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How to Participate

Step 1: Establish a Counterpart
Protégés are responsible for finding a mentor. DoD does not match mentors with protégés. Communication, compatibility and commitment are key to the formation of a successful partnership.

Step 2: Determine the Type of Agreement
There are two types of agreements: directly reimbursed or credit.

  • Direct Reimbursed
    Directly reimbursed agreements are those in which a mentor receives reimbursement for allowable costs of developmental assistance provided to a protégé.
  • Credit
    Credit agreements are those in which a mentor receives a multiple of credit toward their Small Disadvantaged Business (SDB) subcontracting goal based on the cost of developmental assistance provided to a protégé.

Step 3: Develop Agreement
An assessment of the needs of a protégé, which includes measurable milestones, is recommended prior to the development of an agreement. Developmental assistance should align with the protégé's strategic vision.

Step 4: Submit Agreement Proposal
Directly reimbursed agreement applications should be submitted to the defense agency’s Office of Small Business Programs (OSBP). A list of defense agencies that have MPPs is here.

Credit agreements should be submitted to the Defense Contract Management Agency (DCMA).

Step 5: Start Agreement
Credit agreements start on the date they are approved. Directly reimbursed agreements start on the date funds are obligated to the contract.

Step 6: Reporting and DCMA Review Requirements
Semi-annual reports, annual DCMA performance reviews and protégé two-year-out reports are required for each DoD MPP agreement. DCMA annual performance reviews are a major factor in determining the amount of reimbursement a mentor is eligible to receive in the remaining years of directly reimbursed agreements.

Step 7: Ask Questions
If you have any questions about the program process, protocol, requirements or benefits, please email dodmpp@osd.mil. Detailed MPP briefings are available by appointment.