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Rapid Innovation Fund

What is the Rapid Innovation Fund?
The Rapid Innovation Program, re-designated as the Rapid Innovation Fund (RIF) within the Department of Defense (DOD), was enacted by Congress in section 1073 of the Fiscal Year 2011 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) and reauthorized in section 216 of the Fiscal Year 2016 NDAA to facilitate rapid insertion of innovative technologies into military systems or programs that meet critical national security needs.

The goals of the RIF reflect DoD’s emphasis on rapid, responsive acquisition and the engagement of small business innovative technologies that resolve operational challenges or address critical national security needs, and have a demonstration path into a defense acquisition program including, but not limited to capabilities that:

  • Accelerate or enhance a military capability
  • Reduce the development, acquisition, sustainment or lifecycle costs of defense acquisition programs or fielded systems
  • Reduce technical risk
  • Improve the timeliness and thoroughness of test and evaulation outcomes

How do I participate?
The DoD releases a Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) as contemplated in FAR Parts 35.016 and 6.102(d)(2) on The BAA requests White Papers in response to DoD's RIF requirements. White Papers are used as the initial basis for project selection. Firms whose White Papers are selected are invited to submit a full proposal. RIF awards may not exceed $3 million. The period of performance for RIF awards may not exceed 24 months.

Who is eligible to participate?
All responsible firms and academic institutions capable of satisfying the Government's needs may participate.