Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have questions about the Navy STP? Review the frequently asked questions or reach out to us directly.

Navy STP is the Department of the Navy (DoN) Small Business Innovation Research/Small Business Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR) Transition Program. Navy STP’s goal is to provide transition assistance for small businesses with DoN Phase II SBIR/STTR technologies.

Navy STP’s mission is to offer a structured program providing commercialization, transition, and professional business assistance so that the participating small businesses are in the best position to obtain Phase III funding. The structured program consists of the development of marketing materials, during which small businesses receive business consulting services and market research relevant to their technology and target market.

Navy STP is for all small business with an active Navy Phase II SBIR/STTR effort who want to transition their technology to a program of record or a commercial market.

Small businesses will be exposed to an experienced team of SBIR/STTR professionals providing business and marketing consulting to better position the small business to achieve technology transition. The team has over 100+ years of combined experience at business/technology development in the Department of Defense (DoD) space.

Navy STP provides a structured program, including development of marketing materials, a targeted market research report, business mentoring from experienced consultants, and instruction on relevant government and commercialization topics.

Navy STP is the Department of Navy (DoN) answer to the federal mandate to provide transition assistance to the Navy’s Phase II SBIR/STTR awardees. Navy STP spends significant resources in connecting new technologies to DoD program of record transition opportunities.

Navy STP and Navy FST have been linked for over 15 years. American Technology Solutions International Corp. (ATSI) executes both the Navy STP and the DoN Forum for SBIR/STTR Transition (Navy FST). The Navy FST, a structured marketing event, is a part of Navy STP where the small businesses present tech talks and meet with government and industry stakeholders to market their technologies.

To qualify for Navy STP, a small business needs to have an active SBIR or STTR Phase II effort and to meet the criteria set by the Navy Office of Naval Research (ONR) SBIR & STTR program office for that Navy STP cycle. Qualification notification occurs in the early spring of the year, and you are notified of eligibility by email.

If you are eligible for Navy STP participation, the DoN will invite you to its Phase II Kickoff event, held annually, usually in May.

The Navy STP program is comprised of Navy Phase II SBIR/STTR small businesses with a wide range of innovative technologies seeking to improve their abilities to achieve a transition to a program of record or commercialization opportunity. Navy STP participating small businesses’ demographics range from one to 500 employees, one to 50+ SBIR/STTR Phase IIs, and zero to 50+ successful technology transitions.

The Navy STP program is a 12-month cycle from June to June.

Yes, your business consultant (BC) is your primary contact throughout the Navy STP program.

Yes. It is not uncommon for a business to have multiple SBIR/STTR efforts at one time. During the kickoff process, you may discuss the range of projects with your business consultant (BC) to determine whether all the projects should be in the same Navy STP cycle. To make this determination, you and your BC can consider workload demands for both the Navy STP program and the project itself, and your available resources.

To qualify, each project must have a unique DoN Phase II contract ID and you must have been invited to the kickoff event to participate with that project.

You will be notified by email of your project eligibility, with instructions of what you need to do to attend the Navy STP Kickoff meeting. At the kickoff meeting, you will learn more about Navy STP and what is offered, and you will be provided the required information and actions to enroll in Navy STP.

A business consultant (BC) will be assigned to shepherd you through the Navy STP process. The BC will be available during business hours for you to discuss your concerns or questions about the program, Navy STP products being developed, and business consulting services.

In the Navy STP, active and engaged participation is key. What does that look like?
• Communicating regularly with the BC
• Asking questions
• Discussing ideas about your SBIR/STTR effort and the transition path forward
• Maintaining awareness of and adherence to the schedule
• Attending relevant webinars
• Following BC recommendations proactively
• Dedicating time and effort to networking

No. The Navy STP Program is a Navy ONR program for DoN-selected Phase II SBIR / STTP awardees who meet a certain set of criteria.

Navy SBIR & STTR Success Stories and Transition:

Additionally, you can read about Navy STP Success Stories through the Navy STP website – along the top, click the link for Success Stories.

The DoN’s Forum for SBIR/STTR Transition (Navy FST) events promote companies participating in the Navy STP. Navy FST connects these small businesses with government and industry personnel through Tech Talks and Meet the Experts on-on-one meetings, and an enhanced online presence via the Virtual Transition Marketplace (VTM).

For the current Navy STP class, there will be five Navy FST events:
1. NAVSEA FST Days, Virtual – 27-28 January 2021
2. NAVAIR FST Days, Naval Air Station Patuxent River, St. Mary’s County, MD – 16-17 March 2021
3. USMC Limited Military Utility Assessment, Marine Corps Systems Command Parade Field, Quantico, VA – 22-25 March 2021
4. West 2021, San Diego Convention Center, San Diego, CA – May 2021
5. SEA AIR SPACE Symposium, Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center, National Harbor, MD – 1-4 August 2021

Since the topics are selected and funded by the DoN Systems Commands, SBIR/STTR projects are an indicator of the voice of the customer. This view into the Navy’s investments and the companies generating the technical solutions can provide awareness of emerging technologies important to the customer and can indicate strong potential partners, teammates and suppliers. Consider DoN SBIR/STTR investments when choosing topics for internal research and development focus; leveraging SBIR/STTR projects can be an advantage when communicating with the customer. Companies that have been awarded SBIR/STTR phase II contracts have been vetted for compliance with DoD contracting systems and make excellent teammates.