Science and Technology

Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) 22.1

Submit NLT 10 February 2022 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
01 December 2021: Topics and instructions posted
12 January 2022: DoD begins accepting proposals
10 February 2022: Solicitation closes and proposals evaluations/award starts
By 6 months after award: Phase I complete
For Phase 1 Topics only: If appropriate, an RFP may be provided with a typical 30-day proposal timeline at or around the end of Phase 1

Special Areas of Interest
SOCOM221-001: Low SWaP Tactical Ultra-Secure Communications System

SOCOM221-D002: Ultra-Compact Long Range Machine Gun Optic
SOCOM221-D003: Miniature Aiming Ranging Laser
SOCOM221-D004: Advanced Precision-Variable Power Scope

How You Can Participate

  1. Review Special Areas of Interest (see above links)
  2. Review Topics Instructions and Ask Questions Regarding Topics: Click Here to Review
  3. Review SBIR Proposal Submission Instructions: Click Here to Review
  4. Submit Proposal: Click Here to Submit (NLT 10 February 2022)

For questions on the special areas of interest, please email [email protected].