Acronyms are everywhere when it comes to SBIR/STTR awards, starting with SBIR/STTR. So what do they all mean? And what might they mean for you?

Review the list below and contact us if you have any additional questions.



SBIR – Small Business Innovative Research
STTR – Small Business Technology Transfer Research
CAGE – Cage Code issued as part of your SAM registration
DUNS – Data Universal Numbering System
UEI – Unique Entity Identifier
EIN – Employer Identification Number
FLC – Federal Lab Consortium for Technology Transfer
IP –  Intellectual Property
PI –  Principal Investigator
SAM – System for Award Management
SBC – Small Business Concern
SBA – Small Business Administration
TABA – Technical and Business Assistance
USPTO – US Patent and Trademark Office

Agencies Participating in SBIR and STTR

DHHS – Department of Health and Human Services
DOE –  Department of Energy
DOD – Department of Defense
NASA – National Aeronautics and Space Admin.
NSF – National Science Foundation

Agencies Participating only in SBIR

DHS – Department of Homeland Security
DOC – Department of Commerce
DOT – Department of Transportation
ED – Department of Education
EPA – Environmental Protection Agency
USDA – US Department of Agriculture

Major Sub-Agencies Issuing Separate SBIR/STTR Solicitations (head agency in parenthesis)

CDC – Center for Disease Control (DHHS)
FDA – Food and Drug Administration (DHHS)
NIH – National Institutes of Health (DHHS)
NIST – National Institutes of Standards and Technologies (DOC)
NOAA – National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (DOC)
AFWERX – Air Force innovation center (DOD)
SPARTN – Army Applications lab (DOD)
NavalX – Navy Agility Office (DOD)

NIH Specific

CSR – Center for Scientific Review
CRISP – Computer Retrieval of Information on Scientific Projects
F&A – Facilities and Administration
FSR – Financial Status Report
IACUC – Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee
IRB – Institutional Review Board
JIT – Just in Time
NGA – Notice of Grant Award
OHRP – Office for Human Research Protections
OLAW – Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare
PA – Program Announcement
PHS – Public Health Service
RFA – Request for Applications
RFP – Request for Proposals
R43 – SBIR Phase I
R44 – SBIR Phase II
R41 – STTR Phase I
R42 – STTR Phase II
SRG – Scientific Review Group
TDC – Total Direct Costs  

DOD Specific

AFIT – Air Force Institute of Technology
AFOSR – Air Force Office of Scientific Research
AFRL – Air Force Research Lab
ARL – Army Research Lab
ARO – Army Research Office
BAA – Broad Agency Announcement
CBD – Chemical & Biological Defense
CDMRP – Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program
DA – Department of Army
DAF – Department of Air Force
DARPA – Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
DCAA – Defense Contract Audit Agency
DFARS – Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement
DON – Department of Navy
DHA – Defense Health Agency
DLA – Defense Logistics Agency
DMEA – Defense Micro-Electronics Agency
DSIP – Defense SBIR/STTR Innovation Portal (where you submit)
DTRA – Defense Threat Reduction Agency
ITAR – International Traffic in Arms Regulation
MCSC – Marine Corps System Command
MDA – Missile Defense Agency
NAVAIR – Naval Air System Command
NAVSEA – Naval Sea System Command
NDAA – National Defense Authorization Act
NGA – National Geospatial Agency
NRL – Naval Research Lab
ONR – Office of Naval Research
OSD – Office of Secretary of Defense
OTA – Other Transaction Agreements
POP – Period of Performance
SDA – Space Development Agency
SITIS – SBIR Interactive Topic Information System
SOCOM – Special Operations Command
TPOC – Technical Point of Contact
USA – United States Army
USAF – United States Air Force
USN – United States Navy