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Navy Forum The 2018 Navy Forum for SBIR/STTR Transition
April 9-11, 2018
Gaylord Convention Center
National Harbor, MD
Now in its eighteenth year, the 2018 Forum for SBIR/STTR Transition (FST) has been a long-standing venue for connecting SBIR/STTR-funded technologies with warfighters, government acquisition and technical personnel, large primes, system integrators, and other potential partners/collaborators.

The Forum is a DoN Approved Event, and it will present you the opportunity to network with potential new customers and partners! A brief video sample of last year's event is at

Registration is now open and complete information is available on the FST web site at

Posting of Navy FY-18.1 SBIR & FY-18.A STTR Selections
In order to keep small businesses informed about the Navy's 18.1 SBIR and 18.A STTR proposal selection status, the Navy posts a list of SBIR/STTR "Selectees" as they are chosen (see Browse Phase I Selections in the box on the right). A selectee is a company selected for further consideration, meaning that the proposal is of interest, but the final decision and contract negotiation is not complete. Being listed as a selectee on this web site is NOT a notification of contract award.

The list of selections is an ongoing process that may take several months to complete. You can register on the SBIR selections page at 18_1-selections.html and the STTR selections page at 18_A-selections.html to view selections and receive email notifications of updates to the lists.


FY18 Rapid Innovation Fund (RIF)
Broad Agency Announcement Released

The Department of Defense (DoD) has released a special notice for the FY18 Rapid Innovation Fund (RIF) Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) on FedBizOps ( The RIF BAA includes a section with Navy specific topics, but there are also separate sections for combatant commands that have related topics (administered directly by the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD).

The Rapid Innovation Fund (RIF) is a DoD-wide program to transition small business technology to the warfighter. Congressional language states that all awards under the RIF program will be by a competitive, merit-based solicitation with preference to small businesses. 90% of RIF awards are to small businesses with 60-70% having participated in the SBIR program (RIF qualifies as a SBIR Phase III funding source). Projects may receive up to $3M in program funding during a 24 month period of performance. Transition is required at the end of the RIF into a Program of Record (POR) or fielded system (details are included in the BAA). [read more...]


National Economic Impact Report of the Navy
SBIR/STTR Program FY-2000-2013

The Department of the Navy (DON) SBIR/STTR leadership commissioned a study to measure commercialization and related economic impacts of nearly $2.3 billion in DON SBIR/STTR Phase II contractual investment over FY2000 - 2013.

During that period, DON SBIR/STTR made 2,734 separate Phase II awards to 1,199 small businesses in virtually every U.S. state. Some of the findings include: [read more...]

The 6 page brochure and the full 16 page report can be downloaded below:
   Brochure: Navy-SBIR-Economic_Impact.pdf
   Full Report: Navy_SBIR_Economic_Impacts-2000-2013.pdf


Spring 2018 Edition of The Navy Transitions Newsletter is Here!
The Spring 2018 Edition of the Navy's SBIR/STTR Transitions newsletter has just been released. In this edition you will find valuable articles about:
  • Section 809 Advisory Panel on Streamlining Regulations
  • Pilot Program for Streamlining Awards for Innovative Technology
  • Finding Advanced R&D and Manufacturing Opportunities
  • Prepare Path for Production While You Build Your Prototype
  • SBIR, RIF Enables Small Company to Develop Big Capability
  • List of NAVY FY17 Phase III Awards
  • and Much More!


Schedule of DoD SBIR/STTR BAAs for FY-2018
The DoD's SBIR/STTR BAAs for FY 2018 began November 29, 2017 with the pre-release of the 2018.1 SBIR and 2018.A STTR. Below is the DoD schedule for FY 2018.

Information on previous Navy SBIR/STTR BAAs can be found at

FY2018 BAA Schedule
DoD SBIR 2018.129-Nov-178-Jan-187-Feb-18
DoD STTR 2018.A29-Nov-178-Jan-187-Feb-18
DoD SBIR 2018.220-Apr-1822-May-1820-Jun-18
DoD STTR 2018.B20-Apr-1822-May-1820-Jun-18
DoD SBIR 2018.324-Aug-1824-Sep-1824-Oct-18
DoD STTR 2018.C24-Aug-1824-Sep-1824-Oct-18

Previous Navy SBIR/STTR BAAs are available at


DoD Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) FY2018.1 SBIR Opened January 8, 2018   Closed February 7, 2018 8:00 PM ET
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The DoD issued its 2018.1 BAA SBIR pre-release on November 29, 2017, which opened to receive proposals on January 8, 2018, and closed February 7, 2018 at 8:00 PM ET.

This BAA was inclusive of 93 phase I topics from 6 of the Navy's SYSCOMS.
[Read more....]

A Full DoD Topics Search Engine is available at Complete BAA instructions and forms are available on the DoD SBIR/STTR web site at


DoD Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) FY2018.A STTR Opened January 8, 2018   Closed February 7, 2018 8:00 PM ET
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The DoD issued its 2018.A BAA STTR pre-release on November 29, 2017, which opened to receive proposals on January 8, 2018, and closed February 7, 2018 at 8:00 PM ET.

This BAA was inclusive of 28 phase I topics from 3 of the Navy's SYSCOMS.
[Read more....]

A Full DoD Topics Search Engine is available at Complete BAA instructions and forms are available on the DoD SBIR/STTR web site at


Required Cyber Security Certification:
What You Need To Know

On November 4, 2010, the President signed Executive Order 13556, Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI). This established a government-wide CUI Program to standardize the way the Government (and Government contractors) will handle unclassified information that requires protection. The guiding document for this endeavor is NIST Special Publication 800-171.

Full compliance of NIST SP 800-171 is required no later than December 31, 2017. [read more...]


The Future Navy
On May 17, 2017 Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson threw down a gauntlet before the Dept. of the Navy, challenging the Department "… to get to work now to both build more ships, and to think forward - innovate - as we go. To remain competitive, we must start today and we must improve faster … The pace at which potential competitors are moving demands that we in turn increase the speed at which we act."
[read more...]


Authorities to Transform SBIR Opportunities
Three major authorities have been issued that should transform SBIR/STTR opportunities for entrepreneurs, industry, and the government acquisition community. They are:
  1. Better Buying Power 3.0 (BBP 3.0) – a fundamental DoD acquisition policy statement that creates important new on-ramps for small business in general and SBIR/STTR in particular. Procedures and processes to implement this broad policy statement are forthcoming. More information is on the BBP 3.0 web site at
  2. DoD Instruction 5000.02 (DoDI 5000.02) – a formal prescription, for the first time, of DoD acquisition goals and tracking/reporting requirements for SBIR/STTR in alignment with BBP 3.0.
  3. Tapping Into Small Business in a Big Way – a memo from Assistant Secretary of the Navy Sean Stackley that provides SBIR/STTR implementation guidance to the DON’s acquisition community, with a focus on increased use of Phase III contracts to improve SBIR/STTR commercialization (i.e., deployment) outcomes and help acquisition management meet cost, schedule and performance goals.
Navy Office of Small Business Programs
The Department of the Navy's (DON) Office of Small Business Programs (OSBP) promotes acquisition opportunities where small business can best support the needs and mission of the U.S. Navy.

The OSBP strives to support our Sailors and Marines by providing them with the systems, innovation, products and tools necessary to enable them to accomplish their mission and return home safely.

The Navy OSBP web site will provide you with information and links to find opportunities for small businesses to compete for providing products and services to the Navy and Marine Corps.

The OSBP web site is located at:


March 2018 - SBIR Fraud Case
San Diego Communications Company Pays More Than $12 Million to Settle False Claim Act Allegations Regarding Eligibility for SBIR Contracts - Learn More:


To report Fraud, Waste or Abuse please visit

Current BAA
None Open
Next BAA
FY2018.2 / B
Release:   20-Apr-18
Opens:     22-May-18
Closes:     20-Jun-18

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Transitions Newsletter

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The Future Navy

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Navy Phase III Guidebook

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Navy Reachback Slides

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Defense Contractors SBIR Partnering Manual
Navy Partnering Manual
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