DARPA Broad Agency Announcements may result in several different types of award instruments, including FAR-based procurement contracts, grants, cooperative agreements, and Other Transactions.
This page supplements DARPA Broad Agency Announcements (BAA) published on Beta.SAM.gov, as well as Grants.gov, and identifies issues to consider when drafting proposals in response to BAAs.
The information on this page is part of any BAAs that specifically reference this page. Should discrepancies exist between published BAAs that reference this page and its contents, the BAA text takes precedence.
Please read the information at the bottom of this page to learn about information that applies to ALL possible award instruments:
If you desire or receive a FAR-based procurement contract, please read the following link to learn about information that may apply to FAR-based procurement contracts:
If you desire or receive a grant or cooperative agreement, please read the following link to learn about information that may apply to grants or cooperative agreements:
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Information Applicable to ALL Award Types (Including Procurement Contracts, Grants, Cooperative Agreements, and Other Transactions)
Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI) on Non-DoD Information Systems
In addition to classified information, certain types of unclassified information also require application of access and distribution controls and protective measures for a variety of reasons. This information is referred to collectively as Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI). DoD CUI includes, but is not limited to: For Official Use Only (FOUO), Law Enforcement Sensitive (LES), DoD Unclassified Controlled Nuclear Information (DoD UCNI), and Limited Distribution, as well as some categories developed by other executive branch agencies. For further information, consult DoDM 5200.01, Volume 4, “DoD Information Security Program: Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI).”
All non-DoD entities doing business with DARPA are expected to adhere to the following procedural safeguards, in addition to any other relevant federal or DoD specific procedures, for submission of any proposals to DARPA and any potential business with DARPA:
Proposers with questions regarding CUI should contact the DARPA Security and Intelligence Directorate at (703) 526-1581.
Publication Restrictions on Non-Fundamental Research
National Security Decision Directive (NSDD) 189 defines fundamental research as follows:
“Fundamental research” means basic and applied research in science and engineering, the results of which ordinarily are published and shared broadly within the scientific community, as distinguished from proprietary research and from industrial development, design, production, and product utilization, the results of which ordinarily are restricted for proprietary or national security reasons.
The following clause or similar language will be included in all awards where the resultant research will not be considered fundamental research and there will be restrictions on publication:
"There shall be no dissemination or publication, except within and between the contractor and any subcontractors, of information developed under this contract or contained in the reports to be furnished pursuant to this contract without prior written approval of DARPA’s Public Release Center (DARPA/PRC). All technical reports will be given proper review by appropriate authority to determine which distribution statement is to be applied prior to the initial distribution of these reports by the contractor. With regard to subcontractor proposals for fundamental research, papers resulting from unclassified fundamental research are exempt from prepublication controls and this review requirement, pursuant to DoD Instruction 5230.27 dated October 6, 1987.
When submitting material for written approval for open publication, the contractor/awardee must submit a request for public release to the DARPA/PRC and include the following information: (1) Document Information: document title, document author, short plain-language description of technology discussed in the material (approx. 30 words), number of pages (or minutes of video), and document type (e.g., briefing, report, abstract, article, or paper); (2) Event Information: event type (conference, principal investigator meeting, article, or paper), event date, desired date for DARPA's approval; (3) DARPA Sponsor: DARPA program manager, DARPA office, and contract number; and (4) Contractor/Awardee's Information: POC name, e-mail, and phone. Allow three weeks for processing. Due dates under three weeks require a justification. Unusual electronic file formats may require additional processing time. Requests may be sent either via email to email@example.com or by mail to 675 North Randolph Street, Arlington VA 22203-2114, telephone (571) 218-4235. Refer to the following for link for information about DARPA’s public release process: http://www.darpa.mil/work-with-us/contract-management/public-release.
System for Award Management (SAM) Registration, Universal Identifier Requirements, and Representations and Certifications
All proposers (except those exempt per FAR 4.1102 or 2 CFR 25.110, as applicable) must be registered in the System for Award Management (SAM) and have a valid Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number to receive an award. All proposers must maintain an active and current SAM registration at all times throughout the award process, should they be selected. All proposers are encouraged to provide their DUNS number, if available, in each proposal they submit.
Click HERE to register in SAM.
Click HERE to acquire a DUNS number.
Representations and Certifications
DARPA Broad Agency Announcements may result in several different types of award instruments, including FAR-based procurement contracts, grants, cooperative agreements, and Other Transactions. All potential awardees must complete some version of representations and certifications which corresponds to the type of award instrument. These representations and certifications are DARPA-specific, which means they supplement the annual representations and certifications from Beta.SAM.gov. Please visit this webpage to review the different representations and certifications: http://www.darpa.mil/work-with-us/reps-certs
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