On November 29, 2017, the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) issued its STTR 18.A Program Broad Agency Announcement and its SBIR 18.1 Program Broad Agency Announcement, beginning the 30-day pre-release window during which small businesses can communicate directly and privately with the Technical Points of Contact who authored the BAA topics. Discussions with topic authors during the pre-release period often can be invaluable opportunities to obtain not only useful information about a particular topic, but also technical clarifications that can help companies assess how well their technologies align with technology needs reflected in the DoD topics.
Once the pre-release period is over, small businesses can obtain technical clarifications only by posting questions publicly and anonymously on the SBIR/STTR Interactive Topic Information System. Responses to questions will likewise be posted publicly.
DoD will begin accepting proposals on January 8, 2018, which must be received by 8:00 pm on February 7, 2018.
To download the BAA's go to DoD's SBIR & STTR website here.
To learn more about the unique opportunities for small firms to develop technologies with funds awarded by the federal government under the SBIR and STTR programs, check out our GovCon webinar giving an overview of the programs, our GovCon Video Blog™ discussing SBIR data rights, and our podcast featuring a discussion between Mike Pansky, at InterKn, and Mark Amadeo about the SBIR and STTR programs and how small businesses can leverage SBIR and STTR data rights to protect their valuable technologies:
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