Enclosure (2) to COMDTINST 7044.1A
PROCEDURE FOR OBTAINING RDT&E SERVICES
The R&D Program has recently implemented simplified, more responsive procedures for
suggesting/requesting and selecting projects. The goal of these new procedures is to encourage
potential customers from throughout the Coast Guard to submit product ideas or request R&D
assistance at any time. Appendix D to directorate Business Plans (R&D Requirements) will
continue to be a source (along with the rest of the directorate's Business Plan) for potential
RDT&E investments. Other planning documents used include: DOT/NSTC Plans; The Coast
Guard IT Plan; budget information; GPRA goals/guidance; the CG Strategic Plan; the Agency
Capital Plan; information on CG Major Acquisitions; the C4ISR/OATP; Regional Strategic
Assessments; and congressional guidance/mandates (Q&As, directives, etc.).
R&D Idea/Request Submission Procedures:
1. All Coast Guard personnel may submit requests for R&D assistance or R&D product ideas at
any time using the Idea Submission format provided below. The idea or request should be
submitted to the R&D Program Manager (G-CIR) with copies to the CO, R&D Center and
the submitter's chain of command as necessary.1 The submission may take any written form
(e-mail, letter, memo, etc) that is convenient for the submitter and acceptable to the
submitter's chain of command.
2. Receipt of the submission prompts a New Product Gating (NPG) Gate 1 screening. The NPG
screening process is described and explained in Enclosure (1) to this directive.
3. G-CIR will transmit the Gate 1 screening results to the submitter by the most expeditious
means available (e-mail when possible). Feedback is typically provided within one month of
the submission's receipt. Work on submissions that successfully pass the initial (Gate 1)
screening begins immediately.
Idea Submission Format: (An example can be viewed on the Coast Guard Web at:
1. Problem Statement: A clear, concise statement of the problem or need requiring R&D
support. Specify the desired/recommended performance improvement, and the related
specific mission requirement. (This will be reviewed and refined at each stage of the NPG
2. Idea: A brief description of the technology, product, investigation, model, etc (this portion is
required only if the submitter is proposing a solution to the problem or need).
3. Benefit: A description of the expected impact on the Coast Guard if the problem was solved
and/or the proposed idea was successfully developed and implemented.
Formal review by submitter's Program Manager occurs at NPG Gate 2.