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Office of Small Business Innovation Research
& Technology Transfer


 Department of the Navy
Office of Small Business Programs
Forum For
SBIR/STTR Transition
 Naval Sea Systems Command
Office of Small Business


The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program strengthens opportunities for innovative small businesses using federally funded research. The program stimulates technological innovation, uses small businesses to meet federal research needs, and enables participation by socially and economically disadvantaged businesses. Additionally, the program facilitates the transition of the resulting research in to the commercial sector, a strategy that increases competition, productivity and economic growth.

The Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) program is a sister program to SBIR that requires the small business to partner with a University, a Federally Funded Research and Development Center (FFRDC), or a qualified non-profit research institution. The STTR standards require the small business to serve as the prime contractor and perform at least 40 percent of the work, with the research partner performing at least 30 percent of the work. The remaining work may be done either the small business, the research partner, or by a third party.

Visit for more information on eligibility requirements.

Suggest a research topic

The NAVSEA SBIR/STTR program welcomes input from private industry, primarily from small businesses and major defense prime vendors in identifying and refining potential topic areas for SBIR/STTR Broad Agency Announcements (BAA). We invite experts to submit single-page abstracts that include special interests in, or contributions to, proposed topic areas. This expands our ability to develop innovative and relevant topics to the science, technology, and business communities and to properly identify the application of new technologies to critical agency needs.

Topic suggestions may be emailed to Suggestions are forwarded to relevant subject matter experts in the Program Executive Offices and potential topic authors and made publicly available during the annual NAVSEA SBIR/STTR topic development and collaboration period. The standard time for this period is December to March of the year preceding BAA. For example, we will work on FY21 topics in December 2019 to March 2020.

Topic suggestions must: 
1. Be relevant to the Navy mission or Navy Fleet needs. 
2. Meet a critical agency requirement.
3. Have dual-use potential in civilian commercial markets.
4. Be unique and represent innovative ideas.
5. Be considered research and development, not procurement.
6. Describe the requirement without specifying a ready approach or solution.
7. Not be classified, sensitive, or proprietary in nature.
Note: Topic suggestions developed into topics are for open solicitation.

Email NAVSEA’s Small Business Innovation Research and Technology Transfer offices
for more information on small business research and development opportunities.




NAVSEA SBIR/STTR to attend 2019 FST
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March 27, 2019 - The Department of the Navy (DoN) Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR)/Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Program Office is hosting the Forum for SBIR/STTR Transition (FST), in Lowell, Massachusetts on April 10-11, in partnership with the University of Massachusetts at Lowell.

C-ARTS brings high-tech training to the waterfront for USS Gerald R. Ford
190320-N-FH905-1003 - NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (March 20, 2019) The Carrier-Advanced Reconfigurable Training System (C-ARTS) is used by Sailors assigned to the aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) to increase their knowledge and understanding of vital equipment and systems for the first-in-class carrier. Gerald R. Ford is undergoing its post-shakedown availability at Huntington Ingalls Industries-Newport News Shipbuilding.
March 25, 2019 - The Navy's aircraft carriers program office is using a new, high-tech approach to train Sailors on USS Gerald R. Ford's (CVN 78) advanced, first-of-class systems -- right on the waterfront.

Small businesses’ agility, ingenuity, innovation impact Navy in big way
Vice Admiral Thomas Moore, Commander, NAVSEA provides a brief welcome and introduction at the start of the Small Business Industry Day in the Humphreys Auditorium, Naval Sea Systems Command headquarters.
Sept. 1, 2016 - Speakers, panelists, exhibitors and guests attended NAVSEA’s second Small Business Industry Day, Aug. 18, at the Washington Navy Yard.

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