Broad Agency Announcements

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FAST FACTS

Find all BAA opportunities on Grants.gov and beta.SAM.gov.

Want to learn more about the BAA process? Listen to the recording of a short conference call from November 2017 that explains it.

Learn how the U.S. Government defines research and development and what USAID does to protect your competitive information.

One of USAID’s procurement tools is the Broad Agency Announcement (BAA), a competitive and collaborative research and development process used to seek innovative solutions to development challenges from public, private, for-profit, and nonprofit partners. Through a BAA, we define a problem, co-create a solution, and explore available resources. Often, but not always, a BAA will result in an agreement with a partner or consortium of partners.

 USAID uses BAAs to help solve a variety of development problems. Here are a few examples:

  • The Ebola Grand Challenge prompted 1,500 submissions and resulted in 14 innovative solutions to address key gaps in responding to the Ebola virus epidemic. One of the solutions was a redesigned suit for health-care workers developed in partnership with a wedding dress maker and the international nonprofit Jhpiego.

  • Saving Lives at Birth received nearly 3,000 ideas to address calls for groundbreaking prevention and treatment approaches for pregnant women and newborns in poor, hard-to-reach communities. The last round brought together a number of innovators worldwide and more than 20 solutions.

  • For Monitoring, Evaluation, Research, and Learning Innovations (MERLIN), more than 30 partners contributed to concept designs to improve traditional approaches to monitoring, evaluation, research, and learning. To date, 14 organizations are implementing the first set of activities under MERLIN; they include U.S. and international universities, private-sector companies, institutes, innovation labs, and non-governmental organizations.

 Benefits of Using the BAA Process

Here are some of the benefits—for both USAID and potential partners—of participating in the BAA process:

USAID

PARTNER

Opportunity to network with all types of organizations and experts within a particular industry

Opportunity to work with a wider pool of potential partners, such as small businesses and universities (domestic and international)

Opportunity for small businesses and universities to network with other small businesses and universities (domestic and international)

Significantly more time-efficient in terms of design-to-award time

Significantly more cost-effective in terms of preparing concept notes and proposals

Opportunity to hear innovative ideas, co-create concepts, and fund the ideas for implementation

Opportunity to share innovative ideas, create concepts, and potentially receive funding for those ideas

The process is simplified and easier to understand for all stakeholders due to additional transparency and a more collaborative process.

The process promotes design-to-solution, not design-to-instrument or design-to-budget.

BAA Process

The USAID BAA is a four-stage process, starting with an initial expression of interest and ending with the final award. The timeline for a BAA from post to potential award could be about six months, but timing is always subject to change depending on the number of expressions of interest received, funding, and other factors.

Stage 1: The process begins with the issuance of a BAA posted on Grants.gov and beta.SAM.gov. The BAA requests the submissions of expressions of interest within a set schedule. In most instances, we require partners to submit a three- to five-page expression of interest so we can evaluate your relevant knowledge and expertise.

Stage 2: When USAID decides that an expression of interest has merit and passes the eligibility criteria, the partner is invited to continue to the next step, which involves a co-creation event and co-development of a concept paper.

Stage 3: The Peer and Scientific Review Board, made up of technical and/or development experts from USAID, partners, and/or outside parties, reviews the submitted concept papers.

Stage 4: The Contracting or Agreement Officer (CO/AO) reviews the Board’s recommendations and contacts the successful respondent to negotiate and draft the final award. 

Last updated: August 14, 2020

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