AF SBIR/STTR Program Support
The Air Force strives to notify proposers of their selection/non-selection within 90 days of the solicitation closing date. The estimated timeframe for when awards will be made is 180 days after the solicitation closing date.
The Air Force receives thousands of proposals during each solicitation and the notification process requires specific steps to be completed prior to contracting officers distributing this information to small businesses.
Contracting officers (COs) endeavor to respond within a reasonable time after receipt of debrief requests. On average, contracting works several hundred debrief requests with each closed solicitation. Volume of topics and proposals received from closed solicitations can impact the CO's ability to respond quickly. This can be upwards to several weeks or more, depending on workload.
The Air Force recommends that you complete your submission early. With the volume of proposals submitted near the deadline, computer traffic gets heavy and will slow down the system. Do not wait until the last minute. The Air Force will not be responsible for proposals being denied due to DoD servers being down or inaccessible.
Contact the DoD help desk at https://sbir.defensebusiness.org/help
Topic pre-release can be tracked at http://www.acq.osd.mil/osbp/sbir/sb/schedule.shtml and https://sbir.defensebusiness.org/.
Open Topic solicitations are now available with each Broad Agency Announcement. The Open Topic submission allows small businesses to present a solution to an unidentified Air Force need. The proposal, contract and award process for these submissions are managed at an accelerated pace.
No. The cover sheet does not count towards the technical proposal's page count regardless of the type of proposal (Phase I or Phase II). The solicitation instructions give information about components of the technical and cost proposals. Additional information tied to the cost proposals are added at the back of the technical proposal and do not count against the overall technical proposal page count.