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DARPA SBIR/STTR Opportunities

DARPA SBIR/STTR Opportunities


On April 8, 2020, the DARPA Small Business Programs Office (SBPO) pre-released the following SBIR/STTR Opportunities (SBOs):

These SBOs will open for proposals on April 23, 2020 and close on May 26, 2020.




If you have any questions on the open BAAs or DSIP, please contact the DSIP Help Desk Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. ET at 703-214-1333 or DoDSBIRSupport@reisystems.com.

Thank you for your interest in the DoD SBIR/STTR Program.

DoD SBIR/STTR Support Team

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