The Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) provides funding opportunities focused on countering threats posed by weapons of mass destruction (WMDs), including nuclear, biological, chemical, and radiological weapons. These opportunities are typically available through Broad Agency Announcements (BAAs), Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) programs, and other solicitations, which outline specific research and development interests. Initial solicitation response steps typically involve drafting a white paper outlining the proposed effort without detailed delivery schedules or cost estimates. DTRA requests that white papers should focus on technical merits and feasibility of the project, including research and development efforts to determine the feasibility of the proposed solution. The DTRA SBIR/STTR Selection Authority will review and approve those white papers selected to move forward to a full proposal.
DTRA encourages participation from a diverse range of entities, including educational institutions, nonprofit organizations, and businesses of all sizes, particularly those with innovative solutions that can help detect, deter, and neutralize WMD threats.