John Williams is the program manager for the Navy’s Small Business Innovation Research Program and the Small Business Technology Transfer Program. He has been with the Navy for 17 years, spending time at the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Naval Sea Systems Command, and his last nine years with the Office of Naval Research. During his career with the Navy he has worked with the Navy’s Manufacturing Technology Program, the Navy and Private Shipyards, and the National Shipbuilding Research Program, and he has been the program officer for multiple SBIR projects.

In 1996 Mr. Williams joined ONR and became the deputy to the Navy SBIR program. His main focus has been to transition the Navy SBIR program into a paperless environment, to manage the STTR program, and most recently to increase the commercialization or more accurately the transition of Navy SBIR and STTR technologies into the fleet. In 2000 John initiated the Transition Assistance Program (TAP), a 10-month program designed to educate and assist all Navy Phase II awardees in the technology transition process. Recently this effort was expanded to include the Primes Initiative, which is focused on increasing the involvement of DoD prime contractors into the SBIR program. TAP concludes with the Navy Opportunity Forum, scheduled for the first Monday and Tuesday in May, and this year’s event had over 700 representatives from DoD primes, program offices, and small business.

The Navy has led the way at increasing the involvement of acquisition program offices and major defense contractors in the SBIR program with the goal that developing closer partnership between our nation’s small high-tech firms and these organizations will ultimately increase the transition of SBIR- and STTR-funded technologies. This has proven true, and the Navy has the highest record of Government Phase III contracts across the DoD. Mr. Williams has a degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Maryland, College Park and a master’s in engineering management, marketing of technology from the George Washington University.

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