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. Small businesses may register for the Department of Defense (DoD) SBIR solicitation and related mailing lists on-line via the DoD SBIR home page. For detailed information on how the Navy’s SBIR/STTR program operates, visit:

ONR SBIR Award Structure

The Office of Naval Research (ONR) has recently updated program phases to increase the amount of funding available under the program. See a detailed flowchart or diagram

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SBIR Program Brief: The ONR SBIR program is an integral part of the Naval Science and Technology program. ONR SBIR topics address naval needs and should ultimately transition to the fleet through enabling technologies for future naval capabilities or directly to naval acquisition programs. ONR SBIR topics are published and solicited with those of other Naval components in the DoD SBIR Program Solicitations. Qualified small businesses may submit proposals for these topics which are then competitively evaluated by ONR program officers. Funding for this program is not appropriated, but provided annually under the statutory 3.2 percent set-aside from ONR extramural research, development, testing and evaluation (RDT&E) funds.

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Lore-Anne Ponirakis
SBIR Program Manager
Office of Naval Research

Steven Sullivan
Navy STTR Program Manager
Office of Naval Research

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