Our Commitment to Small Businesses

Parallax Advanced Research, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit business, is dedicated to fostering the development of national, regional, and local small businesses. We recognize small businesses' flexibility, creativity, and dedication and strategically partner with them to drive advanced economic and innovative change.

Small Business Goals

Parallax actively sets aside opportunities for small businesses and adheres to Federal Acquisition Regulations to ensure subcontracting opportunities for various socioeconomic classifications. This includes veteran-owned, women-owned, and small disadvantaged businesses. For federal contracts exceeding $700,000, Parallax establishes small business goals for subcontracting.

Building Strong Partnerships

Parallax goes beyond conventional support. We foster connections with local, national, and regional small businesses through our education, workforce, and small business support capabilities and programs. Our proactive approach includes networking initiatives, small business capability briefings, strategic planning for potential partnerships, active involvement in outreach events, and providing a comprehensive suite of education, workforce, and support services crafted to address the distinctive needs of our diverse clientele, spanning industry, academia, and government sectors. Our unwavering dedication to driving innovation and fostering collaboration positions us as a trusted partner for organizations navigating the ever-evolving landscape of today's business and research environment. Even if a formal business engagement doesn't transpire, our steadfast commitment extends to providing ongoing support and mentorship.

Furthermore, we strategically employ the Triple Helix Model of innovation to forge impactful academic, industry, and government partnerships to advance innovation. This strategic alignment results in pioneering advancements within the United States' science and technology landscape. By facilitating collaboration between academia, industry, and government entities, we actively address national security needs and bridge critical technical gaps.

Our education, workforce, and small business support capabilities and programs include:

Small Business Resources

Parallax provides small businesses with informative resources for their advancement. The following local and national organizations offer consulting, training, bid-match services, networking opportunities, and more:

OrganizationContact Information
Dayton Development Coalition

1401 S. Main Street, Suite 200
Dayton, OH 45409
Phone: 937-222-4422 

The Entrepreneur Center714 East Monument Ave.
Dayton, OH 45402
Phone: 937-281-0168
US Small Business Administration –
Columbus District Office 
65 E State Street Suite 1350
Columbus, OH
Phone: 614-427-0407
Ohio Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) 77 South High Street, P.O. Box 1001
Columbus, Ohio 43216-1001
Phone: 614-644-1637


DEF Innovation Ecosystem Map (DIEM)

Open-source network map of the current DEF innovation ecosystem.

Defense Entrepreneurs Forum (DEF)

DEF connects and empowers people by convening events, forging partnerships, and amplifying initiatives to inspire and foster a culture of disruptive innovation in the U.S. national security community.

Defense SBIR/STTR Innovation Portal (DSIP)

The official proposal submission website for the Department of Defense (DoD).

Innovation Pathways

The Innovation Pathways website serves as a gateway for industry, small businesses, students, universities, and other organizations within the Department itself to discover opportunities with DoD organizations.

Regional Mission Acceleration Centers (MACs) and State-level OnRamp Hubs

Southwest Mission Acceleration Center

Houses the OnRamp Hub: Arizona

The Southwest Mission Acceleration Center is a part of a national network of installations across the country. We are the “front door to DoD,” coordinating a robust national security innovation ecosystem, and enabling access to the right partners for rapid, scalable transition of emerging technologies needed by the warfighter.

Pacific Northwest Mission Acceleration Center

Houses the OnRamp Hub: Washington

The PNW MAC™’s goal is to remove barriers to engagement and accelerate defense innovation, serving as the center of gravity for the Pacific Northwest startup and venture communities, academia, and local and federal partners, to support the Department of Defense. Launching with Navy Tech Bridge, National Security Innovation Network (NSIN), Impact Washington and Pacific Northwest Defense Coalition (PNDC) support, this community will allow for both formal collaboration and the serendipitous innovation or “coffee pot collaboration” that comes from bringing people together.

Great Plains Mission Acceleration Center

Houses the OnRamp Hub: Kansas

We are the front door for DoD to Regional Businesses, academic institutions, and state organizations needed to find and field critical technologies to our warfighters in the state of Kansas and the Great Plains Region. The Great Plains Mission Acceleration Center® (GPMAC) is a national network of resources focusing on defense innovation.

Indo Pacific Mission Acceleration Center

Houses the OnRamp Hub: Hawai’i

Headquartered in Hawaii, the Mission Acceleration Center (MAC) Indo Pacific is the industry complement to Government innovation offices, working together to pull small businesses across the Valley of Death.

Small Business Administration (SBA) SBIR/STTR & Registration Sites

Federal and State Technology (FAST) Partnership Program

The FAST Partnership Program provides one-year funding to organizations to execute state/regional programs that increase the number of SBIR/STTR proposals leading to an increase in the number of SBIR/STTR awards.

Federally Funded Research and Development Centers (FFRDCs)

The National Science Foundation’s (NSF) list of FFRDCs that are qualified institutional partners for STTR proposals.

NASA SBIR/STTR Solicitation

The SBIR and STTR solicitations are produced annually in partnership with NASA's Mission Directorates and Centers to focus on the agency's priority mission needs.


Although the Navy's SBIR and STTR programs are a component of the overall DoD SBIR/STTR program, the Navy's program is targeted at addressing the needs and areas of interest to the Navy and its System Commands (SYSCOMS).


A tutorial on partnering for SBIR/STTR.

Policy Directive

The SBA policy directive for SBIR and STTR programs.

Registration Requirements

A tutorial on registration and requirements.


SBA SBIR/STTR provides complete information on the SBIR and STTR programs from the SBA level.

SBA Events Feed

View upcoming SBIR/STTR related events on the SBA.gov website.

SBIR/STTR Solicitations

A link to current SBIR STTR solicitation listings.

System for Award Management (SAM)

SAM is required for proposal submissions.

Legal Foundations, Legal Notices & Background for SBIR/STTR

2017 SBIR/STTR Reauthorization

The Small Business Technology Council Summary of 2017 SBIR/STTR Reauthorization outlines reauthorization of SBIR/STTR in the National Defense Authorization Act of 2017.

Public Law 94-471 – October 11, 1976

The authorization Act for the NSF that established the Office of Small Business R&D and initiated the NSF precursor program to the federal-wide SBIR program.

SBA Policy Directive from enactment of NDAA of 2018

The Federal Register announcement of SBA Policy Directive was based on program changes resulting from enactment of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) of 2018. The SBA combines the two directives into one document, clarifies the data rights and Phase III preference afforded to SBIR/STTR small business awardees, adds definitions for data rights and clarifies benchmarks for progress towards commercialization.

SBA Policy Directive May 2019

The Policy Directive published in May 2019 that sets the guidelines for agency SBIR/STTR programs.

SBA Policy Directive, May 2019

A summary of the changes in the latest SBA SBIR/STTR Policy Directive.

SBIR Research & Development (R&D) Enhancement Act

The Small Business R&D Enhancement Act of 1992 established the reauthorization of the SBIR program that included program improvements and established STTR as a pilot program.

SBIR/STTR Rules and Regulations

Code of Federal Regulations SBA SBIR and STTR size and eligibility details. See sections 121.701 to 121.705

Small Business Innovation Development Act

The 1982 Small Business Innovation Development Act Foundational law established the SBIR program across all agencies in the U.S. government that meet the extramural R&D budget criteria.

Stevenson-Wydler Act

Stevenson-Wydler Technology Innovation Act of 1908 was one of the foundational laws established that created the technology development and innovation ecosystem that exists today.

Summary of SBIR/STTR changes inserted into NDAA of 2018

The Small Business Technology Council Summary of enhancements to the SBIR/STTR program and contracting for DoD was made in the NDAA of 2018.

Entrepreneurial and Small Business Resources

Air Force Tech Connect & Space Force Tech Connect

The Department of the Air Force is committed to delivering an effective service to connect industry, academia, and the government by expanding and strengthening their partnerships and leveraging the innovation networks within them.

The Air Force Tech Connect is a new product provided by the U.S. Air Force to ensure more external innovations have a transformational impact on the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Space Force.

The Tech Connect team, comprised of Air Force Research Laboratory personnel, connects quality, relevant ideas, and technologies with U.S. Air Force subject matter experts. The Tech Connect Team will review submitted ideas and inquiries, provide feedback, and establish a dialogue between the submitter and potentially interested U.S. Air Force and U.S. Space Force programs.

APEX Massive Open Online Courses

The APEX MOOC are free video and web-based courses are available for anyone to enroll. The MOOC content covers:

  • Department of the Air Force Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs
  • Proposal writing
  • Pitching
  • Traditional and open topics
  • Eligibility
  • Website navigation

And many more topics to help you be successful in the SBIR/STTR program! Review the video to the left for an introduction to the MOOC.

Launch Dayton Business Resources

Resources based on the type of entrepreneur they are designed for and the stage of business where the resource will be most useful.

U.S. Small Business Administration - Events

Provides counseling, capital, and contracting expertise as the nation’s only go-to resource and voice for small businesses.

FAA Resources

Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) Implementation Plan

Transportation is constantly evolving, and each step forward yields new opportunities that fundamentally change how people and goods are being transported. A new era of aviation once only portrayed in movies or science fiction is taking off. Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) is an emerging aviation ecosystem that leverages new aircraft and an array of innovative technologies to provide the opportunity for more efficient, more sustainable, and more equitable options for transportation.

Office of the Secretary of Defense

Acquisition Innovation Research Center (AIRC)

AIRC was established to infuse innovation and alternative disciplines from

academia to better respond to rapidly

changing threats and technological


APEX Accelerators

The APEX Accelerators program, formerly known as Procurement Technical Assistance Program (PTAP), under management of the DoD Office of Small Business Programs (OSBP), plays a critical role in the Department’s efforts to identify and helps a wide range of businesses enter and participate in the defense supply-chain.

Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)

DARPA’s focus is to make pivotal investments in breakthrough technologies for national security.

Defense Digital Service (DDS)

DDS is a highly experienced team of software and data engineers, data scientists, product managers and user research designers with a track record of immediately delivering usable products in record time within the Chief Digital and Artificial Intelligence Office.

Defense Innovation Unit (DIU)

DIU strengthens national security by accelerating the adoption of commercial technology throughout the military and bolstering our allied and national security innovation bases.

Defense Microelectronics Activity (DMEA) Office of Small Business Programs (OSBP)

The DMEA OSBP advocates for small businesses that contribute to national security and economic power to our nation in microelectronics.


General information website on SBIR/STTR as it relates to the DoD.

Irregular Warfare Technical Support Directorate (IWTSD) BAA Information Delivery System (BIDS)

The IWTSD identifies and develops capabilities for DOD and Interagency customers to conduct Irregular Warfare against all adversaries, including Great Power competitors and non-state actors.

Missile Defense Agency (MDA) SBIR/STTR

MDA prepares research topics which are relevant to components of the missile defense system (radar and electro-optic sensors, manufacturing, materials development, etc.).

National Security Innovation Capital (NSIC)

NSIC is focused on next-generation hardware technologies for application to connected mobile and edge systems that support distributed operations in land, sea, air, and space domains.

National Security Innovation Network (NSIN)

NSIN works to bring together defense, academic and entrepreneurial innovators to solve national security problems in new ways.


Army Applications Laboratory

AAL tests and refines improved business models that can scale across the Army.

Army Combat Capabilities Development Command (DEVCOM)

DEVCOM is a team of scientists, engineers, analysts, technicians, and support staff who are focused on empowering America’s Soldiers.

Army Futures Command (AFC)

AFC executes six functions – future operational environment, research, concepts, experimentation, requirements, and integration – with support from industry, academia, and joint and multinational partners.

Army Rapid Capabilities and Critical Technologies Office (RCCTO)

The RCCTO serves to expedite critical capabilities to the field to meet Combatant Commanders’ needs.

Army Research Lab (ARL)

ARL is the Army’s sole foundational research laboratory focused on cutting-edge scientific discovery, technological innovation, and transitioning capabilities for the future Army.

Aviation & Missile Center (AvMC)

AvMC is the Army’s focal point for providing research, development, engineering technology, and services for aviation purposes and missile systems.

Chemical Biological Center

The Chemical Biological Center is the primary DoD technical organization for non-medical chemical and biological defense.

Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Cyber, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C5ISR) Center

The C5ISR Center finds solutions and delivers capabilities that span the domain of C5ISR networks and systems regardless of the platform.


EAGLEWERX connects people and resources to empower Soldiers to provide novel ideas that solve tactical problems.

Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC)

The U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center helps solve our nation’s problems in civil and military engineering, geospatial sciences, water resources, and environmental sciences for the Army, DoD, civilian agencies, and our Nation’s public good.

Ground Vehicle Systems Center (GVSC)

GVSC is the U.S. Armed Forces’ R&D facility for advanced technology in ground systems.

Soldier Center

The Soldier Center leverages cutting-edge technologies such as AI, quantum effects, autonomy, robotics, advanced energetics, and synthetic biology to give Soldiers the ability to act faster than their adversaries.

U.S. Army Medical Research and Development Command (USAMRDC)

USAMRDC is the Army's medical materiel developer, with responsibility for medical research, development, and acquisition.

U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command (USASMDC)

USASMDC develops and provides current and future global space, missile defense, and high-altitude capabilities to the Army, joint force, and our allies and partners, to enable multidomain combat effects; enhance deterrence, assurance, and detection of strategic attacks, and protect the nation.

Marine Corps

Marine Corps Systems Command (MCSC)

MCSC exercises contracting and technical authority for all Marine Corps ground weapon and IT programs.

Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory (MCWL)

The MWCL/Futures Directorate generates and examines threat-informed, operating concepts and capabilities and provides recommendations to inform subsequent force design and development activities.

Marine Innovation Unit (MIU)

MIU is a supporting entity to Total Force goals with emphasis on capabilities that transition in a timely manner focused on outcomes. MIU partners with Combat Development & Integration and MCWL to support the SECNAV, Commandant of the Marine Corps, and Major Subordinate Commanders.


Energetics Manufacturing Technology Center (EMTC)

EMTC partners with government, industry, and academia to develop and transition technology for affordable manufacturing of energetic materials, components, and systems.

Naval Information Warfare Center (NIWC)



NIWC conducts R&D, prototyping, engineering, test and evaluation, installation, and sustainment of integrated information warfare capabilities and services across all warfighting domains with an emphasis on Expeditionary Tactical Capabilities & Enterprise IT and Business Systems to drive innovation.

Naval Research Laboratory (NRL)

NRL is a scientific and engineering command dedicated to research that drives innovative advances for the U.S. Navy and the U.S. Marine Corps.

Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA)

NAVSEA engineers, builds, buys, and maintains ships, submarines and combat systems that meet the Fleet's current and future operational requirements.


NavalX connects relevant solutions from small businesses, startups, and academia to address the Department of the Navy’s challenges and needs faster.

Navy Office of Small Business Programs

The mission of OSBP is to promote acquisition opportunities where small business can best support the needs of our Sailors and Marines.


Contains Department of the Navy-specific SBIR/STTR information.

Office of Naval Research (ONR)

The Office of Naval Research is the catalyst of future naval power, ensuring technological dominance for the fleet and force. ONR finds the best minds and sponsors new research and creates new capabilities for our Sailors and Marines.

Air Force

The Academic Partnership Engagement Experiment (APEX)

APEX is a first-of-its-kind program that aims to enhance partnerships between the Department of the Air Force (DAF) and academia.

AFRL Small Business Hub

Wright Brothers Institute (WBI) and AFRL share a partnership intermediary agreement (PIA) to promote innovative problem-solving, R&D, and collaborations.


AFWERX brings cutting edge ingenuity from small businesses and start-ups to address challenges for the DAF.

Air Force Office of Small Business Programs

The Secretary of the Air Force/Small Business (SAF/SB) has responsibility for directing, managing, measuring, and overseeing the execution of Small Business Programs for the DAF.

Air Force Rapid Sustainment Office (RSO)

The RSO optimizes warfighter readiness by exploiting technologies to revolutionize sustainment operations.

Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL)

AFRL leads the discovery, development, and delivery of warfighting technologies for our air, space, and cyberspace forces.

Air Force Tech Connect

The Air Force and Space Force Tech Connect website provides access to current, open opportunities, meet-up events, other DAF S&T enterprise connectors, and a way for anyone to share an idea.


ARCWERX creates and fosters a culture of innovation in the Air Reserve Command that builds on the unique structure, geographic distribution and talents of individual Guardsmen and Reservists.

Business and Enterprise Systems Product Innovation (BESPIN)

BESPIN is an Air Force software factory building technology solutions that meets Airmen where they are.


CYBERWORX rapidly prototypes solutions to DAF and DoD problems by identifying and focusing on warfighter needs.

DAF Digital Transformation Office (DTO)

The DTO is dedicated to addressing the digital needs of the acquisition and sustainment enterprise from a short- and long-term perspective.

Kessel Run

Kessel Run sustains the existing Air Operations Center baseline while building a scalable software factory to architect, manufacture, and operate Wing and Operational level Command and Control systems to function in contested environments.


Tesseract accelerates logistics innovation by empowering Airmen and connecting them to ideas and resources to improve the agile combat support and mission generation capabilities of the USAF.

"Preserving Our Competitive Advantage" Strategy

The Under Secretary of Defense 2030 Strategy "Preserving Our Competitive Advantage"

U.S. Air Force Phase III Overview

U.S. Air Force overview of Phase III of the SBIR/STTR program.

U.S. Air Force SBIR/STTR

Central point for understanding and keeping up with the overall U.S. Air Force SBIR/STTR programs.

U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) Engage SOF (eSOF)

The USSOCOM eSOF assists the command with conducting market research in accordance with Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Part 10.001, to arrive at the most suitable approach to acquiring and distributing.

Space Force

Space Force Rapid Capabilities Office (USSF RCO)

The Space RCO develops and delivers dominant space capabilities in response to the Commander, US Space Command requirements.


SpaceWERX inspires and empowers collaboration with innovators to accelerate capabilities and shape our future in space.

Cyber Command

Cyber Fusion Innovation Center (CFIC)

CFIC is a DEFENSEWERX Innovation Hub in partnership with the U.S. Army Cyber Command via an Other Transaction Authority (OTA) agreement.

Special Operations Command

Engage SOF (eSOF)

The United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) eSOF assists the Command with conducting market research, to find the best approach to acquiring, distributing, and supporting SOF-peculiar supplies and services.

SOCOM Science and Technology Directorate

The Science and Technology Directorate seeks to discover, enable, and transition technologies to provide an asymmetric advantage for special operations forces.

Transportation Command

TRANSCOM Research, Development, Test and Evaluation (RDT&E)

The RDT&E program explores innovative technologies that address Distribution Process Owner (DPO) and Defense Transportation System (DTS) capability gaps.

Defense Logistics Agency

Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) Office of Small Business Programs (OSBP)

The DLA OSBP provides training and guidance to maximize opportunities for small businesses to participate in DLA's acquisition program, both as prime contractors and subcontractors.

Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) Procurement Technical Assistance Program

The DLA Procurement Technical Assistance Program was established to expand the number of businesses capable of participating in government contracts.

National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency

National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA)

NGA delivers geospatial intelligence that provides an advantage to policymakers, service members, intelligence professionals, and first responders.

National Security Agency/Central Security Service

National Security Agency (NSA) Business Resources

The NSA/CSS leads the U.S. Government in cryptology that encompasses both signals intelligence (SIGINT) insights and cybersecurity products and services and enables computer network operations to gain an advantage for the nation and our allies.

NSA Cybersecurity Collaboration Center (CCC)

At the CCC, NSA establishes collaborations to prevent, detect, and defeat cyber adversaries targeting our nation’s most sensitive networks.

We invite you to connect with us  and discuss how we can help develop your small business and drive economic and innovative change.