Participate in SBIR Topic Generation Process
Participating in the SBIR topic generation process provides an opportunity to explore innovative solutions for Program technical requirements during three SBIR BAAs and three STTR BAAs per year. DoD policy requires acquisition community endorsement of at least 50 percent of military department SBIR topics. Contact your Component SBIR manager for a schedule of when topics are due for upcoming BAA cycles.
Assign an SBIR Liaison
While ACAT 1 and 2 programs are required to assign an SBIR liaison, it is recommended for all programs.
Address SBIR Technologies in the Acquisition Strategy
As read in DoDI 5000.02, establish goals in the acquisition strategy for applying SBIR and STTR technologies. A well developed strategy will capitalize on the innovation and agility of small business and will mitigate risk in developmental or existing systems. To search for applicable technologies solutions, DoD maintains an on-line, searchable database of SBIR-funded technologies.
Utilize Phase II Enhancement and Commercialization Readiness Program
Leverage the Phase II Enhancement program to provide for additional funds for promising SBIR technologies that require further development, test and evaluation to increase the Technology Readiness Level. Additionally, utilize the Commercialization Readiness Program to identify SBIR technology with the potential to rapidly address high priority military needs. See the Commercialization Fact Sheet.
Consider Phase III Awards
Establish a goal for Phase III contract awards — work that derives from, extends, or completes efforts made under prior SBIR/STTR funding agreements. Phase III contracts may be awarded without competition to further develop or acquire SBIR technologies.
Attend Beyond Phase II Conference and Technology Showcase
Attend the annual DoD SBIR Beyond Phase II Conference and Showcase to rapidly survey new prototype technologies and meet with small businesses representing their innovations. This conference showcases more mature SBIR technologies, typically Technology Readiness Level (TRL) 4-6 and beyond, and is an opportunity to leverage the entire DoD SBIR investment base. For more information visit the Beyond Phase II Conference website.