WRIGHT-PATTERSON, AFB, Ohio —
The latest Broad Agency Announcement from the Air Force SBIR/STTR Program signals a major shift.
With the release of the 18.1/18.A BAA, which goes into pre-release on November 29, the number of topics being published by the Air Force should now be fairly consistent throughout BAA cycles during the year.
Spreading out the topics – to roughly 70 or so, per cycle – has advantages for all of our stakeholders.
The change will provide more stable business opportunities across the entire calendar year. Companies working hard to develop solutions for the Air Force will have a more favorable environment for planning and proposal submissions as well as delivering technology and achieving commercialization.
Additionally, this is consistent with better business principles by allowing us to be more agile in responding to critical warfighter needs.
By going to a more consistent number of topic throughout the year, we also avoid the issue of releasing BAAs with only a few topics resulting in less attention from small business. Having fewer participants in the second and third BAA cycles of the year means we were less likely to find partners that could provide the best solution to our problems.
SBIR/STTR is touted by the U.S. Small Business Administration as America’s Seed Fund, and we are trying harder than ever to think and act more like a traditional venture capital fund.
Innovation is a constant process. By addressing what is known as the “Three R’s” – Responsive, Relevant and Revolutionary – the Air Force SBIR/STTR Program and its small businesses partners strive for advancements that support major commands and meet near-term critical needs while filling the pipeline with potential game-changing technologies.