The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency released the sixth topic of the agency’s Boosting Innovative GEOINT, or BIG, Broad Agency Announcement initiative, Aug. 22, focused on advanced geospatial analytics.
The BAA, posted on the Federal Business Opportunities website, enables NGA to solicit proposals from both traditional and non-traditional sources for research pertaining to basic and applied research.
“This BAA topic allows NGA to assess options for advancing our geospatial analytics methods and processes from a diverse group of experts, quickly and at a relatively low cost,” said Richard Unis, the NGA Source directorate program manager. “The BAA utilizes a streamlined process, a short white paper detailing their recommended solution, and therefore we expect a broad range of innovative approaches to our topic.”
For this latest topic area, NGA seeks innovative proposals utilizing novel sources for developing analytic algorithms and methods to aid in the discovery of geospatial data that is currently unobserved or unknown, the characterization of geospatial data to provide insight and context, and use of automated technologies to aid in the timely and accurate development of foundation data.
“NGA is looking for state-of-the-art automated methods and techniques for analyzing huge volumes of geospatial data to discover the unknown in support of our national security, humanitarian and disaster relief mission,” said Unis. “These methods and techniques will help our analysts identify trends, changes and anomalies, speed up processing and exploitation, as well as reduce costs to the agency and mission partners in executing our critical missions.”
NGA anticipates awarding multiple contracts for this topic area. The target award value for contracts will not exceed $500,000. The period of performance shall not exceed 12 months from the date of the contract award. The application period for the sixth topic area is open until Sept. 21 and questions may be submitted through Sept. 6, 2017.
Additional information on Topic Area 6 is available on Federal Business Opportunities. NGA awarded the first contract for Broad Agency Announcement to boost innovative GEOINT in July 2016. The BIG BAA will be open for a total of three years. Periodically NGA will post new topics on FedBizOpps.gov as a way to seek creative solutions to GEOINT challenges.