COVID-19 National Response Team

Industry Portal

As part of the COVID-19 National Response Team's effort to combat COVID-19, the Department of Defense has created this industry portal as a one-stop shop for defense industry, commercial companies and academia to share creative ideas with federal agencies to combat the virus.

All resources and solutions are welcome from industry, academia, venture capital firms, individual contributors and more. Start by using the Request for Information (RFI) form below to share your capability with the team and explore additional resources further down the page.

If you're a government employee who wants to get involved, click here.

Join the Fight

Your submission will help us assess opportunities, strategize our response, coordinate solutions, and provide you further information on ways to get involved.

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Mission Focus Areas

1. Combating the Spread (predictive analytics, next hotspot, threat to current activities, decision support, etc.)

2. Welfare of citizens (effects to transportation, movement of people and goods, education and development, physical training, regular HR functions, job transition, etc.)

3. Readiness (continuing operations through the outbreak, coordinating with allies and partners, continuing long term projects, etc.)

4. Logistics (security and protection, supply chain protection and assessment, etc.)

5. Industrial base impacts (small businesses, payments, contracts, large system programs, protection and expansion of critical assets, etc.)

6. Medical (telehealth, medical capacity and sustainment, medical supplies and equipment, etc.)

Review specific urgent needs for the medical category here.

7. Other


To get involved in the Department of Defense’s response efforts, non-government partities are encouraged to fill out the form below. If you're a government employee, visit our government page here.



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Contracting Opportunities

DAF ACT - Commercial Solutions Opening (CSO)

This CSO seeks innovative, commercial technologies that propose new solutions and/or potentially new capabilities that fulfill requirements, close capability gaps, or provide potential technological advancements in support of the Department of the Air Force COVID-19 Acquisition Taskforce mission to provide relief, resilience, recovery, and stability to the nation in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The following are specific Areas of Interest (AoI) to fulfill one or more of our seven mission focus areas and will be periodically updated:

  • Rapid Agile Manufacturing Platform (Closed as of 12 a.m. CST on May 22, 2020)
  • At this time, there are no open Areas of Interest. Visit the solicitation on beta.SAM for details.

    *The Government reserves the right to award a FAR Part 12 contract or an Other Transaction (OT) under 10 USC 2371b agreement, including prototype and follow-on production, or no contract instrument at all, a contract as a result of this solicitation.

    COVID-19 PPE and Medical Supplies Solicitation

    The Federal Emergency Management Agency released a Request for Proposal (RFP) for COVID-19 PPE and Medical Supplies.

    Visit the solicitation on beta.SAM for application resources.

    Air Force Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) X20.R

    The application period for the SBIR Direct to Phase II Open Topic with a COVID-19 Interest Area now closed.


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    Additional Resources


    Small Business Administration COVID-19 Relief Options

    Check out the Small Business Administration's resources for COVID-19 relief.

    CARES Act: Loans for Businesses Critical to Maintaining National Security

    The U.S. Department of the Treasury is accepting loan applications from eligible businesses that are critical to maintaining national security (“Borrowers”).

    Borrowers are encouraged to submit their completed application materials by 3 p.m. EDT on May 1, 2020, for expedited review. Applications received after 3 p.m. on May 1, 2020, may not be considered, but the Treasury Department may, in its discretion and subject to the availability of funds, consider such applications for approval.

    Click here to see if you qualify.

    For additional information on the CARES Act click here.

    Market Research - Healthcare Supplies

    Healthcare supply vendors can register free of charge on Public Spend Forum's GovShop to assist the Federal Supply Chain Task Force in identifying needed supplies. The task force routinely reviews GovShop to respond to short notice and emergency requests for products and services.

    COVID-19 Authorities, Contract Vehicles and Initiatives

    This page on MITRE's website is intended to provide up-to-date information regarding federal authorities, contractual vehicles, and initiatives available to support the COVID-19 response.

    Coronavirus Information and Resources for VCs and Startups

    The National Venture Capital Association is providing important information and resources to venture-backed companies about the federal response to COVID-19, including tax credits, loan opportunities, and sick leave.


    *These links are provided to increase rapid supply chain transparency for customers, agencies and firms and in no way constitutes an endorsement.


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    Webinars


    The July 7th COVID AMA Webinar has been cancelled. Please join next week.

    We are hosting webinars every Tuesday at 1 p.m. EST to provide an overview of this initiative and give attendees the opportunity to ask questions.


    Watch previous webinars here and download the webinar slide deck here.


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    FAQs


    Who can be involved in the Unite and Fight effort?

    This initiative is open to anyone who wants to participate.

    Submissions are divided into two categories: Private Sector and Government. Private Sector (industry, academica, investors, and individual contributors of all types and sizes) can submit their proposed solutions to the Request for Information (RFI) above.

    Government volunteers and providers (Department of Defense personnel, federal and local government employees, etc.) can submit here.


    What agencies are involved in the COVID-19 National Response Team?

    The National Response Team is comprised of federal agencies like the Department of Defense, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency.


    What happens after I submit to the Industry Portal (Request for Information form)?

    Your solution will be available to mission focus area teams for evaluation. If one of the teams is interested in working with you and using your solution, they will reach out to you for more information using the contact information provided.


    What is the benefit of submitting to the Industry Portal (Request for Information form) versus the other contracting opportunities?

    The RFI is open to any and every solution so we don't leave any stone unturned in our response effort. While other contracting opportunities may be tailored to a specific business type, the RFI doesn't have those limitations. It also opens up the opportunity for a stakeholder within the federal government to connect with you directly to find a contracting pathway for your solution.


    Are the RFI submissions confidential?

    Information submitted to the RFI is for official use only. However, please refrain from providing proprietary information in your initial submission.


    Can a submission be updated after it is submitted?

    If there is a substantive change once you have submitted an RFI, reply to the email you received with your RFI number to notify the team of any major changes or resubmit to the RFI.


    Where can I find resources related to the ins and outs of government contracting?

    For information on contracting and acquisition policy and guidance, visit the government side of our COVID-19 Response Team portal.


    For more information regarding COVID-19, view the following websites:

  • Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) - https://www.coronavirus.gov
  • U.S. Government Response - https://www.usa.gov/coronavirus
  • Coronavirus FAQ - https://faq.coronavirus.gov/

  • For any additional questions, feel free to shoot us an email at support@afwerx.af.mil.

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