The Industry Innovation Competition is designed to get the best thinking from the private sector to solve VA's most pressing challenges. We're interested in solutions from all types of organizations—from established leaders in industry to new start-ups, non-profits, and academic institutions.
On February 4, VACI announced the opening of the first of multiple Industry Innovation Competitions in 2014, with three topic areas organized around the central theme of improving mental health care for our Veterans.
Click on the topic titles for detailed descriptions and resources.
As in past competitions, we will use a Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) to request proposals from industry. To get started, please review the BAA for detailed descriptions of the topic areas and instructions for preparing your concept paper. Concept papers must be submitted electronically to VA's Virtual Office of Acquisition. The web-based tool will also allow you to check on the status of your submissions.
Subject matter experts from VA, other government agencies, and industry will review proposals in two stages:
1. Concept Papers
2. Full Proposals
We ask for short concept papers as a first stage in order to reduce the burden on industry to present ideas. Concept papers will be evaluated on a rolling basis over a two-year period from February 4, 2014 through May 30, 2016, as long as funding is available. For earliest consideration, we encourage offerors to submit by February 24, 2014.
After review, authors of the most promising concept papers will be invited to submit full proposals. Full proposals will provide greater detail on cost, implementation, technology architecture, integration, etc.
Offerors whose full proposals are selected for award will work with VACI to design a pilot implementation based on their proposals. After the pilot is completed, each project is evaluated. The most successful will go on to broader deployment and potentially national rollout.
We selected 48 proposals for award in the first three Industry Innovation Competitions. The majority are in various stages of project design, development, testing, and evaluation. Of the eight industry innovations that have passed all stages of the lifecycle, four have been or are currently being scaled up for broader deployment. Click on the map to see a list of innovations.