Operational Energy – Innovation (OE-I) Solicitation

Current Status: Proposals are NO LONGER being accepted for this fiscal year



What makes a successful OECIF Project?

  • Delivers Operational Capability for Prototyping

–Advances proposed technologies from Budget Activity 6.3 (Advanced Technology Demonstration) to Budget Activity 6.4 (Advanced Concept Development & Prototypes) and Technology Readiness Level 7 (System prototype demonstration in an operational environment) in 3 years or less, with a high degree of Service commitment to a transition pathway (e.g., block upgrade to current program of record)
–Ensure the Requirements Documentation, underpinned by analytics, exists and/or is developed over the project
–Includes CONOP(s) with Warfighter feedback, training, and education

  • JOINT (among multiple Services)
  • PARTNERS (with matching and / or in-kind funds)
  • Multiple demonstrations with final integrated and impactful demonstration (recommend CCMD partnership)
  • Multiple transition opportunities integrated from the beginning (quantified and identified)
  • Industry partnering to ensure manufacturability
  • Inclusion of interns / academia
  • Alignment with National Defense Strategy and R&E Modernization Priority and preferably a critical pathway on a road map

How Do I Submit an OECIF Proposal?

  • Principal Investigator’s from the DoD laboratory system submit their proposals to Operational Energy Management System (OEMS) (project* or sprout**) and should designate a Service or Community of Interest (CoI) for initial prioritization / advocacy

*project is a multi-year effort

** sprout is a low-cost single-year effort

  • Each Service and COI will select their top candidate(s) within OEMS for consideration by the OECIF evaluation board


  • The Services and COI’s have the flexibility to develop their own down-selection process (outside of OEMS), but the project and sprout they wish to have considered for funding by the OECIF evaluation board MUST be submitted to OEMS