Navy Phase II.5 Structure and CRP

  • The Commercialization Readiness Program (CRP) [formerly the Commercialization Pilot Program (CPP)] was authorized and created as part of section 252 of the National Defense Authorization Act of Fiscal Year 2006. The statute set-aside is 1% of the available SBIR funding to be used for administrative support to accelerate transition of SBIR developed technologies. The funds support the SYSCOMs in administering the Phase II.5 and provide non-financial resources for the firms (i.e. the Navy's Transition Assistance Program, etc.)
  • Per Chief of Naval Research memorandum, 20% of SYSCOM SBIR funds are dedicated to expand transition funding to further develop SBIR technologies and to accelerate transition for existing Phase II projects. This process is called the Phase II.5. and highlights the Navy's commitment to technology transition.
Eligibility for Phase II.5:
  • Firms must meet Phase II eligibility requirements (size, ownership, % of work performed etc.) to be considered for Phase II.5.
  • In order to participate in Phase II.5, firms must be invited and selected by a Navy SYSCOM Transition manager. [Contact your TPOC/SYSCOM Manager for the process and schedule.]
  • The project must address a Navy need. Project relevance to a planned or existing Program of Record (PoR) or identified Technology Gap should be documented in a Technology Transition Plan (TTP), a Technology Transition Agreement (TTA) or other agreement designated by the SYSCOM.
  • Depending on the SYSCOM and the timeframe, a Technology Transition Agreement (TTA) or Technology Transition Plan (TTP) may be required for Phase II.5.
    • The technology being developed must show a clear path to transition as evidenced by acquisition office or PoR/FNC/INP support.
    • The time to transition (i.e. inclusion in the PoR/FNC/INP acquisition strategy) must not exceed 48 months from the start of the II.5.
  • Phase II awards exceeding $1M or periods of performance greater than twenty-four months per topic/per firm should be segregated as optional efforts, expansions or second phase IIs and would become a Phase II.5.
  • Cost matching funds from Government sources can be placed on the phase II.5 award or, preferably, when practical, on a separate phase III award. A phase III award (non-SBIR funds) can be made at any time following a phase I award, a phase II.5 is not required for a phase III.
  • Non-government cost matching shall not be considered as cost share and will not be included in the contract amounts. The failure to meet cost matching commitments is a failure to meet the technical requirements for demonstrating continued transition commitment on the part of project sponsors. This is sufficient justification to restrict further SBIR funding of the project.
  • Each SYSCOM has their own procedure and criteria for the selection of Phase II.5 projects.

Due Diligence Required for Phase II.5

Technology Transition Agreements are required for Phase II.5:
  • Always follow your SYSCOM's guidance but typically the information below is required:
    • Project Title
    • Topic Number
    • Transition Target & Insertion Date
    • Business case including a description of the technology being developed, benefits to the Navy and how SBIR funds will be used
    • Operational Need driving the technology
    • Integration Strategy
    • Risk Assessment
    • List of Planned/Required Testing and Demonstrations
    • Impacts to Affordability
    • Major Tasks with associated periods of performance, TRL levels and funding requirements
    • Points of Contact for Firm, PoR, TPOC, and Research Partners
  • Signatures are required by:
    • Firm (Optional)
    • Research Partners (Optional)
    • Acquisition Target PM or Designee (Mandatory)
    • TPOC (Mandatory)
    • SYSCOM CRP PM (Mandatory)
    • All Providers of Funding (Mandatory)
  • Must be reviewed/updated annually or anytime a major change impacts the validity of the agreement

Project Reviews:

  • Conducted no less than annually to include:
    • Assessment of technical progress and ability to achieve objectives
    • Current TRL and MRL status
    • Ability to complete project on budget
    • Ability to complete project on schedule
    • Need for revisions to TTA and/or work plans
    • Alignment of technology to most current transition target requirements and schedule
  • Observation at all tests and demonstrations that are required to certify transition target acceptance
  • Final project review to document:
    • State of technology at completion (TRL/MRL)
    • Acceptance by Transition Target
    • Achievement of Technical, Cost and Schedule goals
    • Lessons learned
    • Firm performance


  • Quarterly, firms shall submit to the TPOC a report which includes the following:
    • A summary of technical progress
    • Identification of any significant technical issues that require resolution or were resolved
    • A status of funds report which shows costs incurred to date versus the planned budget and an Estimate at Completion based on the amount of work completed and percentage of funds expended
    • A schedule of work completed compared to the work schedule designed to meet the transition target insertion date

Annually TPOCs shall coordinate updates to the TTA.

SYSCOM Points of Contact:
Naval Air Systems Command
Mrs. Kimberly Berche
     Naval Sea Systems Command
Ms. Michelle Willis
Marine Corps
Mr. Paul Lambert
     Space & Naval Warfare Systems Command
Ms. Elizabeth Altmann
(619) 226-5296
Office of Naval Research SBIR
Ms. Lore-Anne Ponirakis

Office of Naval Research STTR
Mr. Steve Sullivan



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