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Navy Urging Start-ups & Small Firms to Submit Proposals

In the face of the COVID 19 crisis, the Department of Defense is taking steps to help support small innovative businesses, and keep the defense innovation enterprise strong. The Navy is urging start-ups and small firms to submit proposals for developing and advancing the commercialization of dual-use technologies that can be leveraged by the Navy to meet its needs.


Small Business Innovation Research 

$30 million will be made available through the Navy’s Small Business Innovation Research Phase 1 Technology Acceleration program, which aims to select winners for awards within 45 days from close of the RFP, and make initial payments within 15 days of an award. 

Grants of up to $150,000 are possible, with the potential for follow-on funding of up to $1.7 million.

Areas of the Navy’s interest include:

  • maintenance smart boxes;
  • autonomous 3D precision scanning; autonomous non-destructive inspection;
  • miniaturized end effectors;
  • digital logistics for fragile, remote systems;
  • digital logistics for improved medical care;
  • deployable sensor/effector manufacturing;
  • inflatable array structure/materials manufacturing;
  • unmanned vehicle manufacturability;
  • rapid reconstitution of submarine shore very low-frequency communications system;
  • small form factor retractable antennas; and
  • autonomous management and control of a communication system.

Proposals are due May 28, 2020. For more information, see: https://www.navysbir.com/index.html


DAPRA Grants

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is also soliciting proposals from small innovative businesses.

DARPA anticipates making grant awards of up to $225,000 for a 6-12 month effort depending on topic.

Innovations of interest include:

  • seabed simulation synthesis,
  • wearable laser detection and alert system, and
  • wide band software-defined acoustic modems.

Proposals are due May 26, 2020. For more information, see: https://www.darpa.mil/work-with-us/opportunities?PP=0



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