DIU Aims to Award Prototype OTAs Through Commercial Solutions Opening Process

The Defense Innovation Unit is seeking proposals for novel platforms that could help improve mission effectiveness of service members and address national security challenges through the Commercial Solutions Opening process.

DIU plans to award other transaction agreements to traditional and nontraditional defense contractors to develop prototypes of their proposed commercial technologies under CSO, according to a notice posted Thursday.

CSO is a competitive solicitation process that is open for five years and is composed of three phases: solution briefs, pitch session and full written proposal. Interested vendors can submit solution briefs in response to areas of interest published on the DIU website.

To date, there are two open solicitations on DIU’s website: the Advanced Nuclear Propulsion and Power and Electronic Search and Rescue Watercraft programs.

The Department of Defense is seeking commercial lightweight technologies that could provide nuclear power and propulsion for small to medium military spacecraft sensing and communication systems. Responses to this solicitation are due Sept. 23.

DOD is also requesting solution briefs on electric-powered, small watercraft that can support search and rescue, reconnaissance and other maritime missions. Responses should be submitted through Oct. 1.

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