WASHINGTON – The U.S. Army has launched a new, interactive website that shows available opportunities for small-business innovators to partner with the Army.
The launch of this new Army platform is the culmination of a nearly two-year-long effort to integrate the Army Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs under one umbrella that is managed by the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics, and Technology – the Army’s chief scientist – and Army Futures Command.
The Army SBIR/STTR Program identifies and awards contracts to the top emerging technical solutions that meet critical priorities to modernize the Army and transition life-saving technology into the hands of our Soldiers. Complete with a new Army SBIR/STTR branding scheme and the tagline “Small Business Igniting Big Innovation,” the new, dynamic website will be a central location for companies to find the latest information about open-contract opportunities and other ways to work with the Army.
“Our program breaks down the barriers small companies face when working with the Army, and our online presence should support that effort,” said Dr. Matt Willis, director of Army Prize Competitions and the Army Applied SBIR Program. “We designed the space with the small-business owner in mind to have one place where companies can access resources to help them submit proposals, read about SBIR awardees and their innovations, and connect with us if they have any questions.”
A notable site feature is an interactive page that organizes open topic announcements by technology ecosystem, aligned with the Army Applied SBIR’s new model of releasing SBIR topics on an ad hoc, rolling basis, which maximizes the initial cash flow for companies while minimizing the time to contract.
Other site features include integrated social media links to the recently launched Army SBIR/STTR Program’s Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn platforms to foster improved communication, as well as a news and announcements hub where visitors can stay in the know on program happenings and topic releases, and read articles about how the latest technologies and successes from SBIR and STTR awardees are transforming the Army.
“As the Army continues to modernize, our program should keep modernizing as well,” Willis said. “We are one Army, and this website represents our aligned approach to leverage the best innovation in the world to meet our Army’s and our Soldiers’ unique needs.”
To view the Army SBIR/STTR website and learn more about its programs, visit https://www.armysbir.army.mil/.
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