Collaborate with Northrop Grumman

How Northrop Grumman Partners
with Small Businesses

  • Provide guidance on program and system technology fits
  • Support SBIR and STTR submissions
  • Provide system requirements and integration inputs
  • Provide demonstration systems and lab support
  • Provide guidance on funding strategies

First Steps to Partnering with
Northrop Grumman

If you are a small business and eager to align to Northrop Grumman’s technology roadmap for supporting the Warfighter follow the following process steps to begin your journey with Northrop Grumman.  Your information will be reviewed technology roadmap for supporting the Warfighter follow the following process steps to begin your journey with Northrop Grumman.  Your information will be reviewed to align to Northrop Grumman business and technical needs.

Your primary requirement is to understand if your firm qualifies for the SBIR/STTR programs.  Please review the Northrop Grumman SBIR website along with the participating agency websites for requirements.

If your firm qualifies for the SBIR/STTR Program and is interested to partner with Northrop Grumman, your firm must fill out a Northrop Grumman Quad Chart and email it to for evaluation.  Do not send any proprietary, classified, or export controlled information. Click here for Quad Chart. Upon sending your request, the team will respond to update if there is interest to pursue alignment. 


The SBIR Program was established under the Small Business Innovation Development Act of 1982 with the purpose to strengthen the domestic small businesses’ role with innovating technology.  In 1992 Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) was established via the Small Business Technology Transfer Act to facilitate transferring technology through universities into small businesses. 

Northrop Grumman aligns technology roadmaps with small businesses to facilitate innovation & technology solutions.  Northrop Grumman partners with small businesses through awarding subcontracts with federal programs and alignment into federally funded programs.  Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR), Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR), and the Mentor Protégé Program (MPP) are three examples of federally funded programs Northrop Grumman actively participates in with the various federal agencies. 

The SBIR & STTR programs are designed to fund small businesses to develop and innovate technologies to support the Warfighter.  Northrop Grumman is an active supporter to these programs working as a subcontractor to the small business with an assigned Northrop Grumman Subject Matter Expert (SME) to advise the technology advancement or provide additional analysis, research, and implementation into Northrop Grumman systems.

Solicitation Schedule:  Solicitations are typically released once a quarter for all participating agencies.  Current & past solicitations can be seen on DoD SBIR STTR Website. Click here for Solicitation Schedule

Phase I:  Proof of Concept & Establish Technical Merit.  R&D Project.  Technology Readiness Level (TRL) 0-2

Phase II:  Typically Follow-On based on Phase 1 Results but occasionally topics can go Direct to Phase II based on current maturity.  A second Phase II can be pursued for some applications.  Technology Readiness Level (TRL) 2-6, Manufacturing Readiness Level (MRL) 1-6

Commercialization Readiness Program (CRP) – Opportunity to mature Phase 2 SBIR programs to advance TRL & MRL for enabling Phase 3.  Technology Readiness Level (TRL) 5-7, Manufacturing Readiness Level (MRL) 4-6

Phase 3:  Transition to commercialization.  Align / insertion to a Federal Program through NGC

Participating Agencies

The following federal departments and agencies set aside a portion of their R/R&D funds for SBIR awards to small business.

  • 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*

* Federal agencies also reserve a portion of their funds to be awarded via the STTR Program

Additional Resource


Small Business Program Resources