Non-Dilutive Government Funding with Potential to Commercialize


In partnership with Naval Information Warfare Center (NIWC) Pacific 

SBIR@Connect aims to drive innovation and bring non-dilutive funding to the innovation community by fostering partnerships between industry and government.

What’s the SBIR Program?

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The Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR) Program is a research and development program that gives seed funding to innovation addressing government needs.
The program assists the R&D needs of the government, and pushes small businesses and their partners to be innovative and commercialize their solutions.

Participating Agencies

SBIR@Connect was created in partnership with the Naval Information Warfare Center Pacific (NIWC Pac) under the Naval Informations Warfare Systems Command (NAVWAR) to support the SBIR/STTR program’s mission to drive innovation and collaboration between small businesses and government agencies. Although our partnership and focus is specific to the Navy, and we directly support NAVWAR, there are another ten agencies that participate in the SBIR program. To learn more about NAVWAR, or find an agency that fits your technology, please visit our Agency resources page.

Broad Agency Announcements

SBIR/STTR projects are based on a topic that expresses the government needs. Those topics are posted publicly through Broad Agency Announcements, BAAs, so that small businesses can apply and propose a solution.

There are usually three BAAs per fiscal year, with an occasional topic being released out of cycle. Each BAA has multiple SBIR and STTR topics from all agencies per cycle, so it’s important to continue to refer to the website for the latest information on deadlines.

The Navy’s 23.1/A cycle pre-released January 11, 2023, and has a total of 84 SBIR topics, and 29 STTR topics. The topics will open to proposals on February 8th, 2023. To take a look at the Navy topics, please visit here.

You can find all 164 DoD 23.1/A topics here.

Stay tuned for more updates.

For more information, check out our videos below.

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Get information on opportunities to interact with government agencies.

Get to know the SBIR/STTR Program

SBIR: Introductions

Meet the team


An introduction to the SBIR/STTR Program

SBIR: Eligibility

Are you eligible to apply?

SBIR: Phases

Learn about the Phase structure of SBIR/STTR.

SBIR: Contract Structure

Understanding Contract Structures


What are Broad Agency Announcements?

SBIR: Data Rights

Learn more about the SBIR Data Rights

SBIR: Nomenclature

A little help with SBIR/STTR nomenclature!


Frequently asked - answered!

SBIR@Connect Blog

Update from SBIR@Connect

Update from SBIR@Connect

The SBIR/STTR reauthorization bill was signed by the President on September 30th, 2022, extending the programs through September 30, 2025. The new bill will bring changes to the program, and the agencies will need to comply with the new congressional requirements....

SBIR@Connect: Ready to Apply?

SBIR@Connect: Ready to Apply?

Want to propose a solution to an SBIR/STTR topic but don’t know how? SBIR@Connect is here to help!  The 21.3/C cycle, the third BAA cycle of this year, Opens for proposals September 21st, consisting of three Navy topics, two of which belong to NAVWAR. The DoD has a...

SBIR@Connect: Navy Primer

SBIR@Connect: Navy Primer

Starting the journey to work with the government can initially seem overwhelming and confusing, but SBIR@Connect is here to help. Below are some helpful tips to understanding the Navy domain. Tip 1 - Understand Function and RelevanceThe Department of Navy (DoN) is one...

Joint DoD FY-23 SBIR/STTR BAA Schedule

Broad Agency Announcements

Program Pre-Release Opens Closes
DoD SBIR 23.1
January 11, 2023 February 8, 2023 March 8, 2023
DoD SBIR 23.2
April 19, 2023 May 17, 2023 June 14, 2023
DoD SBIR 23.3
August 23, 2023 September 20, 2023 October 18, 2023
DoD SBIR 23.4
Annual BAAs have DoD topics released throughout the year with varying open and close dates. View DoD BAAs

**Dates subject to change

Official DoD SBIR BAA site:

Previous Navy SBIR/STTR solicitations/BAAs are available at

Resources – official website for the DON SBIR/STTR programs. This website includes information on BAAs, topics, selections, program specifics, contact information, and more. – This website is the contextual search site for all DON SBIR/STTR awards.

DoD SBIR/STTR Programs – The official website for the DoD SBIR/STTR programs. Includes information and links to current and past BAAs as well as other DoD or Federal SBIR/STTR websites. – Official DoD SBIR/STTR proposal submission portal. – The official page with links to all BAAs and topics; including program-wide policy information.

Meet Gretel

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Gretel von Son

SBIR/STTR Director