Mentor Protégé Program


The Mentor Protégé Program (MPP) was created as a pilot program (Public Law 101-510) in 1990. The program was created by former Senator Sam Nunn and implemented by former Defense Secretary William Perry.  The MPP was established as a pilot program and has periodically been reauthorized by Congress.  The MPP was made permanent under the Fiscal Year 2023 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).

The Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) Mentor Protégé Program (MPP) assists eligible Small Businesses (protégés) in developing their qualifications and ability to compete for prime contract and subcontract awards by partnering with large businesses (mentors), who provide developmental assistance under individual, project-based agreements to help meet the DTRA mission. The DTRA is participating in the MPP and has advertised a Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) in the fall of 2023 for white papers for the MPP.

Mentor Protégé Program Broad Agency Announcement (BAA)

Notice ID: HDTRA124S0001

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Description: The Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) has a requirement for the Mentor Protégé Program (MPP) Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) to solicit eligible mentor and protégé firms for participation in the Department of Defense (DoD) MPP in accordance with Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) 219.71, (DFARS) 219.71 and DFARS Appendix I (as amended by 10 U.S.C. 4902 effective December 21, 2023) through this Broad Agency Announcement (BAA). This announcement will be posted for twelve months so white papers may be submitted at any time.


Solicitation process:

The solicitation process is basic and transparent. It is a 2-step process:

  1. A call for white papers to describe the technology transfer along with an endorsement from a DTRA Program Manager, Subject Matter Expert, Department or Directorate head stating that the technology transfer will help address one of their top priorities.
    • A request for proposal (RFP) by invitation to only those Mentor-Protégé (MP) teams whose technology transfer we wish to pursue.
  • Types of Mentor-Protégé Agreements:

  • Reimbursable: reimburses mentors for allowable mentoring expenses, up to $1M/year for up to 3 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.

Types of Mentor-Protégé Agreements:


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