Science and Technology

Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) 21.3

15-16 November 2021

Submissions Closed 21 October 2021 12:00 PM ET


The purpose of the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program is to strengthen the role of innovative Small Business Concerns (SBCs) in federally-funded research or research and development (R/R&D). The Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) program stimulates a partnership of ideas and technologies between innovative SBCs and non-profit Research Institutions. By providing awards to SBCs for cooperative R/R&D efforts with Research Institutions, the SBIR and STTR programs assist the U.S. small business and research communities by supporting the commercialization of innovative technologies. The SBIR/STTR programs employ a phased process:

Phase I: Phase I involves a solicitation of contract proposals or grant applications to conduct feasibility-related experimental or theoretical R/R&D related to described agency requirements. These requirements, as defined by agency topics contained in a solicitation, may be general or narrow in scope, depending on the needs of the agency. The object of this phase is to determine the scientific and technical merit and feasibility of the proposed effort and the quality of performance of the SBC with a relatively small agency investment before consideration of further Federal support in Phase II.

Phase II: The object of Phase II is to continue the R/R&D effort from the completed Phase I.

Direct to Phase II: Department of Defense may issue a Phase II SBIR award to an SBC that did not receive a Phase I SBIR or STTR award for that R/R&D. Direct to Phase II involves a solicitation of contract proposals or grant applications and the SBC’s proposal must demonstrate the scientific and technical merit and feasibility of the ideas that appear to have commercial potential.

Phase III: The objective of Phase III, where appropriate, is for the small business to pursue commercialization objectives resulting from the Phase I/II R/R&D activities. The SBIR/STTR programs do not fund Phase III.

SBIR Process Timeline
25 August 2021: Topics and instructions posted
21 September 2021: DoD begins accepting proposals
22-23 September 2021: Virtual Industry Q&A sessions
21 October 2021: Solicitation closes and proposals due
By 6 months after award: Phase I complete
Phase II: Upon completion of the Phase I, if appropriate, an RFP will be provided to the Phase I performers with a typical 30 day proposal timeline

Special Areas of Interest
SOCOM21C-001: sUAS Munition Teaming for Advanced Precision Strike
SOCOM213-002: Concentrated Atropine Sulfate Formulations
SOCOM213-003: Stand-Off Precision Guided Munitions in a Contested Environment
SOCOM213-004: Electronics Embedded Glass

SOCOM213-D005: Micro Raman Technology
SOCOM213-D006: Squad Aiming Laser – Ultra High Power
SOCOM213-D007: High Performance Lightweight White Phosphor Image Intensification Clip-On
SOCOM213-D008: Remote Sniper Heads Up Display
SOCOM213-D009: Multi-Domain Virtual Innovation

For questions on the special areas of interest that do not have a virtual Q&A session, please email