Molecular Analyzer for Efficient Gas-phase Low-power INterrogation (MAEGLIN) Phase 2

 

Proposers Day Conference

The Intelligence Advance Research Projects Activity (IARPA) will host a Proposers' Day Conference for the MAEGLIN Phase 2 program on March 22, 2018, in anticipation of the release of a new solicitation. The conference will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. EDT in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. The purpose of the conference will be to provide information on MAEGLIN Phase 2 and the research problems the program aims to address, to address questions from potential proposers, and to provide a forum for potential proposers to present their capabilities for teaming opportunities.

This announcement serves as a pre-solicitation notice and is issued solely for information and planning purposes. The Proposers' Day Conference does not constitute a formal solicitation for proposals or proposal abstracts. Conference attendance is voluntary and is not required to propose to future solicitations (if any) associated with this program. IARPA will not provide reimbursement for any costs incurred to participate in this Proposer’s Day.

Program Description and Goals

The MAEGLIN Phase 2 program intends to develop an integrated ultra-low-power chemical analysis system combining high dynamic range separation with absolute chemical identification for monitoring of explosives, narcotics, nuclear materials, and other chemicals.

In Phase 1 (IARPA-BAA-16-01), the program was structured as three separate component level thrust areas:

  • Collection – Low-power, reversible gas phase collection and preconcentration.
  • Separation – Non-destructive fractionation of chemical mixtures with high dynamic range, including the ability to “bleed off” all or part of selected fractions if desired. Low power and minimal (preferably no) consumables.
  • Identification – High-accuracy identification of pure compounds or low-count mixtures with a large and adaptable library. Low power and minimal (preferably no) consumables.

In Phase 2, MAEGLIN will focus on integrated prototype demonstration. The goals for Phase 2 include:

  • Integrated prototype device with ultra-low-power consumption.
  • High selectivity and sensitivity across a broad range of chemicals.
  • Effective operation in a real world environment over long time periods.
  • Small form factor, including power source.

MAEGLIN Phase 2 is a fully open solicitation, and prior involvement with MAEGLIN Phase 1 is not required. Collaborative efforts and teaming among potential performers will be encouraged. It is anticipated that teams will be multidisciplinary and may include expertise in: pre-concentrators and sorbents; aerosol concentration and separation; chromatography; spectrometry; ionization techniques; Micro-Electrical-Mechanical Systems (MEMS) device design and fabrication; microfluidics and computational fluid dynamics; spectral library development; chemical detection and clutter filter algorithms; miniature vacuum pump technology; low power electronics; and battery and fuel cell technology.

IARPA anticipates that academic institutions and companies from around the world will participate in this program. Researchers will be encouraged to publish their findings in academic journals.

Registration Information

Attendees must register no later than 5 p.m. EDT March 14, 2018 at https://eventmanagement.cvent.com/MAEGLINPhase2PD. Directions to the conference facility and other materials will be available on the website. No walk-in registrations will be allowed. Due to space limitations, attendance will be limited to the first 150 registrants and no more than 2 representatives per organization. All attendees will be required to present a government-issued photo identification to enter the conference. Foreign nationals will need to present a passport.

Additional Information

The morning session will include an overview of the program goals, technical challenges, and expected participation requirements. A description of how the solutions will be evaluated will be provided. An overview of the test and evaluation protocol used to evaluate MAEGLIN Phase 1 systems will also be provided.

The afternoon will include “lightning round” presentations by research teams that participated in MAEGLIN Phase 1.

Additionally, there will be an opportunity for attendees to present their organizations’ capabilities and to explore teaming arrangements through the presentation of short briefings and at a poster session. Attendees who wish to present organization capabilities for teaming opportunities may submit a request through the registration website. Details on the briefings and poster and demonstration format and the procedure for submitting a request to present will be provided after approval to register for the conference has been granted. Space available will be limited. Briefings will be 5 minutes long and limited to the first 10 registered respondents who request a briefing. Posters will be limited to the first 25 registered respondents who request a poster presentation. These presentations are not intended to solicit feedback from the Government, and Government personnel will not be present during the presentations.

This Proposers’ Day is intended for participants who are eligible to compete on the anticipated Broad Agency Announcement (BAA). Other Government Agencies, Federally Funded Research and Development Centers (FFRDCs), University Affiliated Research Centers (UARCs), or any other similar organizations that have a special relationship with the Government, that gives them access to privileged or proprietary information, or access to Government equipment or real property, will not be eligible to submit proposals to the anticipated BAA nor participate as team members under proposals submitted by eligible entities. While such entities are not prohibited from attending the Proposers’ Day, due to space limitations, preference will be given first to those organizations that are eligible to compete. IARPA will not provide reimbursement for costs incurred to participate in this conference. By registering on the Federal Business Opportunities (FBO) website, conference participants may choose to add their contact information to the Interested Vendors List on FBO for the purpose of teaming, or exchange information during the conference. A separate attendees list will not be provided.

Questions concerning conference & registration can be sent to dni-iarpa-events@iarpa.gov. Questions regarding the program can be sent to dni-iarpa-baa-18-04@iarpa.gov.

Contracting Office Address

Office of the Director of National Intelligence
Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity
Washington, DC 20511
United States

Primary Point of Contact

Kristy DeWitt
Program Manager
dni-iarpa-baa-18-04@iarpa.gov