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Apple Watch Series 2 Offers Health Features

November 16th, 2016 by Rebecca Todd

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 Todd

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 Todd

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 Todd

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, […]

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 Todd

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 […]

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 Todd

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 Todd

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 Todd

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 Todd

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 Todd

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 Todd

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 Todd

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 Todd

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 Todd

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 Todd

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. […]

Department of Energy Releases New SBIR/STTR Topics

July 27th, 2016 by Rebecca Todd

Innovative entrepreneurs and small businesses with ideas for energy-based technology are encouraged to explore the Department of Energy’s latest Small Business Innovation Research/Small Business Technology Transfer research topics. These SBIR/STTR topics will be included in the DOE’s FY17 Phase I Release I funding opportunity announcement, to be issued Aug. 15. The following DOE program offices are […]

USDA Seeks Small Business Research Proposals

July 27th, 2016 by Rebecca Todd

Innovative entrepreneurs with ideas for research-based products or services with commercial potential are encouraged to explore funding opportunities within the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Small Business Innovation Research program. The USDA’s program, administered by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, issued its FY17 Request for Applications. Over $8.3 million is available to small businesses that create advanced […] Offers New Tutorials

July 13th, 2016 by Rebecca Todd

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,, 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 Todd

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 Todd

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 Todd

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, […]

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Robotics Market Hits Record High

June 29th, 2016 by Rebecca Todd

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 Todd

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 […]

Rural agriculture and food businesses are encouraged to explore the 2017 Farm Bureau Rural Entrepreneurship Challenge. Now in its third year, the national business competition challenge is an opportunity for rural entrepreneurs to pitch innovative business ideas to a team of judges with expertise in business development and agribusiness. Online applications are due by June 30. A […]

SBIR Insider Speaks to Program Reauthorization

June 1st, 2016 by Rebecca Todd

The latest issue of the SBIR Insider addresses some important developments regarding Small Business Innovation Research/Small Business Technology Transfer program reauthorization. The SBIR/STTR program will need to be reauthorized by next year after being maintained over the past six years though the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act. In the newsletter, author Rick Shindell notes that for the […]

This year’s National SBIR/STTR Conference kicked off with a Fireside Chat that addressed the role of liberal arts in innovative thinking, insights on working with the federal government, and opportunities to expand the nationwide spread of Small Business Innovation Research/Small Business Technology Transfer program awardees. Fireside Chat speakers included Stephen Gold of IBM, Jenny Lawton […]

Sensor technology is a research topic of interest across several federal agencies that participate in the Small Business Innovation Research /Small Business Technology Transfer program. The agencies include the Environmental Protection Agency, Dept. of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Dept. of Energy, National Science Foundation, Dept. of Health […]

USDA Seeks Rural Broadband Development Proposals

May 18th, 2016 by Sarah Ricard

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has a funding opportunity through its Community Connect Grant Program. The program helps fund rural broadband development in areas where the private sector has not yet provided service. Eligible applicants include most state and local governments, federally-recognized tribes, non-profits, and for-profit corporations. The application deadline is June 17. Program Announcement Notice of Funds […]

Excellence in TBED Awards

May 18th, 2016 by Sarah Ricard

The 10th annual State Science & Technology Institute Excellence in Technology-Based Economic Development awards program will open this summer to new applications. This year, awards will be made to organizations that demonstrate excellence at local, state, or regional levels in the following categories: Building Prosperity Through Science and Technology Creating Prosperity Through Entrepreneurship and Captial Creating Prosperity Though Economic Opportunity Most Promising […]

Angel Fund to Launch in Northeast Arkansas

May 18th, 2016 by Rebecca Todd

The Accelerate Jonesboro Angel Fund is being created with the goal of creating startups and jobs in Northeast Arkansas. The Jonesboro Regional Chamber of Commerce announced the initiative on May 16. The fund plans to make an initial investment round of $50,000. The application period for the first round of seed capital funding will close in August. To be […]

The Federal Laboratory Consortium (FLC) has developed a Technology Transfer (T2) Toolkit that can help companies from startups to large corporations have access to federal resources and learn how to work with a federal laboratory using the T2 Success Track below:  Step 1: Identify your R&D needs Step 2: Search laboratory resources and technologies Step […]

The 2003 book Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game by Michael Lewis and the 2011 movie adaptation brought attention to the use of technology and science in baseball. The Major League’s Oakland Athletics had a small budget, giving teams with more money advantages in signing better players. But A’s general manager Billy Beane successfully used […]