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Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) Development SOP

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This standard operating procedure (SOP) has internal roles only. It includes the following sections: Purpose, Procedure, Contacts, and Links.

Purpose

To encourage contract proposals using creative and innovative approaches in research areas identified by the government.

Procedure

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.

Contracting Officer's Representatives

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:

  • Instead of a statement of work, the government provides research and technical objectives in the BAA solicitation that describe the research areas the government is interested in.
  • The offeror, not the government, develops and defines a statement of work, including work requirements and performance specifications.
  • The government negotiates with offerors. During negotiations, an offeror can work with a contracting officer to refine the statement of work to incorporate peer reviewer and program comments.

Contact your contract specialist if you have any questions about working with BAAs.

Contracting Officer

  • When preparing a BAA solicitation, use the Specification Package—Template with Instructions for Broad Agency Announcement.
  • Select offeror(s) for award based upon the evaluation factors, importance to the agency programs (programmatic balance), and fund availability.
  • When awarding multiple contracts under a BAA, if the award decision is out of sequence of the initial scores of the scientific review group (SRG), document the rationale in a memo to the NIAID deputy director for science management to be routed through the OA director and DEA director. Find a route slip on the Lock icon: This link will not work for public visitors.OA Workspace.

Office of Acquisitions Director

  • If awarding a contract or contracts under a BAA and the award decision is out of sequence of the initial scores of the SRG, sign and forward the rationale memo to the DEA director.

DEA Director

  • If awarding a contract or contracts under a BAA and the award decision is out of sequence of the initial scores of the SRG, sign and forward the rationale memo to the NIAID deputy director for science management.

NIAID Deputy Director for Science Management

  • If awarding a contract or contracts under a BAA and the award decision is out of sequence of the initial scores of the SRG, review and sign the rationale memo.

OA Procurement Technicians

Contacts

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Links

NIH Manual Issuance 6035, Broad Agency Announcements

FAR Subpart 35.016, Broad Agency Announcement

FAR Subpart 6.102, Use of Competitive Procedures

Last Updated August 11, 2014

Last Reviewed August 11, 2014