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

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