GSA’s Office of Assisted Acquisition Services (AAS) has partnered with the U.S. Small Business Administration to launch a pilot program to award and manage Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase III contracts. As a result of this partnership, Federal agencies will have increased access to cutting-edge technology and small businesses will meet their goals.
SBIR is a competitive program that encourages domestic small businesses to engage in Federal research and development (R&D) that has the potential for commercialization. The program’s goals include stimulating technological innovation, partnering with small businesses to meet Federal R&D needs, and increasing private-sector commercialization of Federal R&D outcomes to increase competition, productivity, and economic growth.
Under the pilot program, AAS will support acquisitions under Phase III of the SBIR program, which paves the way for new technologies to enter both Government and private sector marketplaces. Phase III work may involve non-SBIR funded R&D (excluding weapons systems) or production contracts for products, production, or services for use by the Government.
During SBIR Phases I and II, technical merit, feasibility, and commercial potential of Research/Research & Development (R/R&D) activities are determined. The objective of Phase III is for small businesses to pursue commercialization of the objectives resulting from Phase I/II R/R&D activities. All Phase III R&D or production contracts for products, processes, or services may be supported with non-SBIR funds. According to the SBIR statute and the SBA Policy Directive, no further competition is required in Phase III, as competition requirements are met in Phases I and II. A Justification and Approval consistent with FAR 6.302-5 is still required. Phase III work must be awarded to the successful Phase I/II vendor to the maximum extent practicable.
The pilot program to support Phase III contracts will:
Contact AAS if you have a SBIR Phase III requirement.
AAS will post a SBIR Phase III solicitation.
When responding to the solicitation, verify SBIR Phase III eligibility by providing Phase I and II award documentation.
AAS will work with the Federal agency and the SBIR Phase III-eligible company to establish a contract.
(Phase III contracts are for R&D or production of an eligible technology, product, service, and/or process and are not funded by SBIR.)
AAS will provide contract management, including post-award administration of the contract, on behalf of the Federal agency.