Current Status: Air Force SBIR/STTR topics (18.2/18.B) are now open. Proposals will be accepted at https://sbir.defensebusiness.org until June 20 at 8:00 p.m. As outlined in the communication guidelines, small businesses are no longer permitted to make direct contact with Air Force topic authors/subject matter experts. See instructions below to submit questions from this point forward.
BAA Communication Guidelines: During the pre-release period, small businesses are permitted to make contact by e-mail with the appropriate Air Force personnel to ask technical questions about the topics. The topics will include contact information for the assigned topic author.
Questions should be limited to specific information related to improving the understanding of a particular topic's requirements. Questions and answers deemed to be useful to all proposing firms will also be posted to the SBIR/STTR Interactive Topic Information System (SITIS) at https://sbir.defensebusiness.org/topics
Once the BAA officially opens, no direct communication between small business and the Air Force topic authors/subject matter experts is permitted. At that point, all questions must be submitted through SITIS. Questions will no longer be accepted when SITIS closes, which is approximately two weeks prior to the BAA closing date.
The Air Force follows the Department of Defense BAA schedule below: