Army Office of Small Business Programs
Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs)
Minority Serving Institutes (MSIs)
Outreach Program

Gayna Malcolm-Packnett
Procurement Analyst

Army OSBP’s role is to conduct outreach to HBCUs and MSIs about the prime and subcontracting opportunities for Army contracts and how they can, through R&D and business infrastructure training and support, make a difference in the capability of other small businesses and the warfighter. Army OSBP leverages other organizations’ outreach events by presenting about the above prime and subcontracting opportunities at those events.

The DoD’s Office of Diversity Management and Equal Opportunity (ODMEO) hosts an outreach event 3 times each year called “Pentagon to the People.” It is one of our primary HBCU/MSI outreach events. Army Materiel Command’s (AMC’s) Office of Diversity Management conducts outreach to HBCUs/MSIs. Army Research Lab (ARL) recognized the contributions that HBCU’s can make to the Army’s R&D needs, not only in the SBIR/STTR programs. It conducts outreach to HBCUs/MSI through its Office of Technology Integration and Outreach Division.

HBCU/MSIs are still entities for which Army Office of Small Business Programs (OSBP) desires to conduct outreach to encourage consideration of contracting and other opportunities.

  • HBCUs/MSIs can compete for full and open contract actions.
  • HBCU’s/MSI can participate in the Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) program by entering into an agreement with a small business to conduct applied Research and Development (R&D) on topics identified in the program. Under the STTR program, the Principal Investigator (PI) may be an employee of the HBCU/MSI research institute.
  • HBCU’s/MSIs may participate in the Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) program as a subcontractor to a small business by providing R&D resources such as labs, interns, and other resources.
  • HBCUs/MSIs can provide support as a subcontractor to an Army mentor under the DoD Mentor-Protégé Program (MPP) by providing business infrastructure support identified in the Developmental Assistance Plan (DAP) in a Mentor-Protégé Agreement (MPA) or by providing technology transfer in that MPA, such as certification training. DoD mandates that at least 5% of a reimbursable MPA be subcontracted to an HBCU/MSI, Small Business Development Center (SBDC) or a Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC).

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