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Corporate initiatives

Mentor Protégé Program (MPP) Link opens in a new window - 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 projects consist of mutually agreed development of the protégé by the mentor firm. The MPP is managed by the DoD’s Office of Small Business Programs.

The DoD recognizes outstanding MPP teams annually with the prestigious Nunn-Perry Award. In 2008, Rolls-Royce was the proud recipient of this award for two MPP initiatives. The first initiative was with Manzi MetalsLink opens in a new window Inc., a women-owned, small disadvantaged business distributor of metals located in Brooksville, FL. Additionally, Rolls-Royce was recognised for the MPP initiative with California Amforge Corporation Link opens in a new windowa women owned small business forger located in Azusa, California.

Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR)/Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Programs

Rolls-Royce has a robust process for supporting small businesses working on Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) contracts with a variety of Government agencies.  We have developed a formal approach to identify the most promising technologies that emerge from these contacts with the aim to transition them to tools or products in service.  

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