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Independent Research & Development (IR&D) is a key source of innovation for the department. We encourage private entities to get involved through the means below.

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Small Business Resources

STTR

The Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) is another program that expands funding opportunities in the federal innovation research and development (R&D) arena.

RIF

The Rapid Innovation Fund provides a collaborative vehicle for small businesses to provide the department with innovative technologies that can be rapidly inserted into acquisition programs that meet specific defense needs.

SBIR

The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program is a highly competitive program that encourages domestic small businesses to engage in Federal Research/Research and Development (R/R&D) that has the potential for commercialization.

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New Business Opportunities

Have a solution to a DoD Technology need?

DARPA

Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency

DARPA pursues opportunities for transformational change rather than incremental advances. It does so collaboratively as part of a robust innovation ecosystem that includes academic, corporate, and governmental partners. DARPA relies on these diverse performers from throughout this ecosystem to apply multi-disciplinary approaches to advance basic research and create innovative technologies.

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PORTLAND, Ore. (Apr. 7, 2016) Sea Hunter, an entirely new class of unmanned ocean-going vessel gets underway on the Williammette River following a christening ceremony in Portland, Ore. Part the of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)'s Anti-Submarine Warfare Continuous Trail Unmanned Vessel (ACTUV) program, in conjunction with the Office of Naval Research (ONR), is working to fully test the capabilities of the vessel and several innovative payloads, with the goal of transitioning the technology to Navy operational use once fully proven. (U.S. Navy photo by John F. Williams/Released)

Federal Business Opportunities

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Presolicitations

Request for Proposal

DIU

Defense Innovation Unit

DIU provides revenue to companies in the form of prototype contracts (a Commercial Solutions Opening based on the Other Transaction authority) to solve DoD problems. These prototype awards can include hardware, software, or unique projects. More importantly, after a successful prototype, the company involved and any DoD entity can enter into follow-on production contracts.

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A software development team conducts an Iteration Planning Meeting about a software project in the office of Kessel Run, a program within the Defense Innovation Unit Experimental, a United States Department of Defense organization, in Boston, Mass., May. 30, 2018. Air Force software coders have been learning private sector techniques, such as coding in pairs and delivering a minimum viable product to the warfighter in weeks and months, instead of years, and then working directly with them to steadily build improvements. (U.S. Air Force photo by J.M. Eddins Jr.)

Everything you need in one place

The Defense Innovation Marketplace has more than 44,500 industry IR&D projects. Learn about and leverage industry's innovative technology projects.

  • Government Portal
    • Steps to Access Proprietary Industry IR&D Data
  • Industry Portal
    • Providing a centralized resource for the Department’s Acquisition and Science and Technology professionals on information about industry’s Independent research and development activities.
  • Communities of Interest
    • The Communities of Interest (CoIs) were established as a mechanism to encourage multi-agency coordination and collaboration in cross-cutting technology focus areas with broad multiple Component investment.
  • Technology Interchange Meetings
    • Technology Interchange Meetings (TIMs) allow DoD and industry/academia to cooperate on Research and Engineering technology challenges.
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