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. 

Problem Statements

Preliminary Concept Papers focused around seven Problem Statements. 

  1. CAMBODIA - Local Organizations – Movement Towards Independence
  2. CAMBODIA - Civic Tech to Strengthen Accountability for Public Services/Solid Waste
  3. CAMBODIA - Civic Tech to Strengthen Accountability for Public Services/One Window Service Offices
  4. LIBERIA - Proof of Concrete Waterproof Roads
  5. LIBERIA - Bricks for Development
  6. LIBERIA - Mold-smart Paint
  7. ZAMBIA - District Governance Strengthening

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

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

December 12, 2018:  Introductory Webinar – register here for more information .

January 22, 2019:  Pre-proposal conference to brief interested U.S. small businesses in Washington, DC.  Register here.

March 27, 2019:  Preliminary Concept Papers for SBAR Encore Solicitation are due. There are multiple references with links to the full solicitation here

Learn More

Visit to find the full solicitation (BAA-MOSO-SBAR-2019)  and latest information on the SBAR Pilot 

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

Solicitation Instructions

Be sure to follow solicitation instructions. For convenience, the following are links to some of the content required to be submitted through forms:

  1. Introduction Webinar Registration (required to participate)
  2. Pre-Proposal Conference Registration (required to attend)
  3. Solicitation Questions - technical and process questions
  4. Preliminary Concept Paper Page 1 - Organization Data (required)
  5. Organization’s Past Performance Data (required)


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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: March 19, 2019

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