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To be an innovation leader, an organization must efficiently leverage ideas, practices and capabilities created anywhere, especially outside the organization. DIA has enhanced its ability to efficiently leverage solutions from industry and academia. NeedipeDIA expands the ongoing dialogue between DIA and innovative solution providers (industry, academia, labs) to address mission critical needs, and creates a direct communication channel to the solution providers with emerging technology that enhances DIA's mission capabilities.

NeedipeDIA enables DIA to express capability needs, clearly and concisely, to a larger community of innovators and encourage participation from established partners and companies that have never before worked with Federal agencies. The list of needs below is designed to communicate the solutions DIA is seeking, while providing an entry point into Government acquisition through an Open Broad Agency Announcement and Commercial Solutions Opening.

The content on this webpage consists of a dynamic list of needs that is updated frequently. All individuals, companies and academic institutions interested in receiving grants or contracts through the Open BAA (HHM402-23-S-0001) and Open CSO (HHM402-23-SC-0002), found on www.sam.gov and https://grants.gov/, must identify the specific need by number using the list below. Detailed instructions for expressing your solution(s) are found within the Open BAA and CSO.

NEEDIPEDIA FAQS
 
WHAT IS NEEDIPEDIA?

NeedipeDIA is an unclassified website that communicates mission needs to innovators and invites collaborative engagement with industry and academia. It is a mechanism that enables:

  • Linkage of mission needs to innovative ideas and solutions.
  • Open engagement with industry and academia.
WHO ARE NEEDIPEDIA STAKEHOLDERS?

Stakeholders include:

  • Internal DIA workforce.
  • Academic institutions.
  • External industry solution providers.
  • Other Intelligence Community partners.
  • Other Government agencies.
HOW ARE DIA NEEDS AND REQUIREMENTS DERIVED?

Needs and requirements map to DIA mission areas:

  • Artificial intelligence and machine learning.
  • New analysis technologies and methods.
  • Enhanced counterintelligence and security.
  • Intelligence collections.
  • Mission enhancing science and technology.
  • Improves mission support capabilities.
  • Increase organizational effectiveness.
  • Empower partnerships.
  • Emerging and innovative technologies for rapid operations transition.
  • Other innovative capabilities.
HOW ARE SOLUTIONS SUBMITTED TO DIA THROUGH THE NEEDIPEDIA PROCESS?

A Broad Agency Announcement and Commercial Solutions Opening contain the instructions for submitting a proposal. This process meets Federal acquisition regulations, and is an entry point for the acquisition process.

WHAT ARE THE INCENTIVES FOR PARTICIPATING IN THE NEEDIPEDIA PROCESS?

Incentives include:

  • Promotes an agile process for solution responses from industry and academia.
  • Enables mission elements to acquire mission solutions rapidly.
  • Enables mission elements to point industry and academia to a specific mission area or need, thus limiting responses to unsolicited communications.
  • Communicates clearly expectations of review timelines.
  • Clearly telegraphs to the interagency and Intelligence Community opportunities to partner on specific needs or existing solutions.
HOW IS NEEDIPEDIA DIFFERENT FROM CURRENT DIA PROCESSES AND DOES IT REPLACE EXISTING BAAS AND CSOS?
  • NeedipeDIA is a rapid and agile process that is responsive to evolving mission needs.
  • It is dynamically updated significantly reducing the time required by traditional acquisition practices.
  • NeedipeDIA does not replace existing BAAs or preclude the publishing of future BAAs by DIA. NeedipeDIA is just one tool among many acquisition mechanisms available for satisfying DIA needs. It is meant to enable a legal and ethical conversation with industry and academia on needs in timely manner. NeedipeDIA ensures an even playing field for conversations with industry and academia as needs are refined, possible solutions are investigated, and most importantly, mission practitioners discover what they did not know to ask for.
HOW DOES NEEDIPEDIA AFFECT THE CONTRACT PRACTICES THAT TAKE PLACE AFTER A FUNDING DECISION IS MADE?

NeedipeDIA does not address the contract practices after a funding decision is made. It only provides a mechanism for transitioning to the next stage in the acquisition phase.

CONTACT INFORMATION
HOW TO SUBMIT A WHITE PAPER
 
STEPS TO SUBMIT A WHITE PAPER
  1. Read the Open BAA and Open CSO instructions (these links will lead directly to the BAA/CSO instructions documents).
  2. Identify one of the CURRENT NEEDS from the list below that best matches your proposed solution.
  3. Prepare a white paper by following the format requirements, starting on page 8 of the Open BAA, and use the most current coversheet.
  4. Submit your unclassified white paper to Ideas2Action@dodiis.mil or, if you have access to a secure channel, submit your classified white paper to Ideas2Action@coe.ic.gov.
HINTS FOR A SUCCESSFUL REVIEW

Properly aligning your capability to a mission need is essential for successful review. Specifically:

  • If you can't articulate how your capability addresses the mission need, then you have probably selected the wrong mission need.
  • Section 4 of your white paper is used to route the proposed innovative method, process or technology to the end users closest to the mission need.
  • The more specific the need, the better chance of aligning funds to support.
  • If you need clarity on a mission need, ask us and we will work to enhance clarity.
  • Mission relevance is the most important review criteria.
  • White papers should avoid technical jargon and product branding.
  • Mission review of mission enhancing science and technology is more technical. Feel free to expound on the technical merit of your approach.
  • For all other categories, white papers should speak to direct mission impact. Technical merit will be formally established later during the proposal review stage.
  • NeedipeDIA is designed to support DIA's "Start Small. Scale Fast. Fail Cheap." approach.
  • Smaller (<$650,000) initiatives are preferred.
  • Quick win (within 6 months) initiatives are preferred.
  • For mission enhancing science and technology, longer projects (<18 months) may be warranted.
  • Other solicitation methods are used for major systems acquisitions.

"Considering" indicates a more general DIA mission area need that is under consideration, while "Active" indicates an innovative solution is currently being sought.

CURRENT NEEDS
 
1. ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE AND MACHINE LEARNING

The Defense Intelligence Agency is further enhancing capabilities with artificial intelligence and machine learning supporting mission requirements of business operations, data science, finished intelligence products, etc.


Current Status: Open/Considering
Cutoff Date: 29 December 2028
Additional Evaluation Criteria: None
2. [CLOSED]

Current Status: Closed
Cutoff Date: 29 December 2028
Additional Evaluation Criteria: None
3. ENHANCE COUNTERINTELLIGENCE AND SECURITY

The Defense Intelligence Agency is further expanding efforts and to optimize counterintelligence capabilities for indications and warning.


Current Status: Open/Considering
Cutoff Date: 29 December 2028
Additional Evaluation Criteria: None
4. INTELLIGENCE COLLECTIONS

The Defense Intelligence Agency is strengthening its intelligence collection and analysis of new and existing weapon systems, and other innovative technologies.


Current Status: Open/Considering
Cutoff Date: 29 December 2028
Additional Evaluation Criteria: None
5. MISSION ENHANCING SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

The Defense Intelligence Agency is broadening technologies to enhance existing capabilities with biometrics, space, detection, etc.


Current Status: Open/Considering
Cutoff Date: 29 December 2028
Additional Evaluation Criteria: None
6. IMPROVES MISSION SUPPORT CAPABILITIES

The Defense Intelligence Agency is escalating its mission support functions, data management, processes, systems, and technologies.


Current Status: Open/Considering
Cutoff Date: 29 December 2028
Additional Evaluation Criteria: None
7. INCREASE ORGANIZATIONAL EFFECTIVENESS

The Defense Intelligence Agency is increasing new and emerging technologies for rapid transition into operational environments, advanced communications, and innovative research.


Current Status: Open/Considering
Cutoff Date: 29 December 2028
Additional Evaluation Criteria: None
8. EMPOWER PARTNERSHIPS

The Defense Intelligence Agency is building on the capability to expand outreach and partnerships with divergent research and development entities in order to anticipate developments impacting workplace learning and performance practices. Specifically, those with experience in designing adaptive human performance solutions that easily adjust to changing organizational technologies.


Current Status: Open/Considering
Cutoff Date: 29 December 2028
Additional Evaluation Criteria: None
9. MACHINE-ASSISTED ANALYTIC RAPID-REPOSITORY SYSTEM

The Defense Intelligence Agency continues to develop innovative technology solutions to support the development of mission analysis and reporting systems.


Current Status: Open/Considering
Cutoff Date: 29 December 2028
Additional Evaluation Criteria: None
10. QUANTUM INFORMATION SCIENCES.

The Defense Intelligence Agency continues to influence technology solutions leveraging quantum sciences to deliver decisive results and decision-advantage to our nation's leadership.


Current Status: Open/Considering
Cutoff Date: 29 December 2028
Additional Evaluation Criteria: None
11. EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES

The Defense Intelligence Agency continues to emerge novel and experimental technologies and techniques awaiting development, modification, and/or postured for rapid transition to operational environments.


Current Status: Open/Considering
Cutoff Date: 29 December 2028
Additional Evaluation Criteria: None