies in novel architectures. Nanoelectronic architectures that support novel information processing such as spike processing and synthetic neurons in bio-inspired architectures are also of interest. Emerging applications include use in embedded, autonomous systems, as well as brain-computer interfaces.


Questions regarding this technical area can be directed to:
Joseph Van Nostrand (518) 956-7247 joseph.VanNostrand.1@us.af.mil


(3) Computational Intelligence and Neuromorphic Computing


The objective of this research is to advance the understanding and development of emerging computationally intelligent architectures towards increased perception, adaptability, reconfigurability, resiliency, self-optimization, and autonomy for energy efficient agile AF platforms. In order to achieve high levels of intelligence within systems, neuromorphic computing exploits the characteristic behaviors of novel complex materials and structures with advanced processing techniques to achieve very large scale integration within highly parallel neural architectures. Such research includes the multidisciplinary development of beyond Von Neumann-based computers to include memristive systems, hardware-based neural networks, reservoir computing, chaotic systems, and advanced software algorithms. The utilization of recent enabling advancements in computational neuroscience, nanoelectronics, nanophotonics, high performance computing, and material science is stressed. Emerging applications include pattern recognition and signature analysis, autonomous adaptive operations, human machine collaboration, neural control of complex systems, and self-learning.


Questions regarding this technical area can be directed to:
Clare Thiem, 315-330-4893, clare.thiem@us.af.mil

(4) Resource Analysis of Cognitive Process Flow Used to Achieve Autonomy


The objective of this research is to analyze and evaluate the computing and energy resource requirements for autonomous systems. The analysis would help determine complete processing architectures and the energy/performance trade space for the total mission flow performed by an autonomous system. To do so we seek work in determining resource utilization during an operationally complete set of cognitive functions. First, what is desired is the listing of a complete, typical "cognizance flow" for analysis. The first pass at the analysis should focus on the resources used by conventional hardware running conventional, independent applications to perform functionals, (e.g. object recognition).


An example list of cognitive primitives required for significant autonomy could include: to perceive, recognize, semantically assign, evaluate against goals, determine a course of action, perform the action and evaluate results. Functionals could be sensing, object recognition and tracking, learning, decision processes and course of action (COA) analysis. AFRL views an autonomic system as a stack of functional layers with horizontal bindings and vertical abstractions that all interact continuously. Significant work has been performed in characterizing resource utilization for individual lower level perception-recognition functions such as object recognition. For example, AFRL has a good idea of what it takes in performance and energy to perform pixel by pixel edge detection and know a Haar wavelet detection operation is much less computationally intensive. Less work has been done in analyzing the resource requirements for the higher level functions and little has been accomplished in analysis of the binding or abstraction functions that flow the results from one functional into the next stage for processing.

The second analysis pass is desired to explore the use of non-conventional hardware/software, such as neuromorphic processors, with more integrated flow between functionals. Where can we effectively use non-conventional hardware to reduce the energy/processing required? The third analysis result of interest is a characterization of the energy requirements focused on the flow control operations. How much processing and energy does it take to process the results from say an object recognition and move those results to an object tracking operation, or process and move the results from a learning (semantic assignment) operation to a goal evaluation operation? How much to keep the whole system moving in an efficient streaming flow?
AFRL has significant in-house mainframe resources available for use in simulation and emulation.

Questions regarding this technical area can be directed to:
Thomas Renz (315) 330-3423 Thomas.Renz@us.af.mil


(5) High Performance Computing


The objective of this research is to explore innovative computing processor architectures and clusters for meeting future Air Force real-time high performance embedded computing applications. The computing architectures of interest include the digital signal processing (DSP) processors, field-programmable gate array (FPGA) devices, Graphics Processing Units (GPUs), Tilera multi-core processors, and advanced neromorphic processor architectures. At the other end of the spectrum, supercomputing clusters, cloud computing applications and innovative data center computing and power saving strategies are desirable. This research includes but is not limited to: innovative techniques for exploiting multi-core and many-core parallelism, mapping of applications, machine learning, multi-core software technologies, programming tools and interconnection technologies. The broader scope includes, low-latency, rapid reconfigurability, and high-bandwidth interconnection of heterogeneous processors and the necessary software design. More specifically, this research investigates integrated photonics and their applications in on-chip and off-chip interconnection as well as all-photonic networking at different system hierarchies. Technology maturation and transition of integrated photonics interconnection and networking is an important building block of this research. The emphasis on the computing processor architectures is based primarily on Size Weight and Power (SWaP) constraints. Basic and applied research in the area of high performance embedded energy efficient computing hardware, software and total systems are of interest. Exploration and concept demonstrations of novel system architectures (neromorphic computing) are desired such as high speed input/output (I/O) devices and heterogeneous systems that ensure best performance across a diverse set of C4I and MDC2 applications and algorithms.


Questions regarding this technical area can be directed to:
Mark Barnell (315) 330-3273 Mark.Barnell.1@us.af.mil


(6) Modular Embedded Computing Architectures


The objective of this research is to explore innovative modular computing system architectures for meeting future Air Force real-time embedded applications. AFRL's interest is to develop methods supporting efficient modular plug-n-play system design to be used in future weapon and aircraft applications. Applications may include, but are not limited to C4ISR, communication, autonomy and target recognition. Modular design should support interchangeable sensors, software modules, and other devices, with automatic software reconfiguration based on the set of available resources. Programming languages and tools are of interest providing increased programmer efficiency, as well as scalability and high real time performance on multiprocessor heterogeneous systems. Data bandwidth requirements of future systems can be expected to increase, compute and interface methods must support system scalability.


Question regarding this technical area can be directed to:
Dennis Fitzgerald (315)330-4220 Email: Dennis.Fitzgerald.5@us.af.mil



II. AWARD INFORMATION:


1. FUNDING: Total funding for this BAA is approximately $49.9M. The anticipated funding to be obligated under this BAA is broken out by fiscal year as follows:


FY 14 - $ .05M
FY 15 - $ 1.80M
FY 16 - $ 8.15M
FY 17 - $15.00M
FY 18 - $15.40M
FY 19 - $ 9.50M


Individual awards will not normally exceed 36 months with dollar amounts normally ranging from $100K to $1M per year. There is also the potential to make awards up to any dollar value. The Government reserves the right to select all, part, or none of the proposals received, subject to the availability of funds. All potential Offerors should be aware that due to unanticipated budget fluctuations, funding in any or all areas may change with little or no notice.


2. FORM: Awards of efforts as a result of this announcement will be in the form of contracts, grants, or cooperative agreements depending upon the nature of the work proposed.


3. BAA TYPE: This is a two-step open broad agency announcement. This announcement constitutes the only solicitation. AS STEP ONE - We are only soliciting white papers at this time . DO NOT SUBMIT A FORMAL PROPOSAL. Those white papers found to be consistent with the intent of this BAA may be invited to submit a technical and cost proposal, see Section VI of this announcement for further details regarding the proposal.



III. ELIGIBILITY INFORMATION:


1. ELIGIBILITY: All qualified offerors who meet the requirements of this BAA may apply.


2. FOREIGN PARTICIPATION/ACCESS:


a. This BAA is closed to foreign participation at the Prime Contractor level.


Foreign Ownership, Control or Influence (FOCI) companies who have mitigated FOCI may inquire as to eligibility by contacting the contracting office focal point, Gail E. Marsh, Contracting Officer, telephone (315) 330-7518 or e-mail Gail.Marsh@us.af.mil for verification prior to submitting a white paper.
Please reference BAA RIK-14-05.


b. Contractor employees requiring access to USAF bases, AFRL facilities, and/or access to U.S. Government Information Technology (IT) networks in connection with the work on contracts, assistance instruments or other transactions awarded under this BAA must be U.S. citizens. For the purpose of base and network access, possession of a permanent resident card ("Green Card") does not equate to U.S. citizenship. This requirement does not apply to foreign nationals approved by the U.S. Department of Defense or U.S. State Department under international personnel exchange agreements with foreign governments. Any waivers to this requirement must be granted in writing by the Contracting Officer prior to providing access. The above requirements are in addition to any other contract requirements related to obtaining a Common Access Card (CAC). If an IT network/system does not require AFRL to endorse a contractor's application to said network/system in order to gain access, the organization operating the IT network/system is responsible for controlling access to its system. If an IT network/system requires a U.S. Government sponsor to endorse the application in order for access to the IT network/system, AFRL will only endorse the following types of applications, consistent with the requirements above:


1. Contractor employees who are U.S. citizens performing work under contracts, assistance instruments or other transactions awarded under this BAA.

2. Contractor employees who are non-U.S. citizens and who have been granted a waiver.


Any additional access restrictions established by the IT network/system owner apply.



IV. APPLICATION AND SUBMISSION INFORMATION: All responses to this announcement must be addressed to the Technical point of contact (POC) listed in SECTION VII. DO NOT send white papers to the Contracting Officer.


1. SUBMISSION DATES AND TIMES: It is recommended that white papers be received by the following dates to maximize the possibility of award:


FY14 by 16 Jun 2014
FY15 by 02 Mar 2015
FY16 by 01 Mar 2016
FY17 by 01 Mar 2017
FY18 by 01 Mar 2018
FY19 by 30 Sep 2019


White papers will be accepted until 2pm Eastern time on 30 Sep 2019, but it is less likely that funding will be available in each respective fiscal year after the dates cited. If any of these dates listed fall on a non-business day, they will be accepted on the next business day. This BAA will close on 30 Sep 2019.


All offerors submitting white papers will be contacted by the technical POC, referenced in Section VII of this announcement. Offerors can email the technical POC for status of their white paper/proposal no earlier than 45 days after submission.


2. CONTENT AND FORM OF SUBMISSION: Offerors are required to submit 3 copies of a 3 to 5 page white paper summarizing their proposed approach/solution. The purpose of the white paper is to preclude unwarranted effort on the part of an offeror whose proposed work is not of interest to the Government.


The white paper will be formatted as follows:


a. Section A : Title, Period of Performance, Estimated Cost, Name/Address of Company, Technical and Contracting Points of Contact (phone, fax and email)(this section is NOT included in the page count);
b. Section B : Task Objective; and
c. Section C : Technical Summary and Proposed Deliverables.


All white papers shall be double spaced with a font no smaller than 12 points. In addition, respondents are requested to provide their Commercial and Government Entity (CAGE) number, their Dun & Bradstreet (D&B) Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number, a fax number, an e-mail address, and reference BAA-RIK-14-05 with their submission.


Multiple white papers within the purview of this announcement may be submitted by each offeror. If the offeror wishes to restrict its white papers, they must be marked with the restrictive language stated in FAR 15.609(a) and (b).


3. HANDLING AND MAILING INSTRUCTIONS:


a. CLASSIFICATION GUIDANCE. All Proposers should review the NATIONAL INDUSTRIAL SECURITY PROGRAM OPERATING MANUAL, (NISPOM), dated February 28, 2006 and Change 2, dated May 18, 2016, as it provides baseline standards for the protection of classified information and prescribes the requirements concerning Contractor Developed Information under paragraph 4-105. Defense Security Service (DSS) Site for the NISPOM is: http://www.dss.mil/ .


b. In the event of a possible or actual compromise of classified information in the submission of your white paper or proposal, immediately but no later than 24 hours, bring this to the attention of your cognizant security authority and AFRL Rome Research Site Information Protection Office (IPO):


Vincent Guza
315-330-4048 0730-1630 Monday-Friday
315-330-2961 Evenings and Weekends
Email: vincent.guza@us.af.mil


c. MAILING INSTRUCTIONS. All unclassified responses to this announcement must be addressed to ATTN: Juan Esparza, AFRL/RITB, 525 Brooks Rd., Rome NY 13441-4505. Unclassified electronic submission to juan.esparza@us.af.mil will also be accepted.


4. OTHER SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS: DO NOT send white papers to the Contracting Officer.


a. COST SHARING OR MATCHING: Cost sharing is not a requirement.
b. SYSTEM FOR AWARD MANAGEMENT (SAM). Offerors must be registered in the SAM database to receive a contract award, and remain registered during performance and through final payment of any contract or agreement. Processing time for registration in SAM, which normally takes forty-eight hours, should be taken into consideration when registering. Offerors who are not already registered should consider applying for registration before submitting a proposal. The provision at FAR 52.204-7, System for Award Management (Oct 2016) applies.
c. EXECUTIVE COMPENSATION AND FIRST-TIER SUBCONTRACT/ SUBRECIPIENT AWARDS: Any contract award resulting from this announcement may contain the clause at FAR 52.204-10 - Reporting Executive Compensation and First-Tier Subcontract Awards (Oct 2016). Any grant or agreement award resulting from this announcement may contain the award term set forth in 2 CFR, Appendix A to Part 25 which can be viewed at: http://ecfr.gpoaccess.gov/cgi/t/text/text-idx?c=ecfr&sid=c55a4687d6faa13b137a26d0eb436edb&rgn=div5&view =
text&node=2:1.1.1.41&idno=2#2:1.1.1.4.1.2.1.1
d. ALLOWABLE CHARGES: The cost of preparing white papers/proposals in response to this announcement is not considered an allowable direct charge to any resulting contract or any other contract, but may be an allowable expense to the normal bid and proposal indirect cost specified in FAR 31.205-18. Incurring pre-award costs for ASSISTANCE INSTRUMENTS ONLY are regulated by the DoD Grant and Agreements Regulations (DODGARS).
e. GOVERNMENT APPROVED ACCOUNTING SYSTEM: An offeror must have a government approved accounting system prior to award of a cost-reimbursement contract per limitations set forth in FAR 16.301-3(a) to ensure the system is adequate for determining costs applicable to the contract. The acceptability of an accounting system is determined based upon an audit performed by the Defense Contract Audit Agency (DCAA). IMPORTANT: If you do not have a DCAA approved accounting system access the following link for instructions: https://www.fbo.gov/index?s=opportunity&mode=form&id=1cffad228f48b58057072a6c9113799d&tab=core &_
cview=1



V. APPLICATION REVIEW INFORMATION:


1. CRITERIA: The following criteria, which are listed in descending order of importance, will be used to determine whether white papers and proposals submitted are consistent with the intent of this BAA and of interest to the Government:


(1) Overall Scientific and Technical Merit -- The soundness of approach for the development and/or enhancement of the proposed technology,
(2) Related Experience - The extent to which the offeror demonstrates relevant technology and domain knowledge,
(3) Openness, Maturity and Assurance of Solution - The extent to which existing capabilities and standards are leveraged and the relative maturity of the proposed technology, and
(4) Reasonableness and realism of proposed costs and fees (if any).


No further evaluation criteria will be used in selecting white papers/proposals. White papers and proposals submitted will be evaluated as they are received.


2. REVIEW AND SELECTION PROCESS: Only Government employees will evaluate the white papers/proposals for selection. The Air Force Research Laboratory's Information Directorate has contracted for various business and staff support services, some of which require contractors to obtain administrative access to proprietary information submitted by other contractors. Administrative access is defined as "handling or having physical control over information for the sole purpose of accomplishing the administrative functions specified in the administrative support contract, which do not require the review, reading, and comprehension of the content of the information on the part of non-technical professionals assigned to accomplish the specified administrative tasks." These contractors have signed general non-disclosure agreements and organizational conflict of interest statements. The required administrative access will be granted to non-technical professionals. Examples of the administrative tasks performed include: a. Assembling and organizing information for R&D case files; b. Accessing library files for use by government personnel; and c. Handling and administration of proposals, contracts, contract funding and queries. Any objection to administrative access must be in writing to the Contracting Officer and shall include a detailed statement of the basis for the objection.


3. FEDERAL AWARDEE PERFORMANCE AND INTEGRITY INFORMATION SYSTEM (FAPIIS) PUBLIC ACCESS: As required by 2 CFR 200 of the Uniform Guidance and FAR 9.104-6, the Government is required to review and consider any information about the applicant that is in the FAPIIS before making any award in excess of the simplified acquisition threshold (currently $150,000) over the period of performance. An applicant may review and comment on any information about itself that a federal awarding agency previously entered. The Government will consider any comments by the applicant, in addition to other information in FAPIIS in making a judgment about the applicant's integrity, business ethics, and record of performance under federal awards when completing the review of risk posed by applicants as described in 2 CFR ยง 200.205 Federal Awarding Agency Review of Risk Posed by Applicants and FAR 9.104-6.



VI. STEP TWO INFORMATION - REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL & AWARD:


1. AWARD NOTICES: Those white papers found to be consistent with the intent of this BAA may be invited to submit a technical and cost proposal. Notification by email or letter will be sent by the technical POC. Such invitation does not assure that the submitting organization will be awarded a contract. Those white papers not selected to submit a proposal will be notified in the same manner. Prospective offerors are advised that only Contracting Officers are legally authorized to commit the Government.


For additional information, a copy of the AFRL "Broad Agency Announcement (BAA): Guide for Industry," Mar 2015, and Proposal Preparation Instructions, Dec 2014 may be accessed at: https://www.fbo.gov/index?s=opportunity&mode=form&id=1cffad228f48b58057072a6c9113799d&tab=core &_
cview=1

2. ADMINISTRATIVE AND NATIONAL POLICY REQUIREMENTS:


Depending on the work to be performed, the offeror may require a SECRET facility clearance and safeguarding capability; therefore, personnel identified for assignment to a classified effort must be cleared for access to SECRET information at the time of award. In addition, the offeror may be required to have, or have access to, a certified and Government-approved facility to support work under this BAA.


This acquisition may involve data that is subject to export control laws and regulations. Only contractors who are registered and certified with the Defense Logistics Information Service (DLIS) at http://www.dlis.dla.mil/jcp/ and have a legitimate business purpose may participate in this solicitation. For questions, contact DLIS on-line at http://www.dlis.dla.mil/jcp/ or at the DLA Logistics Information Service, 74 Washington Avenue North, Battle Creek, Michigan 49037-3084, and telephone number 1-800-352-3572. You must submit a copy of your approved DD Form 2345, Militarily Critical Technical Data Agreement, with your Proposal.


3. DATA RIGHTS:


a. SBIR RIGHTS. The potential for inclusion of Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) or data rights other than unlimited on awards is recognized. In accordance with (IAW) the Small Business Administration (SBA) SBIR Policy Directive, Section 8(b), SBIR data rights clauses are non-negotiable and must not be the subject of negotiations pertaining to an award, or diminished or removed during award administration. Issuance of an award will not be made conditional based on forfeit of data rights. If the SBIR awardee wishes to transfer its SBIR data rights to the Air Force or to a third party, it must do so in writing under a separate agreement. A decision by the awardee to relinquish, transfer, or modify in any way its SBIR data rights must be made without pressure or coercion by the agency or any other party.


b. NON-SBIR RIGHTS. Non-SBIR data rights less than unlimited will be evaluated and negotiated on a case-by-case basis. Government Purpose Rights are anticipated for data developed with DoD-reimbursed Independent Research and Development (IR&D) funding.


4. NOTICE: The following provisions* apply:
a. FAR 52.209-11, Representation by Corporations Regarding Delinquent Tax Liability or a Felony Conviction under any Federal Law
b. DFARS 252.239-7017, Notice of Supply Chain Risk
c. DFARS 252.204-7008, Compliance with Safeguarding Covered Defense Information Controls
d. DFARS 252.203-7994, Prohibition on Contracting with Entities that Requirement Certain Internal Confidentiality Agreements-Representation
* Please note that the current versions or deviations of the related clauses will be included in any resulting contract.


5. GRANT AWARDS ONLY: For efforts proposed as grant awards, offerors must provide an abstract in their proposal (not to exceed one page) that is publicly releasable and that describes - in terms the public may understand - the project or program supported by the grant. The DoD will publically post the abstract to comply with Section 8123 of the Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2015 (Pub. L. 113-235).


6. REPORTING:
a. Contract Applicable: Once a proposal has been selected for award, offerors will be given complete instructions on the submission process for the reports.
b. FAPIIS Applicable: As required by 2 CFR 200 Appendix XII of the Uniform Guidance and FAR 9.104-6, non-federal entities (NFEs) are required to disclose in FAPIIS any information about criminal, civil, and administrative proceedings, and/or affirm that there is no new information to provide. This applies to NFEs that receive federal awards (currently active grants, cooperative agreements, and procurement contracts) greater than $10,000,000 for any period of time during the period of performance of an award/project.



VII. AGENCY CONTACTS:


All submissions and any questions of a technical nature shall be directed to the cognizant technical point of contact, as specified below:


Juan E. Esparza
AFRL/RITB
525 Brooks Rd.
Rome NY 13441-4505
Telephone: (315) 330-3872
Email: juan.esparza@us.af.mil

Questions of a contractual/business nature shall be directed to the cognizant contracting officer, as specified below (email requests are preferred):


Gail Marsh
Telephone (315) 330-7518
Email: Gail.Marsh@us.af.mil


Emails must reference the solicitation (BAA) number and title of the acquisition.


The provision at DFARS 252.239-7017, Notice of Supply Chain Risk (Nov 2013) applies.


In accordance with AFFARS 5301.91, an Ombudsman has been appointed to hear and facilitate the resolution of concerns from offerors, potential offerors, and others for this acquisition announcement. Before consulting with an ombudsman, interested parties must first address their concerns, issues, disagreements, and/or recommendations to the contracting officer for resolution. AFFARS Clause 5352.201-9101 Ombudsman (Jun 2016) will be incorporated into all contracts awarded under this BAA. The AFRL Ombudsman is as follows:


Ms. Kimberly Yoder
AFRL/PK
1864 4th Street
Building 15, Room 225
Wright-Patterson AFB OH 45433-7130
FAX: (937) 656-7321; Comm: (937) 255-4967
Email: kimberly.yoder@us.af.mil


All responsible organizations may submit a white paper which shall be considered.

Added: Feb 14, 2018 8:01 am
AMENDMENT 9 to BAA RIK-14-05

The purpose of this modification is to:
1) Update the NAICS CODE: Replace 541712 with 541715
2) Revise the technical POC: Update the Technical POC in the following sections:
a. SECTION IV, Paragraph 3.c.: The TPOC Mailing Instructions is deleted in its entirety and replaced with the following:

MAILING INSTRUCTIONS. If mailing your submission, unclassified responses to this announcement should be addressed to ATTN: Dr. Nathan McDonald, AFRL/RITB, 525 Brooks Rd., Rome NY 13441-4505.

Unclassified electronic submission to nathan.mcdonald.5@us.af.mil will also be accepted.

b. SECTION VII - Agency Contacts. The TPOC is deleted in its entirety and replaced with the following:

Dr. Nathan McDonald
AFRL/RITB
525 Brooks Road
Rome New York 13441-4505
Telephone: (315) 330-3804
Email: nathan.mcdonald.5@us.af.mill

No other changes are being made.

Added: Apr 18, 2019 8:45 am
AMENDMENT 10 to BAA-RIK-14-05:


The purpose of this Amendment is to cancel BAA-RIK-14-05.


This BAA is now closed and no further white papers will be accepted.

Contracting Office Address :
26 Electronic Parkway
Rome, New York 13441-4514
United States
Primary Point of Contact. :
Gail E. Marsh,
Contracting Officer
Phone: 315-330-7518
General Information
Notice Type:
Presolicitation
Original Posted Date:
May 14, 2014
Posted Date:
April 18, 2019
Response Date:
-
Original Response Date:
-
Archiving Policy:
Manual Archive
Original Archive Date:
-
Archive Date:
-
Original Set Aside:
N/A
Set Aside:
N/A
Classification Code:
A -- Research & Development

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