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Navy Catapult

Catapult leverages prior SBIR investment to accelerate technology development to meet Naval priorities with a 2nd Phase II award. Eligible small business concerns and projects may be nominated by a Naval customer at any time and are approved based on priority of Naval need, availability of SBIR funding, and potential of additional non-SBIR funding.

  • Schedule flexibility to support transition target
  • Contracting mechanisms tailored to meet technical requirements
  • Potential of additional non-SBIR funding to amplify impact
  • Transition end-point with support from Sponsoring organization
FY23 Active Portfolio:
  • ~$280M invested across 176 projects
  • 30% leverage cross-Agency investment
  • $48M in matching non-SBIR funding
Catapult moves at the speed of the Naval customer - no annual "call" for proposals - the Naval customer drives the process.

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Process at a Glance

Determine Eligibility

Small business concerns that meet small business size, affiliation rules, and ownership or investment disclosure and registration requirements for the SBIR and STTR programs, are eligible for consideration.

For SBIR only, the Department of the Navy (DON) allows participation by small business concerns owned in majority part by multiple Venture Capital Operating Companies (VCOC), hedge funds (HF), or private equity firms (PEF).

All project nominations must:
  • Be nominated by a Naval customer (sponsor)
  • Continue and/or complete the work performed under a prior SBIR funding agreement
  • Be eligible for a second Phase II award

Identify a Partner

Naval SBIR awardees are aligned to a customer at time of award and may be nominated to continue and/or complete R&D through Catapult. Current and prior Naval awardees should work directly with their customers to determine if Catapult is an appropriate next step to transition.

Catapult also accepts project nominations from the entire DoD and Federal SBIR portfolio. Naval customers may work directly with cross-Agency awardees on a nomination package and cross-Agency awardees should seek opportunities to market SBIR-developed technologies to Naval customers.

Nominate a Project

Catapult moves at the speed of the Naval customer. Project nominations are submitted by Naval customers and must comply with System Command (SYSCOM) SBIR Program Office nomination requirements. SYSCOM SBIR Program Office points of contact are listed at Nominations are reviewed on an ongoing basis and approved based on:
  1. Eligibility of nominee and proposed project
  2. Priority of the Naval need and potential for transition
  3. Availability of SBIR funding
  4. Potential of additional non-SBIR funding

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