MARK YOUR CALENDARS for October 2021!

The IR&D report nomination period is closed. This will be an all Virtual Event scheduled for
18-22 October 2021 and 25-28 October 2021

During the week of 18-22 October 2021 and 25-28 October 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.

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 --
Future postings of changes and updates including final venue details will only be posted on this page.

Planning Schedule

For planning purposes a high level schedule of milestones is being provided. Please note dates listed are subject to change.

Date Activity
7 July 2021 Window closes for IR&D Abstract Nominations
23 July 2021 Evaluations of IR&D Abstracts are Completed
29 July 2021 Invitations sent to selected companies to present at the event
23 Aug 2021 Industry provides Read-Aheads for Govt SMEs
13-17 Sep 2021 Execute 2021 S&P, AE, M&MP CoIs IR&D TIM

Changes and/or updates to this announcement will only be made on the Defense Innovation Marketplace site; therefore, companies are encouraged to check back often.
Many thanks to you for viewing this announcement. We look forward to your favorable consideration to engage in this exciting government-industry technology dialogue! Our nation’s warfighters count on you and your innovations! Any questions should be directed to

Participation Interest

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 . 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)