DoD Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Programs

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The DoD SBIR/STTR Programs provide a venue through which high-risk research initiatives may be pursued without compromising the core research program. The goal of the dual-use SBIR program is to help meet government research and development objectives and to develop technologies, products, and services which can then commercialize through sales in the private sector or back to the government.

The SBIR/STTR Program conducts a project, if successful, through three phases. Proposals submitted in response to the Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) topics are competitively selected for Phase I awards. Note that Phase I is the entry point to the program; it cannot be bypassed. Phase I proposals must respond to a specific topic in the BAA; the SBIR/STTR Program does not accept unsolicited proposals.

The US Army Medical Research and Materiel Command (USAMRMC) contributes medical topics to the Army SBIR Program, managed by United States Army Research, Development and Engineering Command at Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD and the Army STTR Program, managed by U.S. Army Research Laboratory in Research Triangle Park, NC.

Army SBIR Program

The DoD SBIR Program is a Congressionally-mandated program which was established in 1982 to increase the participation of small businesses in federal research and development. To be eligible for SBIR opportunities, companies must be based in the U.S. and be at least 50% owned and controlled by U.S. individuals.

Army SBIR Process:

  • Phase I - company proves feasibility of its concept within a six-month effort. Funding for an Army SBIR Phase I effort is $108,000. The Army Program features an option, for up to $54,500, which may be exercised for Phase II awardees.
  • Phase II - is a substantial R&D effort, spanning two years, and is intended to result in a dual-use prototype product or service meeting the requirements of the original topic. Awards for Phase IIs have a maximum dollar amount of $1,075,000.
    • Successful Phase II projects may also be awarded the opportunity to receive up to $537,500 for a matched Phase II Enhancement. Additionally, companies may be eligible to propose for a Sequential/Second Phase II upon further advancement of their project.
  • Phase III - the successful company markets the products or services developed in Phase II, either to the government or in the commercial sector. No SBIR funds can be used in Phase III.

Army STTR Program

The DoD STTR Program is also Congressionally-mandated program which was by the Small Business Research and Development Enhancement Act of 1992, PL102-564. The STTR Program was established as a companion program to the SBIR Program, and is executed in essentially the same manner; however, there are distinct differences.

While STTR has the same objectives as SBIR regarding the involvement of small businesses in federal R&D and the commercialization of their innovative technologies, the STTR Program requires participation by universities, federally funded research and development centers (FFRDCs), and other non-profit research institutions.

Army STTR Process:

  • Phase I - company proves feasibility of its concept within a six-month effort. Funding for an Army STTR Phase I is a maximum of $162,500.
  • Phase II - is a substantial R&D effort, spanning two years, and is intended to result in a dual-use prototype product or service meeting the requirements of the original topic. Awards for Phase IIs have a maximum dollar amount of $1,075,000.
  • Phase III - goal of every STTR effort, and represents the commercialization phase of the program. No STTR funds can be used in Phase III.

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Contact Us

Contact the USAMRMC SBIR/STTR Office at 301-619-7377 if you would like to know more about the USAMRMC SBIR/STTR programs or the DoD Help Desk if you have general program questions. The DoD SBIR/STTR Help Desk is available from 9 AM to 6 PM EST by phone at 1-800-348-0787 or email at sbirhelp@bytecubed.com.

Last Modified Date: 23-Oct-2018