The Industry Innovation Competition is an opportunity for the private sector to help solve VA's most pressing challenges. This year, our goal is to improve mental health care for Veterans. We're interested in solutions from all types of organizations, from established leaders in industry to new start-ups, non-profits, and academic institutions.
If we select your proposal, we'll award a contract to demonstrate the value of your innovation via pilot implementation or prototype. The most successful will go on to broader deployment within VA—a nationwide organization of more than 300,000 employees who provide health care and benefits to over eight million Veterans. We selected 48 ideas for award out of the nearly 800 submitted in the first three Industry Innovation Competitions.
To get started, review the Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) for instructions and detailed descriptions of the topic areas. Then submit a four-page concept paper electronically to VA's Virtual Office of Acquisition. Subject matter experts from VA, other government agencies, and industry will review your submission. If we think your concept holds promise, we'll invite you to submit a full proposal for a second round of review.
We will continue to accept and review concept papers on a rolling basis from February 4, 2014 through May 30, 2016, as long as funding is available.
We've organized the competition into three challenge areas around the central theme of improving mental health care for our Veterans:
Click on the topic titles for detailed descriptions and resources.