Biometrics Exploitation Science and Technology (BEST)

The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) is seeking innovative research & development proposals through this broad agency announcement (BAA) for the Biometrics Exploitation Science and Technology (BEST) Program to significantly advance the state-of-the-science for biometrics technologies. Technologies that are not of interest to the IARPA BEST Program are contact-type biometric technologies (i.e. fingerprint, palm, etc.) and ideas for product development or research that would primarily result in incremental, evolutionary improvements to the existing state of practice. The overarching goals for the IARPA BEST Program are: 1) to significantly advance the Intelligence Community's (IC) ability to achieve high-confidence match performance, even when the features are derived from non-ideal data; and 2) to significantly relax the constraints currently required to acquire high fidelity biometric signatures.

The IARPA BEST Program will consist of three phases over a five year period. Phases 1 and 2 will be approximately 24 months each, and Phase 3 will be approximately 12 months. Multiple awards are anticipated for Phase 1. Each award for phase 1 is envisioned to consist of a one (1) year base period with one (1) option year. Near the conclusion of Phase 1, proposals for Phases 2 and 3 of the Program will be requested through the issuance of a separate solicitation at that time. This BAA solicits proposals for Phase 1 only.

Proposals are due by 5:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) on May 5, 2009. For more information, please go to and click on the links for IARPA-BAA-09-02.

Please be advised that we are currently experiencing problems receiving mail through the Unites States Postal Service (USPS). As such, offerors should use one of the following commercial delivery services: UPS, FedEx, or DHL as indicated in the Broad Agency Announcement (BAA). Offerors should NOT use USPS Priority Mail to submit their proposal.

For those offerors who have already submitted their proposals by USPS Priority Mail, it is recommended that you monitor your package online by its Priority Mail tracking number to ensure it arrives on time. In the event that your shipment is returned, you may resubmit your proposal in its original packaging via one of the following commercial delivery services: UPS, FedEx, or DHL. Proposals received after the May 5th due date but shipped by one of the authorized commercial delivery services will be accepted if the offeror can provide a valid USPS Priority Mail tracking number indicating an earlier attempt to ship by USPS Priority Mail failed. Please send an e-mail to indicating this situation and include your USPS Priority Mail tracking number. Alternatively, offerors may elect to resend their proposal by one of the authorized commercial delivery services rather than waiting to see whether the USPS package has arrived.


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Solicitation Status: Closed

BAA Release Date: March 18, 2009
BAA Question Period: March 19, 2009 - April 27, 2009
Proposal Due Date: May 5, 2009

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