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

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.

Federal Agencies

That participate in the SBIR/STTR Program

SBIR/STTR Small Business Innovation Research Technology Transfer Americas Seed Fund

A total of eleven agencies (including the DoD, which includes the Navy) participate in SBIR and five participate in STTR.  Each agency administers its own individual program within guidelines established by Congress.  These agencies designate R&D topics in their solicitations and accept proposals from small businesses. Awards are made on a competitive basis after proposal evaluation.

USDA, Department of Agriculture

USDA, Department of Agriculture

Department of Commerce

Department of Commerce

DoD Department of Defense

DoD, Department of Defense

Department of Education

Department of Education

Department of Energy

Department of Energy

NIH, Department of Health and Human Services

NIH, Department of Health & Human Services

DHS, Department of Homeland Security

DHS, Department of Homeland Security

DoT, Department of Transportation

DoT, Department of Transportation

EPA, Environmental Protection Agency

EPA, Environmental Protection Agency



NSF National Science Foundation

NSF, National Science Foundation

DoD Department of Defense

Department of Defense (DoD)

The DoD is charged with supervising all agencies related to national security. The agencies listed below are a few of those agencies, that also participate in SBIR.

Department of the Navy (DoN)

The Department of the Navy (DoN) has many goals to support the fleet. To better achieve this and provide our warfighters the best technology available, the Navy is broken down into different System Commands, or SYSCOMS. Each SYSCOM has their own area of responsibility.



Naval Air Systems Command


Naval Sea Systems Command


Office of Naval Research


Naval Supplies Systems Command


Naval Facilities Engineering Service Command


Marine Corps Systems Command


Strategic Systems Program Office


Naval Information Warfare Systems Command

SBIR@Connect’s direct partnership is with NAVWAR. NAVWAR’s area of responsibility is information dominance, and focuses on capable and secure communications and networks that span platforms and facilities. NAVWAR’s products and services transform ships, aircraft, and vehicles from individual platforms into integrated battle forces.

NAVWAR supports a few Program Executive Offices (PEOs), and their respective Program Offices (PMWs) in order to achieve its mission.

These PEOs and PMWs enable our sea and shore platforms and installations to operate effectively and efficiently in cyberspace. The systems developed by the PEOs and PMWs under NAVWAR must meet performance requirements with respect to capacity, security, and reliability, but also be affordable and on schedule for delivery to the Fleet.

The below program offices (PMWs) are not the full list of PMWs under each PEO, but those that participate in the SBIR/STTR Program. For a full list, please visit:


The Program Executive Office for Command, Control, Communications, Computers and Intelligence (PEO C4I) is the Navy’s first line to acquire the right communication and technology tools to deliver affordable, integrated and interoperable information warfare capabilities to the Fleet. PEO C4I is headquartered at NAVWAR’s Old Town Campus in San Diego, CA, and is responsible for the management of acquisition programs and projects that cover all C4I disciples.  It includes ten program offices responsible for acquiring, fielding, and supporting C4I systems extending across Navy, joint, and coalition platforms.

PMW 120, Battle Awareness & Information Operations

The Battlespace Awareness and Information Operations Program Office delivers intelligence, meteorological, oceanographic and information operations data, products, and services that provide information warfare capabilities for sailors.

PMW 130, Cybersecurity Program Office

The Cybersecurity Program Office provides cybersecurity products and services to ensure protection of Navy and joint information and telecommunications systems from hostile exploitation and attack through cryptographic, network, and host-based security products.

PMW 150, Command and Control Systems

The Navy Command and Control Systems Program Office provides operational and tactical command and control capabilities by integrating real-time and near real-time representations of tactical situations while including targeting support, chemical-biological warnings, and logistics support for the Navy, Marine Corps, joint, and coalition warfighters.

PMW 160, Tactical Networks

The Tactical Networks Program Office provides operationally effective and cost-efficient networks for Navy tactical forces. It delivers integrated wide-area, local networking, and foundation computing systems to support a robust network of well-informed, geographically dispersed Navy, joint service, and coalition forces.

PMW 170, Communications and GPS Navigation

The Communications and GPS Navigation Program Office provides and supports interoperable, cost- effective positioning, navigation, and timing services, assured and resilient communications, and GPS navigation to enable information warfare capabilities for maritime forces.

PMW 770, Undersea Communications and  Integration

The Undersea Communications and Integration Program Office delivers integrated and interoperable C4I capabilities and support to the Navy by connecting the undersea architecture of manned and unmanned systems and undersea vehicles to maximize joint warfighting capability

PMW 790, Shore and Expeditionary Integration

The Shore and Expeditionary Integration Program Office delivers integrated and interoperable C4I capabilities and support to the Navy’s shore and expeditionary forces through modernization, acquisition, and system integration.

PMA/PMW 101, Multifunctional Information Distribution System (MIDS)

MIDS is a Navy Acqusition Category (ACAT) IC program aligned to NAVWAR and the PEO for Tactical Aircraft Programs (PEO (T)). The program's mission is to develop, filed, and support interoperable, affordable and secure Link 16, Advanced Tactical Data Link (ATDL), and programmable networking technologies and capabilities for joint, coalition, and international warfighters.


The Program Executive Office for Space Systems acquires, develops, integrates, tests, launches, and provides operational support for reliable, affordable, and effective space systems for the DoD and U.S. agencies that enable Naval, joint, and coalition operations. PEO SS coordinates all Department of the Navy space research, development, and acquisition activities.

PEO Digital

PEO Digital

Program Executive Office Digital and Enterprise Services (PEO Digital) is the Department of the Navy’s (DON) enterprise-wide information technology acquisition agent. PEO Digital is digitally transforming systems to evolve and deliver modern capabilities and technologies to maintain the competitive edge while meeting demand signals from our user communities. The challenge is delivering the tools required by the DON with speed, agility and affordability. 

PMW 146, Navy Communication Satellite Program Office

The Navy Communications Satellite Program Office is responsible for managing narrowband communication satellite systems acquisition, integration, production, launch, and test, and provides operational support to the DoD, various U.S. agencies, and joint and coalition forces.

PMW 205, Naval Enterprise Networks (NEN)

The Naval Enterprise Networks Program Office unifies the DON’s shore-based networks and data management to improve capability and service, while saving significant dollars by focusing efforts under one program office and one enterprise network construct.



Program Executive Office Manpower, Logistics and Business Solutions (PEO MLB) is the Department of the Navy’s acquisition agent focused on delivering key Naval business operations that are the backbone enabling the DON’s day-to-day administrative, business and financial operations.

PMW 220, Naval Enterprise Business Solutions

Navy Enterprise Business Solutions is an integrated business management system that incorporates both Navy Enterprise Resource Planning and the E-Business and Electronic Procurement System (EPS), providing unprecedented management visibility across the enterprise and increasing effectiveness and efficiency. The program is transforming how the Navy manages its people, money, programs, equipment, and supplies.

PMW 250, Enterprise Systems and Services 

Enterprise Systems and Services (E2S), PMW 250, develops and implements reliable, efficient, and secure business information technology (IT) solutions. Established in January 2018, E2S supports a wide array of Navy, Marine Corps, and other DoD customers.

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SBIR@Connect is Connect’s new program to drive innovation through collaboration with government agencies. 

In partnership with the Naval Information Warfare Center Pacific (NIWC Pac), SBIR@Connect hopes to promote economic growth in our region by fostering connections between government, industry, and academia. 

The Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR) Program aims to bring non-dilutive funding to eligible companies to help address government research and development needs, while striving for innovation and the commercialization of products/efforts. Although there are multiple agencies that participate in the SBIR/STTR Program, the DoD makes up a large percentage of participation. SBIR@Connect’s partnership focuses on the Navy, specifically, the Naval Information Warfare Systems Command, NAVWAR.

To boost interactions and promote collaboration — SBIR@Connect is developing a set of workshops introducing the various programs and opportunities to work with the Navy. 

For more information, please visit the SBIR@Connect page.

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Gretel von Son

SBIR/STTR Director