Welcome to the DoD SBIR Awards Search!

Awards from the Department of Defense (DoD) Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Programs may be easily accessed from this search page. You may search all Phase II awards and recent (FY90 and later) Phase I awards. You have the option of utilizing the predefined Basic Search or creating your own Custom Search to meet your needs. The combination of these search options allows you to retrieve the specific DoD SBIR Awards data you wish to view in a quick and easy format.

Search Tips

Tips for Searching

Developing a search criteria is easy. And with tips on this page, you can get more complete results.

Basic Search

Basic Search

The basic search makes searching awards quick and easy. Just enter the word(s) you want to search on in the input box and press the Search button. Awards containing the search criteria will be returned in a list. Clicking on any of the awards in this list brings up the full award details. The Reset button clears the input box and resets to the default settings. Read on for more information about search options.

'Search For:' Input Box

This is the most important area of the basic search page. This box is where you indicate the word or words for which you wish to search. This can be as general as the word 'Environmental' or as specific as 'high speed performance aircraft'. The Search For: box may not be left blank.

If the Search For: box contains the word pressure, the search would discover every occurrence of the word pressure as well as any words/phrases containing the letters p-r-e-s-s-u-r-e in sequence.

Multiple consecutive words are treated as a phrase and they must appear in the same order within a matching document. For example, for the phrase high speed aircraft, the search would discover only instances where the entire string exists in the sequential format -- high speed military aircraft WOULD NOT be returned in this example; however, the string high speed aircraft, including military WOULD be included in the results.

Boolean operaters (^AND, ^OR, and ^NOT) may be used to search topics. A search on high speed ^AND aircraft ^AND military would find high speed military aircraft.

A good rule of thumb is to initially enter a broad search scope. If too many matches are discovered, you can always narrow your search for more specific information. As you gain a better understanding of how the search performs, you will be able to target desired records easily.


Next, a series of popdown lists are filter options available to narrow your search criteria. It's really quite simple. As you begin to search more and more, you will find these filters to be very helpful to target specific information.

Searchable Fields

You have the option of searching the main text areas -- Abstract, Keywords, and Proposal Title fields -- or search for Firm, Research Institution (for STTR only) or Topic Number only. This set of radio boxes allows you to choose one of four predefined search options:

Displaying Search Results


LIST - Awards Search Results

Once you've defined your search and pressed the SEARCH button, the results of your search will appear in a table called the LIST. Be patient. There are over 14,000 awards to search through, so it may take a few seconds before the search results are displayed. The LIST shows only a few, but descriptive, fields. To see all the information available on an award, click on the number to the far left of the row to move into the DETAILS window.

DETAILS - Awards Search Results

Displays all information available on the SBIR or STTR award. Most of the information displayed, like the firm address and abstract, was provided by the firm on the Appendix A and Appendix B form, as part of proposal submission. Award information was supplied by the awarding DoD Component. To move to another award in the LIST, either use the Navigation Buttons on the bottom of the page to move to the next or previous award, or select the LIST button on the top of the page to return to the LIST window.

Navigation Buttons

When viewing the details for a particular record, you will notice four navigation buttons at the bottom of the page. They allow you to move between records matching a particular search without returning to the LIST page to choose an individual record.
<<Moves you to the first record discovered in your search.
<Moves you to the previous record (one back from the current) discovered in your search.
>Moves you to the next record (one forward from the current) discovered in your search.
>>Moves you to the last record discovered in your search.

Custom Scoop

Custom Search

A custom search gives you the flexibility to define detailed search criteria. To create a custom search, simply enter the information to be searched for in the appropriate database field input box. This criteria can be as simple or complex as you deem necessary. Leaving a field blank simply indicates that you do not wish to have that field included in the search criteria. Blank fields will not be included in the search, but the fields will be displayed for matching records.


What Constitutes a Match?

With the exceptions below, the custom search will only find a match if the data in the appropriate field matches the criteria in the input box EXACTLY. For example, if the criteria was Control Number=0130, Control Number=00130 (two leading zeroes) would not be returned.

Currently, this search only returns a match if the record meets ALL the search criteria. If you entered '1990' for Fiscal Year and 'Navy' for Agency, only records which have Fiscal Year=1990 AND Agency=Navy will be returned.

Exceptions (A)  Three fields allow for a match by substring instead of an exact match. Your results WILL include all records which contain the specified characters/numbers at any point in these fields. These are:
  1. Firm
  2. Principal Investigator Name (PI Name)
  3. Contract Number
For example, if you entered 'Matt' in the Principal Investigator Name input box, your search would discover PI Names with the following values: Matt, Matthew, Mattocks, etc.
  (B)  The following fields allow you to specify a numerical range when performing a custom search:
  1. Number of Employees
  2. Contract Number
  3. Awarded In (FY)
To specify a range in one of these fields, use the greater than (>) and less than (<) symbols. These symbols can be used along or combined to define a range. For example, entereing '>100' in the Number of employees field will return all records meeting your search criteria where number of employees is 101 or greater. If you entered '>25 <30' for Number of Employees, only records where number of employees is 27, 27, 28, or 29 will be returned. (Please Note:  the greater than/less than symbols do not include "equal to". To search for firms with 25, 26, or 27 employees, for instance, you must enter '>24 <28' in Number of Employees input field.) When searching for Award Amount, remember not to enter any punctuation ('>500000' is valid search criteria; '>500,000' is not). Use the last four digit year when searching the Awarded In (FY) field ('<1988', for example).

Also note that you do not have to specify a range in these fields. Entering '1990' for Awarded In (FY) will return only records awarded in 1990.

IMPORTANT: If you are a frequent user of this site and would like to see additional fields within the Custom Search added to the 'Exceptions' list, please Email us (dodsbirdata@brtrc.com) with your request.

Data Fields

Fields common to SBIR and STTR Awards:

Additional fields specific to STTR Awards:

Displaying Search Results

For information on displaying results for custom searches, see results in the basic search details.

Nitty Gritty Details

All SBIR Phase II awards (FY83 - FY07) and Phase I Awards for FY90 - FY07 are available for searches, as well as all STTR Phase I and Phase II Awards (FY94 - FY07). There are currently more than 40,000 awards to search through.

How do you like Awards Search? If you have suggestions for improving this search site to better meet your needs, please let us know via Email. This site is for you!

Link to Basic Search Link to Custom Search