Defense Innovation Marketplace

The Defense Innovation Marketplace is a communications resource to provide industry with improved insight into the Research and Engineering investment priorities of the Department of Defense (DoD).  The Marketplace contains DoD R&E strategic documents, solicitations, and News/Events to better inform Independent Research and Development (IR&D) planning. The IR&D Secure Portal houses project summaries that provide DoD with visibility into the IR&D efforts submitted.


Ninety-eight Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (PTACs) – with over 300 local offices – form a nationwide network of dedicated procurement professionals working to help local businesses compete successfully in the government marketplace.   PTACs are the bridge between buyer and supplier, bringing to bear their knowledge of both government contracting and the capabilities of contractors to maximize fast, reliable service to our government with better quality and at lower costs. The Procurement Technical Assistance Program (PTAP) was authorized by Congress in 1985 in an effort to expand the number of businesses capable of participating in the government marketplace. Administered by the Department of Defense, Defense Logistics Agency (DLA), the program provides matching funds through cooperative agreements with state and local governments and non-profit organizations for the establishment of Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (PTACs) to provide procurement assistance.

U.S. Army Research Laboratory

The U.S. Army Research Laboratory (ARL) of the U.S. Army Research Development and Engineering Command (RDECOM) is the Army's corporate, or central, laboratory. Its diverse assortment of unique facilities and dedicated workforce of government and private sector partners make up the largest source of world-class integrated research and analysis in the Army.

ARL's Open Campus

a collaborative endeavor, with the goal of building a science and technology ecosystem that will encourage groundbreaking advances in basic and applied research areas of relevance to the Army. 


Created under a Partnership Intermediary Agreement between Doolittle Institute and the United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM). Located in Tampa, FL, SOFWERX has a very dynamic environment designed to create a high rate of return on collision for all participants. Through the use of our growing ecosystem, promotion of divergent thought, and neutral facilitation, our goal is to bring the right minds together to solve challenging problems.

DoD Basic Research Office

Provides scientific leadership, oversight, and coherence for the Department's basic research programs, and stimulate the initiation or support of promising areas of research, and those with the potential for transformational significance to future defense capabilities. The office also seeks to improve management practices and policies to enhance productivity and enable scientists to better communicate and collaborate.

U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory

The Air Force Research Laboratory is looking for your ideas! Following an announcement from Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson, the Air Force will immediately begin a Science and Technology review aimed at encouraging innovation, and building and enforcing relationships with the scientific community, higher education and industry. We want your best research and innovations to continue to secure U.S. national security advantage in 2030 and beyond.

U.S. Naval Research Laboratory

The U.S. Naval Research Laboratory provides the advanced scientific capabilities required to bolster our country’s position of global naval leadership. Here, in an environment where the nation’s best scientists and engineers are inspired to pursue their passion, everyone is focused on research that yields immediate and long-range applications in the defense of the United States.

DARPA Open Catalogue

DARPA sponsors fundamental and applied research in a variety of areas that may lead to experimental results and reusable technology of benefit to multiple governmental and nongovernmental entities. The DARPA Open Catalog is a public web portal that organizes and shares the publicly releasable results of DARPA research in the form of software, peer-reviewed publications, data and experimental details.

Technical Support Working Group (TSWG)

The mission of the Technical Support Working Group (TSWG) is to identify, prioritize, and coordinate interagency and international research and development (R&D) requirements for combating terrorism. Through the Department of Defense’s Combating Terrorism Technical Support Office and funding provided by other agencies, the TSWG rapidly develops technologies and equipment to meet the high-priority needs of the combating terrorism community, and addresses joint international operational requirements through cooperative R&D with major allies.

DoD ManTech

The Department of Defense investment mechanism for staying at the forefront of defense-essential manufacturing capability and affordably meeting warfighters' needs.

Manufacturing USA and the Industrial Base

Opportunities available through Manufacturing USA will allow some companies to contribute to the manufacturing industry in ways they otherwise wouldn’t have been able to afford. Access to production tools will be provided to small companies and entrepreneurs. They will be able to bring new products to the market, and be engaged with the industry. Risk will be shared within the consortium of organizations for each institute. This team structure could make participation more feasible for small or medium-sized companies and universities.

DOD Contract Award Announcements

Contracts valued at $7 million or more are announced each business day at 5 p.m. Go to DoD News for more information and for links to other news items.

The Defense Acquisition University (DAU)

A corporate university of the United States Department of Defense offering "acquisition, technology, and logistics" (AT&L) training to military and Federal civilian staff and Federal contractors.

Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS)

A supplement to the FAR that provides DoD-specific acquisition regulations that DoD government acquisition officials – and those contractors doing business with DoD – must follow in the procurement process for goods and services.