DOD SBIRs are in Pre-release
The Department of Defense just released draft topics for the winter round of the thrice-yearly SBIR solicitation. SBIRs (Small Business Innovation Research) contracts are set aside for small businesses and are administered in phases. Phase I, which can last 6-12 months with an award amount of $100-150K serves as proof of principle. If selected for Phase II, award amounts can range from $500K-1 million and the work should be focused on optimization and development of a prototype. Proposals for Phase I funding are due on February 8, 2017.
The DOD publishes specific problems that require industry innovation. These problems cover the full scope of DOD needs, from weapons systems to battery storage and rapid interventions for traumatic brain injury. The SBIR program is a great way to interface with the DOD and build a lasting relationship with a major government sponsor of research and development. Furthermore, the DOD can serve as an end customer for technologies developed under the SBIR program.
Contact SMI to learn more about the benefits of participating in the DOD's SBIR program and for insights on how to rise to the top of the SBIR competition.