Increase the effectiveness of your R&D and product development by leveraging DSM’s extensive research project experience and contacts.   Partner with DSM to explore new, higher risk technologies.

SBIR Program

DSM is an active participant in the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program.  The SBIR program is a highly competitive program that encourages domestic small businesses to engage in Federal Research/Research and Development (R/R&D) that has the potential for commercialization.

Since the company's founding in 1998, DSM has been awarded more than forty SBIR contracts from U.S. government agencies.  DSM's commercialization of the technologies stemming from these contracts has produced millions in commercial sales.

Commercial R&D

DSM does not limit its development efforts to government entities.  Private customers frequently contract DSM to further develop technology and products.  The R&D jobs range from the commercialization of SBIR programs to completely independent contracts.  Unfortunately, we are unable to display most of our R&D work on our website due to non-disclosure agreements.  Please inquire regarding specific application experience.

DSM is always looking for more commercial R&D opportunities.  If precision motion control is critical to the success of your application, we invite you to contact us so that we can discuss our relevant experience. DSM supports both "one-off" custom devices and system designs as well as low-medium production volumes.


DSM is a proud member of the National Armaments Consortium (NAC), the industry and academia component of the Department of Defense Ordnance Technology Consortium.  

The National Armaments Consortium (NAC), is a consortium of over 330 companies and academic institutions brought together to enhance warfighter lethality and survivability by leveraging the nation’s industrial and academia research and development base to advance and expand our military technological superiority.

SBIR / STTR Topics Awarded to DSM

TopicAwarded By Phase
Non-Inductive Actuation Mechanisms to Reduce Interference with Magnetometer-Based Navigation NavyII
Parallel Kinematic Actuator with Reduced Size and Improved Performance OSDII
High Reliability Cryogenic Piezoelectric Valve Actuator NASAII
Cryogenic Rotary Piezoelectric Motor NASAII
Novel TVC Mini DAC System MDAII
Miniature Piezo Semi-Active Seat Damper MarinesII
Vertical Accelerator for Visual-Vestibular Acuity Testin and Training NavyII
Actuator for a 2 Inch Isolation Cryogenic Valve NASAII
Design and Development of 3-Way Selector Valve Assemblies with Actuator Systems NASAII
Piezoelectric Actuated Cryogenic Thermodynamic Vent Valve NASAII
Compact High Specific Power (HSP) Linear Actuator for Divert and Altitude Control Systems NavyII
Fast-acting, Compact, Piezoelectric Actuator for Control of Mini-Interceptor MDAII
Precision Robotic Tomography System ArmyII
Rapid Hole Array Using Laser and Mechanical Processes Air ForceII
Miniature Compliant Spatial Parallel Manipulators BMDOII
Piezoelectric Step and Repeat Hydraulic Motor DARPAII
A Highly Damped, High Strength, Puncture Resistant Fabric for Multi-threat Protective Uniforms ArmyII
Portable Composite Structure and Missile Evaluation BMDOI
Novel Magnetic Field Sensor BMDOI
Portable High Efficiency Power Source for Missile Technology BMDOI
Dissipative Acoustic Arrays for Interior Noise Control Air ForceI
Remotely Detecting Damage in Critical Structural Bolted Joints BMDOI
Light Weight Controllable Thrust Actuation for Innovative Propulsion System for Missile Defense Interceptors MDAI
Precision Motorized Cryo/Vacuum Stage Air ForceI
Miniaturized Safe-Fuel Electrically-Controlled Divert & Attitude Control System BMDOI
Innovative Piezoelectric Air Pump Manufacturing Technology OSD NavyI
High Power Rotary Actuator for Kinetic Energy Weapons BMDOI
Active Textiles for Life Support Ensembles and Medical Applications NSFI
Simplified Solid-State Tehermal Power Generation BMDOI
Compact Nitinol Hydraulic Actuator for Munitions Control Air ForceI