Non-Dilutive Government Funding with Potential to Commercialize

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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.

The 21.2 / B topics are now live!

The cycle opens to receive proposals May 19, 2021 and closes June 17, 2021

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Get information on opportunities to interact with government agencies.

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.

For more information, check out our videos below.

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 21.2/B cycle pre-released April 21st, 2021, and had a total of 39 standard SBIR topics, and 3 Direct to Phase II topics. To take a look at the Navy topics and start asking questions, please visit here.

You can find all 134 DoD 21.2/B topics, 19 of which are STTR, here.

Get to know SBIR @ Connect

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 Rigts

Learn more about the SBIR Data Rights

SBIR: Nomenclature

A little help with SBIR/STTR nomenclature!


Frequently asked - answered!

FY21 Schedule

Broad Agency Announcements

Program Pre-Release Opens Closes
DoD SBIR 21.1
Dec 8, 2020 Jan 14, 2021 March 4, 2021
DoD SBIR 21.2
April 21, 2021 May 19, 2021 June 17, 2021
DoD SBIR 21.3
Aug 25, 2021 Sept 23, 2021 Oct 22, 2021

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

SBIR STTR Director Gretel von Son

Gretel von Son

SBIR/STTR Director