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SBA Opens Nominations for Tibbetts Awards - (12/22/11)
Dept. of Education Opens OSERS/NIDRR SBIR - (12/20/11)
Dept. of Education IES SBIR Presolicitation Announcements - (12/7/11)
DOC/NOAA Opens FY-12 SBIR - (11/16/11)
DoD Issues FY-2012.1 SBIR Prerelease - (11/9/11)
DOE Issues FY-2012 Release 2 SBIR/STTR Topics - (11/1/11)
DHS Issues FY-12.1 SBIR - (10/25/11)
NIST FY-2012 SBIR Presolicitation - (10/20/11)
Department of Transportation Opens FY-2012.1 SBIR - (10/11/11)
NSF Releases FY-2012 SBIR - (9/2/11)
NIH FY-2012 SBIR Contracts Solicitation - (8/28/11)
DOE Issues FY-2011 Release 1 SBIR/STTR - (8/3/11)
DoD Issues SBIR 11.3 Prerelease - (7/28/11)
DoD Issues STTR 11.B Prerelease - (7/28/11)
NSF Releases FY-2012 STTR - (7/18/11)
NASA Opens FY-2011 SBIR/STTR - (7/18/11)
DOE Announces FY-2011 Release 1 SBIR/STTR - (7/13/11)
USDA Releases FY-2012 SBIR - (7/13/11)
DHS DNDO Issues SBIR 11.1 SBIR - (6/16/11)
DHS S&T Issues SBIR 11.2 Prerelease - (4/30/11)
DoD Issues SBIR 11.2 Prerelease - (4/26/11)
Department of Transportation Opens FY-2011.2 SBIR - (4/4/11)
EPA Opens FY-2011 SBIR - (3/16/11)
NSF Releases FY-2011 (2) SBIR - (3/07/11)
DoD Issues STTR 2011.A Prerelease - (1/27/11)
DHHS/NIH Releases 2011-2 Omnibus SBIR/STTR - (1/25/11)
NIST Issues Important Amendment To SBIR Solicitation - (1/20/11)

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SBA Opens Nominations For Tibbetts Awards & Hall of Fame (12/22/11) - The SBA has announced that they have opened the nomination period for the 2012 Tibbetts Awards and the SBIR Hall of Fame. All nominations must be received by January 31, 2012 at 11:59 PM EST.

These prestigious awards, named for Roland Tibbetts, (acknowledged as the father of the SBIR), are presented to small businesses and individuals who represent excellence in achieving the mission and goals of the SBIR and STTR programs.

Anyone can nominate a company and/or individual for a Tibbetts Award – including self-nominations. Self-nominations are not allowed for the Hall of Fame.

This year, nominations will be accepted via the Challenge.gov web site. Tibbetts awards are at tibbetts.challenge.gov and SBIR Hall of Fame is at sbirhof.challenge.gov

You can get all the information from the official web site at sbir.gov/news/nominations-now-open-2012-tibbetts-awards-and-sbir-hall-fame.


NIST Opens FY-2012 SBIR Solicitation (12/20/11) - The Department Of Commerce, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has released their FY-2012 SBIR which opens to proposals on December 20, 2011 and closes March 2, 2012.

Research topics for this solicitation include:

  • Ultrafast Photodetector for Probing Coplanar Waveguide Electrical Circuits
  • High-Power, High-Speed Photodiodes
  • Microfabricated High-Frequency Connectors for Millimeter-Wave Technology
  • Query-based Geometric Interoperability for Advanced Manufacturing
  • WS-BiometricDevices (WS-BD) Conformant Handheld Fingerprint Sensor
  • Silicon Ion Source for Isotopically Enriched Deposition
  • X-ray Chemical Shift Mapping for Industrial Materials Analysis
  • High-Precision, Random Profile Roughness Specimens Power Meter for EUV Lithography Sources
  • Development of a Microcompressor for Miniaturized Cryocooling
  • Non-contact Microwave Measurement of Electrical Properties of Nanofiber Materials
  • Low-cost Stabilized Diode Lasers for Displacement Measurements

NIST was the innovator of SBIR-TT and there are several SBIR-TT topics in this solicitation.

NIST's SBIR is a contracts based solicitation and the presolicitation is available on FedBizOpps at:
https://www.fbo.gov/?s=opportunity&mode=form&id=5ca17003c3b594eaae84d2e100b649c6&tab=core&_cview=0

NOTE: NIST does NOT accept electronic submission of proposals! All submissions must be hardcopy, so allow sufficent time for your proposals to be delivered to NIST by the closing date. Any proposals arriving after the closing date (for whatever reason) will not be reviewed.

The solicitation should be posted on NIST's SBIR on or about Decemeber 20, at www.nist.gov/tpo/sbir

The NIST topics will be in the SBIR Gateway's Search Engine soon.


Dept. of Education, OSERS / NIDRR Opens FY-12 SBIR Solicitation (12/20/11) - The Department of Education's (ED) Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR), has opened it's FY-2012 (CFDA Number: 84.133S–1) solicitation on December 13, 2011 with a closing date of February 13, 2012.

This is a separate and unrelated solicitation to ED's Institute of Education Sciences (IES) SBIR solicitations. The OSERS / NIDRR solicitation is grants based and must be accessed through grants.gov. Their solicitation is listed in the December 13, 2011 Federal Register at www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-12-13/pdf/2011-31966.pdf

All SBIR projects funded by NIDRR must address the needs of individuals with disabilities. (See 29 U.S.C. 760). Activities may include: Conducting manufacturing-related R&D that encompasses improvements in existing methods or processes, or wholly new processes, machines, or systems; exploring the uses of technology to ensure equal access to education, employment, community environments, and information for individuals with disabilities; and improving the quality and utility of disability and rehabilitation research.

This solicitation has 5 topics (known in NIDRR terms as "priorities"). They are:

(1) Increased independence of individuals with disabilities in the workplace, recreational settings, or educational settings through the development of technology to support access and promote integration of individuals with disabilities.
(2) Enhanced sensory or motor function of individuals with disabilities through the development of technology to support improved functional capacity.
(3) Enhanced workforce participation through the development of technology to support access to employment, promote sustained employment, and promote employment advancement for individuals with disabilities.
(4) Enhanced community participation and living for individuals with disabilities through the development of accessible information technology including Web access technology, software, and other systems and devices that promote access to information in educational, employment, and community settings, and voting technology that improves access for individuals with disabilities.
(5) Improved interventions and increased use of health-care resources through the development of technology to support independent access to healthcare services in the community for individuals with disabilities.

Note: This is a "grants based" solicitation which uses grants.gov as your portal for both downloading the solicitation package, and uploading of your proposal and application. Plan plenty of time to get yourself registered and familiar with the grants.gov system.


Dept. of Education IES SBIR Presolicitation Announcements (12/7/11) - The Department of Education's Institute of Education Sciences (IES) has issued presolicitation announcements for 3 individual SBIR solicitations to be released on or about December 20, 2011 with an estimated closing date of mid February, 2012.

Two of the three solicitations center around Special Education with one being traditional and the other being Fast Track. 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.

The third solicitation will be for non-special education priorities.

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:
EDIES-12-R-0005 - www.fbo.gov/?s=opportunity&mode=form&id=0e0255bc2c23066beeecb4551f9ada93&tab=core&_cview=0
EDIES-12-R-0006 - www.fbo.gov/?s=opportunity&mode=form&id=431118a687183f5f785203956ed7000a&tab=core&_cview=0
EDIES-12-R-0007 - www.fbo.gov/?s=opportunity&mode=form&id=94eaf22c7d7a1f820d6123c6b102b175&tab=core&_cview=0


DOC/NOAA Opens FY-12 SBIR (11/16/11) - The U. S. Department of Commerce (DOC), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has released their FY-2012 SBIR (Solicitation No. NOAA 2012-1) with an opening date of November 16, 2011, closing on February 1, 2012 at 4pm.

The main topics for this solicitation are in the areas of: Resilient Coastal Communities and Economies; Healthy Oceans; Climate Adaptation and Mitigation; and Weather-Ready Nation, with each topic consisting of several subtopics. The topics/subtopics are included in Zyn's SBIR Gateway Topic Search Engine.

  Quick Search NOAA Topics:  

NOAA's solicitation is contracts based and is available on FedBizOpps at: https://www.fbo.gov/?s=opportunity&mode=form&tab=core&id=fada14ff631c75636708234c986f3c3b&_cview=0

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


DoD Issues SBIR 12.1 Prerelease (11/09/11) - The DoD has issued the prerelease of their FY2012.1 SBIR solicitation with offerings from the Army, Navy, Air Force, DARPA, DTRA, OSD and SOCOM. The solicitation opens and proposals will be accepted starting December 12, 2011 with a closing date of January 11, 2012 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 (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 9 and December 11, 2011, 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 11, 2011, 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/sbir20121/index.shtml

NOTE: In DoD terms this is actually a prerelease. During this period until the solicitation opens on December 12, 2011, 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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DOE Issues FY-2012 Release 2 SBIR/STTR Topics (11/01/11) - The Department of Energy (DOE) issued its FY-2012 (Release 2) SBIR/STTR TOPICS Only with an expected opening date of November 28 2011, closing on January 31, 2012 at 11:59pm eastern time.

NOTE: A Letter of Intent will be required and must be received by December 20, 2011, 11:59 PM Eastern Time.

The DOE SBIR/STTR Topics are shared for both programs. You can download a PDF file with all the DOE Topics at science.energy.gov/sbir/. The topics are included in Zyn's SBIR Topic Search Engine.

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Complete details of the solicitation will not be released until the Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is issued ~November 28, 2011. The DOE's SBIR web site is located at http://science.energy.gov/sbir


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


DHS Issues FY-12.1 SBIR (10/25/11) - The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science & Technology Directorate (S&T) has issued their FY-2012.1 SBIR solicitation which will open to receive proposals on November 16, 2011 and close January 5, 2012, 2:00pm est.

The solicitation contains 6 technical topics and similar to the DoD's SBIR policy, you can communicate directly with the topic technical point of contact (TPOC) until the solicitation officially opens on November 16, 2011.

The topics are:

The DHS solicitation is contracts based and utilizes DHS's own proposal submission web site located at https://sbir2.st.dhs.gov/portal/SBIR/ .

The official announcement can be found on FedBizOpps at:
www.fbo.gov/?s=opportunity&mode=form&id=949ae954201ad47d0e49c02033f96544&tab=core&_cview=0


NIST FY-2012 SBIR Presolicitation (10/19/11) - The Department Of Commerce, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has announced that their FY-2012 SBIR will be released and open on or about on November 3, 2011 and close January 26, 2012.

Research topics for this solicitation include:

  • Ultrafast Photodetector for Probing Coplanar Waveguide Electrical Circuits
  • High-Power, High-Speed Photodiodes
  • Microfabricated High-Frequency Connectors for Millimeter-Wave Technology
  • Query-based Geometric Interoperability for Advanced Manufacturing
  • WS-BiometricDevices (WS-BD) Conformant Handheld Fingerprint Sensor
  • Silicon Ion Source for Isotopically Enriched Deposition
  • X-ray Chemical Shift Mapping for Industrial Materials Analysis
  • High-Precision, Random Profile Roughness Specimens Power Meter for EUV Lithography Sources
  • Development of a Microcompressor for Miniaturized Cryocooling
  • Non-contact Microwave Measurement of Electrical Properties of Nanofiber Materials
  • Low-cost Stabilized Diode Lasers for Displacement Measurements

NIST's SBIR is a contracts based solicitation and the presolicitation is available on FedBizOpps at:
https://www.fbo.gov/?s=opportunity&mode=form&id=5ca17003c3b594eaae84d2e100b649c6&tab=core&_cview=0

The solicitation should be posted on NIST's SBIR web site on or about November 3, at www.nist.gov/tpo/sbir


Department of Transportation Opens FY-2012.1 SBIR (10/11/11) - The Department of Transportation (DOT) has opened their FY-12.1 SBIR solicitation (DTRT57-12-R-SBIR1) on October 11, 2011 with a closing date of December 12, 2011.

Like the DoD who has many components under its umbrella (i.e., Army, Navy Air Force etc.), the DOT also has many units under its umbrella (i.e., FHWA, FMCSA, FTA etc.). Unlike the DoD, the DOT has a much smaller budget, but their solicitation is none the less important, and the DOT utilizes their own proposal submission system which is quick and easy for the small business to utilize.

This year's solicitation has what DOT refers to as 9 topics, but 1 of those topics has 3 distinctly different focus areas (to be addressed individually) which really make a total of 11 topics. All topics are open to awards of up to $150k except 12.1-FT1, which is $103k. The topics are:

  • 12.1-FH1 Coating Existing Concrete Barriers to Reduce Rollover Potential
  • 12.1-FH2 Fast Real Time Positioning using GNSS
  • 12.1-FM1 Communicating Towed unit (Trailer) Vehicle Identification Number(s) (VIN) to the Powered Unit
  • 12.1-FM2 Innovative Solutions to Effectively Enforce Anti-texting Rules on Commercial Motor Vehicle (CMV) Drivers
  • 12.1-FR1 Locomotive Engine Exhaust Emissions Reduction Technology
  • 12.1-FR2 Electronically Controlled Pneumatic Brake System Adaptor Development
  • 12.1-FR3 Advanced Locomotive Energy Storage System
  • 12.1-FT1 Improved Transit Rider Experience
AND Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (one topic, 3 focus areas)
  • 1 12.1-PH1Seal Sensor Network for Point-of-Source Leak Detection
  • 2 12.1-PH2Pipeline Systems with Integrated Health Monitoring
  • 3 12.1-PH3Study, Develop and Demonstrate a Multi-channel Insert and Assembly for Cased Pipelines

The solicitation closes December 12, 2011. Complete solicitation information, including the submittal process is available on DOT's web site at www.volpe.dot.gov/sbir/current.html


NSF Releases FY-2012 SBIR (09/1/11) - The National Science Foundation (NSF) has released it FY-2012 SBIR which will open to receive proposals on November 11, 2011 and close on December 2, 2011.

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:
http://www.nsf.gov/publications/pub_summ.jsp?ods_key=nsf11577


HHS/NIH/CDC PHS 2012-1 SBIR Contracts Solicitation (9/1/11) - The NIH & CDC has issued their 2012-1 SBIR Contracts Solicitation which openrf to receive proposals on August 25 and closes on November 7, 2011.

This NIH/CDC SBIR solicitation is a separate and independent offering from NIH and is not connected to their currently open 2011-2 Omnibus SBIR/STTR Grants solicitation.

There are important differences between this NIH/CDC SBIR Contracts solicitation and the NIH's year long omnibus Grants solicitation. The contracts solicitation is much smaller, the topics are different and are much more focused, and are 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.

The solicitation announcement is available at: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/funding/sbir.htm


DOE Issues FY-2011 Release 1 SBIR/STTR (08/03/11) - The Department of Energy (DOE) issued its FY-2011 (Release 1) SBIR/STTR solicitation (DE-FOA-0000577). The solicitation opened August 1, 2011 and closes September 19, 2011, 11:59 PM Eastern Time. There are many changes in this year's DOE solicitation process, so please read the requirements carefully!

NOTE: New this year is the requirement for a Letter of Intent which must be received by August 25, 2011, 11:59 PM Eastern Time.

The solicitation announcement and topics are available on the FedConnect site at https://www.fedconnect.net/FedConnect/?doc=DE-FOA-0000577&agency=DOE. For the announcement, Click on the “BODY” link on the right side of the page. The “Topics for Release 1” are immediately below the “BODY” link.

The DOE SBIR/STTR (they share topics for both programs), is a grants based solicitation which requires all proposals to be submitted through Grants.gov The application package can be downloaded from Grants.gov: https://apply07.grants.gov/apply/UpdateOffer?id=68550

The DOE SBIR topics are included in Zyn's SBIR Topic Search Engine. The DOE's SBIR web site is located at http://science.energy.gov/sbir


NSF Releases FY-2011 STTR (07/20/11) - The National Science Foundation (NSF) has released it FY-2012 STTR which will open to receive proposals on October 17, 2011 and close on November 17, 2011.

This STTR solicitation has only one topic; "Enhancing Access to the Radio Spectrum (EARS)". A firm MUST identify the appropriate subtopic on the cover page. The subtopics for this solicitation are listed below and explained more fully in section V.A.10:
1. Spectral efficiency
2. Reconfigurable wireless platforms
3. Security of wireless systems
4. Legacy: Backwards and forwards interoperability and compatibility
5. Special-purpose wireless systems
6. Wireless system tests, measurements, and validation
7. Economic models for spectrum resource sharing:

The official solicitation is available on the NSF web site at http://www.nsf.gov/publications/pub_summ.jsp?ods_key=nsf11561


DoD Issues SBIR 11.3 Prerelease (7/28/11) - The DoD has issued the prereleased of their FY2011.3 SBIR solicitation with offerings from the Army, Navy, DARPA, and OSD-ASD. The solicitation opens and proposals will be accepted starting August 29, 2011 with a closing date of September 28, 2011 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 (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 28 and August 28, 2011, 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 29, 2011, 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/sbir113

NOTE: In DoD terms this is actually a prerelease. During this period until the solicitation opens on August 29, 2011, 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 SBIR 2011.B Prerelease (7/28/11) - The DoD has issued a prerelease of their FY2011.B STTR solicitation with offerings from the Air Force (30), MDA (2) and OSD-ASD (4). The solicitation opens and proposals will be accepted starting August 29, 2011 with a closing date of September 28, 2011 at 6:00am EST. .

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 July 28 and August 28, 2011 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 August 29, 2011, 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 28, 2011, 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/sttr11A


NASA Opens FY-2011 SBIR/STTR (7/18/11) - NASA has opened its 2011 SBIR and STTR solicitations on July 18, 2011 with a closing date of September 8, 2011 at 5:00pm edt. Although this is a combined SBIR/STTR solicitation, the topics, rules and procedures for their SBIR and STTR are independent.

There are quite a few changes (additions & subtractions) in this NASA solicitation. Companies are limited to 10 submissions (in the aggrigate for both SBIR and STTR) and NASA does not plan to award more than 5 SBIR contracts and 2 STTR contracts to any offeror.

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 http://sbir.gsfc.nasa.gov/SBIR/sbirsttr2011/solicitation

NASA's topics will be included in the SBIR Gateway Search engine soon.


DOE Announces FY-2011 Release 1 SBIR/STTR (07/13/11) - The Department of Energy (DOE) has released the topics for their upcoming FY-2011 (Release 1) SBIR/STTR solicitation. The solicitation is scheduled for release in early August with a closing date in mid-September.

DOE is updating their SBIR/STTR programs and many changes are being made. 1. Early posting of topics (ala DoD)
2. Letters of Intent required
3. Limits on the number of applications (10 from any 1 company)
4. Increased emphasis on commercialization plans in Phase I and Phase II applications
5. Increase in the STTR maximum award amounts for Phase I and Phase II ($150,000 for Phase I and $1,000,000 for Phase II)

We will have more coverage on these changes when the solicitation is released. The topics are currently available at: http://science.energy.gov/sbir/

The DOE solicitation is a grants based offering and thus will utilize Grants.gov for their funding announcement and submissions.

The DOE SBIR web site is at: http://science.energy.gov/sbir/

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


USDA Opens FY-2012 SBIR (7/18/11) - The USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) has opened its FY-2012 SBIR solicitation (funding No. USDA-NIFA-SBIR-003497), that opened on July 13, 2011 and closes on September 1, 2011. 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 have been raised 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. The NIFA Societal Challenge Areas are: 1) Global Food Security and Hunger, 2) Climate Change, 3) Sustainable Bioenergy, 4) Childhood Obesity, and 5) Food Safety. ; ; ; ; ; ; ;

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 USDA solicitation provides guidance to the relationship of Societal Challenge Areas to the actual Technical Topics.

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

The funding announcement and provisions for proposal submissions are on Grants.gov

DHS DNDO Issues FY-11.1 SBIR (6/16/11) - The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Domestic Nuclear Detection Office (DNDO) has issued their FY-2011.1 SBIR solicitation (HSHQDC-11-R-00087) which will open to receive proposals on June 13, 2011 and closes July 18, 2011, 4:00pm edt.

This solicitation is not related to the DHS S&T and contains 3 technical topics. You can ask questions until June 24, at noon via email at dndosbir11questions@dhs.gov

The topics are:

  • 11.1-001 Development of commercial hand-held and backpack neutron detectors
  • 11.1-002 Flexible Form Factor Radiation Monitor
  • 11.1-003 Growth & Characterization of New, Promising Advanced Scintillator Materials

The official announcement can be found on FedBizOpps at:
https://www.fbo.gov/?s=opportunity&mode=form&tab=core&id=d26e6b198c30c331b9dc0c5ac689de2c&_cview=0 .


DHS Issues FY-11.2 SBIR (4/30/11) - The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science & Technology Directorate (S&T) has issued their FY-2011.2 SBIR solicitation which will open to receive proposals on May 12, 2011 and close June 28, 2011, 2:00pm est.

The solicitation contains 7 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 12, 2011.

The topics are:

  • H-SB011.2-001 Low Power Tri-axial Acoustic Sensor
  • H-SB011.2-002 Improved Wipes for Surface Sampling of Chemical Agents on Porous Materials
  • H-SB011.2-003 Mobile Device Forensics
  • H-SB011.2-004 Short Standoff Checkpoint Detection Systems for Explosives
  • H-SB011.2-005 Iris Image Quality Tool Suite for Biometric Recognition
  • H-SB011.2-006 Intelligent "Object" Symbology
  • H-SB011.2-007 Advanced Business Concepts for the Rapid Transition of DHS Center of Excellence (COE) Enabling Research to Both the Public and Private Sector
Proposal submittal is different this yeare with a new electronic only DHS SBIR web site at https://sbir2.st.dhs.gov/portal/SBIR/

The official announcement can be found on FedBizOpps at:
www.fbo.gov/?s=opportunity&mode=form&id=e94608867af7ca1b92a568f0b202ac85&tab=core&_cview=0
and the DHS S&T SBIR web site at https://sbir2.st.dhs.gov


DoD Issues SBIR 11.2 Prerelease (4/26/11) - The DoD has issued the prereleased of their FY2011.2 SBIR solicitation with offerings from the Army, Navy, Air Force, DARPA, DTRA, MDA, NGA, and OSD-DHP. The solicitation opens and proposals will be accepted starting May 26, 2011 with a closing date of June 29, 2011 at 6:00am EDT. The DoD topics will be included in Zyn's SBIR Gateway Search Engine soon.

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 April 26 and May 25, 2011, 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 26, 2011, 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/sbir112

NOTE: In DoD terms this is actually a prerelease. During this period until the solicitation opens on May 26, 2011, 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.


Department of Transportation Opens FY-2011.2 SBIR (04/05/11) - The Department of Transportation (DOT) has opened their FY-11.2 SBIR solicitation (DTRT57-11-R-SBIR2) on April 4, 2011 with a closing date of June 13, 2011.

The solicitation consists of 3 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-11.1 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


EPA Opens FY-2011 SBIR (3/16/11) - The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) opened their SBIR solicitation on March 15, 2011, which closes May 3, 2011.

EPA is interested in advanced technologies that address priority environmental issues. This year's solicitation has nine topics grouped into five general areas: Safe and Sustainable Water Resources (topics include A. Drinking Water and B. Wastewater , Stormwater & Water Reuse), Chemical Safety for Sustainability (topic is C. Innovation in Manufacturing), Sustainable and Healthy Communities (topics include D. Green Building and E. Waste Monitoring), Air/Climate/Energy (topics include F. Greenhouse Gases and Other Climate Change Forcers, G. Air Pollution Monitoring and Control, and H. Sustainable Utilization of Biomass), and I. Homeland Security. This year's solicitation has a special focus on drinking water treatment technologies. The proposed research must directly pertain to EPA's environmental mission and must be responsive to EPA program interests included in the topic descriptions in this solicitation.

The EPA's solicitation is contracts based and the submission process is hardcopy only (although they would like you to include a CD with your proposal in PDF format). This means you should allow yourself extra time to submit before the deadline.

Note: In the case of hardcopy submissions, the agency is not responsible, nor forgiving in the event of late or failed delivery by your choice of carrier. Always allow enough time and send your proposal by a means that requires a signature on the part of the receiver.

The solicitation and all instructions are available on the EPA's SBIR web site at:
www.epa.gov/ncer/rfa/2012/2012_sbir_phase1.html


NSF Releases FY-2011 (2) SBIR (3/07/11) - The National Science Foundation (NSF) has released its FY-2011 SBIR (2) [NSF 11-691] solicitation which will open to receive proposals on May 10, 2011 and close June 10, 2011 (due by 5 p.m. proposer's local time).

This NSF solicitation consists of 4 broad based topics:

  • Biological and Chemical Technologies (BC)
  • Education Applications (EA)
  • Electronics, Information and Communication Technologies (EI)
  • Nanotechnology, Advanced Materials, and Manufacturing (NM)

Although the NSF SBIR program is grants based, they utilize their tried and true FastLane proposal submission system rather than grants.gov. NSF allows proposals of up to $150.000 per topic and allows only 2 proposals per solicitation from any 1 company.

This NSF solicitation is available at www.nsf.gov/pubs/2011/nsf11691/nsf11691.htm?WT.mc_id=USNSF_25&WT.mc_ev=click

The main NSF SBIR web site is located at: www.nsf.gov/eng/iip/sbir/

The NSF topics will be included in Zyn's SBIR Gateway Topic Search Engine soon.


DoD Issues STTR 2011.A Prerelease (1/27/11) - The DoD has issued a prerelease of their FY2011.A STTR solicitation with offerings from the Army (34), Navy (39) and MDA (2). The solicitation opens and proposals will be accepted starting February 28, 2011 with a closing date of March 30, 2011 at 6:00am EST. .

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 27, 2011 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 28, 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 28, 2011, 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.

The DoD STTR solicitation can be downloaded from their site at www.acq.osd.mil/osbp/sbir/solicitations/sttr11A


DHHS/NIH Releases 2011-2 Omnibus SBIR/STTR (1/25/11) - The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has released its PHS 2011-2 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-11-096) and their STTR (PA-11-097).

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, 2011 and AIDS related dates are May 7, September 7, 2011 and January 7, 2012.

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.


NIST Issues Important Amendment To SBIR Solicitation (1/20/11) - If you have submitted, or are going to submit a proposal to NIST on their current SBIR solicitation, please read this!

On January 20, 2011 NIST released an amendment to their SBIR solicitation that states: "Offers must acknowledge receipt of this amendment prior to the hour and date specified in the solicitation…" NIST offers a few different ways for you to acknowledge that you have read the amendment.

NIST cautions that without your acknowledgement, your proposal could be rejected. The changes have to do with things like "protection of human subjects."

You should download the 5 page PDF from FedBizOpps at:
www.fbo.gov/?s=opportunity&mode=form&tab=core&id=ef36f497d301566848f9abd2537f06bf&_cview=0




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