As the Nation’s Combat Logistics Support Agency, the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) manages the global supply chain – from raw materials to end user to disposition – for the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Space Force, Coast Guard, 11 combatant commands, other federal agencies, and partner and allied nations. DLA also supplies 86 percent of the military’s spare parts and nearly 100 percent of fuel and troop support consumables, manages the reutilization of military equipment, provides catalogs and other logistics information products and offers document automation and production services to a host of military and federal agencies. Read more about the agency’s critical mission at www.dla.mil.
Small businesses can provide innovation to meet the agency’s needs through the Research & Development (R&D) Programs, the Small Business Innovation Programs (SBIP), and the Technology Accelerator Other Transaction Authority (OTA) Program.
Information about these programs, how to submit new innovative ideas for the current program announcements, and ideas not listed in announcements or topics are provided on this flyer.
Research and Development Programs
The agency’s R&D program is split into two areas. The first and largest area is manufacturing technology. It supports industrial preparedness by improving manufacturing processes, maintaining viable supply sources, and improving technical and logistics information. The portfolio includes advanced microcircuit emulation, batteries, castings and forgings, additive manufacturing and more.
The second area is logistics research and development. It focuses on improving logistics processes; embracing emerging technology such as unmanned vehicles and robotics; and enhancing analysis, modeling and decision support.
DLA Manufacturing Technology (ManTech) R&D Program Investment Portfolios
- Advanced Microcircuit Emulation
- Battery Network (BATTNET)
- Military Unique Sustainment Technology (MUST)
- Subsistence Network (SUBNET)
- Defense Logistics Information Research (DLIR)
- Additive Manufacturing
- Strategic Materials
- Small Business Innovation Research
DLA Logistics Technology (LogTech) R&D Program Investment Portfolios
- Weapon Systems Sustainment (WSS)
- Medical Logistics Network
- Strategic Distribution & Disposition
- Supply Chain Management (SCM)
- Energy Readiness Program
Where to Find Research and Development Opportunities
DLA R & D uses the Federal Contract Opportunities website at SAM.gov to post their opportunities using Broad Agency Announcements (BAA). Use the Search Contract Opportunities in SAM.gov to search for these opportunities by entering the BAA # from the table below into the Contract Opportunities search box.
Active BAAs are listed below:
- DLA R & D Project: Metal Casting
- BAA: BAA-0001-21
- BAA Open Period: 7/15/2021 - 6/30/2026
- DLA R & D Project: Subsistence Network (SUBNET)
- BAA: BAA-0004-21
- BAA Open Period: 7/14/2021 - 7-13-2026
- DLA R & D Project: Defense Logistics Information Research (DLIR) and Supply Chain Management (SCM)
- BAA: BAA-0002-21
- BAA Open Period: 9/2/2021 - 12/30/2026
- DLA R & D Project: Battery Network (BATTNET)
- BAA: BAA-0006-21
- BAA Open Period: 9/2/2021 - 9/16/2026
- DLA R & D Project: Military Unique Sustainment Technology (MUST)
- BAA: BAA-0001-20
- BAA Open Period: 4/1/2021 - 8/2/2025
- DLA R & D Project: Weapon Systems Sustainment (WSS)
- BAA: BAA-0002-19
- BAA Open Period: 8/13/2020 - 8/28/2024
- DLA R & D Project: Emergent IV
- BAA: BAA-0001-22
- BAA Open Period: 6/13/2022 - 6/12/2027
Note: Dates are subject to change
Note: White Paper submissions for Broad Agency Announcements (BAAs) posted on SAM.gov go to the Contracting Office on the email listed within the announcement. If you have an innovative idea not listed within a BAA, send an email to the DLA Headquarters Logistics Research office at Logistics.Research@dla.mil.
Small Business Innovation Programs and Schedule
The DLA Small Business Innovation Programs (SBIP) consist of the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR), Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR), and Rapid Innovation Fund (RIF) programs.
The objectives of the SBIPs are to stimulate technological innovation and increase commercialization of R&D within the DLA managed supply chains improving service to the warfighter.
The SBIR/STTR programs are structured in the following three phases
- Phase I projects demonstrate the feasibility of technologies
- Phase II projects develop prototype processes or products for proof-of-concept demonstrations.
- Phase III is the commercial application of the technology. (Not a set-aside)
Where to Find SBIP and RIF Opportunities
DLA SBIP uses the Department of Defense (DoD) SBIR/STTR Program website at www.dodsbirsttr.mil/submissions/login to publish the DLA SBIR/STTR Topic's Broad Agency Announcements (BAA) on this site in addition to other participating agencies. This is also where a firm would submit their proposals.
View a list of parts that are eligible for proposal on the current OSD SBIR Phase & DLA Topic by visiting the Small Business Programs website at www.dla.mil/SmallBusiness/SmallBusinessInnovationPrograms. You will see a Parts Eligible for Proposal section and the parts list is provided within that section.
The DoD RIF website at https://defenseinnovationmarketplace.dtic.mil/business-opportunities/rapid-innovation-fund/ has the most current information regarding the program, points-of-contacts, and provides a link to the Broad Agency Announcements. Typically, DLA has three or four Topics each year for the RIF.
Need assistance? Contact the DLA Small Business Innovation Program at DLASBIR2@dla.mil.
Technology Accelerator OTA Program
The DLA Technology Accelerator OTA Program recently focused on growing capacity in 3D printing/additive manufacturing, and advanced manufacturing on demand.
Whitepapers are submitted on problem statements posted on the DLA Technology Accelerator OTA Program website at www.dla.mil/HQ/InformationOperations/Accelerate.
For questions or comments about the program, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
DLA Information Technology - Vendor Relations Email: Serves as the central point of contact for managing engagement with vendors seeking to demonstrate capabilities and the value, they may bring to DLA in the area of information technology that supports research and development, as well as innovation.
Email: email@example.com or call 571-767-2100.