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The variety of small businesses served by ASBTDC is almost limitless. When asked about his current clients, consultant Jarrod Norwood rattled off 12 different types of businesses – including a restaurant, landscaper, tire shop, salon, dentist, app developer, and custom furniture maker – before drawing a breath to think of others. “One of the hallmarks […]

SBIR.gov Offers New Tutorials

July 13th, 2016 by Rebecca Norman

Entrepreneurs with ideas for new research and development having potential to lead to marketable technologies may be candidates for funding through the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR)/Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) program. The official government site for this program, SBIR.gov, recently posted new tutorials to provide prospective applicants with key information about the program. Ten courses […]

White House Calls for Cancer Moonshot Initiative

July 13th, 2016 by Rebecca Norman

President Barack Obama called for a “Cancer Moonshot Initiative” to make America the country that cures cancer once and for all at the White House Cancer Moonshot Summit June 29. The White House Cancer Moonshot Task Force is housed within the Office of the Vice President and will focus on making the most of federal incentives, […]

The National Science Foundation and Popular Science magazine announced that unique scientific visualizations from researchers and the public are being accepted for the 2017 Vizzies challenge. This competition, now in its 15th year, recognizes the finest science and engineering-themed illustrations, photographs, videos, graphics, and interactive displays, whether produced by academic researchers, artists, or hobbyists. The […]

ASBTDC’s Blake Norman, Nancy Knighten, and Rebecca Norman served as industry mentors for student teams during the National Science Foundation Innovation Corps (I-Corps) Regional Program, held May 13-27. Eight teams comprised of graduate students, research faculty members, and industry mentors from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, and University of Arkansas […]

ARPA-E Seeks Concepts for Energy Innovations

June 29th, 2016 by Rebecca Norman

Innovative researchers, companies and consortium entities interested in conducting new, energy-related research are encouraged to explore Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (U.S. Dept. of Energy) Innovative Development in Energy-Related Applied Science (IDEAS) funding opportunity. The IDEAS grant funding opportunity announcement (FOA) is intended to provide rapid support of early-stage applied research for development of innovative new […]

Walmart Technology Innovation Open Call

June 29th, 2016 by Rebecca Norman

As part of the 2016 Northwest Arkansas Technology Summit, Walmart Lab 415-C is opening submissions to technology companies that wish to be selected for Walmart’s “Technology Innovation Open Call” on October 6, 2016. The open call is aimed at finding technology as well as helping companies better understand working with Walmart Technology. At this event, […]

Robotics Market Hits Record High

June 29th, 2016 by Rebecca Norman

Assistive robotics technologies are now prevalent in factories, hospitals, cars, farms and home at a greater level than ever before. June 9 marked the 5-year anniversary of the National Robotics Initiative (NRI), a multi-agency effort to accelerate the development and use of robots that work beside or cooperatively with people and solve problems in areas […]

Innovative Arkansas entrepreneurs are encouraged to explore research funding opportunities within the 2016 Department of Health and Human Services Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer Omnibus grant solicitations. SBIR Phase I awards range in size from $150,000 to $225,000 for six-month project performance periods. Participating agency components (Note: STTR is only available […]

DOE Launches SBIR/STTR Phase 0 Assistance Program

June 15th, 2016 by Rebecca Norman

In July, the U.S. Department of Energy will launch the fourth round of its SBIR/STTR Phase 0 Assistance Program to coincide with the agency’s anticipated July 18 announcement of the FY2017 Phase I, Release 1 SBIR/STTR topics. The program is aimed at helping eligible small R&D businesses and individuals successfully apply for SBIR/STTR federal funding from […]