Office of Small Business
“To ensure that a fair proportion of purchases, prime contracts and subcontracts are placed with Small Business Concerns pursuant to established policies.”
The Office of Naval Research's (ONR) Office of Small Business Programs is a small business advocacy and advisory office responsible for insuring that small business, small disadvantaged business, historically underutilized business (HUBZone), veteran-owned small business, service-disabled veteran-owned small business and women-owned small business concerns, including Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Minority Institutions (HBCU/MIs), participate in ONR's acquisition program both as prime contractors and as subcontractors. The office is also responsible for facilitating achievement of the Small Business Program targets.
The office maintains an active outreach program to identify potential Small Business Program participants by attending and participating in government-industry conferences throughout the United States. In addition, the office provides individual and group procurement advisory counseling to the small business community. Procurement advisory counseling includes advice concerning acquisition procedures, information regarding proposed Acquisition, instructions on preparing proposals, interpretation of standard clauses, certifications and representations, obtaining payment, and obtaining financial assistance within the procurement regulations.
A major role in the implementation of the Small Business Program at ONR involves advising and assisting contracting officials and program managers in acquisition planning and reviewing all acquisition for possible Small Business Program set-asides, subcontracting opportunities and subcontracting administration. The office provides assistance to ONR's contracting officials regarding the determination of the acceptability of prime contractor subcontracting arrangements.
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Update on the Dept. of Navy Rapid Innovation Fund (RIF) program (learn more)
Good news, especially for small, innovative companies who want to perform final development and testing and sell the resulting product to the DoD: Section 213 of the FY17 NDAA removed the RIF program sunset clause, providing permanent authority for the program. While the FY18 defense appropriation is still pending, and a RIF plus-up is necessary, OSD is gearing up for an FY18 RIF BAA in the Feb/March 2018 timeframe, which will include topics from all the defense services. Typical service-wide RIF funding available is $200-250M. The full BAA schedule and latest info is at http://www.defenseinnovationmarketplace.mil/rif.html.