The Department of Defense (DoD) Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program funds early-stage research and development (R&D) projects at small technology companies–projects that serve a DoD need and have the potential for commercialization in either military markets or private sector markets. With DoD SBIR/STTR funding at more than $1 billion annually, the program is part of an overarching federal SBIR program administered by the Small Business Administration and implemented through 11 federal agencies. DoD generates funds for this program through a 2.6 percent set-aside of the FY12 extramural research development test and evaluation budget in excess of $100 million. The set-aside for SBIR will increase by .10% per year between FY13 and FY17.The set-aside for STTR will increase by .05% every two years.
Program managers can reap a number of programmatic and budgetary benefits, along with risk mitigation alternatives, by including SBIR in their acquisition planning.
Consistent with the direction of the Defense Acquisition Guidebook, program managers need to prepare a Technology Development Strategy (TDS) that uses the SBIR program.
Program managers can get involved in the SBIR/STTR program a number of ways including participating in SBIR Topic Generation Process, addressing SBIR Technologies in the Acquisition Strategy, utilizing Phase II Enhancement and Commercialization Pilot Program and attending the Beyond Phase II Conference and Technology Showcase.
This page includes links to information about SBIR Transition Tips, Using SBIR for Risk Mitigation, Incorporating Contract Incentives for SBIR, informational brochures about the SBIR Program and the comprehensive DoD SBIR Desk Reference, which is designed to assist you in the efficient processing of SBIR proposals and contracts.