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.

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.
  2. A request for proposal (RFP) by invitation to only those Mentor-Protégé (MP) teams whose technology transfer we wish to pursue.

This process will initially reduce the commitment of resources to the MP team because they won’t have to make a full proposal until they are confident, we wish to pursue their technology transfer. We work with the contracting office to advertise the MPP solicitation, receive proposals, conduct the price analysis, and award the MPA after the MPP PM, DTRA Office Small Business and DCMA representative conduct the technical evaluation.

Mentor-Protégé Agreement (MPA)

A Mentor-Protégé Agreement (MPA) consists of business infrastructure developmental assistance and technology transfer. Developmental Assistance includes 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 consist of implementing quality management systems certifications, or it can work on specific technology that benefits a Program Manager, Subject Matter Expert, Department, or Directorate. The program's purpose is to incentivize mentors to develop the protégé's capabilities to increase our industrial base's capacity.

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.
  • Hybrid: provides small business subcontracting credit for 1 year and reimburses for up to 2 additional years. DCMA administers the credit portion and we jointly manage the reimbursable portion with DCMA.



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