Department of Defense Pre-Releases SBIR/STTR Solicitations

May 4th, 2016 by Sarah Ricard

The Department of Defense SBIR 16.2 and STTR 16.B solicitations have been pre-released. Until May 22, prospective applicants have the opportunity to communicate directly with topic authors to ask technical questions about the research topics.

Each topic author’s name, phone number and email address is listed within each solicitation topic.

DoD Small Business Innovation Research or Small Business Technology Transfer Phase I awards for feasibility studies are typically between $70,000 to $150,000, depending on agency component. The project period of performance is generally between six to 12 months. Proposers are encouraged to consider whether the research or research and development being proposed also has private-sector potential, either for the proposed application or as a base for other applications.

DoD SBIR solicitation

Participating agency components in the DoD SBIR solicitation include the Army, Air Force, Defense Logistics Agency, Defense Microelectronics Activity, Defense Threat Reduction Agency, Missile Defense Agency, Navy, Office of the Secretary of Defense, and Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency.

DARPA, the OSD, and Air Force are both offering the Direct to Phase II option in the SBIR solicitation.

DoD STTR solicitation

Within the STTR solicitation, participating agency components include the Navy and DMEA.

Search DoD SBIR and STTR Topics

A list of topics can be found on the DoD SBIR/STTR Small Business Portal.

To restrict your search to the SBIR solicitation, select 16.2 under “Solicitation.” To search only STTR topics, select “16.B” under “Solicitation.”

Important Dates

  1. Solicitation Open: May 23, 2016
  2. SBIR/STTR Interactive Topic Information System (SITIS) Q&A Close: June 8, 2016
  3. Solicitation Close: June 22, 2016

For technical assistance, contact the DoD SBIR/STTR Help Desk from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at 1-800-348-0787 or at You can also find out more information on the FAQ page.

Proposing firms must be registered in the DoD Submission system here. The submission website provides a structure for providing each of the four proposal sections. Proposing firms must begin entering proposals by providing information for the Proposal Cover Sheet. After this step, applicants will be assigned a proposal number to retain for future reference.

Find previous DoD awardee companies in your state here.

Arkansas-based companies and their project partners are encouraged to contact ASBTDC’s Rebecca Norman for assistance with proposal development at 501.683.7700 or