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Business Programs and Resources

NSA offers a wide variety of programs and opportunities designed to allow companies to partner with NSA.

NSA's Innovation Programs

Innovations Programs Benefits

NSA Innovations Programs are flexible and compatible with commercial business models and development lifecycles. NSA can act as a technology accelerator for organizations developing new and state-of-the-art technologies. Companies whose technology can handle our challenges are generally well positioned to handle the technical challenges from commercial customers.

Additionally, companies who partner with NSA as part of these programs benefit by:

  • Not having to wait until the company and its personnel are granted security clearances to engage with NSA
  • Collaborating with technical experts across the NSA enterprise
  • Learning what types of technology NSA is interested in and using prime status as a past performance indicator when pursuing future work

New threats emerge every day. Technical innovation allows NSA to continually respond to new threats. Do you have innovative solutions or groundbreaking technologies that can help to defend our nation?

We encourage any inventive company or organization that can potentially help us fight terrorism and cyber-attacks to follow the Getting Started steps and review the innovations programs described below. Check back often for the latest news about our innovations programs and contact the Office of Small Business Programs if you have questions.

Innovations Broad Agency Announcement (iBAA)

The Innovations Broad Agency Announcement is a contracting mechanism that provides NSA with a flexible way to leverage innovative technologies developed by industry partners. As mission needs arise, Special Opportunities Request for Proposals (SOR) are released through the NSA Acquisition Resource Center. Each SOR will contain specific details describing how that particular SOR will operate and what companies need to do to participate. This program can result in firm fixed price contracts (unclassified or classified) that vary in amount and duration depending on the technology sought and the Agency's intended use.

For more information visit Getting Started.

Innovative Mission Capabilities (IMC)

The IMC program is a small business set aside contract. It is anticipated that the next iteration of this program will commence in December 2018.

This mission-driven rapid prototyping program is designed to assist companies who are developing technologies with the potential to meet our mission needs. Through this contract companies work to develop a prototype in three months for a fixed price. The prototypes are expected to demo the basic technology and showcase how the technology would benefit our mission. Through this program, companies partner with our technical experts allowing the company to become familiar with NSA mission requirements and focus its efforts on producing something concrete and worthwhile.

All work under IMC is unclassified and no security clearances are needed, which makes IMC a great way for companies to begin doing business with NSA. The IMC acquisition process is streamlined so the entire acquisition lifecycle from initial market survey final prototype demonstration is completed in 10 months.