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Army “Special Topics” STTR Initiative

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U.S. Military STTR program


To aid the process of quickening technologies to the warfighter, the Army STTR Program Office has set up a new process via “Special Topics”.  The seven special topics will be listed in the DoD STTR 19.C Broad Agency Announcement.  The special topics are as follows:

  • Intrinsically Interference and Jamming-Resistant High Frequency Radios
  • Millimeter Waveforms for Tactical Networking
  • Position, Navigation, and Timing (PNT) without the Global Positioning System
  • Tactical Edge Sensor Processing
  • Adaptable Tactical Communications
  • Phased-Array Antennas for Advanced Extremely High Frequency Satellite Communications
  • Standoff Electronic Denial

The Army “Special Topics” program aims to reduce life cycle processes normally experienced in the standard Army STTR proposal, award, and execution process.  The “Special Topics” pilot program accelerates the process with shorter proposals, a simpler review and selection process, and quicker cash disbursement.  Because the special topics are written in a broader context, small businesses and research institutions can propose a wider range of solutions.  The teams selected for Phase I and Phase II awards will be able to work closely with Army topic sponsors, ensuring a clearer understanding of opportunities. 

For each of the seven “Special Topics”, the Army expects to fund three STTR Phase I contacts to small business-research institution partnerships.  The Army reserves the right to refuse to fund a topic if the proposals have insufficient merit.  Further, Phase I contracts can only receive a maximum of $166,500 over a period not to exceed three months.  The Army also expects for fund one STTR Phase II contract for each of the seven special topics, limited to a maximum of $1,100,000 over a period of 6 and 18 months. 

Additionally, there will be an Industry Day at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill NC Friday Center next month to foster small business and research institute partnerships.  Space for the event is limited and is free on a first-registered basis.  To register, send an email request to or register via website, with the website released no later than August 23, 2019.  Topic authors and their contact information will also be available on that date.

ARMY STTR 19.C Topic Index

A19C –T001 Intrinsically Interference And Jamming-Resistant High Frequency (HF) Radios
A19C –T002 Millimeter Waveforms For Tactical Networking
A19C –T003 Position, Navigation and Timing Without The Global Positioning System
A19C –T004 Tactical Edge Sensor Processing
A19C –T005 Adaptable Tactical Communications
A19C –T006 Phased-Array Antennas For Advanced Extremely High Frequency Satellite Communications
A19C –T007 Standoff Electronic Denial

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