SBIR/STTR Contacts

  See our Air Force SBIR/STTR Points of Contact on the website.

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DOD BAA 17.3/17.C


Topics now in pre-release

Air Force SBIR/STTR topics (17.3/17.C) are now in pre-release and available for viewing click here.

During the pre-release period, small businesses are allowed to communicate directly with technical points of contact (TPOCs) to ask questions about the topics. Questions should be limited to specific information related to improving the understanding of a particular topic's requirements. Questions and answers deemed to be useful to all proposing firms will also be posted to the SBIR/STTR Interactive Topic Information System (SITIS) here.

No discussions may be held with TPOCs once the BAA opens on September 26. At that time all questions must be submitted through SITIS. The deadline to submit proposals in October 25 at 8:00 p.m. EST.


Program Execution


The Air Force SBIR/STTR BAAs are released as part of the Department of Defense (DoD) SBIR/STTR BAA process. The DoD issues three SBIR (.1, .2 and .3) and three STTR (.A and .B and .C) BAAs each year. The majority of Air Force topics will be released in the first (.1) cycle of the SBIR BAA and the first (.A) cycle of the STTR BAA. However, the Air Force may also participate in the second (.2/.B) and/or third (.3/.C) BAAs. The Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) has been assigned the execution authority for the Air Force SBIR and STTR programs by the Secretary of the Air Force.


Proposals must be submitted electronically at this link.

See the DoD SBIR/STTR page for instructions and guidance on topic selections for the Air Force.


17.1/.A Awardees - Apply for SBIR TAP


Small business that were selected for Phase I contracts during the 17.1/A BAA can participate in the Technology Acceleration Program, also known as SBIR TAP, at no cost. This resource is designed to help companies to assess and plan for the commercial viability of their technology during the early stages of work for the Air Force.

Commercialization - sales to both the DoD and non-DoD markets - is a critical benchmark as it helps get technology to the warfighter faster and bring down the long-term costs and fueling the economy hrough small business growth. For more information and to apply, click here.


US Air Force SBIR and STTR

Air Force Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) 
  The Air Force Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs are designed to stimulate technology research by small businesses while providing the government with cost-effective technical and scientific solutions to challenging problems. These programs also encourage small businesses to market SBIR/STTR technology in the private sector. Both programs are governed by the Small Business Administration.

Compliance With SBIR/STTR Program Rules

  In accordance with Sections 9(f)(1), 9(f)(2)(vii) and 9(f)(2)(viii) of the SBIR and STTR Policy Directives, the Air Force has developed this training to ensure compliance with the eligibility requirements for the SBIR and STTR programs.  The Certificate of Training Completion MUST be signed by an official of your company and is required prior to contract award. It is recommended that the Certificate be submitted with your proposal. To submit the Certificate with the proposal, attach and upload this document to the back of your technical volume. This form will not count against the 20-page limitation. Failure to comply with these requirements will result in your SBIR/STTR proposal being ineligible for award.  
Click here to download the training.    



News Briefs


The Air Force SBIR/STTR Program is moving toward topic development that is rooted in solving problems for Air Force major commands, a shift away from the traditional mindsets and methodologies, according to Program Director David Shahady.

In a recent article that appeared in both the Wright-Patterson Skywriter and the Dayton Daily News, Shahady talks about the new paradigm, as well as the reason why small businesses should be innovators and not simply inventors. To read the full article, click here.

The Small Business Technology Council recently named Feraidoon “Frank” Zahiri as a winner of its 2017 Champion of Small Business Technology Commercialization Award. Zahiri is the SBIR program manager for the Warner Robins Air Logistics Complex at Robins Air Force Base in Georgia.

The award is intended to honor the best program managers, contracting officers and other government officials for their work in helping SBIR/STTR companies bring technology to market. Zahiri- along with Gregory Boughton of the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center – were among seven winners spanning the Department of Defense and NASA. Awards were presented this summer in Washington, D.C. at the council’s annual meeting.


Program Goals

  The SBIR program's goals are to:
   1. Stimulate technological innovation.
   2. Meet Federal research and development needs.
   3. Foster and encourage participation in innovation and entrepreneurship by socially and economically disadvantaged persons.
   4. Increase private-sector commercialization of innovations derived from federal research and development (R&D) funding.
The STTR program's goals are to:
  1. Stimulate technological innovation.
  2. Foster technology transfer through cooperative R&D between small businesses and research institutions.
  3. Increase private sector commercialization of innovations derived from federal R&D.

Eleven federal agencies set aside a portion of their R&D budgets for SBIR contracts and six set aside a portion for STTR contracts. The Department of Defense (DOD), including the Air Force, accounts for more than half of the total federal SBIR/STTR budget. Each year, these agencies identify various R&D topics for pursuit by small businesses. These topics are then released in a Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) and contracts are awarded on competitive merit, as determined by the agency's technical and scientific experts.

Commercialization Readiness

  The Air Force SBIR/STTR Commercialization Readiness Program (CRP) provides a strategically driven process that directly links Air Force centers (including product, sustainment and test centers) to AFRL technical points of contact in order to identify and evaluate innovative solutions for Air Force needs.

Since its inception in 2006, the program has been improving technology transition outcomes. The primary objective of the CRP is to accelerate the transition of SBIR/STTR-developed technologies into real-world military and commercial applications. To achieve the program's goals, the CRP team is involved throughout the SBIR/STTR process, from topic generation to technology transition. The continued success of the program can be attributed to its ability to align and connect all transition stakeholders and to leverage the Phase III funds required to mature SBIR/STTR projects.

SBIR Information

  The SBIR program was established by Congress in 1982 with a statutory purpose to strengthen the role of innovative small business concerns (SBCs) in federally funded research or research and development (R/R&D). Specific program purposes are to: 1) Stimulate technological innovation, 2) use small businesses to meet federal R/R&D needs, 3) foster and encourage participation by socially and economically disadvantaged SBCs in technological innovation, and 4) increase private sector commercialization of innovations derived from federal R/R&D, thereby increasing competition, productivity and economic growth.

The SBIR program is a three-phase process that funds early-stage R&D conducted by small businesses. In Phase I, technology feasibility is determined with contracts valued up to $150,000 over a period of nine months. In Phase II, the necessary R&D is accomplished to produce a well-defined product, process or prototype. For the Air Force these awards typically span two years, with an initial value of $750,000. Under Phase III, the small business is expected to obtain funding from the private sector and/or non-SBIR government sources to develop the prototype into a viable product or non-R&D service for sale in military and/or private-sector markets.


STTR Information

  The Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) program is a sister program to SBIR and was established by Congress in 1992 with a similar statutory purpose. It provides an incentive for small businesses, academic institutions and non-profit research institutions, including federally-funded research and development centers (FFRDCs), to work together to move emerging technical ideas from the laboratory to the marketplace.

A major difference between the two programs is that the STTR program requires the small business to have a research partner consisting of a university, FFRDC or a qualified non-profit research institution. In the STTR program, the small business must be 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 balance can be done by either party and/or a third party. Its phases are similar to the SBIR phases in terms of contract amounts and lengths of performance.



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