SOCOM SBIR 23.4 Release 4

Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR)

Submissions Closed 05 October 2023 12:00 PM ET (Noon)

Host Name: SBIR

Location: SOFWERX

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Submission Closed 05 October 2023 12:00 PM ET (Noon)

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
22 Aug 2023: Topics issued for pre-release
06 Sep 2023: USSOCOM begins accepting proposals via DSIP
21 Sep 2023: DSIP Topics Q&A closes to new questions at 12:00 PM ET
05 Oct 2023: Deadline for receipt of proposals no later than 12:00 PM ET

Special Areas of Interest
SOCOM234-004: Out-of-Band GNSS Tracker
SOCOM234-004: Out-of-Band GNSS Tracker Supporting Document

SOCOM234-005: Slim Form Cargo Loader/Unloader

How You Can Participate
Industry and Non-Traditional Attendees 

  1. Review Topic Instructions: Click Here to Review
  2. Review Supporting Documents: Click Here to View (See SBIR Program dropdown list)
  3. Review the Q&A Telecon Transcript for Topic SOCOM234-004: Out-of-Band GNSS Tracker: Click Here to Review
  4. Review the Q&A Telecon Transcript for Topic SOCOM234-005: Slim Form Cargo Loader/Unloader: Click Here to Review
  5. Submit your proposal: Submissions Closed 05 Oct 12:00 PM ET


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