Office of Small Business Programs (OSBP)

DoD Small Business Programs

These three programs are managed by the Department of Defense Office of Small Business Programs.


The Department of Defense (DoD) Pilot Mentor-Protégé Program seeks to encourage major DoD prime contractors (mentors) to develop the technical and business capabilities of small disadvantaged businesses (SDBs) and other eligible protégés.

SBIR/STTRExternal Link

The purpose of DoD Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Programs is to harness the innovative talents and entrepreneurial energies of our nation's small technology companies for U.S. military and economic strength. Together, the programs represent over $1 billion per year in research and development funding used to support qualifying small businesses through a competitive, three-phase process. Projects funded through SBIR and STTR serve a DoD need and have the potential to commercialize in the broader marketplace. Solicitations are conducted periodically throughout the year.

Indian Incentive Program

The Indian Incentive Program (IIP) is a congressionally sponsored program that provides a 5 percent rebate on the total amount subcontracted to an Indian-Owned Economic Enterprise or Indian Organization, back to the prime contractor in accordance with DFARS Clause 252.226-7001External Link. Through the generation of subcontracts to the above mentioned entities, the IIP fulfills its purpose as an economic multiplier for Native American communities. DoD prime contractors, regardless of size of contract, that contain the above referenced clause(s) are eligible for incentive payments.

DoD prime contractors with a contract of $500,000 or more, that contain the above referenced clause(s), are eligible for incentive payments.