10 Research Topics In Newest DOT Call for SBIR Proposals

July 16th, 2014 by Rebecca Todd

Arkansas small businesses are encouraged to explore research funding opportunities within the FY14.2 pre-release of the Department of Transportation’s Small Business Innovation Research Phase I solicitation. The DOT SBIR program awards contracts to small businesses to pursue research on and develop innovative solutions to our nation’s transportation challenges.

Within this solicitation, six DoT components have issued research topics for which they seek responsive proposals. These components are the Federal Aviation Administration, Federal Highway Administration, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Federal Transit Administration, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and the Pipeline and Hazardous Material Safety Administration. There are 10 research topics. Although each proposal must only respond to one topic, applicants can describe relevance to multiple topic areas within their proposals.

The DOT anticipates issuing 15 total SBIR Phase I awards for this solicitation, with awards ranging from $100,000 to $150,000 depending on the agency component. Project periods of performance are six months. Proposals are due by 10:59 p.m. CST on Sept. 15, 2014.

Applicants are encouraged to join the agency’s pre-proposal webinar on Wednesday, July 29, at 12:30 p.m. CDT to learn more about the DoT’s application process and featured solicitation topics. Register for the webinar at http://tinyurl.com/kdb35e8. Interested applicants can also submit technical questions by email to the DOT SBIR program office at dotsbir@dot.gov until Sept. 8.

Arkansas-based companies wanting assistance with the development of an SBIR proposal application are encouraged to contact ASBTDC’s Rebecca Norman at 501.683.7700 or rxnorman@ualr.edu.

Review the full solicitation