Small Business Innovation Research and Special Programs
Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR)/Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR)
Through the Department of the Navy's Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program, small businesses of 500 people or less have the opportunity to address naval needs in more than 30 science and technology areas. SBIR provides the fleet with innovative advances in technology developed by small firms. SBIR participants benefit both from program awards as well as the further development and commercialization of the resulting products. In addition, the Navy Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) program is intended to foster transitions of joint efforts between qualified small businesses and research institutions to Navy and Marine Corps, in particular.
Department of the Navy (DoN) Rapid Innovation Fund (RIF)
The Department of the Navy (DoN) Rapid Innovation Fund (RIF) is administered by the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD). It is a technology transition program that allows the military to collaborate with small businesses to provide innovative technologies that can be rapidly inserted into acquisition programs that meet specific defense requirements. The RIF program is a point of entry for small businesses to win research and acquisition contracts with the DoN. RIF refines technology from military science and technology investments and adapts commercially available technology, funding the final maturation, testing, certification and/or integration needed to ensure that the products successfully make it to operational users.
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