US National Defense Authorization Act Expands Opportunities for Small Businesses

On December 12, 2017, US President Donald Trump signed the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018 (NDAA FY18). The NDAA FY18 authorizes and prioritizes funding for the Department of Defense (DoD) and prescribes military personnel strengths for the federal government’s 2018 fiscal year.

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In addition to appropriating US$695.9 billion to the DoD, the NDAA FY18 made changes to the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs. These provisions:

  • Remove barriers to and increase the availability of funding for SBIR and STTR participants.
  • More closely integrate program participants with other initiatives in the DoD.
  • Provide additional resources for SBIR and STTR entities.


Additionally, the proposed National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019 (NDAA FY19) is likely to make further adjustments, including giving the DoD permanent authority to grant SBIR and STTR contracts, and removing the current sunset provisions eliminating the SBIR and STTR programs on September 30, 2022.

For more information about the NDAA FY18 and its impact on research and contracting opportunities with the DoD, please contact your Ally Law lawyer.

Click here to read the full article by David Hayden and Jackson Moore of Ally Law member Smith Anderson.