Program Initiatives


The Global Supplier Diversity Program is comprised of a series of statutory programs and company initiatives including the following programs:

Small Business Subcontracting Program

Northrop Grumman’s small business subcontracting program is designed to afford small businesses the maximum practical opportunity to participate as suppliers and/or team members on our programs. We do this by providing potential suppliers a formal process to introduce their company capabilities to Northrop Grumman. The process, shown below, enables Northrop Grumman personnel to obtain essential information about potential suppliers to determine where a supplier’s capabilities may best fit within the company. The Small Business Liaison Officer plays a key role by assisting potential suppliers in learning about subcontracting opportunities within the company as well as providing direction to other helpful sources, including but not limited to, the Small Business Administration, Small Business Development Centers, Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (PTACs), and Service Corp. of Retired Executives (SCORE).

Mentor-Protégé Program

Northrop Grumman utilizes the Mentor-Protégé Program to assist Small, Small Disadvantaged, Women-Owned Small, HUBZone Small, AbilityOne Organizations, and Service-Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business concerns in developing the skills required to successfully compete for contracts and/or subcontracts with the Government and other customers. Northrop Grumman benefits by establishing long-term business relationships with capable small businesses that understand and can quickly respond to Northrop Grumman’s requirements.


Historically Black Colleges and Universities / Minority Institutions Program

Northrop Grumman’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities / Minority Institutions Program is designed to develop multi-faceted relationships with HBCU/MI schools, encompassing research & development, training programs, recruitment, and scholarships.

Please access the following links for more information about Historically Black Colleges and Universities / Minority Institutions:

Indian Incentive Program

The Indian Incentive Program (IIP) is a congressionally sponsored program that provides a 5 percent rebate, on the total amount subcontracted to an Indian-Owned Economic Enterprise or Indian Organization, back to the prime contractor in accordance with DFARS Clause 252.226-7001. Through the generation of subcontracts to Indian-owned, Native Hawaiian-owned and Alaska Native-owned small businesses, the IIP fulfills its purpose as an economic multiplier for Native American, Hawaiian, and Alaskan communities. DoD prime contractors with a contract of $500,000 or more, that contain the above referenced DFARS clause(s), are eligible for incentive payments.

Please access the following links to learn more about the Indian Incentive Program:

Applicable FAR Clause:


Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program / Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Program

The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program is a federal set-aside program created to strengthen the role of small businesses in federally funded research and development (R&D) while providing the government with innovative technical and scientific solutions to challenging problems.

The Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) program is similar in structure to SBIR and funds cooperative R&D projects with small businesses in partnership with not-for-profit research institutions (such as universities), to move research to the marketplace.

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Office of Technology governs the SBIR/STTR Program. Eleven federal departments take part in the SBIR program and five take part in the STTR program.

How to engage with the Northrop Grumman SBIR Team

Please access Northrop Grumman Technology Summary Template and submit to

Veterans Outreach Initiative

Northrop Grumman’s Veterans Outreach initiative was implemented to ensure that companies owned and operated by veterans are afforded the opportunity to participate in Northrop Grumman’s procurement process. As part of this initiative, Northrop Grumman supports the Department of Veterans Affairs Center for Verification and Evaluation’s efforts to verify Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Businesses (SDVOSBs) and Veteran-Owned Small Businesses (VOSBs), and identify potential subcontracting opportunities.

Targeted Outreach Initiative

A targeted outreach program has been established to increase subcontracting opportunities with minority business enterprises and to improve goal achievement with small disadvantaged businesses, women-owned small businesses, service-disabled veteran-owned small businesses, small businesses located in Historically Underutilized Business Zones (HUBZone), AbilityOne affiliated organizations, and businesses owned and operated by Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, and Indian tribes.

Performance trends are monitored to ensure appropriate focus in these areas:

  • Small Disadvantaged Business
  • Service-Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business
  • Historically Black Colleges and Universities/Minority Institutions

AbilityOne Program

The AbilityOne Program creates employment and training opportunities for people who are blind or who have other significant disabilities, empowering them to lead more productive and independent lives. Its primary means of doing so is by requiring government agencies to purchase selected products and services from nonprofit organizations employing such individuals.

Northrop Grumman has a long history of involvement and support of organizations that provide employment for persons who are blind or severely disabled. Our current focus is on training, awareness, and the expansion of subcontracting opportunities enterprise-wide.


Northrop Grumman Corporation seeks to provide subcontracting opportunities to small businesses owned and operated by Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning (LGBTQ+) individuals. We do so by sponsoring and/or attending various outreach events targeting the LGBTQ+ community. In addition, we leverage our memberships in the following internal and external organizations to connect with potential LGBTQ+ suppliers.

Small Business Program Resources