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Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) /
Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Programs

Advanced Research administers MDA's Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs, which are the fourth largest in the Department of Defense. The agency's focus for the SBIR and STTR programs is to pursue technologies that could spur a revolutionary leap or enhancement, decrease the time required to transform them into products for insertion into the Ballistic Missile Defense System, and benefit from commercialization of the technology. MDA prepares research topics which are relevant to components of the BMDS. Radar and Electro-optic Sensors, Manufacturing, Materials Development, Modeling and Simulation, Command and Control, and Propulsion are all example topic areas.

The MDA SBIR/STTR process has three phases. In Phase I, companies apply for a six-month award to test the scientific, technical, commercial feasibility of a particular concept. All companies who receive a Phase I award are allowed to propose a two-year Phase-II project to further develop the concept, usually to the prototype stage. Phase III is the commercialization and transition phase of the process. Once the company completes Phase II there is an expectation on the company to obtain funding from the private sector and/or non-SBIR government sources to develop the concept into a product for sale in the private sector and/or military markets.

While STTR has the same objectives as SBIR regarding the involvement of small businesses in federal research and development and the commercialization of innovative technologies, the STTR program requires teaming with universities, federally funded research and development centers (FFRDCs), or other non-profit research institutions.

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The MDA SBIR/STTR Innovation Summit was a 2 day event designed to interact with Large and Small Businesses, Universities and Research Institutions to discuss MDA's Science and Technology areas of interest and how it relates to MDA's Strategic Vision. In addition to technical sessions, attendees had the ability to interact with MDA senior leadership and technical experts in one-on-one sessions. MDA briefings discussed the MDA BAA, Mentor Protégé Program, How to write a winning proposal, ITAR and Security Review, Cyber Assistance, SBIR/STTR Program and Contract Office, SBIR success stories and much more.

Please direct all questions to sbirsttrindustry@mda.mil

2021 SBIR/STTR Innovation Summit Agenda and Briefings

2021 SBIR/STTR Innovation Summit Agenda
Keynote Speaker - Ms. Laura DeSimone, Executive Director, MDA
Innovation, Science, and Technology - Dr. Shari Feth, Director, MDA Innovation, Science, and Technology
10 Steps to Intercept Video
Technology Maturation Overview - Dr. Yazmin Carroll, Director, MDA Technology Maturation
Technology Maturation Video
Ground-Based Midcourse Defense – Mr. Michael Toole
Targets and Countermeasures – Mr. Claude Snoddy
Test Instrumentation – Mr. James McComb
Sensors and Directed Energy – Mr. Richard White
Quality, Safety, and Mission Assurance (QSMA) – Mr. Jason Calvert
Sea-Based Weapon Systems – Dr. Robert Pennington
MANTECH – Mr. Steven Cox
Propulsion Technology Maturation– Mr. Kevin Krueger
Technology Protection – Mr. Robert Donath
Lethality and Survivability – Mr. Eric Luft
C2BMC - Mr. Leonard Halley
Modeling and Simulation – Ms. Isioma West
MDA Cyber Assistance Team (CAT) - Mr. Kraig Kitchen-Henry, Director of Operations, CAT
CAT Team Brochure
Defense Industrial Base (DIB) Cyber Security - Dr. Michael Wojcik, Lead, ICW DIB Cyber Security / DA ISSM / Strategic Cyber Council
Project Spectrum (A DoD, OSBP Initiative) - Ms. Melinda Woods, Enterprise Technologies and Cyber Director
International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) - Dr. Pete Mills, Deputy Director, MDA Technology Maturation
Office of the Under Secretary of Defense (OUSD) Research and Engineering - Ms. Susan Celis, OUSD, R&E SBIR/STTR Acting Director
Department of Defense Office of Small Business Programs Overview - Mr. Farooq Mitha, Director, DoD Office of Small Business Programs
SBIR/STTR Program Overview - Ms. Christina Barnhill, Missile Defense Agency (MDA)
Hypersonics Success Story Overview - Mr. Mark Glenn, Missile Defense Agency (MDA)
Nanosat Success Story Overview - Dr. Jeff Keller, Missile Defense Agency (MDA)
Writing a Winning Proposal Handout
SBIR Contracts Office - Ms. Luisa Martinez-Medina, PCO, IS&T Contracting
Mentor Protégé Program - Ms. Pam Parker, MDA Mentor Protégé Program Manager
Commercialization and Transition Office (Phase III) - Mr. Richard Jackson, Missile Defense Agency (MDA)

Current and former MDA SBIR and STTR topics are available on the DoD SBIR/STTR Small Business Portal.

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SBIR/STTR Resources

For additional information on MDA SBIR and STTR opportunities and procedures, please review the following brochures:

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Phase I Awards

Direct to Phase II Template

Additional award information can be found on the Small Business Administration' SBIR/STTR award page: https://www.sbir.gov/sbirsearch/award/all


Contact Us


MDA SBIR/STTR Program Management Office

(256) 955-2020



To Report Fraud, Waste, or Abuse, Please Contact:

MDA Fraud, Waste & Abuse

Hotline: (256) 313-9699



DoD Inspector General (IG) Fraud, Waste & Abuse

Hotline: (800) 424-9098


Successful prosecutions of Fraud, Waste, and Abuse, including those related to SBIR and STTR, can be found on the Department of Defense Office of Inspector General website.