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Office of Small Business

The Office of Naval Research's (ONR) Office of Small Business Programs is a small business advocacy and advisory office responsible for insuring that small business, small disadvantaged business, historically underutilized business (HUBZone), veteran-owned small business, service-disabled veteran-owned small business and women-owned small business concerns, including Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Minority Institutions (HBCU/MIs), participate in ONR's acquisition program both as prime contractors and as subcontractors. The office is also responsible for facilitating achievement of the Small Business Program targets.

The office maintains an active outreach program to identify potential Small Business Program participants by attending and participating in government-industry conferences throughout the United States. In addition, the office provides individual and group procurement advisory counseling to the small business community. Procurement advisory counseling includes advice concerning acquisition procedures, information regarding proposed Acquisition, instructions on preparing proposals, interpretation of standard clauses, certifications and representations, obtaining payment, and obtaining financial assistance within the procurement regulations.

A major role in the implementation of the Small Business Program at ONR involves advising and assisting contracting officials and program managers in acquisition planning and reviewing all acquisition for possible Small Business Program set-asides, subcontracting opportunities and subcontracting administration. The office provides assistance to ONR's contracting officials regarding the determination of the acceptability of prime contractor subcontracting arrangements.


U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Links


Point of Contact

Ellen Simonoff
Director, Office of Small Business Programs

Office of Naval Research
Code 57
875 North Randolph Street
Arlington, VA 22203-1995

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Small Business Strategy

The ONR/NRE Small Business Strategy outlines how ONR is maximizing opportunities for small businesses across the Naval Research Enterprise (NRE), which includes ONR Headquarters, the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) and ONR Global.

FY19/FY20 ONR/NRE Small Business Strategy