Mentor-Protégé Program

Pilot Mentor-Protégé Program

The Department of Defense (DoD) Mentor-Protégé Program (MPP) provides incentives to major DoD contractors to furnish disadvantaged small business concerns with assistance designed to enhance their capabilities to perform as subcontractors and viable suppliers under DoD Contracts and other Federal Government and commercial contracts.

What is PEO STRI Pilot Mentor-Protégé Program

PEO STRI pilot MPP seeks to expand Simulation, Training and Instrumentation efforts while encouraging major DoD prime contractors (mentors) to assist in the development of technical and business capabilities of Small Disadvantaged Businesses (SDBs), Qualified organizations employing the severely disabled, Women-owned Small Businesses (WOSBs), Service Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSBs), Historically Underutilized Business Zone Small Business (HUBZone).

What are the benefits of the PEO STRI Pilot Mentor-Protégé Program

The MPP allows large firms (mentors) to furnish technical and business assistance to SDBs, entities that employ severely disabled persons, WOSBs, SDVOSBs and HUBZone (protégés).

The mentor receives either a direct cost reimbursement, credit towards applicable subcontracting goals for costs incurred, or a combination thereof (hybrid).

The protégé gains enhanced capabilities to perform as prime contractor, subcontractor and supplier while establishing and fostering long-term business relationships within PEO STRI.

What are the benefits of the PEO STRI Pilot Mentor-Protégé Program

A mentor must be one of the following:

  • An entity other than a small business, unless a waiver to the small business exception is obtained from the DoD
  • A graduated 8(a) firm that provides documentation of its ability to serve as a mentor
  • Approved to participate as a mentor in accordance with DFARS Appendix I-105

A protégé must be one of the following:

  • SBA Certified Small Disadvantaged Business (SDB)
  • Qualified organization employing the severely disabled
  • Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB)
  • Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB)
  • Historically Under Utilized Business Zone Small Business (HUBZone)

What are the participant requirements?

Participants must comply with the following:

  • Mentor firms must be eligible for the award of Federal Contracts
  • Mentor must have a minimum of one active approved subcontracting plan negotiated with DoD or another Federal Agency pursuant to FAR 19.702
  • Participants are solely responsible for choosing a counterpart
  • Protégé may have ONLY One DoD active agreement
  • Agreement period of performance is typically 3 years
  • Participants must comply with all reporting and review requirements of the Program

Agreement Types:

Direct Reimbursement – agreement of which development assistance costs incurred are reasonable, allocable and allowable and will be reimbursed to the Mentor through a contract line item.

Credit – agreement of which developmental assistance costs incurred are not directly reimbursed by but are applied under Federal Agency subcontracting plan 19.7003 towards subcontracting of Small Disadvantaged Businesses (SDBs), Qualified organizations employing the severely disabled, Women-owned Small Businesses (WOSBs), Service Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSBs), Historically Underutilized Business Zone Small Business (HUBZone) based on assistance provided.

Hybrid – agreement uses some credit and some reimbursement instead of exclusively one or the other.

Agreement types must:

  • Identify clear concise metrics
  • Identify milestones
  • Show value to PEO STRI
  • Focus on technology transfer

For Additional Information

Director for Small Business Programs
usarmy.orlando.peo-stri.list.office-of-small-business-programs@mail.mil
Mentor-Protégé Administrator
usarmy.orlando.peo-stri.list.office-of-small-business-programs@mail.mil
Mentor-Protégé Program