Today, the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) issued the pre-release of it’s 2017 SBIR and STTR Topic Broad Agency Announcements (BAA), which used to be called “Solicitations.” You can find DoD’s SBIR 17.1 and STTR 17.A BAA topics at DoD’s SBIR website here.
DoD’s pre-release period, which runs until January 10, 2017, is the time that small businesses can contact topic authors and direct technical questions about the topics. On January 10, 2017, when the pre-release period is over, direct questions with topic authors are not permitted, although technical questions can be submitted anonymously through the SBIR Interactive Topic Information System (SITIS). Consequently, small businesses that intend to submit an SBIR or STTR proposal should review BAA topics as soon as they can in order to take advantage of the unique opportunity to get clarifications and questions answered directly from the topic authors. The Announcement period, during which proposals can be submitted, runs from January 10, 2017, through February 8, 2017.
Earlier this year, we gave a brief overview of the very unique contracting opportunities available to small business technology companies under the SBIR and STTR programs in a free webinar that you can find here. More recently, we addressed the government's limited rights in SBIR data in a video blog that you can see here. Feel free to contact the Firm if you have any questions about the webinar, video blog or DoD's SBIR & STTR BAA topic pre-release.