Technology & Innovation Collaboration

Technology & Innovation Collaboration


SBIRs and STTRs are federally funded programs to engage small businesses in providing innovative and emerging technologies to address identified needs. STTRs differ from SBIRs in requiring the small business to formally collaborate with a nonprofit research institution, such as a university. SBIR and STTR awards are structured in three phases.

Phase I – establish the technical merit, feasibility and commercial potential of the proposed R&D project. Phase I awards typically do not exceed $150,000 in funding for six months.

Phase II – based upon Phase I results, the project can be funded to continue to mature and demonstrated the technology in Phase II. A second Phase II can be pursued for new applications, which can also be sole source. Total Phase II awards typically do not exceed $1,500,000 in funding for two years.

Phase III – this phase is a transition to commercialization or insertion into a federal program. This can be a sole source acquisition outside of the SBIR process.

Solicitation Schedule – Solicitations are typically released once a quarter for all participating agencies. Current and past solicitations can be seen on the DoD SBIR/STTR Website.


For more mature technologies, Rapid Innovation Fund provides a quicker path to insertion.
Established in 2011 under the National Defense Authorization Act, RIF has a goal of transitioning small business technologies into Defense acquisition programs. The proposed topics are designed to satisfy operational or national security needs while reducing acquisition and lifecycle costs. The maximum cost is $3 million.

RIF is a competitive merit-based two step process, starting with a Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) that are responded to with a three page white paper and quad charts. Selected responses are then invited to submit a full proposal in the second step, and then the highest rated proposals are given awards.

Raytheon works with small businesses to identify mutually beneficial RIF topics and promotes these with Federal agencies and offices. Then Raytheon helps identify BAA topics of interest, can help with proposals including defining support activity scope and costs potentially including services such as defining system requirements, integration support, lab services, and demonstration system support.


Raytheon can:

  • Provide guidance on program and system technology fits
  • Support SBIR, STTR, RIF and CRAD submissions
  • Provide system requirements and integration inputs
  • Provide demonstration systems and lab support
  • Provide guidance on funding strategies

Raytheon’s technical interests include:

  • New capabilities
  • System performance improvements
  • Size, weight and power improvements
  • Advanced materials
  • System development efficiency gains
  • Cyber security
  • Renewable energy