Are You Interested in Working with the DoD? SBIR/STTR Phase I Is a Great First Step!
The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs are federal awards-based programs offered as incentives for commercial small businesses to contribute their technology and solutions for federal use.These programs, in most cases, will start in Phase I.
The objective of Phase I, as determined by SBIR.gov, is to “establish the technical merit, feasibility, and commercial potential of the proposed R/R&D efforts and to determine the quality of performance of the small business awardee organization prior to providing further federal support in Phase II.”
Successful execution of this first step sets your business up for prototyping in Phase II and production in Phase III. The primary objectives of Phase I are to:
- Fully understand the problem of the end user
- Articulate how your innovative solution meets the needs of the warfighter
- Demonstrate the technical feasibility of integrating your solution into the end user’s mission set
- Conduct customer discovery to find a wide swath of additional stakeholders