Small Business Innovation Research

Lockheed Martin Supports SBIR/STTR Programs

Lockheed Martin is an active supporter of the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs. These are Federal programs designed to fund small businesses to conduct research and develop emerging technology. Whether working as a subcontractor or a technology mentor, Lockheed Martin provides small businesses with various assistance during different phases of their SBIR/STTR projects; including supporting technology requirements, evaluation, co-development, and insertion into larger systems.

Technology Collaboration Centers

Lockheed Martin’s Technology Collaboration Centers, located in Washington, DC, and San Diego, CA, provide a collaborative environment for engineers to work closely with small business technologies and the customer community to innovate, experiment, stress and analyze new capabilities and evaluate proposed technology insertions for existing systems.  The centers, primarily focused on Naval Surface Combat Systems, Communications, and Training applications, enable our small business partners to demonstrate their technologies in near-shipboard environments to facilitate transition of advanced SBIR capabilities.

Innovation Marketplace

The Lockheed Martin Innovation Marketplace located in Huntsville, Alabama, focuses on supporting emerging technology for air and missile defense applications. The center provides a “think tank” atmosphere for collaboration with small businesses and academia in North Alabama on cutting-edge technology and research.  Small businesses obtain technical guidance and mentoring to assist in maturing technologies for business growth. Lockheed Martin identifies technology matches for program needs, either for today’s requirements or tomorrow’s future needs. To apply to join the Innovation Marketplace, email a non-proprietary capability brief to  If your technology meets our program needs, we will send your business or institution an invitation to join the Innovation Marketplace and form a strategic alliance to provide solutions for our customers’ most challenging needs.  See attached for more information. 

About the SBIR and STTR Programs

The SBIR program was established by Congress in 1982 with a statutory purpose to strengthen the role of innovative small business concerns in Federally funded research or research and development (R/R&D ). The STTR program is a sister program to SBIR, established by Congress in 1992. A difference in the programs is that the STTR requires the small business to have a research partner consisting of a University, Federally Funded Research and Development Center, or a qualified non-profit research institution. 

SBIR and STTR are Three-Phased Programs

The programs are designed in a three-phased award process. Phase I awards support exploration, merit or feasibility of an idea or technology. Phase II awards results to develop and evaluate commercial potential. Phase III awards provide for product commercialization. For more information, visit the SBIR/STTR SBA SBA site.

SBIR/STTR Participating Agencies

The following Federal departments and agencies set aside a portion of their R/R&D funds for SBIR awards to small business. Six Federal agencies reserve a portion of their funds to be awarded via the STTR program (*):

  • Department of Agriculture
  • Department of Commerce
  • Department of Defense*
  • Department of Education
  • Department of Energy*
  • Department of Health and Human Services*
  • Department of Homeland Security*
  • Department of Transportation
  • Environmental Protection Agency
  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration*
  • National Science Foundation*


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How to Partner with Lockheed Martin

  1. Visit How to Do Business with Lockheed Martin for information on registering in corporate supplier database, frequently asked questions, what we buy list, corporate agreements list, immediate needs bulletin board, and business area overviews.
  2. It is important to first have a general understanding of the SBIR/STTR programs, how they work, solicitation periods and if your firm qualifies. See the directory of participating agencies and other resources, listed on this page.
  3. If your firm qualifies for the Federal program, has a SBIR/STTR technology project or concept that is compatible with Lockheed Martin technologies and is interested in partnering with Lockheed Martin on the project, let us know by completing the Lockheed Martin SBIR/STTR Chart and send it to Do not send proprietary, export controlled, confidential or classified information.
  4. Upon sending your request, please allow two weeks to receive a response.  Within this timeframe, Lockheed Martin is vetting your correspondence through the appropriate SBIR/STTR leads across the corporation and identifying interest.
  5. Email to request to be added to the Lockheed Martin SBIR Distribution List to receive information on latest solicitation topics of interest. The purpose of this listing is to help connect small business companies with the appropriate Lockheed Martin technical points of contacts to explore opportunities for partnership and innovation.