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Difference between SBIR and OTA

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They have different underlying statutory authorities.

SBIR is a program that may result in multiple transactions.  An OTA is a transaction.

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To amplify on ji20174's post --

SBIR is the Small Business Innovation Research program, in which funding is provided to small businesses (only) through contracts or grants. The awarded contracts or grants are subject to normal FAR (or other) requirements.

OTA is Other Transaction Authority, in which the Department of Defense may award a contract to a non-traditional defense contractor for purposes of research, prototyping, or production. Agreements awarded under OTA are not subject to normal FAR (or other) requirements.

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Can an agency within the Department of Defense award a SBIR through Other Transaction Authority? If the answer is yes, then a SBIR within the Department the Defense can be funded through not only procurement contracts or grants, but also through Other Transactions.

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On ‎10‎/‎2‎/‎2019 at 2:13 PM, FLContracts said:

What are the main differences between SBIRs and OTAs?

The SBIR is a program or method for encouraging and supporting research conducted by small business concerns.  An OTA is an agreement entered into by agencies and other entities to carry out specific purposes identified in the statutes that permit the agency to enter into an OTA.  The SBIR program is limited to small business concerns while an entity at receive an OTA without regard to size.

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1 hour ago, PepeTheFrog said:

Can an agency within the Department of Defense award a SBIR through Other Transaction Authority? If the answer is yes, then a SBIR within the Department the Defense can be funded through not only procurement contracts or grants, but also through Other Transactions.

Sure, why not?

It makes me smile to picture the confused look -- or perhaps panicked look -- on the small business owner's face when they hear they are being awarded an SBIR OTA. "An Oh Tee WHAT?"

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6 hours ago, here_2_help said:

OTA is Other Transaction Authority, in which the Department of Defense may award a contract to a non-traditional defense contractor for purposes of research, prototyping, or production.

OTA authority exists with several other agencies so it’s not DoD exclusive.  These include Transportation, Energy, HHS, NASA, and DHS.

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