Small Business Innovation Research

Lockheed Martin Tech Incubators for SBIR

Lockheed Martin is an active supporter of the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs. These are Federal programs designed to fund small businesses to conduct research and develop emerging technology. Whether working as a subcontractor or a technology mentor, Lockheed Martin provides small businesses with various assistance during different phases of their SBIR/STTR projects; including supporting technology requirements, evaluation, co-development, and insertion into larger systems.

Click here for a complete list of Lockheed Martin Tech Incubators for SBIR.

Lockheed Martin Laboratories

The Lockheed Martin Innovation Marketplace, in Huntsville, AL, supports emerging technology for air and missile defense applications. The Marketplace provides technical guidance and mentoring to assist in maturing technologies for small business growth. Lockheed Martin matches developing technologies with program needs. To apply to join the Innovation Marketplace, email a non-proprietary capability brief to Donna Clardy.

Lockheed Martin’s Silicon Valley Alliance (SVA) initiative, based out of our Space Systems Company campus in Sunnyvale CA, fosters strategic relationships with leading tech companies (big and small) to leverage innovation synergies. Connecting Silicon Valley innovation with Lockheed Martin expertise in space exploration, satellite communications, defense, global positioning, air traffic control, weather satellites and more, may provide unlimited possibilities, for more information, please visit our website here.

Lockheed Martin’s Prototyping and Rapid Product Development Center located Baltimore, Maryland, features an extensive network of electrical, mechanical and composites prototyping labs for materials and systems engineering and integration, testing and complex program management. The lab assists projects of any size at every step – from green engineering through prototyping to manufacturing. For more information, please contact Gregory Pensero.

The Surface Navy Innovation Center (SNIC) is a research, development and demonstration lab located in Moorestown, NJ, dedicated to innovating affordable warfighting capability improvements across the maritime domain. The SNIC maintains expertise in combat system tactical software development, ship integration and test, agile development, 3D modeling, augmented reality and virtual reality applications that provide value to our U.S. and International naval partners. For further information on the SNIC, please contact Chris Etgen.

Lockheed Martin Advanced Technology Laboratories (ATL) is the Corporation’s advanced-computing, applied research and development facility. The lab coalesces and transitions innovation and domain expertise into operational applications for Lockheed Martin and the defense and government sectors. For more information click here.



About the SBIR and STTR Programs

The SBIR program was established by Congress in 1982 with a statutory purpose to strengthen the role of innovative small business concerns in Federally funded research or research and development (R/R&D ). The STTR program is a sister program to SBIR, established by Congress in 1992. A difference in the programs is that the STTR requires the small business to have a research partner consisting of a University, Federally Funded Research and Development Center, or a qualified non-profit research institution. 

SBIR and STTR are Three-Phased Programs

The programs are designed in a three-phased award process. Phase I awards support exploration, merit or feasibility of an idea or technology. Phase II awards results to develop and evaluate commercial potential. Phase III awards provide for product commercialization. 

SBIR/STTR Participating Agencies

The following Federal departments and agencies set aside a portion of their R/R&D funds for SBIR awards to small business. Six Federal agencies reserve a portion of their funds to be awarded via the STTR program (*):

  • 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*


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How to Partner with Lockheed Martin

  1. Email to request to be added to the Lockheed Martin SBIR Distribution List to receive information on latest solicitation topics of interest. The purpose of this listing is to help connect small business companies with the appropriate Lockheed Martin technical points of contacts to explore opportunities for partnership and innovation.
  2. It is important to first have a general understanding of the SBIR/STTR programs, how they work, solicitation periods and if your firm qualifies. See the directory of participating agencies and other resources, listed on this page.
  3. If your firm qualifies for the Federal program, has a SBIR/STTR technology project or concept that is compatible with Lockheed Martin technologies and is interested in partnering with Lockheed Martin on the project, let us know by completing the Lockheed Martin SBIR/STTR Chart and send it to Do not send proprietary, export controlled, confidential or classified information.
  4. Upon sending your request, please allow two weeks to receive a response.  Within this timeframe, Lockheed Martin is vetting your correspondence through the appropriate SBIR/STTR leads across the corporation and identifying interest.
  5. For firms that may be interested in other technical, non-SBIR ways to partner with LM, please see the attached “Avenues for High Tech Firms” document.