What is the difference between CSO (FAR PART 12) and BAA (FAR PART 35) if we are talking about R&D requirements such as SBIR, STTR, or BAA? I would like to know how to utilize CSO to expedite our R&D requirements?
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CSO procedures are similar to those for Broad Agency Announcements (BAAs) except that they are used to acquire innovative commercial items, technologies, or services that directly meet program requirements. BAAs are restricted to basic and applied research. Common applications for CSO procedures are commercial products and services, information technology products and services, R&D studies for commercial technology, and commercial technology maturation. CSO acquisitions are limited to fixed-price or fixed-price incentive contract types. While FAR Part 12 procedures can be applicable, there may be certain limitations unique to CSO acquisition so be sure to review the Class Deviation.