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(Last in a series) After you’ve met with SBIR agency representatives the morning of the April 19 SBIR Road Tour, you’ll want to stick around for the afternoon session featuring SBIR winners from Arkansas as well as statewide funding and support organizations. The first panel on our afternoon agenda, “From the Trenches: Victory and Defeat, Stories of […]

Don’t forget that the National Science Foundation is currently open to new SBIR/STTR proposal applications. SBIR Phase I proposals are due June 16 (solicitation), and STTR Phase I proposals are due June 20 (solicitation). See How to Apply on the NSF website. The article Start Planning Your National Science Foundation SBIR/STTR Proposal (Lab2Launch Jan. 27, 2016) covers eligibility, […]

Join the Space Race!

April 6th, 2016 by Sarah Ricard

In partnership with the Center for Advancing Innovation, NASA is taking applications for the Space Race  to expose startups to NASA technologies. Awardees will be able to license patented NASA technologies without any up-front costs or minimum fees for up to three years and will also receive training in business fundamentals and access to mentorship […]

Fayetteville-based company Ozark IC has been selected for a National Aeronautics and Space Administration Small Business Innovation Research Phase II contract award to build a prototype ultraviolet imager for NASA’s programs in Earth observation and planetary exploration. This is the first Arkansas NASA SBIR Phase II since 2010, and the 8th for an Arkansas company in the history […]

SBIR Road Tour: Getting to Know the Agencies

March 23rd, 2016 by Rebecca Norman

(Third in a series) The 2016 Arkansas SBIR Road Tour will feature representatives from nine federal agency components: Department of Agriculture Department of Energy Department of Homeland Security National Aeronautics and Space Administration National Institutes of Health National Science Foundation Department of the Navy Department of the Air Force Missile Defense Agency The agencies have […]

USDA Funding for Women and Minorities in STEM

March 22nd, 2016 by Sarah Ricard

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture announced $400,000 in available funding to support research and extension activities that increase the number of women and underrepresented minorities from rural areas pursuing a post-secondary degree in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) disciplines. The funding is available through the Women and Minorities in Science, Technology, […]

SBIR Road Tour: What’s a Quad Chart?

March 9th, 2016 by Sarah Ricard

(Second in a series) After you register for the upcoming Arkansas SBIR Road Tour, you will need to complete a quad chart if you want to meet one-on-one with agency program managers at the event. For SBIR purposes, a quad chart is a tool SBIR program managers use in their initial evaluation of an application. “Quad” refers to the chart’s […]

NIDILRR Opens to SBIR Phase I Proposals

March 9th, 2016 by Sarah Ricard

The SBIR program for the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research funds up to 10 Phase I feasibility projects for approximately six months for up to $75,000 each. The NIDILRR’s SBIR program focuses on products and services that benefit people with disabilities and funds research and development related to education, assistive technology, science, […]

JetBlue Investing in Startups

March 8th, 2016 by Sarah Ricard

JetBlue Airways announced in February that it is launching JetBlue Technology Ventures, a venture capital subsidiary. The goal of the new company is to invest in tech innovations that not only will enhance JetBlue’s customer experience but will also benefit the travel industry as a whole. The subsidiary will be located in Silicon Valley, already […]

NIEHS Offers Superfund Research Program Webinars

March 8th, 2016 by Sarah Ricard

The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) Superfund Research Program (SRP) is hosting a series of webinars to highlight SRP-funded projects around the country that support innovation in water technologies and research. The Superfund Research Program Small Business Water Innovation Progress in Research series will feature SRP Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology […]

SBIR Road Tour: Who Should Attend and Why

February 24th, 2016 by Rebecca Norman

(First in a series) On April 19, the 2016 national SBIR Road Tour will come to the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. The event, hosted by the Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center, will bring leaders of the Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer competitive funding programs to our state to meet with […]

DOE Announces Technology Commercialization Fund

February 24th, 2016 by Sarah Ricard

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Technology Transitions earlier this month announced a commitment of up to $20 million for the first round of the DOE’s Technology Commercialization Fund. The TCF was developed to promote commercialization of promising energy-related technologies and to help the national labs partner with private-sector companies to bring the technologies to the […]

Women Developers Make Mark at Games Day

February 10th, 2016 by Sarah Ricard

The U.S. Department of Education Games Day recognized the emerging field of learning game technology. Thirty technology developers from the Small Business Innovation Research program at the DoED’s Institute of Education Science and other federal agencies participated in events at the White House and at an expo featuring learning games for education, health, and the military. The […]

Dept. of Commerce NIST Seeks SBIR Proposals

February 10th, 2016 by Sarah Ricard

Innovative entrepreneurs are encouraged to explore new funding opportunities within the Department of Commerce National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Small Business Innovation Research federal funding opportunity. NIST anticipates making up to 12 Phase I awards at a maximum of $100,000 each. The NIST SBIR Phase I submission deadline is April 14. Applicants have the […]

Innovative small businesses and their research partners are encouraged to prepare now for future National Science Foundation Small Business Innovation and Small Business Technology Transfer grant funding opportunities. Both SBIR and STTR solicitations will be posted in March. The Phase I award amount has increased to $225,000 with a project performance period of 6-12 months. […]

New Technology Prevents Cyber Attacks on Devices

January 27th, 2016 by Sarah Ricard

Symbiote, a new technology recently licensed by Hewlett-Packard from Red Balloon Security, grew out of university research funded by the Department of Homeland Security’s Science and Technology Directorate to secure embedded devices from cyber attacks. HP will integrate the Symbiote technology into its LaserJet Enterprise printers and multi-function printers to protect the printers against cyber attacks. Researchers at Columbia University […]

AT&T and three U.S. metropolitan areas—Atlanta, Chicago, and Dallas—have joined together to establish a Smart Cities Framework using Internet of Things innovations to create solutions for cities. In the first stage, the three metros will show how Internet-connected technologies and sensors can improve municipal services. The Smart Cities Framework adds new services in four categories […]

The 2016 SBIR Road Tour will visit 15 states, and the first stop will be Arkansas. The nationwide tour comes to the University of Arkansas at Little Rock on Tuesday, April 19. The Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center will host the free event, set for 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Reynolds […]

The Department of Defense SBIR 16.1 and STTR 16.A solicitations opened for proposal submission Jan. 11.  You may now submit Phase I and Direct to Phase II proposals for the SBIR 16.1 and STTR 16.A open solicitations through the DoD SBIR/STTR proposal submission website. All proposals for this solicitation must be received by 5 a.m. […]

With the increase in cyber threats from other countries in addition to the continued global terrorism threats, the Department of Defense realized the need to “quickly adapt others’ technologies . . . and do it more rapidly than our adversaries who have access to the same resources,” according to Maj. Gen. Tom Maisiello, commander of […]

Energy and Education SBIR Funding Opportunities

December 16th, 2015 by Sarah Ricard

Department of Energy SBIR/STTR  The Department of Energy has issued its FY 2016 Phase I Release 2 Funding Opportunity Announcement for the Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer programs. Letters of intent (required for Phase I application) must be submitted by Dec. 21, 5 p.m. EST. Grant applications to both SBIR and STTR programs must […]

Tocol Pharmaceuticals, a spinout company of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, has developed a plant-based compound that shows great promise as a safe and effective method for protecting humans against exposure to radiation. The company recently received board approval for a $50,000 Seed Capital Investment Program award through the Arkansas Economic Development Commission’s Division of Science and Technology to […]

Department of Homeland Security SBIR Pre-Solicitation The Department of Homeland Security Office of Procurement Operations issued the FY16.1 Small Business Innovation Research Pre-Solicitation Notification Dec. 1. The solicitation will open to proposals Dec. 16 and close to proposals on Jan. 20. Information on the pre-solicitation and research topics are available on the Federal Business Opportunities […]

The 2016 TechConnect World Innovation Conference will take place May 22-25 at the Gaylord Convention Center in Washington D.C. This annual event is designed to help speed up the commercialization of innovations out of the lab and into industry. TechConnect World is looking for technology innovation submissions for the conference that are ready for licensing, […]

Magnolia-based Fauxsee Innovations recently received board approval for a $28,111 Technology Development Program award through Arkansas Economic Development Commission’s Division of Science and Technology. Fauxsee has been a client of the Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center since 2011. In 2013, the company received Small Business Innovation Research Phase I and Phase IB awards from National Science Foundation […]

The Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center hosted Global Entrepreneurship Week events at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock Nov. 16-20. Daily lunch-and-learn sessions each covered a different topic related to entrepreneurship: “The Social Entrepreneur,” “My Student Startup Story,” “Commercializing Your Research,” and “Market Research Tips and Techniques.” Rebecca Norman led the session on […]

Get Out of the Office: The NSF I-Corps Way (Guest Post)

December 2nd, 2015 by John Chamberlin

John Chamberlin, president of BioDetection Instruments and a member of the Fund for Arkansas’ Future investment committee, contributed this post to L2L. When I participated in a National Science Foundation I-Corps team in 2014, I heard the line “Get out of the office” in almost every meeting. Sometimes it came as a general call from the […]

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EPA Seeks SBIR Proposals

December 2nd, 2015 by Sarah Ricard

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has released the Small Business Innovation Research Phase I Solicitation to develop and commercialize innovative environmental technologies. The EPA is calling for small businesses to apply for Phase I awards up to $100,000 to demonstrate proof of concept the in the following areas: air and climate integrated cookstove-heating-electricity generation for […]

Trends in Self-Driving Innovation

November 18th, 2015 by Sarah Ricard

Nov. 6, Toyota Motor Corporation announced a 5-year, billion-dollar investment in robotics and artificial intelligence research and development in the U.S. The plan includes creation of a new company, Toyota Research Institute Inc., with headquarters near Stanford University and a second location near the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. TRI will help bridge the gap between fundamental research […]

Energy Dept. Releases New SBIR/STTR Topics

November 18th, 2015 by Sarah Ricard

The Department of Energy has released topics ahead of its FY16 SBIR/STTR Phase 1 Release 2 Funding Opportunity Announcement. Details are available on the DOE website. The full FOA is expected to be released on Monday, Nov. 30. DOE will provide a webinar opportunity to learn more about the DOE SBIR/STTR application process shortly after the FOA […]

New Intellectual Property Webinars for SBIR/STTR Awardees

November 17th, 2015 by Sarah Ricard

The U.S. Small Business Administration and United States Patent and Trademark Office are offering a series of live webinars elated to intellectual property for small businesses participating in the SBIR/STTR program. IP includes patents, trade secrets, trademarks, and copyrights. The webinars will help you learn how to protect your ideas, products, and product names. Space is […]

To Crowdfund or Not, That Is the Question

November 3rd, 2015 by Jarrod Norwood

Crowdfunding your business — could this be the way to finance your entrepreneurial dream? Crowdfunding at its core is the monetization of one’s own extended social and professional network, and most crowdfunding campaigns are funded by family, friends, and acquaintances. The funds derived from crowdfunding can be used to launch or grow your business. The […]

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NOAA Seeks SBIR Proposal Applications

November 3rd, 2015 by Sarah Ricard

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: Resilient Coastal Communities Healthy Oceans Climate Adaptation and Mitigation Weather-Ready Nation SBIR Tech Transfer (SBIR-TT) The Phase I submission […]

Electronic Patent Application Process Being Modernized

October 31st, 2015 by Sarah Ricard

Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Deputy Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office Russ Sliferrecently announced a new initiative designed to update the electronic patent application process. According to Slifer, the eCommerce Modernization (eMod) initiave will help patent applicants and examiners with improved “efficiency, communication, and patent quality.” Development of eMod […]

Fayetteville’s SFC Fluidics Wins NIH SBIR Award

October 21st, 2015 by Sarah Ricard

SFC Fluidics, a Fayetteville-based medical research company, has won a $175,003 SBIR Phase I award from the National Institutes of Health to support the development of its Min-ePumpTM. SFC Fluidics has been an Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center client since 2011. Anna Washburn, SFC’s projects coordinator, worked extensively with ASBTDC Innovation Consultant Rebecca Norman on the […]

Drone Use Increases in Industry

October 20th, 2015 by Sarah Ricard

Unmanned aerial vehicles, familiarly known as drones, originally were developed for military use. In a Smithsonian magazine article, Mark Bowden explains how drone technology has evolved from radio-controlled aircraft used to drop bombs in World War II to the present-day drones piloted from anywhere in the world with global telecommunications systems and live video feed. Commercial use of drones […]

Department of Transportation SBIR Solicitation Now Open

October 20th, 2015 by Sarah Ricard

The U.S. Department of Transportation SBIR program’s 16.1 solicitation is open through Dec. 16, 2015. The following solicitation topics are available: External Lighting Enhancements to Reduce Bird Strike Events Technological Enhancements to Improve and Expand Casual Carpooling System Connected Bicycle: Communicating with Vehicles and Infrastructure Pedestrian and Cyclist Detection Devices for Transit Buses The Arkansas […]

The U.S. Department of Energy is accepting applications until Oct. 23 for the first round of its Small Business Vouchers Pilot program. Through the voucher program, DOE will commit up to $20 million in technical and research assistance awards to help small businesses bring to life next-generation clean energy technologies. Companies may apply for and receive up […]

ASSIST Streamlines SBIR/STTR Electronic Submissions

October 7th, 2015 by Sarah Ricard

The National Institutes of Health now has an online system to help small businesses submit SBIR and STTR grant applications. ASSIST (Application Submission System & Interface for Submission Tracking) is available to help small businesses prepare, submit, and track grant applications through Grants.gov to NIH. ASSIST provides: Secure web-based data entry Collaboration of multiple users Pre-submission […]

Discover Virtual Reality at EAC Open House

October 6th, 2015 by Sarah Ricard

The Emerging Analytics Center at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock will host an Open House Oct. 16–17 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Attendees will have a chance to explore and experience projects under development in the areas of virtual and augmented reality that include scientific applications, engineering environments, architectural designs, training activities, educational […]