Expanding understanding of Navy Contracting Mechanisms
Working with NavalX, the Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC) Division Newport, the Rhode Island Procurement Technical Assistance Center, the Southeastern New England Defense Industry Alliance (SENEDIA) and Rhode Island Commerce, 401 Tech Bridge helps small and nontraditional businesses understand the Navy’s contracting mechanisms and learn about business opportunities. We hosted a two-part webinar to explain the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs, and to review the details of Navy, Marine and Air Force SBIR releases with technical experts.
Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program
The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program is a highly competitive program that encourages domestic small businesses to engage in Federal Research and Development that has the potential for commercialization. U.S. Government agencies and the Department of Defense are interested in working with small and non-traditional businesses.
To help companies navigate the SBIR process, 401 Tech Bridges offers access to experts to help small businesses understand the SBIR program, navigate the proposal process, and connect with potential collaborators from the primes, other companies and academia. 401 Tech Bridges provides mentoring and expertise to help businesses find commercial or dual-use applications for their technology, and partners with the Naval X Northeast Tech Bridge to offer webinars and events to introduce companies to the Navy’s R&D priorities and focus areas.
The SBIR program and STTR, a sister program to SBIR, are competitive three phase programs that fund a diverse portfolio of startups and small businesses to stimulate technological innovation, meet federal R&D needs and transition R&D into commercial use. Phase I grants are typically proof-of-concept studies awarded at $150-$200k and lasting 6-9 months. Phase II grants are on the order of $1M and the period of performance is typically 2 years. By the end of Phase II, the product should be ready for sale. Phase III programs are acquisition programs.
Webinar: Session 1 – Overview of the SBIR Process and Engagement with Local Naval and Community Leaders
Webinar: Session 2 – Exploring Topics in the August SBIR Cycle