Current Status: Air Force SBIR/STTR topics (18.3/18.C) are now open for proposal submission at https://sbir.defensebusiness.org/.
From this point until closing, no direct communication is allowed with Air Force personnel. See communication guidelines (below) for instructions on submitting questions.
The deadline to submit proposals is October 24 at 8:00 p.m. ET.
Special Topic Information: In the 18.3/.C BAA, Special Topics AF18.3-001, AF18.3-002, AF18.3-003 and AF18.3-004 are being sponsored by MD5, an innovation and entrepreneurship program run out of the Office of Manufacturing and Industrial Base Policy (MIBP). Proposals that are selected for award under these Special Topics AF18.3-001 thru AF18.3-004 will need to have participated in an MD5 program or service or in another technology acceleration program prior to the completion of the proposed Phase I SBIR project.
This can be met by either having participated previously or as part of the Phase I period of performance. Companies that have participated in a MD5 program or service or in another technology accelerator shall describe in their Phase I proposal the approach to leveraging their accelerator experience to enhance the potential for successful commercialization of products from their proposed SBIR project.
Companies that have not yet completed an MD5 program or service or another technology accelerator shall describe in their Phase I proposal their approach to completing and leveraging a MD5 or another accelerator during the Phase I SBIR period of performance in order to be eligible for award. Learn about available opportunities via MD5’s website (at https://splash.md5.net/sbir/home).
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.
Other BAA resources:
The Air Force follows the Department of Defense BAA schedule below: