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SBIR Eligibility

These concepts and others are discussed in more detail in the DoD Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) in which USSOCOM participates.


Who is eligible for the USSOCOM SBIR Program?

To be eligible for the USSOCOM SBIR program, you must be a small business, also referred to as Small Business Concern or SBC. A small business concern is one that, at the time of award of Phase I and Phase II, meets all of the following criteria:

  1. Is independently owned and operated, is not dominant in the field of operation in which it is proposing, has a place of business in the United States and operates primarily within the United States or makes a significant contribution to the US economy, and is organized for profit.
  2. Is (a) at least 51% owned and controlled by one or more individuals who are citizens of, or permanent resident aliens in, the United States, or (b) it must be a for-profit business concern that is at least 51% owned and controlled by another for-profit business concern that is at least 51% owned and controlled by one or more individuals who are citizens of, or permanent resident aliens in, the United States.
  3. Has, including its affiliates, an average number of employees for the preceding 12 months not exceeding 500, and meets the other regulatory requirements found in 13 CFR Part 121. Business concerns are generally considered to be affiliates of one another when either directly or indirectly, (a) one concern controls or has the power to control the other; or (b) a third-party/parties controls or has the power to control both.

Control can be exercised through common ownership, common management, and contractual relationships. The term "affiliates" is defined in greater detail in 13 CFR 121.103. The term "number of employees" is defined in 13 CFR 121.106.

A business concern may be in the form of an individual proprietorship, partnership, limited liability company, corporation, joint venture, association, trust, or cooperative. Further information may be obtained at sba.gov or by contacting the Small Business Administration's Government Contracting Area Office or Office of Size Standards.

How do I know if I should classify my small business as a Socially and Economically Disadvantaged Small Business, a Woman-Owned Small Business, or a Service-Disabled Veteran?

A socially and economically disadvantaged small business concern is one that is at least 51% owned and controlled by one or more socially and economically disadvantaged individuals, or an Indian tribe, including Alaska Native Corporations (ANCs), a Native Hawaiian Organization (NHO), or a Community Development Corporation (CDC). Control includes both the strategic planning (as that exercised by boards of directors) and the day-to-day management and administration of business operations. See 13 CFR 124.109, 124.110, and 124.111 for special rules pertaining to concerns owned by Indian tribes (including ANCs), NHOs, or CDCs, respectively.

A Women-Owned Small Business Concern is one that is at least 51% owned and controlled by a woman or women. Control includes both the strategic planning (as that exercised by boards of directors) and the day-to-day management and administration of business operations.

A Service-Disabled Veteran is an individual with a disability that is service connected as defined in section 101 (16) of title 38, United States Code. A Small Business Concern Owned and Controlled by Service-Disabled Veterans is one that is

  1. not less than 51% of which is owned by one or more service-disabled veterans or, in the case of any publicly owned business, not less than 51% of the stock of which is owned by one or more service-disabled veterans; and
  2. the management and daily business operations of which are controlled by one or more service-disabled veterans or, in the case of a veteran with permanent and severe disability, the spouse or permanent caregiver of such a veteran.
A Small Business Concern Owned and Controlled by Veterans is

A small business concern that:

  1. not less than 51% of which is owned by one or more veterans or, in the case of any publicly owned business, not less than 51% of the stock of which is owned by one or more; and
  2. the management and daily business operations of which are controlled by one or more veterans.
Where can I learn more about the National and DoD SBIR program?

For general questions on The SBIR Program and Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) topics please call the DoD SBIR/STTR Help Desk. This may be contacted between 8:00 AM and 5:00 PM EST at

Phone: (800) 348-0787
E-mail: www.acq.osd.mil/osbp/sbir/contacts/help-desk.shtml

On-line tutorials: https://www.sbir.gov/tutorials/individual-agency-requirements/DOD-components

Also, please consult the following sites, depending on your specific interests

The DoD SBIR Resource Center: http://www.acq.osd.mil/osbp/sbir
The National SBIR Resource Center: http://www.sbir.gov
For Topic Searches, please consult: https://sbir.defensebusiness.org/topics/

To find out about SBIR selections, these are generally posted 6 months after the Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) close at the following site: www.sbir.gov/sbirsearch/award/all