Vendor Information

Thank you for your interest in the Small Business Office at Massachusetts Institute of Technology Lincoln Laboratory (MIT LL)--the 2013 winner of The Small Business Administration Dwight D. Eisenhower Award in the Research and Development category. MIT LL is committed to working with small business concerns to the maximum extent practicable.

Current Opportunities

Our Current Opportunities page showcases the most current request for proposals (RFP). 

First-time Bidders: Prior to completing a Vendor Responsibility Check (see below), vendors will only be able to view public Abstracts of posted RFP’s.  New vendors will only have access to full Statements of Work (SOW) once a Vendor Responsibility Check has been successfully completed.  To begin the vetting process, interested vendors should start by creating an account; once an account is created, new account notifications are automatically sent to an assigned MIT LL Buyer, who then begins the Vendor Responsibility Check.

Vendor Responsibility Check

Following Account Creation, a MIT LL Buyer will be assigned your account to perform a responsibility determination.  This responsibility check consists of three steps: two separate inquiries into your organization via public websites, and the completion of a modified W-9 form.

  2. Dun & Bradstreet (D&B)
  3. W-9 Form

Note: Maintaining and D&B accounts and updating information at either site is the sole responsibility of the vendor.

Any failure to meet the standards required by either or Dunn & Bradstreet may preclude your organization from receiving a positive responsibility determination.  Furthermore, failure to properly complete or return the W-9 form may also prevent your organization from receiving a positive responsibility determination.  Failure to receive a positive responsibility determination will disqualify your organization from being temporarily eligible to participate in RFP opportunities; however, should a vendor attempt to improve their responsibility, responsibility determinations can be rerun prior to future RFP opportunities.

Once a responsibility determination has been successfully completed, vendors will receive an automatic notification from the Small Business Portal explaining that access to full Statement of Works’ has been granted.

Terms and Conditions

Any vendor wishing to bid on an RFP available through the Small Business Portal must accept MIT LL’s terms and conditions without modification.  Applicable Terms and Conditions can be found on the Current Opportunities page.

Commercial Suppliers

At this time, all RFP opportunities posted via the MIT LL Small Business Portal are research and development in nature.  If you are a commercial supplier, please register with MIT LL’s new platform for reverse auctions hosted by (formerly SciQuest).

Vendor Visits

Looking for a better way to show MIT LL staff members your organizations capabilities?  Vendor Visits are an excellent way to showcase your organizational capabilities directly to MIT LL staff.  Any vendor interested in learning more about the Vendor Visit program should inquire through the MIT LL Small Business Office.

Please note, to participate your company’s representatives attending the visit must be U.S. citizens or permanent legal residents (i.e. Green Card holders).

Collaborative Research and Development Agreements (CRADAs)

Are you a small business that specializes in research and development?

In addition to providing competitive subcontracting opportunities, MIT LL seeks to collaborate and participate in technology transfer with small R&D businesses by means of Collaborative Research and Development Agreements (CRADAs).  Facilitated by a CRADA, your small R&D business may be eligible to partner directly with MIT LL experts on R&D projects and participate in subsequent technology transfer direct to industry.

If you are interested in hearing more about CRADA opportunities with MIT LL, or simply looking for more information, we invite you to review our external website to discover areas of expertise where your business may be able to provide benefits from collaborative effort.

Similarly, MITLL also participates in Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) and Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) programs provided by the Federal Government.

So whatever your stage in business, if you believe that MIT LL can help you explore your company’s technological potential and can assist in providing the research and development guidance essential for realizing both commercial and scientific success, please reach out to our MIT LL Small Business Office at to inquire about further opportunities.