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Education IES Presolicitation - (11/18/10)
DoD Issues SBIR 11.1 Prerelease - (11/10/10)
DHS FY-2011.1 SBIR Presolicitation - (11/03/10)
NIST opens FY-2011 SBIR - (11/4/10)
NOAA Opens FY-2011 SBIR - (10/13/10)
DOT Opens FY-2011 SBIR - (10/8/10)
DOE Opens FY-2011 SBIR/STTR - (9/29/10)
Joint Agency Robtics SBIR - (9/19/10)
NSF Releases FY-2011 SBIR - (9/17/10)
HHS/NIH/CDC Opens PHS 2011-1 SBIR Contracts Solicitation - (8/30/09)
NSF Releases FY-2010 STTR - (8/08/10)
SBIR & STTR Programs Extended "As Is" Through September 30, 2010 - (7/27/10)
DoD Issues FY-10.3 SBIR & STTR - (7/20/10)
NASA Opens FY-2010 SBIR/STTR - (7/19/10)
NASA Issues FY-2010 SBIR/STTR Presolicitation Announcement - (7/7/10)
USDA Opens FY-2011 SBIR - (6/21/10)
DHS S&T Issues FY-10.2 SBIR - (4/28/10)
DoD Issues FY-10.2 SBIR - (4/21/10)
NIH Honors New SBIR Award Amounts - (4/1/10)
SBA Raises SBIR Award Amounts - (3/30/10)
SBA Opens FAST Solicitation - (3/26/10)
EPA Opens 2011 SBIR Solicitation - (3/26/10)
DHS DNDO Opens FY-10.1 SBIR - (3/26/10)
NSF Releases FY-2011 SBIR - (3/05/10)
Another Temporary Extension for SBIR - (1/28/10)
DoD Issues FY-10A STTR - (1/25/10)
DHHS Opens 2010-2 Omnibus SBIR/STTR - (1/15/10)
Dept of ED's NIDRR Opens 2010 SBIR - (1/12/10)
SBIR Insider News - (1/11/10)

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Dept. of Education IES SBIR Presolicitation Announcements (11/18/10) - The Department of Education's Institute of Education Sciences (IES) has issued presolicitation announcements for 2 (yes, 2) individual SBIR solicitations to be released on or about December 2, 2010 with an estimated closing date of January 13, 2011.

Solicitation #ED-IES-11-R-0014 has one priority (topic):

  • Priority 1: Education Technology Products Used by Children, Students, or Teachers (or other Instructional Personnel or Service Providers) in Special Education.

Solicitation #EDIES-11-R-0009 has two priorities:

  • Priority 1: Education Technology Products Used by Students or Teachers (or other Instructional Personnel)
  • Priority 2: Education Technology Tools Used by Researchers

Both solicitation's are for Fast Track formats only. The term Fast Track, as used by ED, is a single proposal that contains both Phase I and Phase II activities. ED believes that the Fast-Track option has the potential to minimize any funding gap between the Phase I and Phase II periods.

Although the Department of Education's SBIR program is rather small (compared to DoD and NIH), it has garnered some very impressive success stories, both for advancements in education AND growth for the small businesses.

The official announcements can be found on FedBizOpps at:
ED-IES-11-R-0009 - https://www.fbo.gov/?s=opportunity&mode=form&id=89f8c19f6be3f4c296178385731bf49b&tab=core&_cview=0

ED-IES-11-R-0014 - https://www.fbo.gov/?s=opportunity&mode=form&id=60ef9f4664901460d375833585fd680c&tab=core&_cview=0


DoD Issues SBIR 11.1 Prerelease (11/10/10) - The DoD has issued the prereleased of their FY2011.1 SBIR solicitation with offerings from the Army, Navy, CBD, DARPA, DTRA, OSD-DHP, and SOCOM. The solicitation opens and proposals will be accepted starting December 13, 2010 with a closing date of January 12, 2011 at 6:00am EST. The DoD topics are now included in Zyn's SBIR Gateway Search Engine. .

Each of the DoD's agency components (Army, Navy etc..) have slightly different rules and procedures. Sometimes there can be specific instructions for a particular topic, so it is strongly advised that you study the solicitation instructions thoroughly.

Between November 10 and December 12, 2010, you may talk directly with the Topic Authors to ask technical questions about the topics. For reasons of competitive fairness, direct communication between proposers and topic authors is not allowed starting December 13, 2010, when DoD begins accepting proposals for this solicitation.

The DoD solicitation can be downloaded from their site at www.acq.osd.mil/osbp/sbir/solicitations/sbir111

NOTE: In DoD terms this is actually a prerelease. During this period until the solicitation opens on December 13, 2010, topics may be added, modified or withdrawn. Changes are often made to topics, especially during the first week of a pre-release, so make sure to monitor the DoD for updates/changes! You can sign up with the SBIR Gateway to be alerted when changes are made to the DoD solicitation.

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DHS Issues FY-11.1 SBIR (11/03/10) - The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science & Technology Directorate (S&T) has issued their FY-2011.1 SBIR solicitation which will open to receive proposals on November 18, 2010 and close January 6, 2011, 2:00pm est.

The solicitation contains 6 technical topics and similar to the DoD's policy, you can communicate directly with the topic technical point of contact (TPOC) until the solicitation officially opens on November 18, 2011.

The topics are:

  • H-SB011.1-001 Small Vessel Identification and Tracking Technologies
  • H-SB011.1-002 Preparation of Environmental Samples for Biological Detection
  • H-SB011.1-003 Public Safety Broadband Mobile Application for Mission Critical Voice
  • H-SB011.1-004 Monolithic, Electronically and Widely Tunable Semiconductor-Based Infrared Laser Sources
  • H-SB011.1-005 Mitigation of Contact Lens, Eye Surgery, Pupil Dilation, and Other Challenges on Iris Recognition
  • H-SB011.1-006 mproved Firefighter Face Piece Lenses for Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus
Proposal submittal is electronic only via the DHS SBIR web site at https://www.sbir.dhs.gov

The official announcement can be found on FedBizOpps at:
https://www.fbo.gov/index?s=opportunity&mode=form&id=adbc4b0584db51d0228d69da7660e45b&tab=core&_cview=0
and the DHS S&T SBIR web site at www.sbir.dhs.gov


NIST Opens FY-2011 SBIR (11/4/10) - The Department Of Commerce National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has opened their FY-2011 SBIR on November 4, 2010 which closes January 28, 2011.

NIST's SBIR lists 34 topics (down from 40 for FY-09). 6 of NIST's topics are related to their innovative SBIR-TT (Technology Tranfer) program created by NIST's former SBIR program manager, Clara Asmail. Look for this SBIR-TT concept to be picked up by other agencies in the future.

NIST's SBIR program is contracts based and the presolicitation announcement is available at: www.fbo.gov/index?s=opportunity&mode=form&id=7a08a0fdaac7ace338fc127c490869a4&tab=core&_cview=0

Complete details are available NIST SBIR web site at www.nist.gov/sbir. NIST topics will be included in the SBIR Gateway Search engine shortly after the solicitation is released.


DOC/NOAA Opens FY-11 SBIR (10/14/10) - The U. S. Department of Commerce (DOC), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has released their FY-2011 SBIR (Solicitation No. NOAA 2011-1) with an opening date of October 13, 2010, closing on January 12, 2011 at 4pm.

The main topics for this solicitation are in the areas of: Ecosystems, Climate, Weather and Water, and Commerce and Transportation, with each topic consisting of several subtopics. The topics/subtopics are included in Zyn's SBIR Gateway Topic Search Engine.

NOAA's solicitation is contracts based and is available on FedBizOpps at: https://www.fbo.gov/?s=opportunity&mode=form&id=4e803200b47c769dba9d8130b9d3e08d&tab=core&_cview=1

NOAA requires hard copy submission (not electronic submissions) so be sure to allow enough time for delivery of your proposal.


Department of Transportation Opens FY-2011 SBIR (10/08/10) - The Department of Transportation (DOT) has opened their FY-11 SBIR solicitation (DTRT57-11-R-SBIR1) on October 8, 2010 with a closing date of December 13, 2010.

The solicitation consists of 8 technical topics from 3 of their administrations. The topics are included in the SBIR Gateway's Topic Search Engine.

The submission procedure is the same as their FY-09 solicitation in that proposals must be in PDF format and submitted directly through DOT's own web site. The DOT's solicitation is a contracts offering available on DOT's web site at www.volpe.dot.gov/sbir/current.html


DOE Opens FY-2011 SBIR/STTR (09/29/10) - The Department of Energy is accepting Phase I grant applications from qualified small businesses for the FY 2011 Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Program.

Small businesses with strong research capabilities in science or engineering in any of the research areas sought in the announcement are encouraged to apply.

The FY 2011 SBIR/STTR Phase I Funding Notice is available at www.grants.gov , click on Apply for Grants, then click on Download a Grant Application Package and enter the Funding Opportunity Number: DE-FOA-0000413.

The deadline for receipt of Phase I grant applications to either program is November 15, 2010, 8:00 p.m. EST. All applications must be submitted through Grants.gov. Additional information is available on the DOE website at www.science.doe.gov/sbir. Applications will only be accepted electronically through Grants.gov.

The DOE SBIR topics will be included in Zyn's SBIR Topic Search Engine, soon.


Joint SBIR Solicitation on Robotics Technology Development and Deployment (09/19/10) -
As part of a new SBIR 2.0 initiative, five agencies consisting of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), National Science Foundation (NSF), United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) have released a new type of joint SBIR solicitation.

The areas of topic interest from these five agencies are based on Robotics Technology Development and Deployment, and will open to receive proposals on November 20, 2010 and close on December 20, 2010.

The NIH is heading up this grants based solicitation offering and submissions will go through the same process as NIH's SBIR, that being grants.gov and eRA commons. Remember that grants.gov and eRA commons require more time for you to register, so please start early. Also, a letter of intent is suggested, but not mandatory.

This joint solicitation requires some rethinking on the parts of DARPA and DHS submitters because those two agencies' normally use contracts based awards with submissions going directly through their own web sites, which is NOT the case for this solicitation. Those of you used to a DARPA and DHS solicitations will find there is no "presolicitation" phase for direct contact with topic authors as used in their contract solicitations.

It is likely there will be a few bumps and grinds in this process so make sure you read the documentation carefully, and record any problems encountered in the event you have a complaint.

The complete solicitation is available on the NIH web site at:
http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-10-279.html


NSF Releases FY-2011 SBIR (09/17/10) - The National Science Foundation (NSF) has released it FY-2011 SBIR which will open to receive proposals on November 3, 2010 and close on December 3, 2010.

This solicitation has four broad based topic areas:

  • Biotechnology and Chemical Technologies (BC)
  • Education Applications (EA)
  • Information and Communication Technologies (IC)
  • Nanotechnology, Advanced Materials, and Manufacturing (NM)
NSF SBIR solicitations are grants based, but utilizes NSF's own Fastlane system for grant submission. Complete details and the official solicitation is available on the NSF web site at:
www.nsf.gov/pubs/2010/nsf10607/nsf10607.htm

HHS/NIH/CDC Opens PHS 2011-1 SBIR Contracts Solicitation (8/30/10) - The NIH & CDC has released its PHS 2011-1 SBIR Contracts Solicitation which opened August 28, 2010 and closes on November 8, 2010 at 5pm est. This PHS/NIH/CDC SBIR solicitation is a separate and independent offering from NIH and is not connected to their currently open 2010-2 Omnibus SBIR/STTR Grants solicitation.

There are important differences between this PHS/NIH/CDC SBIR Contracts solicitation and NIH's year long omnibus Grants solicitation. The contracts solicitation is much smaller, the topics are different and are much more focused, and is for SBIR only. In the NIH SBIR Contracts solicitation, proposals are only accepted if they respond specifically to a research topic, and there is only 1 receipt date.

NOTE: Because this solicitation is contracts based and not grants, it does not use the Grants.gov web site or the ERA Commons. Submissions must be in hard copy and sent directly to the relevant Institute/organization. Please allow ample time for your submission to be received.

Complete instructions are included in the solicitation located on the NIH's web site at: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/forms.htm#contracts.


NSF Releases FY-2010 STTR (08/08/10) - The National Science Foundation (NSF) has released it FY-2010 STTR which will open to receive proposals on October 17, 2010 and close on November 17, 2010.

This solicitation has one broad based topic: Digital Gaming in Education (DGE). A company planning to submit a proposal in response to this solicitation is encouraged to describe the innovation and business opportunity to the cognizant program manager via email and receive feedback prior to proposal submission.

You may contact the program officer at any time before the submission deadline. Note, however, the communication with the program manager will become increasingly difficult as the deadline approaches.

The official solicitation is available on the NSF web site at www.nsf.gov/pubs/2010/nsf10590/nsf10590.htm


SBIR & STTR Programs Extended "As Is" Through September 30, 2010 (07/27/10) - Congress just passed H. R. 5849, "To provide for an additional temporary extension of programs under the Small Business Act and the Small Business Investment Act of 1958, and for other purposes."

What this means is that all SBIR and STTR programs (except the DoD) is extended "AS IS" for an additional 60 days. The DoD SBIR, STTR and CPP were previously extended through September 30, 2010 under separate legislation. With the passing of this bill, all 11 SBIR agency programs are authorized through September 30, 2010.
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DoD Issues SBIR 10.3 Prerelease (07/20/10) - The DoD has issued the prereleased of their FY2010.3 SBIR solicitation with offerings from the Air Force, Army, Navy, DARPA, DLA, DTRA, MDA, and OSD. The solicitation opens and proposals will be accepted starting August 17, 2010 with a closing date of September 15, 2010 at 6:00am EST. The DoD topics will be included in Zyn's SBIR Gateway Search Engine soon.

Each of the DoD's agency components (Air Force, Army Navy etc..) have slightly different rules and procedures. Sometimes there can be specific instructions for a particular topic, so it is strongly advised that you study the solicitation instructions thoroughly.

Between July 20 and August 16, 2010, you may talk directly with the Topic Authors to ask technical questions about the topics. For reasons of competitive fairness, direct communication between proposers and topic authors is not allowed starting August 17, when DoD begins accepting proposals for this solicitation.

The DoD solicitation can be downloaded from their site at www.acq.osd.mil/osbp/sbir/solicitations/sbir103

NOTE: In DoD terms this is actually a prerelease. During this period until the solicitation opens on August 17, 2010, topics may be added, modified or withdrawn. Changes are often made to topics, especially during the first week of a pre-release, so make sure to monitor the DoD for updates/changes! You can sign up with the SBIR Gateway to be alerted when changes are made to the DoD solicitation.

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DoD Issues STTR 10B Prerelease (07/20/10) - The DoD has issued the prereleased of their FY2010B STTR solicitation with offerings from the Air Force, MDA, and OSD. The solicitation opens and proposals will be accepted starting August 17, 2010 with a closing date of September 15, 2010 at 6:00am EST. The DoD topics will be included in Zyn's SBIR Gateway Search Engine soon.

Each of the DoD's agency components (Air Force, Army Navy etc..) have slightly different rules and procedures. Sometimes there can be specific instructions for a particular topic, so it is strongly advised that you study the solicitation instructions thoroughly.

Between July 20 and August 16, 2010, you may talk directly with the Topic Authors to ask technical questions about the topics. For reasons of competitive fairness, direct communication between proposers and topic authors is not allowed starting August 17, when DoD begins accepting proposals for this solicitation.

The DoD solicitation can be downloaded from their site at www.acq.osd.mil/osbp/sbir/solicitations/sttr10B

NOTE: In DoD terms this is actually a prerelease. During this period until the solicitation opens on August 17, 2010, topics may be added, modified or withdrawn. Changes are often made to topics, especially during the first week of a pre-release, so make sure to monitor the DoD for updates/changes! You can sign up with the SBIR Gateway to be alerted when changes are made to the DoD solicitation.

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NASA Opens 2010 SBIR/STTR (7/19/10) - NASA has opened its 2010 SBIR and STTR solicitations on July 19, 2010 with a closing date of September 2, 2010 at 5:00pm edt. Although this is a combined SBIR/STTR solicitation, the topics, rules and procedures for their SBIR and STTR are independent.

Although awards are always linked to "Subject to the availability of funds", this notice takes on new meaning since the SBIR and STTR authorization expires July 31, 2010, unless reauthorized or extended by a congressional continuing resolution (CR).

Subject to the availability of funds, approximately 300 SBIR and 30 STTR Phase I proposals will be selected for negotiation of fixed-price contracts in November 2010. Historically, the ratio of Phase I proposals to awards is approximately 6:1 for SBIR and STTR, and approximately 45% of the selected Phase I contracts are selected for Phase II follow-on efforts.

This solicitation contains about 131 SBIR topics and 15 STTR topics, all of which are now included in Zyn's SBIR Topic Search engine.

As a contracts based program, NASA is continuing the use of their Electronic Hand Book (EHB) for the proposal submission process. The solicitation and support information, including several model SBIR and STTR contracts are available on NASA's SBIR web site at sbir.gsfc.nasa.gov/SBIR/sbirsttr2010/solicitation


NASA Issues FY-2010 SBIR/STTR Presolicitation Announcement (7/7/10) - NASA has issued a presolicitation announcement for their FY-2010 SBIR and STTR program offering with an estimated release date of July 19, 2010 closing on September 2, 2010.

NASA combines their SBIR and STTR solicitations into one release, but the topics and regulations are separate from each other. The presolicitation announcement is available on FedBizOpps at www.fbo.gov/index?s=opportunity&mode=form&tab=core&id=1c18ed037a13ae8c94c1d5ea014d9ceb&_cview=0


USDA Opens FY-2011 SBIR (6/21/10) - The USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) has opened its FY-2011 SBIR solicitation (funding No. USDA-NIFA-SBIR-003240), that opened on June 21, 2010 and closes on September 2, 2010. The USDA SBIR program is grants based and utilizes grants.gov for the submission process. Grants.gov is still a complex process and takes time to get registered, so it is advisable to start the registration process early.

There are significant changes to the USDA's SBIR offering so please read the instructions carefully. The phase I award size has been rasied to $100,000 and the program is now managed by National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA). NIFA has five societal challenge areas that relate to the overall topics.

USDA Topics Areas Are:

  • 8.1 Forests and Related Resources
  • 8.2 Plant Production and Protection - Biology
  • 8.3 Animal Production and Protection
  • 8.4 Air, Soil and Water Resources
  • 8.5 Food Science and Nutrition
  • 8.6 Rural and Community Development
  • 8.7 Aquaculture
  • 8.8 Biofuels and Biobased Products
  • 8.12 Small and Mid-Size Farms
  • 8.13 Plant Production and Protection - Engineering

The solicitation is available from the USDA SBIR web site at www.nifa.usda.gov/funding/rfas/sbir_rfa.html


DHS Issues FY-10.2 SBIR Prerelease (04/28/10) - The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science & Technology Directorate (S&T) has issued their FY-2010.2 SBIR solicitation which will open to receive proposals on May 3, 2010 and close June 10, 2010, 2:00pm edt.

The solicitation contains 9 technical topics and similar to the DoD's policy, you can communicate directly with the topic technical point of contact (TPOC) until the solicitation officially opens on May 3, 2010.

The topics are:

  • H-SB010.2-001 Detector for Smuggled Currency
  • H-SB010.2-002 Next Generation Vacuum Systems for Hand-held Mass Spectrometers
  • H-SB010.2-003 Large-Scale Network Survivability, Rapid Recovery, and Reconstitution
  • H-SB010.2-004 Non-Detonable, Non-Hazardous, Low-Cost, Hexamethylene Triperoxide Diamine (HMTD) Training Aids for Canines
  • H-SB010.2-005 Automated Tool for Assessing Usability
  • H-SB010.2-006 Helmet with Embedded Active Display for Emergency Responders (HEADER)
  • H-SB010.2-007 Accelerating the Deployment of DHS Center of Excellence Research through Advanced Business Practices
  • H-SB010.2-008 Handheld Multisensor Wand for the Detection of Threat or Illicit Objects on Persons
  • H-SB010.2-009 Personal Situational Awareness App
Proposal submittal is electronic only via the DHS SBIR web site at https://www.sbir.dhs.gov

The official announcement can be found on FedBizOpps at:
https://www.fbo.gov/index?s=opportunity&mode=form&id=28c6ceb1f35d4f94fd2c7e6378703e6f&tab=core&tabmode=list&=
and the DHS S&T SBIR web site at www.sbir.dhs.gov


DoD Issues SBIR 10.2 Prerelease (04/21/10) - The DoD has issued the prereleased of their FY2010.2 SBIR solicitation with offerings from the Army, Navy, DARPA, DMEA, DTRA and OSD. The solicitation opens and proposals will be accepted starting May 19, 2010 with a closing date of June 23, 2010 at 6:00am EST. The DoD topics will be included in Zyn's SBIR Gateway Search Engine soon.

Each of the DoD's agency components (Air Force, Army Navy etc..) have slightly different rules and procedures. Sometimes there can be specific instructions for a particular topic, so it is strongly advised that you study the solicitation instructions thoroughly.

Between April 21 and May 18, 2010, you may talk directly with the Topic Authors to ask technical questions about the topics. For reasons of competitive fairness, direct communication between proposers and topic authors is not allowed starting May 19, when DoD begins accepting proposals for this solicitation.

The DoD solicitation can be downloaded from their site at www.acq.osd.mil/osbp/sbir/solicitations/sbir102

NOTE: In DoD terms this is actually a prerelease. During this period until the solicitation opens on May 19, 2010, topics may be added, modified or withdrawn. Changes are often made to topics, especially during the first week of a pre-release, so make sure to monitor the DoD for updates/changes! You can sign up with the SBIR Gateway to be alerted when changes are made to the DoD solicitation.


NIH Raises SBIR Award Threshold Immediately (4/1/10) - NIH has announced on their web site that they will accept the new $150.000 / $1,000,000 for their (SBIR ONLY) April 5 receipt date. HOWEVER, there are conditions to be met. Of paramount importance is: "A desire to have more time to change the budget request will not be allowed as a valid reason for a late submission. Also, it will not be possible to increase the budget request after the submission."

The official link is: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/funding/sbirsttr_news.htm#20100331

From the link above, here is the text:

The Small Business Administration (SBA) announced today, through the Federal Register, a final amendment to the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program Policy Directive. This Amendment adjusts SBIR Phase I award levels from $100,000 to $150,000, and Phase II award levels from $750,000 to $1,000,000. The amendment also continues to provide participating agencies with an appropriate degree of flexibility in award size.

Applicants submitting NIH SBIR Phase I or Phase II applications (new or resubmissions) targeting due dates on or after April 5, 2010, may base budget requests on these adjusted amounts. Note: This amendment only applies to SBIR, not to the Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) program. However, for both programs, the award levels are statutory guidelines, not ceilings. Therefore, applicants are encouraged to propose a budget that is justified, reasonable and appropriate for completion of the research project. A desire to have more time to change the budget request will not be allowed as a valid reason for a late submission. Also, it will not be possible to increase the budget request after the submission. As always, applicants are encouraged to contact NIH program staff listed in the Funding Opportunity Announcement to discuss their scientific project and budget plans.


SBA Raises SBIR Award Threshold (3/30/10) - The SBA has published a Notice of Final Amendments to their Small Business Innovation Research Program (SBIR) Policy Directive. The Policy Directive provides the rules and guidance of the SBIR program to the agencies and participants. These new amendments are effective immediately and deal only with the SBIR award amounts thresholds.

SBA has raised the award threshold amounts for SBIR only (not STTR) from $100,000 to $150,000 for phase I, and $750,000 to $1,000,000 for phase II. This does not affect an agency's right to make awards of greater or lessor amounts. (Agencies are supposed to provide justification to SBA for awards in excess of the policy directive guidelines.)

More details are available from the SBIR Insider at www.zyn.com/sbir/insider


SBA Opens FAST Solicitation (3/26/10) - The Small Business Administration (SBA) has released its FY-10 Federal and State Technology Partnership (FAST) solicitation with an opening date of March 25, 2010 and closing date of May 10, 2010.

FAST is a competitive grants program for state organizations (selected by the state's governor) to improve the participation of small technology firms in the innovation and commercialization of new technology via the SBIR program. The solicitation is available on Grants.gov and the SBA's SBIR website at www.sba.gov/aboutsba/sbaprograms/sbir/announce/SBA_FAST_PROGRAM.html


EPA Opens 2011 SBIR Solicitation (3/26/10) - The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) opened its FY-2011 SBIR solicitation (PR-NC-10-10251) on March 25, 2010 with a closing date of May 11, 2010. The topics are:
  1. Green Building
  2. Innovation in Manufacturing
  3. Nanotechnology
  4. Greenhouse Gases
  5. Drinking Water Monitoring and Treatment
  6. Wastewater and Sustainable Infrastructure
  7. Air Pollution Monitoring and Control
  8. Biofuels
  9. Waste Monitoring and Management
  10. Homeland Security
Complete information is available of the EPA's SBIR web site at epa.gov/ncerqa/sbir/

DHS DNDO Opens FY-10.1 SBIR (3/26/10) - The Department of Homeland Security's Domestic Nuclear Detection Office (DNDO) has just released their FY10.1 solicitation with a deadline for questions April 8, 2010 and a closing date of May 11, 2010. This is not to be confused with DHS SBIR that is released by the DHS Science & Technology Directorate. The DNDO is different and separate from their DHS S&T cousin, and their SBIR program consists of two technical topics. They are:
  • Radiation Detection Models for Geospatial Location Accountability and Navigation System for Emergency Responders (GLANSER) System.
  • Neutron detectors including replacement for He-3
The DNDO solicitation is available on FedBizOpps at:
www.fbo.gov/?s=opportunity&mode=form&id=330cf474f402dd891b2cd89824219f91&tab=core&_cview=0

NSF Releases FY-2011 SBIR (3/5/10) - The National Science Foundation has released its SBIR FY-2011 (Release 1)grants solicitation (NSF 10-546) with an opening date of May 9, 2010, and closing on June 9, 2010.

NOTE: READ THE SOLICITATION CAREFULLY: As with most agencies, there are new rules and regulations governing SBIR proposals, and the NSF employs some detailed proposal screening items that must be adhered to or your proposal will not be evaluated. Although this is a grants based SBIR program, proposal submission must be done through the NSF's Fastlane web submission system, not grants.gov.

This solicitation has 4 topic areas with several subtopics. The main topic areas are:

  • Biotech and Chemical Technologies (BC)
  • Education Applications (EA)
  • Information and Communication Technologies (IC)
  • Nanotechnology, Advanced Materials, and Manufacturing (NM)

Complete information is available on the NSF SBIR web site at www.nsf.gov/publications/pub_summ.jsp?WT.z_pims_id=503361&ods_key=nsf10546


Another Temporary Extension for SBIR (1/28/10) - COngress passed another Continuing Resolution (CR) to extend the SBIR and STTR programs through April 30, 2010. This is the 6th CR in a string of temporary measures to keep SBIR running since September of 2008.

The DoD is not affected by this measure since it was extended through September 30, 2010 under separate legislation by the House & Senate Armed Services Committees last year. Details are available in the SBIR Insider News located at www.zyn.com/sbir/insider/sb-insider1-28-10.htm

Read back issues of the SBIR Insider at www.zyn.com/sbir/insider


DoD Issues STTR 2010.A Prerelease (1/25/10) - The DoD has issued the prerelease of their FY2010.A STTR solicitation with offerings from the Army and Navy. The solicitation opens and proposals will be accepted starting February 23, 2010 with a closing date of March 24, 2010 at 6:00am EST. Army has 30 topics and the Navy has 45. .

The STTR program requires the small business to partner with organizations such as universities, contractor-operated federally funded research and development centers (FFRDCs) or other non-profit research institutions. The small business must perform at least 40% of the project, and a minimum of 30% by the research partner. The DoD has a Model Agreement for the Allocation of Rights that can serve as a guide.

Between January 27 and February 23, 2009 you may talk directly with the Topic Authors to ask technical questions about the topics. Their contact information is listed in each topic description page. For reasons of competitive fairness, direct communication between proposers and topic authors is not allowed starting February 24, when DoD begins accepting proposals for this solicitation.

NOTE: In DoD terms this is actually a pre-release. During this period until the solicitation opens on February 23, 2010, topics may be added, modified or withdrawn. Changes are often made to topics, especially during the first week of a pre-release, so make sure to monitor the DoD for updates/changes! You can sign up with the SBIR Gateway to be alerted when changes are made to the DoD solicitation.

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The DoD STTR solicitation can be downloaded from their site at www.acq.osd.mil/osbp/sbir/solicitations/sttr10A


DHHS Opens 2010-2 Omnibus SBIR/STTR (1/15/10) - The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has released its PHS 2010-2 omnibus SBIR/STTR Grants solicitations that stays open all year and has 3 separate receipt dates. This complex solicitation, includes opportunities from three main components of DHHS, including the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Also included is the Administration for Children and Families (ACF).

The NIH is the largest entity in this solicitation and is comprised of many institutes, each with their own set of interests and topics. Although the technical topics are shared between the SBIR and STTR offerings, the rules and regulations are different and the NIH issues separate announcements for their SBIR (PA-10-050) and their STTR (PA-10-051).

NIH has separate receipt dates for AIDS and Non-AIDS topics, both of which have 3 receipt dates that span the year. Non-Aids receipt dates are: April 5, Aug 5, Dec 5, 2010 and AIDS related dates are May 7, September 7, 2010 and January 7, 2011.

The DHHS solicitation is grants based and requires registration and submission via the Grants.gov web site. It is a complex process but the NIH offers help and guidance on their web site at grants.nih.gov/grants/funding/sbir.htm.

The NIH topics will be included in Zyn's SBIR Gateway Topic Search Engine soon. Unlike most other SBIR solicitations, the NIH topics are broad based and act as a guide to their areas of interest. Many of the participating NIH Institutes will accept a proposal that does not match one of their topics but addresses an area of interest within the mission of the institute. Respondents should not be timid about asking for guidance.


Dept of ED's NIDRR Opens 2010 SBIR (1/12/10) - The Department of Education's National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR) has opened it's grants based 2010 SBIR, CFDA NUMBER: 84.133S-1 with a closing date of March 15, 2010.

For fiscal year 2010, there 5 invitational priorities (Topics) all of which must address the needs of individuals with disabilities and their families.

The Department of Education expects to make approximately 15 Phase I grant awards ranging up to $75,000 in fiscal year 2010. The Department expects to announce awards by mid-August to mid-September, 2010.

NIDRR is NOT using Grants.gov and all applications for grants under this competition must be submitted electronically using the Electronic Grant Application system (e-Application) accessible through the Department's e-Grants site (http://e-grants.ed.gov). You can receive an exception to the electronic submission requirement .

Complete information is available from NIDRR at www2.ed.gov/programs/sbir/applicant.html




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