University of Alaska Fairbanks

Science and Technology Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) 23.4-001

The purpose of the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program is to strengthen the role of innovative Small Business Concerns (SBCs) in federally-funded research or research and development (R/R&D). The Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) program stimulates a partnership of ideas and technologies between innovative SBCs and non-profit Research Institutions. By providing awards to SBCs for cooperative R/R&D efforts with Research Institutions, the SBIR and STTR programs assist the U.S. small business and research communities by supporting the commercialization of innovative technologies. The SBIR/STTR programs employ a phased process:

Phase I: Phase I involves a solicitation of contract proposals or grant applications to conduct feasibility-related experimental or theoretical R/R&D related to described agency requirements. These requirements, as defined by agency topics contained in a solicitation, may be general or narrow in scope, depending on the needs of the agency. The object of this phase is to determine the scientific and technical merit and feasibility of the proposed effort and the quality of performance of the SBC with a relatively small agency investment before consideration of further Federal support in Phase II.

Phase II: The object of Phase II is to continue the R/R&D effort from the completed Phase I.

Direct to Phase II: Department of Defense may issue a Phase II SBIR award to an SBC that did not receive a Phase I SBIR or STTR award for that R/R&D. Direct to Phase II involves a solicitation of contract proposals or grant applications and the SBC’s proposal must demonstrate the scientific and technical merit and feasibility of the ideas that appear to have commercial potential.

Phase III: The objective of Phase III, where appropriate, is for the small business to pursue commercialization objectives resulting from the Phase I/II R/R&D activities. The SBIR/STTR programs do not fund Phase III.

SBIR Process Timeline
07 February 2023: Topic issued for pre-release
21 February 2023: USSOCOM begins accepting proposals via DSIP
09 March 2023: DSIP Topic Q&A closes to new questions at 12:00 PM ET
23 March 2023: Deadline for receipt of proposals no later than 12:00 PM ET 

Join us for a virtual Q&A session with the Technical Point of Contact (TPOC)
22 February 2023 from 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM (RSVP form below)

Special Area of Interest
SOCOM234-001: Analyzing Narrative Evolution Across Social Networks 

How You Can Participate
Industry and Non-Traditional Attendees 

  1. Review DSIP Topic Link: Click Here to View
  2. Review Supporting Documents: Click Here to View
  3. Review topic instructions: Click Here to View
  4. Review proposal submission instructions: Click Here to View
  5. RSVP to the Q&A Session: Click Here to RSVP (NLT 21 February)
  6. Submit your proposal: Click Here to Sign In (NLT 23 March 12:00 PM ET Noon)

For questions on the special area of interest, please email
For questions about the SBIR/STTR program, please visit