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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 into 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, 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. 

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The primary goal of the Department of the Navy’s SBIR and STTR programs is to use small business to develop innovative technologies that meet a broad range of Navy and Marine Corps needs. The ultimate goal is to insert SBIR/STTR technologies and products into platforms and systems that help the Department of the Navy, also referred to as DON, to achieve its mission. The Navy’s process is acquisition-driven with strong technology pull from the various Systems Commands, referred to as SYSCOMs. The Navy accounts for over 50% of all Phase III commercialization dollars for DoD SBIR/STTR programs. Another service the Navy provides is called the SBIR/STTR Transition Program or STP. Every Navy Phase II awardee is invited. We usually see a 20% higher Phase III award rate for STP participants.

For the Navy success is the transition or commercialization of a technology to a warfighter. Example of Navy success stories and additional program information can be found on the Navy SBIR/STTR website,


As of September 30, 2022 Congress has approved reauthorization of the SBIR & STTR Extension Act of 2022. The NAVY’s SBIR programs will now present Open Topics to seek commercial small business solutions to meet mission critical Naval needs. Establish a due diligence program to assess potential risks posed by foreign ties and obligations. And increase the minimum performance standards for experienced firms, while limiting private entity solicitation influences.

Majority of NAVSEA participation is presented in the first BAA of the three DOD BAA’s.

Direct contact with topic authors is permitted during the pre-release period.

Proposing firms have an opportunity to directly contact the Technical Point of Contact to ask technical questions about the specific BAA topic. Once DoD begins accepting proposals, no further direct contact between proposers and topic authors is allowed unless the Topic Author is responding to a question submitted during the pre-release period.

SITIS Q&A System:  After the pre-release period, proposers may submit written questions through SITIS (SBIR/STTR Interactive Topic Information System) at, login and follow instructions. In SITIS, the questioner and respondent remain anonymous, but all questions and answers are posted for general viewing. During the open period until two weeks prior to the close date for active BAAs, questions are only permitted to be submitted.




APEX Accelerators (APTAC) Fall Training Conference

Washington, DC

TechConnect SBIR/STTR Fall Innovation Conference

National Harbor, MD



NDIA SBIR Topic Workshop

Boston, MA

The Eastern Defense Summit

Charleston, SC

Dec 13

New Mexico Federal and State Technology (NM FAST) SBIR Innovation Summit

Albuquerque, NM



NAVSEA Harnesses the Power of Small Business
Washington, DC (October 26, 2023) - - Ms. Giao Phan, Executive Director, Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) spoke at the NAVSEA Small Business Industry Day which was held at Maritime Plaza.
Nov. 1, 2023 - WASHINGTON NAVY YARD – Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) Small Business Office hosted the 2023

NSWC Crane brings technical expertise to follow-on joint warfighting experimentation event for rapid modernization
NSWC Crane brings technical expertise to follow-on joint warfighting experimentation event for rapid modernization
Oct. 30, 2023 - Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division (NSWC Crane) provided technical expertise in a

Event helps shipyard connect with potential vendors
Capt. Mark Schuchmann, business and strategic planning officer, Code 1200, Business and Strategic Planning Office, speaks to Industry Day participants Oct. 5, 2023, at the Naval Undersea Museum in Keyport, Wash. (U.S.Navy photo by Max Maxfield)
Oct. 18, 2023 - Puget Sound Naval Shipyard & Intermediate Maintenance Facility hosted an Industry Day event Oct. 5

NUWC Division Newport contracting professionals connect small businesses with the Navy’s technology needs
Andrew Nagelhout (from right), deputy head of the Naval Undersea Warfare Center Division Newport Contracts Department, and Chris Kenney, head of Procurement Division 1, Code 022, speak with a visitor at Defense Innovation Days hosted by the Southeastern New England Defense Industry Alliance at the Marriott in Newport, Rhode Island, on Aug. 29, 2023. Contracting professionals connected more than two dozen exhibitors with scientists and engineers at the warfare center during the event.
Oct. 17, 2023 - Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC) Division Newport contracting professionals played a vital role

NSWC Crane Annual Buy Indiana Expo to provide businesses opportunity to showcase capabilities
When Matt Burkett, the Deputy for Small Business at Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division (NSWC Crane), graduated from college Missouri, he wanted to come back home to Indiana. “I was extremely fortunate,” says Burkett. “I applied to jobs and was accepted into a position supporting Crane’s Contracting Department. I went from not knowing much about contracting to learning a lot from leaders, mentors, managers, and the team. I was willing to put in the work, and was given opportunities to succeed.”
March 23, 2022 - Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division (NSWC Crane) is holding its 24th Annual Buy Indiana

NAVSEA hosts Small Business Innovators Virtually
Feb. 5, 2021 - WASHINGTON – Naval Sea Systems Command’s (NAVSEA) Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR)/Small

Feb. 11, 2020 - WASHINGTON – Naval Sea Systems Command’s (NAVSEA) Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR)/Small

May 29, 2019 - The Navy Department Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR)/Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Program Office co-hosted the Forum for SBIR/STTR Transition (FST) Symposium in Lowell, Massachusetts April 10-11.

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.

Navy to Host Small Business Forum
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Jan. 27, 2019 - WASHINGTON -- The Department of the Navy Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR)/Small Business



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