Small Business Applied Research Pilot

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The Small Business Applied Research (SBAR) Pilot is a field-based initiative to expand USAID’s access to emerging technology, products, services, and scientific applications developed by U.S. small businesses. Through a Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) USAID is seeking solutions that are readily adaptable to meet some of the world’s most daunting development challenges.

The SBAR Pilot is set aside for U.S. small businesses. USAID invites all qualified U.S. small businesses to submit Preliminary Concept Papers for the encore solicitation round in late summer/early fall 2018. 

Problem Statements

The first call for Preliminary Concept Papers focused around eight Problem Statements. 

  1. Smallholder Agriculture in Senegal
  2. Illegal, Undocumented, and Unregulated Fishing in Senegal
  3. Greenhouse-based Food Production in Kosovo
  4. Energy for Productive Agriculture Use in Senegal
  5. Civil Society Organizations, High Biodiversity Value Areas, and Civil Society Actors in Madagascar
  6. Integrating Mobile Communication Technology in Teaching and Learning in Kosovo
  7. Improving Water Access in Senegal
  8. Improving Sanitation in Senegal

Find more information about each problem statement in the solicitation on or here


The Broad Agency Announcement for the SBAR Pilot will follow a three step process:

  1. Submission and Review of Preliminary Concept Papers: Relevant USAID Mission’s will evaluate Preliminary Concept Papers, using a team of scientific and technical peers, based on criteria outlined in the solicitation.
  2. Negotiations and Final Concept Papers: Mission staff will notify selected organizations and request that they elaborate on their solution through an iterative process, resulting in Final Concept Papers.
  3. Award Determination: Based on Final Concept Papers, Missions will recommend to their respective Contracting Officer (CO) solutions to be considered for award. The CO will make all final award determinations.

To learn more about the process review the solicitation available on or click here

Key Dates

March 14, 2018: USAID held a pre-proposal conference to brief interested U.S. small businesses on the morning of March 14, 2018 in Washington, DC. A recording of the conference is available here.

Late Summer/Early Fall 2018: Preliminary Concept Papers for SBAR Pilot Phase 2 will be due. More information will be posted as it becomes available.

For the most up to date information on SBAR, review the solicitation available on

Learn More

Visit to find the full solicitation (BAA-MOSO-SBAR-2018) and latest information on the SBAR Pilot. 

A list of frequently asked questions is being developed and will be updated on a regular basis. 


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Disclaimer: Please refer to the solicitation on for the most accurate information. For any discrepancy between and, please use as the authoritative source. 

Last updated: May 22, 2018

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