THE DOD SBIR AND STTR PROGRAMS FUND TECHNOLOGIES REPRESENTING ALL RELIANCE 21 S&T CATEGORIES
Technology that is making an impact.
The DoD SBIR and STTR programs produce technologies that: impact the warfighter; develop the defense industrial base, and; stimulate the commercialization of new technologies that impact the broader public. Stories behind some of these DoD SBIR and STTR funded innovations may be found here.
Since inception in 1983, the DOD SBIR Program has funded thousands of small businesses, developing innovative ideas that benefit both the DOD and the general public. Small businesses funded by DOD have made further contributions to the US economy through jobs, patents, and the creation of novel and game-changing technologies.
Dedicated to change.
The SBIR program was initiated in 1982 and has four purposes: (1) to use small businesses to meet federal R&D needs, (2) to stimulate technological innovation, (3) to increase commercialization of innovations derived from federal R&D efforts, and (4) to encourage participation in technological innovation by small businesses owned by disadvantaged individuals and women. The purpose of the STTR program—initiated in 1992—is to stimulate a partnership of ideas and technologies between innovative small businesses and research institutions through federally funded R&D. The programs are currently authorized through fiscal year 2022.
Learn about the impact that DOD is making through these programs.