MARYLAND DEFENSE
DIVERSIFICATION INITIATIVES

Providing Growth Opportunities for Maryland’s Defense Companies

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Defense Industry in Maryland

Home to 20 military facilities and neighboring Washington D.C., defense contracting opportunities are plentiful. Maryland companies annually secure billions in defense contracts.

Funded by the Department of Defense’s Office of Economic Adjustments (OEA), Maryland Defense Diversification Initiatives are designed to ensure the continued success of Maryland’s defense industry. Through the initiative’s innovative programs, Maryland defense contractors will be better equipped to enter new commercial and international markets, and local companies and entrepreneurs will have the resources they need to lead the development of the commercial application of DoD technologies.

MARYLAND DEFENSE NETWORK

  • Free online network/search tool.
  • Visualizes the impact of defense spending in Maryland.
  • Helps Maryland defense companies see and be seen for contractor and subcontractor opportunities.
  • Custom dashboard with saved filters, charts and tables.
  • Additional features in the future will include: a user communication forum, FedBiz Ops integration, a manufacturing business directory, and a resource portal.
Join the Maryland Defense Network

MARYLAND DEFENSE DIVERSIFICATION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

  • Analyzes and assists defense companies ready to enter new commercial markets.
  • Includes: free readiness assessment, training and business assistance services for eligible companies.
  • Learn more and apply online. 
Apply Online

ELIGIBILITY CHECKLIST

  • At least 35% of annual revenue from DoD contracts
  • Good standing with the state of Maryland
  • At least 1 employee
  • Located in Maryland for at least 1 year

MARYLAND DEFENSE PATENT DATABASE

  • Maryland is home to many research, development, test and evaluation institutions associated with the federal government, including 74 federal labs.
  • Innovative products, like the smartphone, grew out of DoD and DARPA research.
  • Visit the Maryland Defense Patent Database to find the patents with the most commercial potential.
  • Search by technology domain, commercialization score, inventor, and more.
  • Coming Soon! 850+ patents associated with Aberdeen Proving Ground’s Army research installations.
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Patents (from Southern Maryland) Available for Licensing

MARYLAND DEFENSE TECHNOLOGY COMMERCIALIZATION CENTER (MARYLAND DEFTECH)

  • Maryland DEFTECH will fuel commercialization of Army patents at Aberdeen Proving Ground (APG), home to some of the Army’s most significant research institutions.
  • Opening in late Summer 2017, DEFTECH will be a center for learning about new technologies, entrepreneurship, and technology transfer.
  • Facility will offer small business resources, access to The Groundfloor co-working space, and access to technology transfer offices at APG.
  • Website coming soon!

SOUTHERN MARYLAND TECHNOLOGY COMMERCIALIZATION PROJECT

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Get in touch with our team.

Lisa Swoboda

Lisa Swoboda
Acting Director, Federal & Military Affairs
410-767-6077

Jennifer White

Jennifer White
Grants Manager
410-767-6445