SBIR/STTR Program

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Department of Defense

SBIR Funding Solicitation

Air Force (58 topics)>>>

Army (35 topics)>>>

Navy (90 topics)>>>

Other Agencies / Activities (54 topics)>>>

Direct To Phase 2 (11 topics)>>>

Application Deadline:  July 1, 2019

STTR Funding Solicitation>>>

48 Topics

Application Deadline: July 1, 2019

Find Lockheed Martin Partnership Opportunities>>> 

Download Lockheed Topics of Interest>>>

Download PI Application Request>>>

SITIS Q&A
During the open Announcement period, no further direct contact between proposers and topic authors is allowed. However, proposers are encouraged to review relevant information and submit written questions through the SITIS Q&A System at https://sbir.defensebusiness.org/topics. In SITIS, the questioner and respondent remain anonymous, and all questions and answers are posted electronically for general viewing. Questions are limited to technical information related to improving the understanding of a particular topic’s requirements. Any other questions, such as those asking for advice or guidance on solution approach, will not receive a response.
 
The SITIS Q&A service for this Announcement opened on May 31, 2019 and closes to new questions on June 16, 2019. Proposing firms are advised to monitor SITIS during the Announcement period for questions and answers.

General SBIR/STTR Questions/Information
The DOD SBIR/STTR Help Desk is prepared to address general questions about this Announcement, the proposal preparation and electronic submission process and other program-related areas. The Help Desk may be contacted from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. ET, Monday through Friday at: 

Phone: 1-800-348-0787

E-mail: sbirhelpdesk@u.group 

National Institute of Health 

SBIR & STTR Funding Solicitation>>>

Application Deadlines:  April 5, 2019 Through January 5, 2020

114 Topics     

National Science Foundation (NSF)

SBIR (19-554) & STTR (19-555) Solicitation>>>

166 Topic Areas

New Application Process Requires 3 Page "Pitch" Document

Full Proposal Window

March 4, 2019 - June 13, 2019

June 14, 2019 - December 12, 2019 

DOD Rapid Innovation Fund (RIF)

The Rapid Innovation Fund is designed to transition small business technologies into defense acquisition programs. The program is designed to fund mature technology ideas. About 90 percent of RIF awards go to small businesses. The average award is $2.1 million.  

  • Over 90 percent of RIF awardees said that RIF helped their business base.
  • 62 percent had new employee hires.
  • 57 percent said RIF helped transition their technology.
  • 52 percent benefited from RIF teaming opportunities.
  • 38 percent experienced an increase in market sales. 

The goals of the RIF reflect DoD’s emphasis on rapid, responsive acquisition and the engagement of small business innovative technologies that resolve operational challenges or address critical national security needs, and have a demonstration path into a defense acquisition program including, but not limited to capabilities that:

  • Accelerate or enhance a military capability
  • Reduce the development, acquisition, sustainment or lifecycle costs of defense acquisition programs or fielded systems
  • Reduce technical risk
  • Improve the timeliness and thoroughness of test and evaluation outcomes

How do I participate?

The DoD releases a Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) as contemplated in FAR Parts 35.016 and 6.102(d)(2) on FedBizOpps.gov. The BAA requests White Papers in response to DoD's RIF requirements. White Papers are used as the initial basis for project selection. Firms whose White Papers are selected are invited to submit a full proposal. RIF awards may not exceed $3 million. The period of performance for RIF awards may not exceed 24 months.

Who is eligible to participate?

All responsible firms and academic institutions capable of satisfying the Government's needs may participate.

DOD Contacts 

Pentagon: 571-256-7791 
Mark Center: 571-372-6191 
osd.business.defense@mail.mil

Future SBIR & STTR Solicitation Schedule

Schedule>>>

The US Small Business Administration serves as the coordinating agency for the SBIR and STTR programs.  Learn more about these programs here>>>