FAQs

Who comprises the selection team for any given solicitation through NSTXL?

The Government requirement sponsor will identify subject matter experts appropriate to conduct a fair and reasonable evaluation and provide selection recommendations to the Agreements Officer. NSTXL does not play a part in the selection of any vendors.

Who comprises the selection team for any given solicitation through NSTXL?2021-09-20T14:56:05-07:00

What is considered a “prototype”?

A prototype project can generally be described as a preliminary pilot, test, evaluation, demonstration, or agile development activity used to evaluate the technical or manufacturing feasibility or military utility of a particular technology, process, concept, end item, effect, or other discrete feature. Prototype projects may include systems, subsystems, components, materials, ►

What is considered a “prototype”?2021-09-20T14:55:43-07:00

Will projects involve compliance with Export Administration Control Regulations (EARS) and International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR)?

Yes, compliance to EARS and ITAR is required. Any firm large or small must comply with US regulations and laws, no matter the level of effort. Both the Government and NSTXL realize that complying with Export Controls (EARS and ITAR) will take more resources. The Government is required to identify ►

Will projects involve compliance with Export Administration Control Regulations (EARS) and International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR)?2021-09-20T14:55:15-07:00

What is the definition of Significant Extent?

There is no statutory definition of “Significant Extent/Participation”; however, examples of what might be considered a significant contribution include:

  • will supply a new key technology, product or process
  • will supply a novel application or approach to an existing technology, product or process
  • will provide a material increase in the performance, ►
What is the definition of Significant Extent?2021-09-20T14:54:43-07:00

Could Projects be classified programs and if so, what is the process for organizations to participate in classified projects?

Yes, some projects may be classified programs. The Government will identify projects requiring use of classified data in the Request for Solutions. Classified programs require the close involvement of the Government’s security staff to assess and approve Consortium Members for access and control of classified data.

Could Projects be classified programs and if so, what is the process for organizations to participate in classified projects?2021-09-20T14:54:15-07:00

Can my firm join a specific OTA consortium?

We don’t offer memberships to specific OTAs.  Instead, we offer membership to NSTXL, which provides your firm access to all of our OTAs.  Currently, NSTXL is the consortium manager for three OTAs, TReX, S2MARTS, and SpEC, but we are bidding on many more.  As we manage more OTAs, there is ►

Can my firm join a specific OTA consortium?2021-09-20T14:53:50-07:00

Can SBIR and/or STTR participants apply?

Yes, the NDAA FY18 made changes to the Small Business Innovation Research (“SBIR”) and Small Business Technology Transfer (“STTR”) programs (Section 864: Other Transaction Authority for Certain Prototype Projects). This (1) increases the amount of funding that can be authorized through the rapid prototyping program from $50 to $100 million ►

Can SBIR and/or STTR participants apply?2021-09-20T14:52:21-07:00
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