The Missile Defense Agency (MDA), the Army, the Navy, the Air Force, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA), the Defense Microelectronics Activity (DMEA), the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA), and the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) are inviting small businesses to propose innovative solutions as a part of the latest Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) solicitations.
The SBIR/STTR solicitations are now open for a pre-release time period. During the pre-release period proposing firms have an opportunity to contact topic authors by telephone or e-mail to ask technical questions about specific topics.
For the STTR offering, the Navy and the DMEA are inviting small businesses and research institutions to jointly propose cooperative research and development efforts.
The SBIR program was established by Congress in 1982 to fund research and development (R&D) by U.S. owned and operated businesses of less than 500 employees. SBIR, the nation’s largest source of early-stage technology financing, is administered by the Small Business Administration (SBA) through 11 federal agencies and is funded at more than $2 billion annually. The DoD accounts for more than half of the federal government’s total SBIR/STTR program. The STTR program enacted by Congress in 1992, similar in structure to SBIR, provides early-stage R&D funding directly to small companies working cooperatively with researchers at universities and other research institutions.
Use this link below to access the current open solicitations and search the available topics: https://sbir.defensebusiness.org/topics. Topic descriptions and instructions are available in HTML, PDF, and WORD formats.
IMPORTANT DATES and DEADLINES:
- April 22, 2016: Pre-Release solicitation opens
- May 23, 2016: Solicitation opens for submission of SBIR and STTR proposals.
- June 22. 2016: Solicitation closes to receipt of proposals at 6:00 AM ET-plan ahead and submit early.
Once DoD begins accepting proposals on May 23, no further direct contact between proposers and topic authors is allowed, but proposers may submit written questions through the SBIR/STTR Interactive Topic Information System (SITIS), in which the questioner and respondent remain anonymous and all questions and answers are posted electronically for general viewing.