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For Suppliers

Supplier Diversity Resource Office

APL is committed to fulfilling its small business goals as well as giving every supplier a fair and reasonable opportunity. We believe in working with a set of suppliers that deliver value, fresh perspectives, and nimble thinking within diverse organizations. This includes:

  • Small Businesses (SBs)
  • Small Disadvantaged Businesses (SDBs)
  • Woman-Owned Small Businesses (WOSBs)
  • Historically Underutilized Business Zone (HUBZone)
  • Veteran-Owned Small Businesses (VOSBs)
  • Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Businesses (SDVOSBs)
  • Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs)
  • Minority Institutions (MIs)
  • Alaskan Native Corporations (ANCs)
  • Indian Tribes

We actively seek to expand relationships with these types of suppliers, which we view as an often-untapped source of talent.

Our Commitment

The APL Supplier Diversity Resource Office (SDRO) was established to support diversity in APL’s procurements and achieve its small business program goals. It is committed to doing so by:

  • Being an advocate for small businesses. As the first point of contact, the SDRO provides counseling to potential small business suppliers on procurement opportunities and how to do business with APL.
  • Fostering the growth and continued success of small business programs.
  • Partnering with APL’s procurement and contracts teams and technical departments. The SDRO assists these departments in identifying potential suppliers for the acquisition of goods and services.
  • Directing and participating in outreach activities. These activities identify and encourage the use by APL of goods and services from qualified and diverse small businesses.

Interested in Potential Opportunities with APL’s SDRO?

APL is interested in working with a diverse range of businesses. If you are interested in doing business with APL, learn about APL and our mission areas. APL is a not-for-profit university affiliated research center (UARC) that solves complex research, engineering, and analytical problems that present critical challenges to our nation. Our scientists, engineers, and analysts serve as trusted advisors and technical experts to the government, ensuring the reliability of complex technologies that safeguard our nation’s security and advance the frontiers of space. We also maintain independent research and development programs that pioneer and explore emerging technologies and concepts to address future national priorities.

Prospective suppliers may contact us at Please include the following information:

  • Company name, brief overview, and website address
  • Business size (e.g., small business) and socioeconomic classification
  • Capabilities documentation and/or line card to capture product/service offerings and key competencies
  • Whether you are a current or previous supplier for APL. If you are a current supplier, also identify the purchase order/subcontract number
  • Any unique information you would like APL to know about your company and your products/services
  • Contact information

If APL is interested in partnering with you as a supplier, you will receive an invitation to register on APL’s Supplier Portal.

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Next Steps

For APL, developing and maintaining relationships with small and diverse businesses is not only imperative, it is simply good business. The SDRO is committed to small business development.

Once the vetting process has been completed, if your company is identified as having the capabilities for (a) our government contracts or (b) building, maintaining, or operating APL’s campus infrastructure, we will contact you for further information.