Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR, Army)


Army Research Office-Washington (ARO-W)

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A contract program for small business supporting Defense and commercial applications.

Program Process
  • Army advertises interest in specific research topics.
  • Small businesses offer proposals addressing topics.
  • Successful proposals awarded Phase I support for 6 months' work.
  • Successful Phase I projects compete for 2 years' additional support in Phase II.
Technology Maturity Level

Early developmental, some basic science.

Award Size

Phase I, up to $70K; Phase II, up to $730K. [Some Phase I - Phase II transitional funds available. Some Phase III funds available for commercial development.]

Program Size

$135M in FY01. 250 Phase I and 150 Phase II awards anticipated.

Format Requirements for Topic Submission

USAMRMC submits relatively short (one to two pages) narratives describing proposed Phase I topics.

Criteria for Selecting Topics
  • Linked to the Objective Force, Army STOs
  • Cannot be used simply to fill gaps in normal program
  • Must allow contractor reasonable degree of independence
  • Must require contractor innovation.
Criteria for Selecting Proposals
  • Military relevance
  • Technical merit, innovation
  • Potential for commercial exploitation
  • Staff qualifications.
USAMRMC Participation
  • Develop candidate topics for Phase I
  • Review proposals for Phase I, Phase II
  • Monitor projects during execution
  Phase I Phase II
USAMRMC closing date for topic ideas Nov N/A
USAMRMC topic submissions to ARO Dec N/A
Public solicitation opens Jul Apr
Public solicitation closes Aug May
USAMRMC closing date for proposal reviews Nov Jul
Awards announced Dec Nov
USAMRMC Recent History

Approximately 20 topics, 20 phase I and 10 Phase II awards per year.


Program has high visibility with Congress, financed by a tax on all 6.1 - 6.3 research funds.

  • Maskless lithography system for generation of high-density DNA microarrays
  • Design and characterization of a two-bag blood products lyophilization system
  • General-purpose miniature thermometer for remote monitoring of soldiers
  • Imaging modality to identify angiogenesis
  • Development of a microbead whole-cell delivery system for oral immunization against traveler's diarrhea
  • A new soluble powder for the sterilization of medical/dental instruments
  • High-frequency optrode system for ambulatory EEG monitoring and wireless signal transmission
  • Synthesis of combinatorial chemical libraries containing potential inhibitors of botulinum neurotoxin protease activity
  • Virtual medical training system
  • Development of a vaccine for the treatment and/or prevention of cancer
  • Novel gene repair technology to generate serum carboxylesterase deficient mice
  • Dry system for thawing frozen blood.
Last Modified Date: 15-Apr-2016