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DoD Seeks Consortium for National Security Innovation Network’s Prototype Projects


The Department of Defense's Washington Headquarters Services has asked industry for proposals to establish a consortium that will bring together small businesses, entrepreneurs, universities and inventors to collaborate on prototyping projects in support of the National Security Innovation Network.

A solicitation notice posted Friday says NSIN is seeking a consortium manager through the Institute for Nascent Innovations program to help identify entities for inclusion in the consortium, serve as a program manager and integrator to support members in addressing emerging threats facing DoD and come up with a multiyear operating process for the network to develop tools and techniques for solving complex problem sets.

The I4NI consortium manager will enter into an “umbrella“ other transaction agreement with DoD. The OTA will have a performance period of five years and an option for additional five years.

A prototype project awarded under an OTA must satisfy at least one of these conditions: participation of at least one nontraditional defense contractor or nonprofit research institution in the project; all participants are small businesses or NTDCs; and at least a third of the project's total cost should be paid out of funds provided by sources other than the federal government.

Proposals are due Oct. 9, according to the notice.

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Written by Jane Edwards

is a staff writer at Executive Mosaic, where she writes for ExecutiveBiz about IT modernization, cybersecurity, space procurement and industry leaders’ perspectives on government technology trends.

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