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Mentor-Protégé Program
The DON Mentor-Protégé Program assists small businesses (Protégés) to successfully compete for prime contract and subcontract awards by partnering with large companies (Mentors) under individual, project-based Agreements. The Department of Defense (DoD) Pilot Mentor-Protégé Program was established under Section 831 of Public Law 101-510, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 1991 (10 U.S.C. 2302 note). The program has been extended through September 30, 2018.

The DON MP Program is currently looking for agreements with focus in the following Developmental Assistance Areas:
  • Business Infratructure
  • Certifications
  • Construction
  • Engineering
  • Manufacturing
The DON Mentor-Protégé Program will accept Mentor-Protégé Agreements during these following timeframes:
  • June 1st - 30th
  • November 1st - 30th

PLEASE NOTE: Informal Introductory Briefings must be conducted prior to MPA submittal. Please see procedures contained in Mentor-Protégé Program Guidebook below

Navy Policy and Procedures

For more information about:

Recent Updates
* Section 4: Types of the Agreements List - To include Hybrid Mentor-Protégé Agreement definition.
* Section 8: Evaluation Process for Mentor-Protégé Agreements - Elimination of 4th quarter HCA Evaluation Timeframes
* Section 13: Reporting, Program Reviews and Helpful Templates - Added PMR, Close-out Review and Post-Program Review criteria.

DOD Mentor Protege Program and Regulations:

Forms and Templates

Please use the following templates, applications and other useful documents when creating an agreement proposal:

Department of Defense (DoD) Nunn Perry Award

The prestigious Nunn-Perry Award, named in honor of former Senator Sam Nunn and former Secretary of Defense William Perry, was first awarded in 1995 to recognize outstanding Mentor-Protégé teams formed under the auspices of the DoD Mentor-Protégé program.

Find out more about this award and how to participate.

DON Nunn Perry Award Winners


Mentor-Protégé Events

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