The Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) is a competitive solicitation procedure used to obtain proposals for basic and applied research and that part of development not related to the development of a specific system or hardware procurement. The BAA is described in FAR 6.102, Use of Competitive Procedures, and FAR 35.016, Broad Agency Announcements.
Basic Authority – The Competition in Contracting Act (CICA) of 1984 issued as Public Law 98-369 (98 stat, 1175 et seq.) authorizes use of “general solicitations” or Broad Agency Announcements (BAA’s). The use of general solicitations is limited by CICA to “basic research proposals.” Contracts awarded under these general solicitations meet the “full and open” competition requirements of CICA.
The type of research solicited under a BAA attempts to increase knowledge in science and/or to advance the state of the art as compared to practical application of knowledge.
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