Using the DoD Topic Description to Do Your Homework
The DOD SBIR 17.3 and STTR 17.C Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) topics are now in pre-release! You can now view topics, ask questions through the SITIS Q&A system, and contact topic authors directly (contact information is listed with the topic).

Important Dates:
Announcement Open: September 26
SITIS Closes to New Questions: October 11
Announcement Close October 25, 8 p.m. ET

If you are interested in winning SBIR/STTR proposals from Department of Defense, you probably know the importance of talking to the Technical Point of Contact (TPOC) or Topic Author during the "open period" before you write your proposal*.  You will want to ask any questions or details about the topic itself, and use the discussion as an opportunity to enhance your insight about the Component's' interest in the technology and how they will deploy it for military use.

Before you contact the TPOC, you can use the topic description to do some homework that will make your conversation (and your proposal) more productive. Topic descriptions can be found at  . We'll use Navy topic N173-144 from the 2017.3 SBIR solicitation as an example: Read on
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SBIR/STTR Proposal Tips for NASA
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NASA Note: 
The 2018 NASA SBIR/STTR Solicitation will be released early next year instead of November when the Solicitation is typically made available. The Solicitation will include two NASA programs with separate research areas under which small business concerns are invited and encouraged to submit proposals.