Office of the Secretary Of Defense (OSD)
Director of Defense Research & Engineering
Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR)
FY2010.2 Program Description
The OSD Director of Defense Research & Engineering (Research Directorate) SBIR Program is
sponsoring topics in the following technology themes: Anti-Tamper (AT) Technology; Cognitive
Readiness Technology; Energy and Power Technology; Human, Social, Cultural & Behavioral (HSCB) –
Decision Support Tools Technology; Information Assurance – Cyber Conflict Defense Technology; and
Large Data Handling Technology in this solicitation.
The Army, Navy, Air Force and DARPA are participating in the OSD SBIR Program on this
solicitation. The service laboratories act as our OSD Agent in the management and execution of the
contracts with small businesses. The service laboratories, often referred to as a DoD Component acting
on behalf of the OSD, invite small business firms to submit proposals under this Small Business
Innovation Research (SBIR) Program solicitation. In order to participate in the OSD SBIR Program this
year, all potential proposers should register on the DoD SBIR Web site as soon as you can, and should
follow the instruction for electronic submittal of proposals. It is required that all bidders submit their
proposal cover sheet, company commercialization report and their firm‘s technical and cost proposal form
electronically through the DoD SBIR/STTR Proposal Submission Web site at
http://www.dodsbir.net/submission. If you experience problems submitting your proposal, call the help
desk (toll free) at 1-866-724-7457. You must include a Company Commercialization Report as part of
each proposal you submit; however, it does not count against the proposal page limit of 25 pages. Please
note that improper handling of this form may result in the proposal being substantially delayed.
Information provided may have a direct impact on the review of the proposal. The DoD SBIR Proposal
Submission Web site allows your company to come in any time (prior to the proposal submission
deadline) to edit your Cover Sheets, Technical and Cost Proposal and Company Commercialization
We WILL NOT accept any proposals that are not submitted through the on-line submission site. The submission site does not limit the overall file size for each electronic proposal; there is only a
25-page limit. However, file uploads may take a great deal of time depending on your file size and your
internet server connection speed. If you wish to upload a very large file, it is highly recommended that
you submit prior to the deadline submittal date, as the last day is heavily trafficked. You are responsible
for performing a virus check on each technical proposal file to be uploaded electronically. The detection
of a virus on any submission may be cause for the rejection of the proposal. We will not accept e-mail
Firms with strong research and development capabilities in science or engineering in any of the
topic areas described in this section and with the ability to commercialize the results are encouraged to
participate. Subject to availability of funds, the DUSD(S&T) SBIR Program will support high quality
research and development proposals of innovative concepts to solve the listed defense-related scientific or
engineering problems, especially those concepts that also have high potential for commercialization in the
private sector. Objectives of the DUSD(S&T) SBIR Program include stimulating technological
innovation, strengthening the role of small business in meeting DoD research and development needs,
fostering and encouraging participation by minority and disadvantaged persons in technological
innovation, and increasing the commercial application of DoD-supported research and development
results. The guidelines presented in the solicitation incorporate and exploit the flexibility of the SBA Policy Directive to encourage proposals based on scientific and technical approaches most likely to yield results important to DoD and the private sector.
Description of the OSD SBIR Three Phase Program
Phase I is to determine, insofar as possible, the scientific or technical merit and feasibility of ideas
submitted under the SBIR Program and will typically be one half-person year effort over a period not to exceed six months, with a dollar value up to $100,000. We plan to fund 3 Phase I contracts, on average, and down-select to one Phase II contract per topic. This is assuming that the proposals are sufficient in quality to fund this many. Proposals are evaluated using the Phase I evaluation criteria, in accordance with paragraph 4.2 of the DoD Solicitation Preface. Proposals should concentrate on that research and development which will significantly contribute to proving the scientific and technical feasibility of the proposed effort, the successful completion of which is a prerequisite for further DoD support in Phase II. The measure of Phase I success includes technical performance toward the topic objectives and evaluations of the extent to which Phase II results would have the potential to yield a product or process of continuing importance to DoD and the private sector, in accordance with Section 4.3.
Subsequent Phase II awards will be made to firms on the basis of results from the Phase I effort
and the scientific and technical merit of the Phase II proposal in addressing the goals and objectives described in the topic. Phase II awards will typically cover 2 to 5 person-years of effort over a period generally not to exceed 24 months (subject to negotiation). Phase II is the principal research and development effort and is expected to produce a well defined deliverable prototype or process. A more comprehensive proposal will be required for Phase II.
Under Phase III, the DoD may award non-SBIR funded follow-on contracts for products or
processes, which meet the Component mission needs. This solicitation is designed, in part, to encourage the conversion of federally sponsored research and development innovation into private sector applications. The small business is expected to use non-federal capital to pursue private sector applications of the research and development.
This solicitation is for Phase I proposals only. Any proposal submitted under prior SBIR
solicitations will not be considered under this solicitation; however, offerors who were not awarded a contract in response to a particular topic under prior SBIR solicitations are free to update or modify and submit the same or modified proposal if it is responsive to any of the topics listed in this section.
For Phase II, no separate solicitation will be issued and no unsolicited proposals will be accepted.
Only those firms that were awarded Phase I contracts, and have successfully completed their Phase I efforts, will be invited to submit a Phase II proposal. Invitations to submit Phase II proposals will be released at or before the end of the Phase I period of performance. The decision to invite a Phase II proposal will be made based upon the success of the Phase I contract to meet the technical goals of the topic, as well as the overall merit based upon the criteria in section 4.3. DoD is not obligated to make any awards under Phase I, II, or III. DoD is not responsible for any money expended by the proposer before award of any contract. For specifics regarding the evaluation and award of Phase I or II contracts, please read the front section of this solicitation very carefully. Every Phase II proposal will be reviewed for overall merit based upon the criteria in section 4.3 of this solicitation, repeated below:
a. The soundness, technical merit, and innovation of the proposed approach and its incremental
progress toward topic or subtopic solution.
b. The qualifications of the proposed principal/key investigators, supporting staff, and consultants.
Qualifications include not only the ability to perform the research and development but also the
ability to commercialize the results.
c. The potential for commercial (defense and private sector) application and the benefits expected to
accrue from this commercialization.
In addition, the OSD SBIR Program has a Phase II Plus Program, which provides matching SBIR
funds to expand an existing Phase II contract that attracts investment funds from a DoD acquisition program, a non-SBIR/non-STTR government program or Private sector investments. Phase II Plus allows for an existing Phase II OSD SBIR contract to be extended for up to one year per Phase II Plus application, to perform additional research and development. Phase II Plus matching funds will be provided on a one-for-one basis up to a maximum $500,000 of SBIR funds. All Phase II Plus awards are subject to acceptance, review, and selection of candidate projects, are subject to availability of funding, and successful negotiation and award of a Phase II Plus contract modification. The funds provided by the DoD acquisition program or a non-SBIR/non-STTR government program must be obligated on the OSD Phase II contract as a modification just prior to or concurrent with the OSD SBIR funds. Private sector funds must be deemed an ―outside investor‖ which may include such entities as another company, or an investor. It does not include the owners or family members, or affiliates of the small business (13 CFR 121.103).
The Fast Track provisions in section 4.0 of this solicitation apply as follows. Under the Fast
Track policy, SBIR projects that attract matching cash from an outside investor for their Phase II effort have an opportunity to receive interim funding between Phases I and II, to be evaluated for Phase II under an expedited process, and to be selected for Phase II award provided they meet or exceed the technical thresholds and have met their Phase I technical goals, as discussed Section 4.5. Under the Fast Track Program, a company submits a Fast Track application, including statement of work and cost estimate, within 120 to 180 days of the award of a Phase I contract (see the Fast Track Application Form on www.dodsbir.net/submission). Also submitted at this time is a commitment of third party funding for
Phase II. Subsequently, the company must submit its Phase I Final Report and its Phase II proposal no later than 210 days after the effective date of Phase I, and must certify, within 45 days of being selected for Phase II award, that all matching funds have been transferred to the company. For projects that qualify for the Fast Track (as discussed in Section 4.5), DoD will evaluate the Phase II proposals in an expedited manner in accordance with the above criteria, and may select these proposals for Phase II award provided: (1) they meet or exceed selection criteria (a) and (b) above and (2) the project has substantially met its Phase I technical goals (and assuming budgetary and other programmatic factors are met, as discussed in Section 4.1). Fast Track proposals, having attracted matching cash from an outside investor, presumptively meet criterion (c). However, selection and award of a Fast Track proposal is not mandated and DoD retains the discretion not to select or fund any Fast Track proposal.
In addition to supporting scientific and engineering research and development, another important
goal of the program is conversion of DoD-supported research and development into commercial (both Defense and Private Sector) products. Proposers are encouraged to obtain a contingent commitment for follow-on funding prior to Phase II where it is felt that the research and development has commercialization potential in either a Defense system or the private sector. Proposers who feel that their research and development have the potential to meet Defense system objectives or private sector market needs are encouraged to obtain either non-SBIR DoD follow-on funding or non-federal follow-on funding, for Phase III to pursue commercialization development. The commitment should be obtained during the course of Phase I performance, or early in the Phase II performance. This commitment may
be contingent upon the DoD supported development meeting some specific technical objectives in Phase
II which if met, would justify funding to pursue further development for commercial (either Defense
related or private sector) purposes in Phase III. The recipient will be permitted to obtain commercial
rights to any invention made in either Phase I or Phase II, subject to the patent policies stated elsewhere in
Contact with DoD
General informational questions pertaining to proposal instructions contained in this solicitation should be directed to the topic authors and point of contact identified in the topic description section.
Proposals should be electronically submitted. Oral communications with DoD personnel regarding the
technical content of this solicitation during the pre-solicitation phase are allowed, however, proposal
evaluation is conducted only on the written submittal. Oral communications during the pre-solicitation
period should be considered informal, and will not be factored into the selection for award of contracts.
Oral communications subsequent to the pre-solicitation period, during the Phase I proposal preparation
periods are prohibited for reasons of competitive fairness; however, to obtain answers to technical
questions during the formal Solicitation period, please visit http://www.dodsbir.net/sitis. Refer to the front
section of the solicitation for the exact dates.
Proposals shall be submitted in response to a specific topic identified in the following topic description sections. The topics listed are the only topics for which proposals will be accepted.
Scientific and technical information assistance may be requested by using the SBIR/STTR Interactive
Technical Information System (SITIS).
It is required that all bidders submit their proposal cover sheet, company commercialization report and their firm‘s technical and cost proposal form electronically through the DoD SBIR/STTR
Proposal Submission Web site at http://www.dodsbir.net/submission. (This applies to both Phase I and
Phase II proposal submission.) If you experience problems submitting your proposal, call the help desk
(toll free) at 866-724-7457. You must include a Company Commercialization Report as part of each
proposal you submit; however, it does not count against the proposal page limit of 25 pages. Please note
that improper handling of this form may result in the proposal being substantially delayed. Information
provided may have a direct impact on the review of the proposal. The proposal submission Web site
allows your company to come in any time (prior to the proposal submission deadline) to edit your Cover
Sheets, Technical and Cost Proposal and Company Commercialization Report. We WILL NOT accept
any proposals which are not submitted through the on-line submission site. The submission site
does not limit the overall file size for each electronic proposal, only the number of pages is limited.
However, file uploads may take a great deal of time depending on your file size and your internet server
connection speed. You are responsible for performing a virus check on each technical proposal file to be
uploaded electronically. The detection of a virus on any submission may be cause for the rejection of
the proposal. We will not accept e-mail submissions.
The following pages contain a summary of the technology focus areas, followed by the topics.
Anti-Tamper (AT) Technology Focus Area
DoD Anti-Tamper policy directives outline requirements to provide anti-tamper protection to
Critical Program Information (CPI) on all new start programs, all pre-planned product improvement or technology insertion efforts, and FMS/DCS programs. Although significant advances have been made in a number of enabling technologies for Anti-Tamper, such as protective materials, microelectronics, and software protection techniques, significant technical challenges remain to address the full scope of the exploitation threat. Studies indicate that approximately 80% of all CPI is contained in software/firmware. A broader range of robust techniques or technologies that protect software, data, and firmware is essential and will have a broad impact on protecting CPI. Secure programmable logic devices and secure processors are needed. Improvements are needed in existing protective coating technologies in order to reduce the impact on system reliability. The ability to detect the wide range of potential tamper events requires new and innovative approaches to tamper sensor technology. Finally, power solutions that would provide primary or secondary latent power for tamper sensors and responses are needed.
This focus area includes: development of protection techniques against reverse engineering of
Electro-Optical detectors and Optical components; development of a practical physical unclonable function with higher entropy for use in a field programmable gate array; new innovative technology or techniques to verify that a system‘s configuration matches the intended baseline configuration as a normal part of its startup routine, in order to detect system modification or tampering; research and development of technology, tools, and/or fabrication/design guidelines and methods to p