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The eligibility requirements for the SBIR and STTR programs are unique and do not correspond to those of other small business programs. To receive an SBIR or STTR award, the proposer must qualify as a Small Business Concern (SBC) as defined by 13 C.F.R. §§ 701-705 at time of award. Eligible SBCs must meet the following criteria:
The STTR program requires the small business to partner with a research institution. The research institution must be a college or university, Federally Funded Research and Development Center or non-profit research institution located in the United States.
For full, detailed eligibility requirements, please review the SBA's SBIR/STTR Eligibility Guide.
All DoD SBIR and STTR proposals must be prepared and submitted electronically through the Defense SBIR/STTR Innovation Portal (DSIP). Proposals submitted by any other means will be disregarded.
Proposers must review the applicable program Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) or Commercial Solution Opening (CSO) for complete DoD-wide program information, eligibility requirements, and proposal submission instructions. Guidance on allowable proposal content may vary by DoD Component. Accordingly, it is the proposing small business’s responsibility to consult the applicable Component-specific instructions for detailed guidance, including required proposal documentation, cost and duration limitations, budget structure, technical and business assistance (TABA) allowance and proposal page limits for their research topic of interest.
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