Lincoln Laboratory is seeking innovative solutions to technical challenges in support of national security.

If you are a small business or nontraditional defense contractor, please share your ideas with us by responding to the current open topics of interest. If we find your solution compelling, we will ask you to present a proposal to us. All listed topics have funding to support one or more contract awards.

Phase 1: The Idea

If your company has specific expertise relevant to one or more posted technical challenges, submit a brief (3–5 pages) concept paper by using the form below, describing your capabilities and proposed solution to the problem being addressed.

The concept paper shall include a brief overview of your company, your technological approach to addressing the challenge, and a notional schedule. Submit the form by using the link next to the topic you are interested in supporting.  

Concept Paper Form

We will review your submission within 7 to 10 business days from the topic close date and let you know if we’re interested in learning more about your company and ideas.

Phase 2: The Pitch

If your concept paper offers a feasible, attractive solution to the problem posted, you will be invited to deliver an in-person or online briefing to our evaluation team. This pitch will be considered a proposal that will help us learn more about your approach and your detailed plan to execute the solution.

Pitch Presentation Guidelines

We will contact you within 30 days of the pitch and let you know if we would like to fund your proposal.

The Award

For those proposals that we choose to support, we will work with you to develop the full scope of work and to formulate the resulting award contract. We will employ streamlined, flexible contracting methods that are designed specifically for nontraditional defense contractors to ensure expediency. Our goal is to issue contract awards within 60 days of the final scope of work and cost proposal agreement.

Open Opportunities

Available opportunities are listed below. All listed topics have funding to support one or more contract awards.
Open date Title Summary Close Date
August 31, 2018 Web Application for Labeling Objects in Images Our research in Artificial Intelligence (AI) requires the creation of a graphical user interface to assist operators in the labeling of objects contained in sensor imagery. The requirement is that this tool be written as a web-based front end, with the back end implemented as either Python, Java, or C++.
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September 30, 2018 11:59 PM EDT Submit Concept Paper
August 31, 2018 Text Analytics Pipeline and User Interface The effort is to create a system for ingesting documents and making them discoverable through a web-based user interface.
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September 30, 2018 11:59 PM EDT Submit Concept Paper
August 31, 2018 Socet GXP Plugin for AI-based Image Labeling Our research in Artificial Intelligence (AI) requires the creation of a graphical user interface to assist operators in the labeling of objects contained in sensor imagery. We have a requirement that this tool be written as a plug-in for Socet GXP, interfacing with a backend database to store the annotated metadata.
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September 30, 2018 11:59 PM EDT Submit Concept Paper
August 31, 2018 Creating Niagara Files Processors for Transforming Legacy Data into XML The effort seeks an Apache Niagara Files processor capable of parsing a legacy ASCII-based data format into a simple XML structure.
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September 30, 2018 11:59 PM EDT Submit Concept Paper
August 31, 2018 Repackage visibility checking minimizing dependency on Apache Accumulo Apache Accumulo provides technology for user database interaction that works well with USG control frameworks, and we would like to be able to leverage these technical measures without necessarily incorporating the entire Apache Accumulo project into our systems.
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September 30, 2018 11:59 PM EDT Submit Concept Paper

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Who qualifies as a “nontraditional defense contractor”?

In accordance with 10 U.S. Code 2302, a “nontraditional defense contractor” is an entity that is not currently performing and has not performed, for at least the 1-year period prior, any contract or subcontract for the Department of Defense that was subject to full cost accounting standards coverage.

  • How will my concept paper be evaluated?

Subject-matter experts will review and evaluate concept papers on the relevance to the Laboratory's needs and the feasibility and innovation of your proposed solution.

  • What drives the timeline between final scope of work agreement and contract award?

This time period is allotted for you to review and negotiate terms and conditions with us, and for the final award document to be generated and signed by all parties.  We will work with you to ensure that this process is as short as possible.

  • How will I receive an award and get paid?

Lincoln Laboratory will issue research subcontracts to award funding for successful proposals. Invoicing and payment can be made periodically and will be negotiated.

  • Who can I talk to with any questions?

Please submit any inquiries to us at [email protected].