Archive for the ‘Lab2Launch Blog’ Category

Fayetteville-based Ozark Integrated Circuits has won a $750,000 Phase II award from the Department of Defense Air Force to develop a rugged physical platform that will enhance electronic control and management of jet engines. For the two-year Small Business Technology Transfer project, Ozark IC will collaborate with the University of Arkansas’ High Density Electronics Center. Everyday silicon […]

Arkansas small businesses can explore doing business with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration July 20 in Little Rock. The Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center, in cooperation with the Arkansas Procurement Assistance Center, is hosting Doing Business with NASA at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Any company interested in learning about […]

Smart Cities Connect Conference Begins June 25

May 17th, 2017 by Rebecca Norman

Innovative companies and researchers interested in the Internet of Things field are encouraged to explore the program for this year’s Smart Cities Connect Conference & Expo, June 25-28 in Austin, Texas. Over 400 speakers and innovators and more than 200 city communities will be in attendance. Workshops will address the following topic areas: Networks & […]

As a company prepares a new Small Business Innovation Research or Small Business Technology Transfer proposal application, the project budget needs to be considered at the same time the work plan is developed. The work plan identifies key project personnel, materials, travel and other resources involved with each research task. The project budget details these […]

Start Planning Your DOE SBIR/STTR Proposal

May 16th, 2017 by Rebecca Norman

The Department of Energy (DOE) is expected to seek new Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer applications in August. New prospective applicants can begin taking steps now to plan their DOE SBIR/STTR proposals. Below are some tips to get you started. DOE SBIR/STTR Learning Site Developed and offered by Dawnbreaker, the DOE […]

The federal Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer programs provide early-stage research and development funding for small firms to commercialize technology. To inform Arkansas entrepreneurs and researchers about agency opportunities and the application requirements, ASBTDC offers live webinars about SBIR/STTR. Upcoming webinars will include Tips for Writing a SBIR/STTR Proposal Application, along with several […]

Air Force Previews New SBIR/STTR Topics

April 19th, 2017 by Rebecca Norman

Innovative entrepreneurs and small businesses are encouraged to check out the preview list of new Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR)/Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) topics issued by the Department of Defense (DoD) Air Force. The DoD’s next SBIR/STTR Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) is scheduled for pre-release Friday, April 21. Applications will be due June 21. […]

Abstracts Due April 29 for SusTech 2017

April 19th, 2017 by Rebecca Norman

The 5th Annual Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Conference on Technologies for Sustainability (SusTech 2017) has extended its call for abstracts through April 29. The conference is a natural fit for scientists, industry, and support organizations interested in exploring the development and application of science, engineering, and technology to achieve a sustainable lifestyle for […]

The Federal Laboratory Consortium (FLC) is a nationwide network of more than 300 federal laboratories, agencies, and research centers that fosters commercialization best practice strategies and opportunities for moving federal technologies from laboratory to marketplace. The FLC community is comprised of world-renowned scientists, engineers, inventors, entrepreneurs, academia, laboratory personnel, and technology transfer professionals. This year’s […]

Fayetteville-based company SurfTec recently received an award of $1.2 million from the Department of Energy in response to a special funding announcement. Through this two-year DOE Next Generation Electric Machines: Enabling Technologies award, SurfTec will explore implementing a nanoparticle-based coating as a replacement for traditional journal bearing materials. Journal bearings are mechanical devices used to reduce […]

NSF Seeks SBIR/STTR Proposals

March 21st, 2017 by Rebecca Norman

Innovative businesses are encouraged to explore new funding opportunities within the National Science Foundation’s new Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) solicitations. The NSF seeks proposals from small businesses across a broad range of science and engineering disciplines. The following broad research topics can be found in these NSF SBIR/STTR […]

Fayetteville-based Ozark Integrated Circuits won a $155,000 Small Business Innovation Research award from the Department of Energy to provide an enhanced solution for geothermal well data collection. Ozark IC is a fabless semiconductor company that develops integrated circuits designed to operate in extreme environmental conditions. Geothermal is an attractive, carbon-free form of energy that could […]

Department of Defense Opens to New SBIR/STTR Proposals

January 11th, 2017 by Rebecca Norman

The Department of Defense has open Broad Agency Announcements for SBIR and STTR proposals through the agency’s proposal submission website. Proposal applications must be received by 5 a.m. CST on Wednesday, Feb. 8. Through the DoD’s online SBIR Interactive Topic Information System, applicants can ask technical questions by topic area through Jan. 25. Applicants are […]

SBIR/STTR Program Reauthorized for 5 Years

January 11th, 2017 by Rebecca Norman

The House and Senate passed the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) reauthorization as part of the National Defense Authorization Act (HR 1540). With this passage, the SBIR/STTR programs are secured from Sept. 30, 2017 to Sept. 30, 2022. The SBIR/STTR reauthorization will keep most of the base programs the […]

Defense and Homeland Security Issue SBIR/STTR Topics

December 14th, 2016 by Rebecca Norman

Innovative small businesses developing new products or services are encouraged to explore the latest research topics of interest for both the Department of Defense and the Department of Homeland Security. The DoD has topics for both its Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer programs. As a smaller agency, the DHS participates in […]

ASBTDC Plans Webinars for Life-Sciences Ventures

December 13th, 2016 by Gwen Green

Beginning Feb. 7, a slate of live webinars hosted by ASBTDC will help life-sciences entrepreneurs and researchers explore commercialization options. Four guest experts will lead the sessions. The webinar schedule kicks off with Robert Vinson of the National Institutes of Health Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer introducing the federal funding programs. […]

NASA Opens to New SBIR/STTR Proposals

November 30th, 2016 by Rebecca Norman

Innovative small businesses and partnering research institutions are encouraged to explore federal funding opportunities within the National Aeronautics Space Administration Small Business Innovation Research/Small Business Technology Transfer program. NASA seeks SBIR/STTR proposals to research and develop\ new technologies with strong potential for transition into NASA mission programs and outside commercial markets. NASA SBIR Phase I […]

TechConnect Seeks Abstracts, Technologies & Student Leaders

November 30th, 2016 by Rebecca Norman

TechConnect is a global technology outreach and development organization that vets and delivers the world’s most promising technologies to the world’s top corporate, government, and investment developers. The 2017 TechConnect World Innovation Conference is designed to accelerate the commercialization of innovations out of the lab and into industry. This conference will be held May 14-17 in […]

Dept. of Education Issues Call for SBIR Proposals

November 30th, 2016 by Rebecca Norman

Innovative small businesses are encouraged to explore open Small Business Innovation Research funding opportunities within the Department of Education. The DoED’s Institute of Education Sciences seeks new education technology to improve relevant student, teacher or administrator outcomes in education and special education settings. DoED SBIR Phase I awards are for $150,000 and 6-month project performance […]

Nov. 22, President Obama awarded 21 Americans the Presidential Medal of Freedom. These individuals ranged from engineers to artists. This honor is reserved for individuals who have made especially meritorious contributions to the security or national interests of the United States, to world peace, or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors. Five […]

Apple Watch Series 2 Offers Health Features

November 16th, 2016 by Rebecca Norman

Apple recently announced the upcoming release of Apple Watch Series 2 that features a faster processor, bigger battery, brighter screen waterproof construction and a GPS module. Apple has also provided an update to the Operating System Watch OS 3 that can be used with Apple Watch 1 and 2. Using Watch OS 3, users can […]

What is Blockchain Technology?

November 16th, 2016 by Rebecca Norman

A recent article in the State Science & Technology Institute shined a spotlight on blockchain, an emerging technology intended to provide a secure, efficient pathway for billions of devices to transact and share information across diverse platforms. Blockchain is the web-based database platform behind Bitcoin with significant economic potential. The blockchain platform consists of constantly […]

Department of Energy Issues New SBIR/STTR Topic Release

November 16th, 2016 by Rebecca Norman

Innovative businesses and entrepreneurs interested in developing new, energy-related research products or services are encouraged to explore the Department of Energy’s latest SBIR/STTR topics. Small Business Innovation Research/Small Business Technology Transfer Phase I awards range in size from $150,000-$225,000 depending on the topic. This funding announcement will be issued Monday, Nov. 28 and close to […]

NOAA Seeks SBIR Proposal Applications

November 2nd, 2016 by Rebecca Norman

The Department of Commerce’s National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is accepting research proposals from small businesses for SBIR funding. During Phase I of the program, small businesses may submit innovative research proposals on the following topics: Integrated Earth System Processes and Predictions Environmental Observations: Observing Systems Optimization Environmental Observations: Data Science Advancements Decision Science, […]

Department of Transportation Opens to New SBIR Proposals

October 19th, 2016 by Rebecca Norman

Innovative small businesses are encouraged to explore the latest U.S. Department of Transportation Small Business Innovation Research federal funding opportunity. The SBIR program promotes the development of new research-based products and services that align with agency-specific topics. Through this program, small businesses and their partners can move their technologies from the idea stage to commercial […]

SBA Seeks Tibbetts Award Nominations

October 18th, 2016 by Rebecca Norman

The Small Business Administration seeks nominations for its annual Tibbetts Awards  through Nov. 14. Awards are for small businesses, individuals, and supporting organizations that exemplify the best in the Small Business Innovation Research/Small Business Technology Transfer program. The award is named for Roland Tibbetts, founder of the SBIR program. Nominated companies are evaluated based on technological innovation, business impact, broader […]

The 2016 Defense Energy Innovation Summit and Showcase will be held Nov. 29-Dec. 1 in Austin, Texas.  This event is led by TechConnect in partnership with The National Security Technology Accelerator (NSTXL). The early-bird registration rate is available before Oct. 21. This event will feature presentations and networking sessions with the following agencies: Department of […]

UAMS BioVentures Announces Arkansas Life Sciences Summit

October 5th, 2016 by Rebecca Norman

Researchers, entrepreneurs, investors, and members of the general public interested in learning more about statewide innovative business activity in the life sciences are encouraged to attend the 2016 Arkansas Life Sciences Summit on Wednesday, Oct. 19, in Conway. Attendees can expect to hear presentations from 14 Arkansas companies that are moving new technologies towards commercial market. […]

SFC Fluidics Inc., ASBTDC client and Fayetteville-based medical research company, recently won a $225,000 NIH SBIR Phase I grant to develop a dual hormone patch pump for Type 1 diabetic patients. Type 1 diabetes is usually diagnosed in children and young adults and affects 4 million worldwide. SFC Fluidics has exclusive license to a suite […]

Department of Defense Opens to New SBIR/STTR Proposals

October 5th, 2016 by Rebecca Norman

Research-based small companies are encouraged to explore the Department of Defense’s latest Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer Broad Agency Announcements. Proposals that respond to specific agency research topics are due Oct. 26 at 5 a.m. Depending on agency component, DoD SBIR/STTR awards range from a base total of $100,00-$150,ooo for a 9-12 […]

NSF Opens to New SBIR/STTR Proposals

September 16th, 2016 by Rebecca Norman

The National Science Foundation’s Small Business Innovative Research and Small Business Technology Transfer programs have new funding opportunities available for innovative small businesses. The NSF seeks proposals from small businesses across a broad range of science and engineering disciplines. The deadline for SBIR and STTR proposals is Dec. 6. NSF SBIR/STTR technology topics include the following: Advanced Manufacturing […]

Printed Circuit Board Issues to Consider Pre-Design

September 7th, 2016 by Rebecca Norman

A recent article in Make shared seven issues that can lead to costly mistakes with printed circuit board design. A PCB is the foundation piece for connecting and holding electronic components together. Issues to consider to avoid in PCB design include the following: High current traces not wide enough Errors in landing patterns Incorrect antenna layout […]

EPA Seeks SBIR Proposals by Oct. 20

September 7th, 2016 by Rebecca Norman

Innovative researchers exploring commercial development of environmental technology are encouraged to explore the 2016 EPA SBIR solicitation. This EPA SBIR solicitation opened Aug. 30, and closes at noon EST on Oct. 20. The EPA is calling for small businesses to apply for Phase I contract awards up to $100,000 for 6 month project performance periods. The […]

FAA Sets Rules for Commercial Drone Use

September 7th, 2016 by Rebecca Norman

With the Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration completion of operational rules for routine commercial drone use, new opportunities are becoming available for business and government. The FAA commonly refers to drones as unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). The release of FAA’s operational rules is key for the integration of  UAS into the national airspace. U.S. Transportation […]

Dept. of Energy Seeks SBIR/STTR Proposals

August 24th, 2016 by Rebecca Norman

Innovative researchers with ideas for new energy concepts to address market needs are encouraged to explore the Department of Energy FY2017 Small Business Innovation Research/Small Business Technology Transfer funding opportunity announcement. Proposed ideas must respond to an agency-identified topic from the DOE’s research topic list. Interested applicants must submit letters of intent by Sept. 6 using instructions found […]

Securing Water for Food Challenge

August 24th, 2016 by Rebecca Norman

Scientists and entrepreneurs with an interest in helping produce more food with less water in developing countries and who have piloted innovations may find a fit within the Securing Water for Food Challenge. This funding competition is intended to source and accelerate innovations that will enable the production of more food with less water or […]

Fayetteville’s SurfTec, LLC recently received notice of a $225,000 Small Business Innovation Research grant from the National Science Foundation to develop and test a new nanoparticle composite coating to support greater wear life for electric motors. Once commercial ready, the technology will be ideal for food-and-beverage processing plants as well as the pharmaceutical industry. The vision of SurfTec […]

Trends in Biomass Production

August 10th, 2016 by Rebecca Norman

The U.S. has the future potential to produce at least one billion dry tons of biomass resources annually without adversely affecting the environment, according to a recent report jointly developed by the Department of Energy and Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Biomass resources include agricultural, forestry, waste, and algal materials. One billion dry tons of biomass could produce […]

White House Plan to Scale Up Microgrids

August 9th, 2016 by Rebecca Norman

Following a White House summit to boost the growing combination of renewables and energy storage, the Obama Administration identified several initiatives to scale up microgrids, energy storage, and renewable energy. Several military and private projects in the U.S. were included in these initiatives. Examples: Alaska Microgrid Innovation and Commercialization project at the University of Alaska, […]

ASBTDC Client Wins More SBIR/STTR Funding

July 27th, 2016 by Rebecca Norman

Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center client Ozark Integrated Circuits has won two federal research awards totaling $275,000 to further research and develop extreme environment circuits. In the past 13 months, Fayetteville-based Ozark IC has been awarded five Small Business Innovation Research/Small Business Technology Transfer projects with a total value of over $1.25 million. […]