Posts Tagged ‘SBIR’

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 […]

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 […]

NSF Opens to New SBIR/STTR Proposal Applications

September 22nd, 2015 by Sarah Ricard

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. NSF SBIR/STTR technology topics include but are not limited to: Educational Technologies and Applications (EA) Information […]

DoD Issues Call for SBIR/STTR Proposals

September 9th, 2015 by Rebecca Norman

Innovative Arkansas entrepreneurs and research institution partners are encouraged to explore topics found in pre-solicitations issued through the Department of Defense Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer programs. As the largest agency in the SBIR/STTR program, the DoD seeks research proposals that have the potential for development into a product or service for commercial and […]

ASBTDC client GeneCoMe Biotech recently received board approval for a $49,000 Technology Development Program award from the Arkansas Economic Development Commission’s Division of Science and Technology to support research and development of its plant-based method for treating poultry diseases. This award will help to bridge the funding gap between the Jonesboro-based company’s awarded U.S. Department of […]

The Environmental Protection Agency will release its 2015-2016 Small Business Innovation Research solicitation this month. EPA SBIR Phase I awards are $100,000 for six months and used for “proof of concept” of the proposed technology. Innovative entrepreneurs who seek to develop and and commercialize environmental technologies are encouraged to participate in a Aug. 13 webinar about the EPA’s SBIR […]

Dept. of Energy Releases SBIR/STTR Phase I Topics

July 28th, 2015 by Rebecca Norman

Research-based small businesses are encouraged to explore funding opportunities within the Department of Energy Office of Science FY2016 SBIR/STTR Phase I Topic Release. The mission of the DOE Office of Science is the delivery of scientific discoveries and major scientific tools to transform our understanding of nature and to advance the energy, economic, and national […]

All SBIR/STTR proposal applications need to respond to specific agency topics, so before writing a proposal, your team should conduct a search of closed topics and prior awards using SBIR.gov, the official website for Small Business Innovation Research/Small Business Technology Transfer. The site was updated in May to offer new features and resources for prospective applicants. Searching previous awards […]

USDA Issues Call for SBIR Proposal Applications

July 14th, 2015 by Rebecca Norman

Innovative Arkansas small businesses are encouraged to explore funding opportunities in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s FY2016 Small Business Innovation Research Phase I Request for Applications. Phase I awards support proof-of-concept research that proves early-stage feasibility of new technologies or services. The maximum award size is $100,000 for an eight-month project performance period. The deadline […]

Face-to-face and online, ASBTDC is helping innovative Arkansas entrepreneurs engage with the federal agencies that award $2 billion annually to small businesses through the Small Business Innovation Research program. ASBTDC recently brought two SBIR experts, Brent Elrod and Dr. Lenka Fedorkova, to Little Rock to network with Arkansas-based entrepreneurs and companies and share their agency-specific […]

This year’s National Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR)/ Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Conference, held June 15-17 at the National Harbor in Maryland, featured new events that added interesting and informative dimensions to the conference. The night of June 16, the first SBIRx-Ignite event was held to spotlight talks from the next generation of innovators […]

Registration Opens for 2015 NIH SBIR/STTR Conference

July 1st, 2015 by Rebecca Norman

Life science-based small companies and entrepreneurs with commercializable technology concepts are encouraged to attend the 17th Annual NIH SBIR/STTR Conference Oct. 27-29 in Seattle. This event provides focused information about the National Institutes of Health’s Small Business Innovation Research/Small Business Technology Transfer programs. Representatives from the NIH, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Food and […]

I recently had the privilege of interviewing Dr. Lenka Fedorkova, assistant manager of the National Institutes of Health Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer programs. Through NIH’s Office of Extramural Programs, Dr. Fedorkova provides guidance and access to critical information for U.S. small businesses seeking NIH funding, among other responsibilities. Learn more […]

Fifteen innovative entrepreneurs from across Arkansas came to the ASBTDC Lead Center at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock May 19 for our first USDA SBIR Networking event. Program attendees included university researchers from the University of Central Arkansas and UALR, as well as entrepreneurs from Jonesboro, Harford, Greenwood, Texarkana and Fayetteville. Industry areas represented by the participants included biofuels, […]

SBA Seeks Ideas for New SBIR/STTR Logo

May 19th, 2015 by Rebecca Norman

The Small Business Administration recently launched a competition to create a new logo design for its Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer programs. SBIR/STTR’s tag line is 12 Agencies…1 Vision: Seed The Future. The winning entry will serve as the official logo for the SBIR/STTR programs and will receive a $2,500 prize. The deadline […]

2015 National SBIR/STTR Conference

May 6th, 2015 by Rebecca Norman

Research-based small businesses and supporting organizations who are new to the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR)/Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) program may find value in attending the 2015 National SBIR/STTR Conference. The conference will feature presentations from SBIR agency representatives as well as from accountants and legal experts who have valuable advice to offer on […]

DoD Rolling Out New SBIR/STTR Website

April 8th, 2015 by Rebecca Norman

A recent SBIR Insider newsletter indicates some big changes for the DoD SBIR/STTR website. Starting April 17, the DoD’s new site, https://sbir.defensebusiness.org, intends to streamline user experience. This will benefit potential applicants as they review new SBIR/STTR topics to be released April 24. Some additional points to note about the new site: The site uses modern SSL security, which […]

Changes Proposed for Defense SBIR/STTR Program

April 8th, 2015 by Rebecca Norman

As Rick Shindell notes in the latest SBIR Insider newsletter, early-stage discussions have been in the works between Congressman Mac Thornberry, chair of the House Armed Services Committee, and Adam Smith, the Committee’s ranking member, and a new bill, H.R. 1597, is being introduced to address the Department of Defense’s current challenges within its acquisition system. Some key […]

NSF Opens to New SBIR, STTR Proposal Applications

March 4th, 2015 by Rebecca Norman

Innovative small businesses are encouraged to explore funding opportunities within the National Science Foundation’s new Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer solicitations. The NSF seeks proposals from small businesses across a broad range of science and engineering disciplines. This solicitation cycle, a new topic area has been added – Internet of Things. The […]

SBA Introduces SBIR Blog

January 28th, 2015 by Rebecca Norman

The Small Business Administration has launched SBIR Pulse, a regular blog installment about the Small Business Innovation Research and the Small Business Technology Transfer Programs. The first SBIR Pulse post, published Jan. 22, included a Q&A with Javier Saade, the associate administrator for the Office of Investment and Innovation at the Small Business Administration. SBIR Pulse will  interview individuals from different […]

Transportation Issues Call for 2015 SBIR Proposals

January 15th, 2015 by Rebecca Norman

The Department of Transportation has issued its call for Small Business Innovation Research proposals for its 2015.1 SBIR solicitation. Participating components in this DoT solicitation include the Federal Highway Administration, the Federal Railroad Administration, the Federal Transit Administration, and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. This funding opportunity opened on Jan. 6 and closes on […]

A recent article in Innovation Daily entitled “The Entrepreneur’s Rollercoaster” provided advice for entrepreneurs about pursuing long-term success even as they experience the highs and lows commonly associated with starting a new business. The tips provided readily apply to research-based companies that are using the Small Business Innovation Research program approach to funding their research and development […]

NASA FY 2015 SBIR/STTR Pre-Release Announcement

November 5th, 2014 by Rebecca Norman

The anticipated release dated of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s 2015 Small Business Innovation Research/Small Business Technology Transfer solicitation is on or about Nov. 14. The anticipated offer due date will be on or about Jan. 28, 2015. The intent of NASA’s SBIR/STTR programs is to provide small businesses with opportunities to compete for federal research […]

NOAA Issues Call for SBIR Proposals

October 20th, 2014 by Rebecca Norman

Arkansas research-based small businesses are encouraged to explore funding opportunities within the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Small Business Innovation Research program. NOAA’s three-fold mission is to understand and predict changes in climate, weather, oceans and coasts; to share that knowledge and information with others; and to conserve and manage coastal and marine ecosystems and […]

NOAA Pre-Solicitation Announcement

October 8th, 2014 by Rebecca Norman

Research-based small businesses are encouraged to explore the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s pre-solicitation announcement. NOAA anticipates the Small Business Innovation Research solicitation will be issued on or about Oct. 15. The primary topics for the SBIR solicitation include the following broad research areas: Weather-Ready Nation Climate Adaptation and Mitigation Healthy Oceans Resilient Coastal Communities and Economies Stakeholder […]

Tips for Engaging Potential Customers for SBIR Projects

September 24th, 2014 by Rebecca Norman

One of the biggest challenges that my clients face when developing Small Business Innovation Research project proposals is successfully engaging potential customers to determine how their ideas can best address critical market needs. Since a primary goal of the SBIR program is to bring innovative products and services to commercial market, it’s essential that small businesses […]

NSF Releases Fall 2014 SBIR, STTR Solicitations

September 5th, 2014 by Rebecca Norman

Explore funding opportunities within the National Science Foundation’s Fall Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer solicitations for FY-2014. The complete list of NSF SBIR/STTR topics can be found here. NSF strongly encourages potential applicants to communicate with SBIR/STTR program directors listed on the appropriate subtopic page to see whether or not their […]

October Deadline for Energy Dept. SBIR/STTR Proposals

August 13th, 2014 by Rebecca Norman

The Department of Energy has issued a Phase I SBIR/STTR funding opportunity announcement. Applicants should note that letters of intent are due by Sept. 2, with complete applications due by Oct. 14. Included in the DOE current Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer funding opportunity are 26 different topics. Participating DOE research programs include the […]

Fall SBIR/STTR Conference Heading to Austin

August 13th, 2014 by Rebecca Norman

Technology entrepreneurs are encouraged to investigate the upcoming Fall National SBIR/STTR Conference, which will take place Nov. 11-13 at the University of Texas in Austin. Hear from agency leaders within the Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer program about how to successfully compete for this research and development funding to bring your ideas […]

Current and Upcoming SBIR/STTR Funding Opportunities

July 29th, 2014 by Rebecca Norman

If you are seeking funding for research and development, be sure to investigate the following Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer grant opportunities, and take note of the dates on which the solicitations close to new proposal applications. Upcoming Department of Energy (DoE) FY 2015 R1 SBIR/STTR topics – Opens Aug. 11, closes Oct. 14. […]

Highlights from 2014 National SBIR/STTR Conference

July 24th, 2014 by Rebecca Norman

This year’s National SBIR/STTR Conference held June 16-18 in National Harbor, Md., was packed full of valuable and current information about the program and related areas of interest for innovative companies. Here are some of my takeaways from the conference that aren’t often found in general SBIR/STTR program descriptions: Accounting For prospective Defense Department SBIR/STTR […]

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 […]

NIH Seeks Electronic Cigarette Proposals

July 2nd, 2014 by Rebecca Norman

The National Institutes of Health’s National Institute on Drug Abuse recently opened a 1-topic contract solicitation for Small Business Innovation Research proposals on the topic “Development of a Standardized Electronic Cigarette for Clinical Research.” Phase I proposals are intended to prove feasibility of a proposed research effort related to this topic. Awards cannot exceed $225,000 […]

USDA Seeks Small Business Research Proposals

July 1st, 2014 by Rebecca Norman

Innovative Arkansas-based businesses are encouraged to explore funding opportunities within the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s FY-2015 Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) solicitation. The USDA seeks Phase I research proposals from small businesses to explore feasibility of project ideas that are aligned with their topics of interest. Awards are up to $100,000 for eight month project […]

Once a potential applicant has found a topic match within a Small Business Innovation Research or Small Business Technology Transfer solicitation, the next key step is to engage the agency program manager associated with the topic area. Here’s why: This person can tell you if the agency considers your project idea to be a strong match for the topic […]

New Forms for NIH Applications

June 4th, 2014 by Rebecca Norman

Any researchers who are interested in submitting a Small Business Innovation Research or Small Business Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR) proposal to the National Institutes of Health on or after the Aug. 5 submission deadline will need to refer to Application Forms Version C. NIH has recently updated the SBIR/STTR grant application forms to remain current with the […]

Tips for SBIR/STTR Topic and Award Searches

April 24th, 2014 by Rebecca Norman

If you are just starting to explore the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR)/ Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) program, the first step is to conduct a search of closed SBIR/STTR topics and prior awards in your research area. The search of closed topics will inform you of the participating federal agencies’ historical interest in your […]