The goal of the Rapid Innovation Fund (RIF) is to facilitate the rapid insertion of innovative technologies into military systems or programs that meet critical national security needs.

The DoD seeks mature prototypes for final development, testing, evaluation, and integration.

Those selected for award may receive up to $3 million in Rapid Innovation Funding and will have up to two years to perform the work.

There is a source selection preference for technologies from small businesses. There are two phases in the source selection process: White paper submission and proposal submission.

Proposal submissions are by invitation only.