Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program
USSOCOM is an active participant in the Federal Small Business Innovation Research
(SBIR) Program mandated by the Small Business Innovation Development Act of 1982
and re-authorized under the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year
2012 (P.L. 112-81 31, Section 5001-5168, December 2011). The objectives of the
SBIR program are to stimulate technology innovation, use small business to meet
federal research and development (R&D) needs, foster and encourage participation
by minorities and disadvantaged groups, and increase private sector commercialization
innovations derived from federal R&D. To be eligible for participation in the SBIR
program, a business must meet the following criteria: be American-owned and independently
operated, be for-profit, have the principal researcher employed by the business,
and be limited to 500 employees.
The USSOCOM SBIR program supports the full spectrum of the SOF AT&L Science &
Technology commodity areas by stimulating technology innovation in small businesses
through contract awards aimed at discovering, developing, and rapidly inserting
new capabilities to solve Special Operation Forces' needs.
Understanding the USSOCOM SBIR solicitation process is beneficial when competing
for SBIR contracts. Annually, the USSOCOM community submits topics for technology
products needed by Special Operations Forces. Topics differ from year to year.
USSOCOM topics are submitted to DoD to be included in their solicitation. While
DoD may issue several SBIR solicitations within a fiscal year, USSOCOM generally
participates only in the first which is published in
FEDBIZOPPS about mid-November. As part
of this solicitation, DoD publishes instructions for submitting SBIR proposals,
including USSOCOM's specific instructions.
The proposals submitted in response to the SBIR solicitation are for a SBIR
Phase I. The expected result is a thorough feasibility study and, in some cases,
a breadboard; i.e., a technical readiness level (TRL) of 3 or 4. From all the proposals
submitted for a given topic, generally the three best are chosen for contract award.
Each firm that was awarded and completed a SBIR Phase I contract may submit a proposal
for a SBIR Phase II contract. The expected result is a prototype having a TRL from
5 to 7. The SBIR Phase II proposals are evaluated against a given set of factors,
not judged against each other. The number of contracts awarded for a SBIR Phase
II depends on available USSOCOM resources and current needs. Generally only one
SBIR Phase II follow on contract is awarded by USSOCOM. However, a firm's SBIR
Phase I information is retained in a Small Business Administration data base which
may be researched by the other 12 DoD SBIR components and the other 10 Federal
SBIR agencies, any of which may choose to award a follow-on SBIR Phase II. Additionally
a SBIR Phase I does not have to go to SBIR Phase II to proceed toward further development
For more information on the USSOCOM SBIR program, link to
www.ussocomsbir.com The USSOCOM SBIR Program
Manager may be reached via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.