MARK YOUR CALENDARS for September 2021!
The IR&D report nomination period is closed.
During the week of 13-17 September 2021, three of the DoD’s Reliance-21 Communities of
Interest (CoIs) [Sensors and Processing (S&P), Advanced Electronics (AE), and Materials &
Manufacturing Processes (M&MP)] are joining together for a crosscutting Independent
Research & Development (IR&D) Technology Interchange Meeting (TIM) with interested
industry partners. This invitation is open to all DoD defense contractors with IR&D and
corporate investments, including large corporations, medium-sized and small businesses, as
well as academia, National Labs and FFRDCs. The venue is being finalized and will likely be in
the Washington DC area.
This engagement has broad goals to increase awareness, stimulate collaboration, seek
alignment between industry’s IR&D innovation investments and DoD’s high-priority science and
technology needs and corresponding acquisition and sustainment roadmaps. Leading Subject
Matter Experts (SMEs) from the DoD’s S&P, AE, and M&MP CoIs are expected to participate.
Note: This webpage supplements the announcement in betaSAM -- https://beta.sam.gov/.
Future postings of changes and updates including final venue details will only be posted on this
In order to participate companies must (1) be a DoD defense contractor, (2) have a certified DD2345, and (3) ensure nominated projects reside in the DTIC IR&D Database. The Industry Portal webpage has information and instructions on submitting new IR&D projects.
Interested parties should send an email stating their expression of interest with a copy of their certified DD2345 to email@example.com . Once the IR&D Team receives the email and DD2345, additional information on the technical focus areas and instructions on how to nominate your IR&D projects and corporate investments will be provided. If you do not hear back from the planning team within one week, please resend the original email.
1. COVID-19 – We are all aware of the real dangers of the COVID pandemic and the importance of exercising safety protocols. There are still uncertainties that face us in the near future. Although we are planning this event as a face-to-face (F2F) engagement (with masks and physical spacing), other options for this event, such as a hybrid form of F2F and virtual, or one that is entirely virtual are being considered.
2. The government is not obligated to enter into a contract with any entity as a result of IR&D collaborations from our dialogue. Data exchanges, as a result of these dialogue activities, follow restrictions of No Foreign Nationals (NOFORN) and International Traffic Arms Regulations (ITAR), and export control restrictions in accordance with Department of Defense Instruction 5230.24, Department of Defense Directive 5230.25, the Arms Export Control Act (Title 22, U.S.C., Sec 2751, et seq.), and/or the Export Administration Act of 1979 (Title 50, U.S.C., App. 2401 et seq.), as amended.
3. Note: Government technical support contractors may be a part of the team of SMEs at the event; therefore, company-to-company Non-Disclosure Agreements may be necessary.
4. All unclassified company Proprietary Data and Intellectual Property will be treated as Controlled Unclassified Information [CUI, formerly For Official Use Only (FOUO)]. Some information we intend to share may be classified or unclassified and can only be released as Distribution C, D, E, or F material. Please be informed using the following URL:
Distribution Statements and Reasons (Sept 2018 / PDF)