SBIR 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. For more information, select here
STTR 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.
SMALL BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES The Navy buys more than $12 billion in goods and services each year from its small businesses partners. At NAVSEA alone, small business invoices annually total more than $2 billion. Interested businesses are encouraged to visit the Department of Defense Office of Small Business Programs www.acq.osd.mil/osbp and the Navy's Office of Small Business Programs www.secnav.navy.mil/smallbusiness/ websites.
For businesses unfamiliar with federal contracting, the following 10-step tutorial provides step-by-step guidance: http://www.secnav.navy.mil/smallbusiness/pages/doing-business.aspx
NAVSEA also relies on the technical innovations of America’s small business entrepreneur. NAVSEA invites technical proposals from high-tech small businesses to help solve tough technical engineering and scientific challenges, either individually through the Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) program or in cooperation with a research university through the Small Business Technology Transfer program http://www.acq.osd.mil/osbp/sbir.
More than half of NAVSEA’s small business opportunities are awarded through the surface and undersea warfare centers. A number of these technical facilities are in close proximity to Washington, District of Columbia at Dahlgren, Virginia.; West Bethesda, Maryland.; and Indian Head, Maryland., but similar opportunities are available at other warfare centers across the country: Newport, Rhode Island; Panama City, Florida; Crane, Indiana; Port Hueneme, California; Corona, California; and Keyport, Washignton.
NAVSEA can also assist small businesses, including veteran-owned, service-disabled veteran-owned, HUBZone, small disadvantaged, and women-owned small business enterprises in marketing their products and services to NAVSEA. Small business representatives may contact NAVSEA's Associate Director of Small Business Programs at 202-781-3965 for more information about doing business with NAVSEA.