xTechDetect

The Office of the United States Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics, and Technology (ASA(ALT)), U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command (DEVCOM), U.S. Army DEVCOM Forward Elements (DEVCOM-Americas, Atlantic, Pacific), U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC), U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command Technical Center (SMDTC), U.S. Army Counter Explosive Hazards Center (CEHC), and U.S. Office of Naval Research Global (ONR-G)

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Total Money Offered: $270,000
Challenge Topic: Counter-Improvised Explosive Device (C-IED)
Partner Agency:

The Office of the United States Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics, and Technology (ASA(ALT)), U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command (DEVCOM), U.S. Army DEVCOM Forward Elements (DEVCOM-Americas, Atlantic, Pacific), U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC), U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command Technical Center (SMDTC), U.S. Army Counter Explosive Hazards Center (CEHC), and U.S. Office of Naval Research Global (ONR-G)

Submission Dates: March 31, 2022 — April 29, 2022
Winner Announced: August 11, 2022
Who Can Submit: Eligible entities include nonprofit organizations, for-profit organizations (i.e., large and small businesses), institutions of higher educations and foreign organizations.

Description

The U.S. Army would like to invite interested entities to participate in the xTechDetect competition. xTechDetect is a forum to engage with the Army, earn prize money and provide potential funding opportunities to tackle Army challenges within the counter-improvised explosive device (C-IED) space.

The U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command (DEVCOM), the DEVCOM Forward Elements (DFE Americas, Atlantic, Pacific) and the U.S. Office of Naval Research Global (ONR-G) have partnered with the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Acquisition, Logistics, and Technology) (ASA(ALT)) to deliver the xTechDetect competition. The Army recognizes that the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) must enhance engagements with eligible businesses by (1) understanding the spectrum of ‘world-class’ technologies being developed commercially that may benefit the DOD, (2) integrating the sector of commercial innovators into the DOD Science and Technology (S&T) ecosystems, and (3) providing mentorship and expertise to accelerate, mature, and transition technologies of interest to the DOD.

Problem Statements: 

Topic 1: Position Tracking on Small Unmanned Aerial Systems (sUAS)

Challenge: The U.S. Army is looking for a modular, lightweight, high fidelity position tracking capability to record the location and orientation of small unmanned aerial systems (UAS).  The position tracking solution must provide accuracy on the order of centimeters and must not rely on differential Global Positioning Systems (dGPS). Absolute position is not required, rather relative position can be expressed in local coordinates. The position tracking solution may be supplemented using existing capabilities of the host platform, and drift in position data must be defined, computed, and minimized to the extent possible.  The use of low-SWaP (size, weight, and power) components is ideal.  Tracking solutions may or may not be low-SWaP at this time but a clear path must be defined for achieving SWaP constraints.

Topic 2: Low-Cost Millimeter Wave Imager

Challenge: Millimeter wave imaging is often used as a tool for detecting potential threats such as improvised explosive devices. Current millimeter wave imaging solutions are too large and expensive for wide-spread use. Therefore, the U.S. Army is looking for millimeter wave imagers that could be developed at a lower cost and with a smaller form factor than the leading commercially available systems.

Topic 3: Autonomous Sensor Orchestration

Challenge: The U.S. Army is looking to develop an intelligent system where Counter Improvised Explosive Device (C-IED) sensors and systems can orchestrate autonomously to communicate and coordinate their actions. The goal of this system is to reduce latency and bandwidth while improving reliability and increasing safety. The U.S. Army is interested in novel or improved software frameworks which can automate some or all of the following tasks: process sensor data and terrain maps to recommend optimal configurations and locations for sensors, identify likely dead zones of coverage, choose and cue other available sensors based on explosive detections, and suggest potential countermeasures for the convoy or other assets to be protected during C-IED missions.

Schedules and Prizes

PART 1: CONCEPT WHITE PAPER

March 31 - April 29, 2022

Up to twelve (12) finalists

$10,000/each

All eligible entities shall submit a short 3-page concept white paper outlining their technology, the potential impact on the U.S. DOD, the technology viability, and descriptions of the dual-use technology applications. Each concept white paper will be reviewed by DOD stakeholders including user, program acquisition, and research and development subject matter experts.

PART 2: FINAL TECHNOLOGY PITCHES

July 2022

Up to three (3) winners

1st Place: $70,000

2nd Place: $50,000

3rd Place: $30,000

In Part 2, the finalists will conduct a live and/or virtual pitch to a panel of DOD subject matter experts tentatively scheduled in July 2022 (dates will be finalized with participants) and are subject to change. Participants will pitch their technology concept and team ability to a panel of technical experts across the DOD ecosystem. Each participant will have 20 minutes to pitch, followed by 10 minutes for questions and answers (Q&A) with the judges’ panel.

Detailed instructions and evaluation criteria will be provided to the finalists selected for Part 2. Up to three (3) winners will be selected by the panel of judges and awarded an additional prize of 1st Place: $70,000, 2nd Place: $50,000, and 3rd Place: $30,000.

Detailed feedback from the judges panel will be provided to the participants throughout each phase of the competition. The purpose of providing this feedback is to help accelerate transition of the technology to a U.S. military end-user by providing insight on best applications for the technology, suggestions for product improvement for military use and recommended next steps for development.  However, the Government will not respond to questions or inquiries regarding this feedback.

Rules

Eligibility Requirements:

Eligible entities include nonprofit organizations, for-profit organizations (i.e.,large and small businesses), institutions of higher educations and foreign organizations. Participating entities must have or be able to obtain a CAGE code if selected to advance in the competition. Instructions on how to obtain a CAGE code can be found on the xTechDetect registration page.

As A U.S. Federal Government organization, a foreign government entity or an entity that employs a U.S. Federal employee acting within the scope of their employment are not eligible.

How to Enter

The xTechDetect competition is voluntary and open to all entities that meet the eligibility requirements. There may be only one submission per eligible entity, per topic area and all submissions must be submitted in English.  The registration information and upload submission must be received by 5:00 PM EDT (21:00 GMT) on April 29, 2022. Submissions received after the deadline will not be considered.

All xTechDetect competition submissions are treated as privileged information and contents are disclosed to U.S. defense civilian and military employees or designated support contractors only for the purpose of evaluation and program support.

All concept white papers must adhere to the following requirements:

  • All concept white papers must be submitted using the template found on the registration page, “xTechDetect Competition _WhitePaper_Template.doc”. Any proposals submitted in a format other than that provided by the template will not be reviewed. 
  • Please list your company name, and proposal title EXACTLY how you would like them to appear on any contest marketing materials. Use clear and concise proposal titles to give readers and potential stakeholders an understanding of how your technology would benefit the Army.

Disclaimers

Registered participants shall be required to assume any and all risks and waive claims against the Federal Government and its related entities, except in the case of willful misconduct, for any injury, death, damage, or loss of property, revenue, or profits, whether direct, indirect, or consequential, arising from their participation in this prize competition, whether the injury, death, damage, or loss arises through negligence or otherwise.

Contact

The xTech Program Office

Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army, Research and Technology

Email: usarmy.pentagon.hqda-asa-alt.mbx.xtechsearch@army.mil

Website: https://www.xtechsearch.army.mil