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FDA Small Business and Disadvantaged Opportunities

FDA's Commitment to Small Businesses

The FDA is committed to ensuring maximum participation by small and disadvantaged businesses in the procurement of supplies and services by the Administration. In FY23, FDA awarded more than $727 million to small business concerns (including the various socioeconomic categories), which accounted for more than 38% of total obligations.

FY24 FDA Small Business Goals

Small Business Goals

Small Business (SB)

Small Disadvantaged Business (SDB)

Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB)

Service-Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business (SDVOSB)

Historically Underutilized Business Zone Small Business (HUBZone)

Prime Contracting






FY23 FDA Small Business Accomplishments

Small Business Accomplishments

Small Business (SB)

Small Disadvantaged Business (SDB)

Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB)

Service-Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business (SDVOSB)

Historically Underutilized Business Zone Small Business (HUBZone)

Prime Contracting







The Agency has a dedicated Small Business Professional, Cindy Anderson, who is assigned from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Small Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU) and is available to assist and counsel small business firms for the purpose of promoting small business participation. For questions, please email Cindy at cynthia.anderson@hhs.gov


FDA Contract Opportunities 

Market research is conducted for every contract opportunity. Based on this research, the acquisition team will consider if a set-aside for small business or any of socioeconomic programs are appropriate including: SBA's 8(a) Business Development program participants, Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB) or Economically Disadvantaged Women-Owned Small Business (EDWOSB), Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Businesses (SDVOSB) or Historically Underutilized Business Zone (HUBZone).

Any Business interested in working with FDA should be registered at SAM.gov and within the SBCX portal. Registering with SBCX will place your business within the Small Business Directory Tool used by the FDA and other HHS Operating Divisions. This will ensure that acquisition team members will be able to view your business profile, including your capability statement, when considering potential businesses for set-asides and awards.

FDA's acquisition forecast can be found on the HHS Small Business Customer Experience (SBCX) portal: https://osdbu.hhs.gov


Steps to Locate FDA Opportunities at SAM.gov

SAM.gov is the single government point of entry for federal acquisitions greater than $25,000. To find contract opportunities with FDA, follow the steps below:

  1. From the SAM.gov home screen navigate to Contract Opportunities.
  2. Select "Advanced Search".
  3. In the field for Federal Organizations type "Food and Drug Administration".
  4. Select "7524 Food and Drug Administration" from the drop-down menu.
  5. Select any other relevant search parameters to refine search results.
  6. Select any other contract opportunity of interest to view more information, including a detailed description of the opportunity, relevant attachments, and point of contact information.

Actions being competed under GSA Schedule, an agency blanket purchase agreement (BPA), or an indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract will not be found at SAM.gov since these opportunities are only open to existing contract or BPA holders. 


FDA Subcontracting Opportunities

After market research is completed, if the contract requirement is not suitable for award to a small business as a prime contractor, subcontracting opportunities are another avenue for small businesses to gain valuable experience and support FDA. Small businesses can identify prime contractors at SAM.gov via Award Notices and are encouraged to reach out directly to the prime contractor.

Each prime contract award includes requirement for a small business subcontracting plan. This plan requires that the prime contractor makes a good faith effort in achieving the government's policies in extending maximum practicable opportunities to small business concerns.

Subcontract opportunities can also be located at SBA's Subcontracting Network System (SUBNet) page: SBA SubNet. This page bridges the gap between businesses seeking small businesses and small businesses seeking contracting opportunities. 

We are excited to announce that SBCX will soon offer a place for businesses to post subcontracting opportunities, so please be on the lookout for more details!

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