Sandia’s Mentor–Protégé Program

The Department of Energy’s Mentor-Protégé Program is designed to encourage DOE prime contractors, such as Sandia National Laboratories, to lead a program which assists small business concerns, Historically Black Colleges and Universities, and other minority institutions of higher learning. The program seeks to foster long-term business relationships and increase the overall number of subcontracts awarded to small business protégés.

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Mentor-Protégé Program Virtual Workshop with Mentors and Protégés. Taken by Zach Mikelson, 05/04/21.

Timeline for Mentor-Protege Selection for FY22

The following table is an estimated timeline of key Mentor-Protégé activities. All dates are subject to change and will be updated as needed.

Activity Anticipated Date*
Forum to Announce next Protégé Opportunity July 20, 2021
Business Opportunity Website (BOW) Posting September 2021
BOW Closing October 2021
Evaluation and Selection Process October 2021-August 2022
DOE/NNSA Review and Approvals August-September 2022
Announcement of Selected and Non-Selected Applicants August-September 2022

*Anticipated dates can change dependent upon oversight review and approval.

Additional Mentor-Protégé opportunities will exist in future years, please reference the Business Opportunity Website for postings.

Mentor-Protégé Program Overview
The Mentor-Protege Program is... The Mentor-Protege Program is NOT...
A competitive opportunity – Applicants must respond to the Business Opportunities Website (BOW) posting, complete the application, send in required documentation, and being selected to be a Protégé. A quick path for small businesses to obtain subcontracts or “pass-through” to becoming a Sandia Supplier.
A program to help Sandia foster long-term business relationships with small businesses. A Joint Venture, Teaming, or Match-Making Arrangement Program.
A program to help protégé companies develop or enhance their ability to build solid, established, and successful businesses. An informal Mentor-Protégé Program, Protégés must work towards completing program objectives.
A program to help increase the number of small businesses ability to meet requirements for DOE prime contracts and subcontracts opportunities. A program in search for same NAICS code requirement every year (Future MPP NAICS codes focus selection TBD).
A program to assist small businesses that have the desire to learn, grow, and willingness to apply concepts learned to their business.
Program Benefits for Protégé
  • Receive technical and developmental assistance from Sandia.
  • Gain the knowledge, skills, and capabilities to successfully compete for DOE prime contracts.
  • Build relationships with Sandia and other entities.
  • Be eligible to receive noncompetitive subcontracts from DOE, Sandia, and other national laboratories (at thresholds of $4M for other than construction contracts and $6.5M for construction contracts).
Applying to the Mentor-Protégé Program
  1. Register in Sandia’s iSupplier Portal—Link: iSupplier Registration
    a. Acceptance must be granted before responding to the BOW Posting
  2. Review MPP Opportunity Posting on Sandia’s Business Opportunities Website (BOW).
  3. Respond to the MPP Opportunity Posting on the BOW.
  4. Complete a Sandia Mentor-Protégé Application, including:
    a. Application
    b. Application narratives
    c. Small business self-certification (SAM FAR Report or a Sandia Supplier Data Sheet)
    d. Fill out the Technical Capabilities Matrixes that are relevant to your line of work
  5. Email completed application & required documents (step 4) to before designated time reference on BOW.

Contact Information

For more information about the Sandia’s Mentor-Protégé Program, please e-mail