DOD SBIR/STTR Deep Dive Session Will Not Be Offered Until SBIR/STTR Is Extended By Congress

Congressional authorization of the SBIR and STTR programs is set to expire on September 30, 2022. If the programs are not reauthorized by September 30, 2022, the DoD cannot continue to publish SBIR or STTR Broad Agency Announcements (BAAs)/Commercial Solutions Openings (CSOs), and cannot continue funding new or ongoing SBIR/STTR projects after that date, including projects resulting from this BAA.

The DoD SBIR FY2022.4 Annual BAA is structured to allow participating DoD Components to advertise SBIR topics throughout the course of the fiscal year, outside of the three pre-determined BAA cycles. To be notified of SBIR opportunities released under this BAA and to receive e-mail updates on the DoD SBIR and STTR Programs, it is highly encouraged that small business firms subscribe to the DoD SBIR/STTR Listserv by visiting https://www.dodsbirsttr.mil/submissions/login and clicking “DSIP Listserv” located under Quick Links.

In addition to the instructions provided with the BAA, each topic release will be accompanied by Component-specific proposal submission instructions, which will detail requirements such as proposal content, formatting, structure, budget/duration and proposal submission deadlines. Only proposals submitted in response to an active topic under this BAA will be evaluated. Active topic releases and associated Component-specific instructions can be viewed at: https://rt.cto.mil/rtlsmall-business-resources/sbir-sttr/. A full topic release index can be viewed in Appendix A of this BAA.

The objectives of the DoD SBIR/STTR programs include stimulating technological innovation, strengthening the role of small business in meeting DoD research and development needs, fostering and encouraging participation by minority and disadvantaged persons in technological innovation, and increasing the commercial application of DoD-supported research or research and development results. The DOD and its components are focused on technological solutions to support the warfighter and national security needs.  The DOD’s SBIR/STTR budget is about ~$1.8B each fiscal year. The budgets, funding levels, and processes vary among the DOD components (Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, DARPA, etc.) including a wide range of targeted topics based on mission requirements.  The DOD seeks small high technology firms with the R&D capabilities, internal and external, to deliver a technologically advanced solution for their expressed need.  It is vitally important to understand this landscape before investing time and money to seek funding.

The DOD is the customer. They issue research topics that align with their mission of providing national security all over the globe. The Navy, the Marines, the Air Force, the Army, DARPA, and several other sub-components participate in their programs by engaging small R&D firms to respond to their research topics. The DOD issues contracts rather than grants.

  • Department of Army (Army)
  • Department of Navy (Navy)
  • Chemical and Biological Defense (CBD)
  • Defense Health Agency (DHA)
  • Defense Logistics Agency (DLA)
  • Missile Defense Agency (MDA)
  • National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA)
  • Office of the Secretary of Defense – Joint Service Small Arms Program (OSD – JSSAP)
  • Strategic Capabilities Office (SCO)
  • United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM

The Deep Dive covers these topics and more:

  • Program Description
  • Broad Agency Announcement Analysis
  • Cost accounting/Budgeting
  • Proposal Requirements
  • Market Opportunity
  • Phase I Proposal and Evaluation
  • Phase II Proposal and Evaluation
  • Phase II Enhancement
  • Commercialization Readiness Program
  • Contractual Requirements