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What You Need To Know

The next round of DoD Topics will be released on Wed, Apr 17 and you can find them on the Defense SBIR/STTR Innovation Portal.

We expect ~150 topics (problems that need solutions) in a wide range of technology areas:

ELIGIBILITY: To be selected for the DoD Topics Lab, a) you must find a topic that is a good fit for a product you have developed that can be transformed to solve a DoD problem, OR b) you have the necessary expertise & experience in a particular research area to be able to build a solution. With either option, you must understand the specific defense need, have a team in place to conduct the work, and a commercialization plan for the product outside of the DoD.

Once we've reviewed your application and approved the topic, we will invite you to our 8-week virtual Lab to help you win up to $275,000 in non-dilutive funding, advance your R&D, and provide a vital solution to the warfighter!




DOD LAB KICKOFF: Wed, April 24

BAA OPENS: Wed, May 15

BAA CLOSES: Wed, June 12


  • Applications are open to Oklahoma-registered companies only

  • All new applications must include an Executive Summary to be considered

  • Only Phase I topics will be supported in this Lab. No Direct to Phase II (D2P2) topics will be accepted

  • Only the SBIR 24.2 SBIR & STTR 24.B BAA is supported through this DoD Lab, be sure to choose a topic that falls within the specified Open & Close dates above.

If selected to participate, you will be sent a calendar invite to the virtual kickoff meeting.


  • Program Expectations

  • Program Timeline and Deliverables

  • Proposal & DoD Specific Training

  • Special Feature: Q&A with SBIR Phase I & II Awardee


  • Cameras must be turned on during all meetings

  • Proposal drafts must be submitted on time and in the correct format

  • All meetings will be recorded using and recordings/transcripts will be shared with you after the meeting

Applications Due by Close of Business Fri, April 19

*If you have not participated in any of our programs before, you must include an Executive Summary as part of your application, incomplete applications will not be accepted.

Please email if you have any questions.


Since 2018, OK Catalyst has supported more than 250 researchers, entrepreneurs, and small businesses throughout the Heartland, resulting in nearly 150 SBIR/STTR proposal submissions. To date, OK Catalyst program participants have secured over 100 awards and contracts totaling more than $57 million in investment capital.

Tom Love Innovation Hub | The University of Oklahoma

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