Office of Small Business

Our Mission

“To ensure that a fair proportion of purchases, prime contracts and subcontracts are placed with Small Business Concerns pursuant to established policies.”

Small Business Strategy

The ONR/NRE Small Business Strategy outlines how ONR is maximizing opportunities for small businesses across the Naval Research Enterprise (NRE), which includes ONR Headquarters, the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) and ONR Global.

FY19/FY20 ONR/NRE Small Business Strategy

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.

U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) COVID-19 Event Small Business Assistance Links

If you’re a Defense Industrial Base Small Business impacted by the COVID-19 event and seeking a loan, please visit the SBA Payment Protection Program and other websites:

Resources for Connecting Industry Capabilities to Requirements in Support of COVID-19

  • The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) COVID-19 “How-to-Help” page links interested vendors directly to FEMA’s standing Request for Quotation (RFQ) for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and medical supplies, and also has information for those wishing to offer other products or services:
  • The DoD's COVID-19 Joint Acquisition Task Force (JATF) has launched a “COVID-19 JATF Industry Portal” where interested vendors can fill out a short form to provide information on ways they can help support our nation’s current response and continued resiliency. The portal is best accessed through the link on the main COVID-19 JATF web-page:
  • The DoD’s Defense Pricing and Contracting’s (DPC) “Contracting with the Department of Defense” provides businesses that have not done business with the government in the past with a step-by-step approach to get started:


Navy League Learns: Small Business Opportunities webinar series May 4-8, 2020

$30M Funding Opportunity for Innovative Start-Ups and Small Businesses

Point of Contact

Brenda Pickett
Director, Office of Small Business Programs
Fax: 703-696-2607
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Office of Naval Research
875 North Randolph Street
Arlington, VA 22203-1995

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