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

DoD 2018.1 SBIR Announcement

This BAA is CLOSED.

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

Attention December 1, 2017
Air Force SBIR Topic AF181-030 has been amended in the following sections: OBJECTIVE, DESCRIPTION, PHASE II, and REFERENCES (new Refs. 3 and 4).
Attention December 6, 2017
Army SBIR Program added new topic A18-109 - Title: Radio Direction Finding Obfuscation.
Attention December 14, 2017
Army SBIR Topic A18-081 has been amended in the DESCRIPTION section with the addition of four additional paragraphs describing the topic requirements.
Attention January 17, 2018
SBIR 18.1 Navy Topic N181-073 was removed.
Attention January 17, 2018
The ITAR restriction has been removed from Air Force SBIR Topic AF181-054.
Attention January 26, 2018
SBIR 18.1 DLA Topic DLA181-004 was removed.
BAA Documents Last Modified
DoD Instructions: 2018.1 SBIR February 02, 2018 MS Word
Army January 11, 2018 MS Word
Navy January 18, 2018 MS Word
Air Force February 02, 2018 MS Word
CBD January 8, 2018 MS Word
DHA January 8, 2018 MS Word
DLA January 8, 2018 MS Word
MDA January 8, 2018 MS Word
NGA January 8, 2018 MS Word
OSD January 8, 2018 MS Word
USSOCOM January 8, 2018 MS Word

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


Topic Q&A (SITIS): During the BAA 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 BAA 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 BAA. However, proposers may still submit written questions about BAA 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 BAA closes. All proposers are advised to monitor SITIS during the Open BAA 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 BAA. 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 Announcement.


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Important Dates

November 29, 2017
BAA enters pre-release

January 8, 2018
BAA opens and DoD begins accepting proposals

January 24, 2018
SITIS Q&A System closes to new questions

February 7, 2018
BAA closes to receipt of proposals at 8:00 PM ETplan ahead and submit early.

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