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To encourage contract proposals using creative and innovative approaches in research areas identified by the government.
A broad agency announcement (BAA) may be used as a solicitation mechanism for basic and applied research directed toward 1) advancing the state-of-the-art or increasing knowledge or understanding and 2) that part of development not related to developing a specific system or procuring hardware.
BAAs are general in nature, identifying areas of research interest, and should be used only when meaningful proposals with varying technical or scientific approaches can be reasonably anticipated.
Proposals are not evaluated against each other since they are not submitted according to a common Statement of Work issued by the government. As such, NIAID does not establish a competitive range for BAAs. Following peer review, the government selects the awardee(s) based on the evaluation of technical proposals against the evaluation factors, importance to agency programs, and fund availability.
Working on a BAA follows similar procedures to a request for proposals (RFP), with a few exceptions. BAAs differ from standard RFPs in the following ways:
Contact your contract specialist if you have any questions about working with BAAs.
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NIH Manual Issuance 6035, Broad Agency Announcements
FAR Subpart 35.016, Broad Agency Announcement
FAR Subpart 6.102, Use of Competitive Procedures
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