Chemical - Biological Defense (CBD-SBIR)


Army Research Office

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An SBIR program limited to chemical and biological defense topics.

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 transitional funds available.]

Program Size

$6.5M in FY01.

Format Requirements for Topic Submission

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

Criteria for Selecting Topics
  • Cannot be used simply to fill gaps in normal program
  • Must allow contractor reasonable degree of independence
  • Must require contractor innovation
  • Must fulfill a current military need.
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 May N/A
USAMRMC topic submissions to ARO Jun N/A
Public solicitation opens Dec Sep
Public solicitation closes Jan Oct
USAMRMC closing date for proposal reviews Feb Oct
Awards announced Mar Nov
USAMRMC Recent History

Approximately two topics, two Phase I awards per year.


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

  • Miniaturized Sample Preparation Module
  • Hand-held RCC Chemical Agent Water Monitor
  • Development of a Miniaturized Biological Detector
  • Field-deployable Chemical Point Detection Network
  • A Novel Composite Fabric for CBW Deactivation and Protection
  • Development of Human Skin Model for Sulfur Mustard Research
  • Chemical Destruction of Chemical Warfare Agents and Toxic Materials in a Mobile Solvent-free Reactor Based on Reactive Nanoparticle Technology
  • Predicting Performance of Protective Clothing Systems.
Last Modified Date: 28-Dec-2009