Small Business Applied Research Pilot

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Overview

The Small Business Applied Research (SBAR) Pilot is a field-based initiative to expand USAID’s access to emerging technology, products, services, and scientific applications developed by U.S. based small businesses. Through a Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) USAID is seeking solutions that are readily adaptable to meet some of the world’s most daunting development challenges.

The SBAR Pilot is set aside for U.S. small businesses. USAID invites all qualified U.S. small businesses to submit Preliminary Concept Papers to any or all of the eight Problem Statements by April 23, 2019, 9:00am CEST or UTC +2 (Germany).

Problem Statements

The first call for Preliminary Concept Papers will focus around eight Problem Statements. 

  1. Smallholder Agriculture in Senegal
  2. Illegal, Undocumented, and Unregulated Fishing in Senegal
  3. Greenhouse-based Food Production in Kosovo
  4. Energy for Productive Agriculture Use in Senegal
  5. Civil Society Organizations, High Biodiversity Value Areas, and Civil Society Actors in Madagascar
  6. Integrating Mobile Communication Technology in Teaching and Learning in Kosovo
  7. Improving Water Access in Senegal
  8. Improving Sanitation in Senegal

Find more information about each problem statement in the solicitation on FBO.gov or here

Process

The Broad Agency Announcement for the SBAR Pilot will follow a three step process:

  1. Submission and Review of Preliminary Concept Papers: Relevant USAID Mission’s will evaluate Preliminary Concept Papers, using a team of scientific and technical peers, based on criteria outlined in the solicitation.
  2. Negotiations and Final Concept Papers: Mission staff will notify selected organizations and request that they elaborate on their solution through an iterative process, resulting in Final Concept Papers.
  3. Award Determination: Based on Final Concept Papers, Missions will recommend to their respective Contracting Officer (CO) solutions to be considered for award. The CO will make all final award determinations.

To learn more about the process review the solicitation available on FBO.gov or click here

Key Dates

March 14, 2018: USAID held a pre-proposal conference to brief interested U.S. small businesses on the morning of March 14, 2018 in Washington, DC. A recording of the conference is available here

April 23, 2018: Preliminary Concept Papers for SBAR Pilot Phase 1 are due by April 23, 2018 9:00 am CEST or UTC +2 (Germany).

For the most up to date information on SBAR, review the solicitation available on FBO.gov

Learn More

Visit FBO.gov to find the full solicitation (BAA-MOSO-SBAR-2018) and latest information on the SBAR Pilot. 

A list of frequently asked questions is being developed and will be updated on a regular basis. 

Connect

Contact us at SBAR@usaid.gov

 

Disclaimer: Please refer to the solicitation on FBO.gov for the most accurate information. For any discrepancy between USAID.gov and FBO.gov, please use FBO.gov as the authoritative source. 

Last updated: March 23, 2018

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