HASBAT to Host Navy RIF

HASBAT is pleased to announce that it will be hosting the Department of Navy (D0N) Rapid Innovation Fund (RIF) Team. Highlights of this visit are below.

$3M/2-year Award Opportunity
Department of Navy (DoN) Rapid Innovation Fund (RIF) Team
Huntsville Visit 8 – 12 January 2018
Candidate Technology Forms Deadline 13 December 2017

  • February 2018: DoN RIF Solicitation
  • 8-12 January 2018 DoN RIF Team Visits Huntsville:
    Monday, 8 January AM – DoN RIF Team Arrives
    Tuesday, 9 January AM – Small Business Visits TBA
    Wednesday, 10 January – AM Small Business Visits TBA
    Wednesday, 10 January PM – Small Business Visits TBA
    Thursday, 11 January AM – Small Business Visits TBA
    Thursday, 11 January HASBAT Luncheon – DoN RIF Program Brief, Jackson Center
    Thursday, 11 January PM Social – No Host Networking, Westin, Bridge Street
    Friday, 12 January AM – DoN RIF Team Departs
  • Selection of 10 Candidate Small businesses for DoN RIF Team Visits 9 – 11 January:
    To be Considered, Complete HASBAT Candidate Technology Form (CTF)
    Candidate Technologies TRL 6/7 at Project Inception
    Use FY16 and FY 17 DoN RIF Requirements (attachments) for Guidance
    Many FY18 Requirements Expected to be Same as FY17/FY17 Requirements
    More than 1 CTF per Small Business is Allowed, But 1 CTF Per Technology is Required
    CTF Deadline 13 December 2017 by Email to terry.griffin@techhuntttc.org
    HASBAT Receives CTFs 15 December and Identifies Best Candidates for DoN RIF January Visit
    Small Businesses Selection/Non-Selection Notification 1st Week of January
    Small Businesses Not Selected For January Visit Can Respond to February Solicitation
  • Very Easy Award Submission Process—Two Phases:
    4-Page White Paper—5% Received an Invitation for a Full Proposal in FY16
    Full Proposal—75% Submitting Full Proposal Selected for Award in FY16
  • Prior SBIR/STTR Award Not Required But May Boost PW (5-Year Average):
    67% of the Awards went to Small Businesses with Prior Capabilities Under SBIRs/STTRs
    33% of the Awards went to Small Businesses with no SBIRs/STTRs
  • Q&A Telecoms (Email for Info/Invitation: terry.griffin@techhuntttc.org):
    1400 Wednesday, 6 December 2017
    1400 Tuesday 12 December 2017
  • DoN RIF Website: https://www.onr.navy.mil/en/ScienceTechnology/Directorates/Transition/Rapid-Innovation-Fund-RIF


Download the RIF Flyer Here

Download the RIF Opportunity Information Here

Download the Candidate Technology Form Here

Download the DoN RIF FY16 Requirements Here

Download the DoN RIF FY17 Requirements Here




December 2017 update on the Rapid Innovation Fund (RIF) program:  Good news especially for small, innovative companies who want to perform final development and testing and sell the resulting product to the DOD:  Section 213 of the FY17 NDAA removed the RIF program sunset clause, providing permanent authority for the program.  While the FY18 defense appropriation is still pending, and a RIF plus up is necessary, OSD is gearing up for an FY18 RIF BAA in the Feb/March 2018 timeframe, which will include topics from all the defense services.  Typical service-wide RIF funding available is $250M.  The full BAA schedule is at http://www.defenseinnovationmarketplace.mil/rif.html

Government TPOCs can talk openly now; communications become restricted upon BAA release.  Historically, about 2/3 of Dept. of Navy RIF awards go to fund projects which derive from the SBIR program.  It’s easy to apply for RIF (three page white paper), but the competition is quite fierce (~4% of white papers result in a full proposal invite).  Interested companies may want to review the FY17 BAA-Amendment 2 (Dept. of Navy topics on pages 45-69) now as many of the topics represent persistent Dept. of Navy needs.  This National Defense Magazine article provides sound advice.