University of Alaska Fairbanks

USSOCOM Innovation Foundry (IF11)


SOFWERX, in collaboration with USSOCOM’s Directorate of Science and Technology (S&T), will host the eleventh Innovation Foundry (IF11) Event, where S&T Futures seeks to bring together U.S. and International Special Operations Forces (SOF), Industry, Academia, Government, and futurists in an exploration, design thinking, facilitated event to assist USSOCOM in decomposing future scenarios and missions. The theme of IF11 will be “SOF Operations in a World of Omnipresent Sensor Networks.”

Event Timeline
Phase 1 – 19 July 2022 to 12 August 2022 Submissions Open: Sensor design and development, RF technologies, LPI/LPD solutions, data analysis, data visualization, communications technologies, networking, autonomous systems, robotics, artificial intelligence, machine learning, situational awareness, social and behavioral sciences, and SOF Operations SMEs, futurists and visionaries from Industry, Academia, and National Labs are encouraged to participate in the IF11 Event by submitting a CV (Curriculum Vitae) below NLT 12 August.
Phase 2 – 15 August 2022 to 19 August 2022 SME Review: The S&T Directorate Future’s Team will review SME submissions and notify SOFWERX of invited participants. SOFWERX will notify participants of their attendance status o/a 22 August. 
Phase 3 – 27 September 2022 to 29 September 2022 Innovation Foundry 11 Event: During the event, selected participants will collaborate and ideate with fellow SMEs, the S&T Directorate Future’s Team, and U.S. and International SOF Operators on the concept areas above. Selectees should plan for workdays from 0800-1700 ET.
Phase 4 – Path Forward: Successfully negotiated awards may fall under any combination of these categories:
-Business to business research and development agreement as a sub-award through the SOFWERX Partnership Intermediary Agreement (PIA) (15 U.S. Code Section 3715)
-OTA for research or prototype projects (10 U.S. Code Sections 4021, 4022)An award under 10 U. S. Code, Section 4022 may result in the further award of a follow-on production agreement without additional competition based on successful prototype completion. The Government may make this follow-on production award even if all successful prototype criteria are not fully met during the prototype project.
-Procurement for experimental purposes (10 U.S. Code Section 4023)
-Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (15 U.S. Code Section 3710a)
-Prizes for advanced technology achievements (10 U. S. Code Section 4025) and/or prize competitions (15 U.S. Code 3719)
-FAR-based procurement contract 
-Awardees may need to be compliant with NIST SP 800-171, Protecting Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI) in Non-Federal Systems and Organizations
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