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Mentor-Protégé Program

 Mentor-Protégé Program

The DON Mentor-Protégé Program (MPP) 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 MPP 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, 2024.

Program Announcements

The Department of Defense (DoD) Mentor Protégé Pilot Program is OPEN and ACCEPTING new Mentor Protégé Agreements. The MPP has been reauthorized and extended through September 30, 2024.

General DON MPA Info

The DON MPP is currently looking for agreements with focus in the following Developmental Assistance Areas:

  • Knowledge Based
  • Manufacturing
  • Research and Development   

The DON MPP will accept Mentor-Protégé Agreements during these following timeframes:

Fiscal Year 2020-MPA will be accepted until September 30, 2020 or until we have exhausted the fiscal year funding.

Fiscal Year 2021-Fiscal Year 2024 MPA will be accepted during the 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

DON Mentor Protégé Program Policy and Procedures

For more information about:

DON Mentor Protégé Agreements

DoD Mentor Protégé Program Policy 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