Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR)

DoD 2016.1 SBIR Solicitation

This solicitation is CLOSED.

Important Note: In addition to following the DoD-wide instructions in the DoD Program Solicitation, proposers must also follow the Component-specific instruction for the Component to which they are applying—see table below.

Attention January 19, 2016
NOTE: Air Force 16.1 topic AF161-054 has been removed from this solicitation.
Attention January 8, 2016
NOTE: Navy 16.1 topic N161-037 has been removed from this solicitation.
Attention Dec 17, 2015
NOTE: Air Force 16.1 Instructions has multiple text changes to the second paragraph which is underlined.
Attention Dec 16, 2015
NOTE: The ARMY SBIR Program has released seven Army ARDEC 16.1 topics for review: A16-010, A16-011, A16-012, A16-013, A16-014, A16-015, A16-016
Attention Dec 14, 2015
NOTE: Air Force 16.1 Instructions has multiple text changes. Changes include Non-Disclosure Agreement and Training Certificates
Attention Dec 11, 2015
NOTE: Air Force 16.1 Instructions updated to make note of new AF Program Manager David Shahady.
Component Topics Last Modified Format
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DoD Instructions:
2016.1 SBIR
January 11, 2016 HTML PDF MS Word
Army January 29, 2016 HTML PDF MS Word
Navy January 19, 2016 HTML PDF MS Word
Air Force January 19, 2016 HTML PDF MS Word
CBD January 11, 2016 HTML PDF MS Word
DARPA Phase I January 11, 2016 HTML PDF MS Word
DARPA Direct to Phase II January 11, 2016 HTML PDF MS Word
DHP February 1, 2016 HTML PDF MS Word
DLA January 11, 2016 HTML PDF MS Word
SOCOM January 13, 2016 HTML PDF MS Word

Important Note: A list of modifications made to the solicitation since its release to the Internet is available here.


Topic Q&A (SITIS): During the solicitation period, communication between small businesses and topic authors is highly encouraged. During the Pre-Release period, you may talk directly with topic authors to ask technical questions about the topics. Their names, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses are listed within each solicitation topic. For reasons of competitive fairness, direct communication between proposers and topic authors is not allowed during the Open period when DoD is accepting proposals for each solicitation. However, proposers may still submit written questions about solicitation topics through the SBIR/STTR Interactive Topic Information System (SITIS). In SITIS the questioner and respondent are anonymous and all questions and answers are posted electronically for general viewing until the solicitation closes. All proposers are advised to monitor SITIS during the Open solicitation period for questions and answers and other significant information relevant to their SBIR/STTR topics of interest.

Topics Search Engine: Visit the DoD Topic Search ToolExternal Link to quickly and easily find topics by keyword across all DoD components participating in this solicitation. Once you find a topic of interest to you, remember to read the Component-specific instructions for that topic from the table above.

Proposal Preparation and Submission: All SBIR Proposals must be submitted electronically through the DoD SBIR/STTR Electronic Submission Website, as described in the Proposal Preparation and Submission of Proposal sections of the program solicitation.


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Schedule Changes

Important Dates

December 11, 2015
Solicitation enters pre-release

January 11, 2016
Solicitation opens and DoD begins accepting proposals

February 3, 2016
SITIS closes to new questions

February 17, 2016
Solicitation closes to receipt of proposals at 6:00 AM ETplan ahead and submit early.

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