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About the SBIR/STTR Program

The Department of Defense (DOD) Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Program is a congressionally mandated program coordinated by the Small Business Administration. The DOD SBIR/STTR Program’s mission is to elicit innovative solutions from the small business community that address defense technology gaps confronting the DOD and to include technologies that will also have high commercialization potential in the private sector. DOD issues announcement topics supporting the Warfighter in three cycles throughout the year.

Stats About SBIR/STTR:

  • $1 billion in research funded annually
  • 2,500 proposals are awarded
  • 25% of awards are to first time winners
  • 50% of awards are to firms with fewer than 25 people
  • 33% of awards are to firms with fewer than 10 people
  • 20% of awards are to minority or women­-owned businesses
  • $31 billion in commercialized technologies

How It Works

The SBIR/STTR program is structured in three phases:

  • Phase I: Project Feasibility ­ Determines the scientific, technical, and commercial merit of the ideas submitted.
  • Phase II: Technology Development ­ Major research and development is funded to develop projects into technology to support the Warfighter.
  • Phase III: Commercialization ­ Small businesses are expected to obtain non-SBIR government or private funding to transition Phase II technologies into a product or service for the government and commercial marketplace.

Phase I and II proposals are evaluated on three criteria:

  • The technical and scientific merit of the proposed approach
  • Key personnel qualifications in the area of research
  • The potential for transition into a commercial product or service

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