Thread: Air Force Research Laboratory announces Requests for Information

Started: 2020-06-18 21:04:55
Last activity: 2020-06-18 21:04:55
WILLEMANN, RAYMOND J DR-03 USAF AFMC AFRL
2020-06-18 21:04:55
The Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) has announced two Requests for Information (RFI) regarding seismological and other geophysical research. Each RFI is intended to help the AFRL's Nuclear Explosion Monitoring program formulate plans for new or additional research that might be executed partly by universities and corporations using contracts, cooperative agreements, or other transactions to fund effective partnerships.

In one RFI (https://beta.sam.gov/opp/1582820eeae64ae0a0b03c4f9e20799c/view) the Government seeks to carry out a broad range of coordinated fundamental and advanced research that will accelerate development of decisive mission capabilities in geospace awareness through development of new algorithms to process data from seismic Distributed Acoustic Sensing (DAS) systems to detect, identify, and track rapidly evolving and emerging threats from underground nuclear tests. A potential lead offeror might submit an RFI response for a coordinating role leveraging prior arrangements with several potential subcontractors. An RFI response might describe coordinating activities intended to foster wide expertise and a collaborative approach to delivering transformative capabilities in nuclear explosion monitoring.

In the other RFI (https://beta.sam.gov/opp/74c8cdd100a5451ea850aa04982c0aea/view) the Government seeks to accelerate development of decisive mission capabilities in geospace awareness to improve capabilities to detect, identify, and track rapidly evolving and emerging threats from underground nuclear tests. The primary goal of this RFI is to obtain information on potential solutions for current priority topics that are described in the announcement. Development for such solutions typically comprises fundamental and other applied research of the type typically published in peer-reviewed journals and presented at professional conferences. To significantly advance current capabilities, solutions typically require innovative approaches that depart from current practices, build on new results from basic research, or leverage newly available data.

Researchers who may be interested in partnering with AFRL to execute the envisioned research are encouraged to read the full RFI announcements, inquire with AFRL staff members named in the announcements for discussion and clarification, and submit a response to either RFI before 30 July 2020, in the format and by the means specified in each announcement. Due to ongoing teleworking during the Covid-19 response, office phone messages might not be checked daily, and AFRL encourages inquiries by email.

Ray Willemann, raymond.willemann<at>us.af.mil
Rick Schult, frederick.schult<at>us.af.mil
Eli Baker, glenn.baker.3<at>us.af.mil
Kenny Ryan, kenneth.ryan<at>us.af.mil


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