The Department of the Navy (DoN) is offering more than $10 million in funding opportunities to attract new small business partners and identify technology advances in the areas of autonomy, artificial intelligence, microelectronics, and command and control networks.

This effort is being carried out by the DoN Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs — both located at the Office of Naval Research (ONR). The funding is part of a broader DoN initiative to support the national response to the coronavirus pandemic by leveraging and sustaining its own research-and-development industrial base.

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The $10 million will be announced through a new Broad Agency Announcement (BAA), which is a request for scientific or research proposals. The BAA, called FY20.3, currently is in pre-release status. It will officially open for proposal submissions through October 22.

“The investment in the FY20.3 BAA is critical to sustaining the research-and-development defense industrial base during this time of economic crisis and pandemic,” said DoN SBIR/STTR Director Bob Smith. “We have increased investment by over 60 percent to ensure vital naval partners survive, while bringing in new partners to meet our technology development needs — representing a $340 million investment since April 2020.”

FY20.3 is one facet of a larger SBIR/STTR effort to make it easier for small businesses to work with the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps, with streamlined proposal requirements and expedited payment schedules to make the SBIR/STTR programs faster and more impactful.

SBIR provides the Navy and Marine Corps with innovative advances in technology created by small businesses — while STTR transitions products developed by both small businesses and research institutions.