Army Office of Small Business Programs
Mentor-Protégé Program

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Gayna Malcolm-Packnett
Procurement Analyst

The Mentor-Protege Program (MPP) was established November 5, 1990 (Public Law 101-510) as a pilot program but has been reauthorized by Congress through FY 2026. This program provides incentives to major DoD contractors to furnish eligible small business concerns with assistance designed to expand their footprint in the defense industrial base. The Mentor-Protégé Agreement (MPA) consists of business infrastructure developmental assistance and technology transfer. Example of Developmental Assistance include activities like Human Resources training, Business Development, Capture Management and Proposal Development training, or training on implementing a DCAA-compliant accounting system. Technology transfer can include implementation of quality management systems, certifications, or it can work on specific technology that provides a benefit to an Army program manager, Program Executive Office (PEO) or a Commander.

Types of Mentor-Protégé Agreements:

Reimbursable: reimburses mentors for allowable mentoring expenses, up to $1M/year for up to 2 years.

Credit: provides small business subcontracting credit to the mentor for the socioeconomic categories of the protégé using a multiplier (4X for direct labor costs; 3X for subcontracts, and 2X for other direct costs [ODCs]); Defense Contract Management Agency (DCMA) administers credit agreements.

Hybrid: provides small business subcontracting credit for 1 year and reimburses for an additional year. DCMA administers the credit portion, and we jointly manage the reimbursable portion with DCMA.

Solicitation process:

The solicitation process is a 2-step process:

• 1) a call for white papers that describe the technology transfer along with an endorsement from a PM, PEO, or Commander stating that the technology transfer addresses one of their top priorities.

• 2) a request for proposal (RFP) by invitation to only those Mentor-Protégé (MP) teams whose technology transfer the Army wish to pursue.

Project Spectrum:

The Department of Defense (DoD) Office of Small Business Programs (OSBP) has launched Project Spectrum ( as the definitive platform for cybersecurity information, resources, tools, and training for small businesses that are part of the defense and national security supply chain. Protégé’s will be assessed upon program entry and receive training to meet NIST SP 800-171 evaluations requirements or achieve Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification.



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