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Dept. of Education, OSERS / NIDRR Opens FY-13 SBIR Solicitation - (12/31/12)
NIST Opens FY-2013 SBIR Solicitation - (12/12/12)
DOT Opens FY-2013.1 SBIR - (12/10/12)
DHS Issues FY-13.1 SBIR - (12/4/12)
Dept. of Education IES SBIR Presolicitation Announcements - (12/4/12)
DoD Issues SBIR 13.1 Prerelease - (11/18/12)
DOE Issues FY-2013 Release 2 SBIR/STTR Topics - (11/2/12)
NASA Opens FY-2012 SBIR/STTR - (9/27/12)
HHS/NIH/CDC PHS 2013-1 SBIR Contracts Solicitation - (8/15/12)
DoD Issues SBIR 12.3 Prerelease - (7/28/12)
DoD Issues STTR 12.B Prerelease - (7/28/12)
DOE Releases FY-13 SBIR/sttr Topics - (7/17/12)
USDA Opens FY-13 SBIR - (6/15/12)
DHS Issues FY-12.2 SBIR - (5/3/12)
DoD Issues SBIR 12.2 - (4/24/12)
DOT Opens FY-2012.2 SBIR - (4/2/12)
EPA Opens FY-2012 SBIR - (3/15/12)
DOE Issues FY-2012 Release 3 SBIR/STTR Topics - (3/8/12)
EPA SBIR Presolicitation - (2/7/12)
DHHS/NIH Releases 2012-2 Omnibus SBIR/STTR - (2/1/12)

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Dept. of Education, OSERS / NIDRR Opens FY-13 SBIR Solicitation (12/31/12) - The Department of Education's (ED) Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS), National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR), has opened it's FY-2013 (CFDA Number: 84.133S–1) solicitation on December 31, 2012 with a closing date of March 1, 2013.

This is a separate and unrelated solicitation to ED's Institute of Education Sciences (IES) SBIR solicitations. This OSERS / NIDRR solicitation is grants based and must be accessed through grants.gov. Their solicitation is listed in the December 31, 2012 Federal Register at www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-12-31/pdf/2012-31437.pdf

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 increase access to employment, promote sustained employment, and support employment advancement for individuals with disabilities.
(4) Enhanced community living and participation for individuals with disabilities through the development of accessible information technology including cloud computing, software, 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 health-care interventions and increased use of related resources through the development of technology to support independent access to community health-care services 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 (1/4/12) - The Department of Education's (ED) Institute of Education Sciences (IES) has opened 3 individual SBIR solicitations released on December 20, 2012 with a closing date of February 5, 2013.

One of the solicitations is based on "Games", another is the regular ED SBIR and the 3rd is a 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.

Topics for the Phase I Games solicitation include:

  • Topic 1: R/R&D of games for statistics and probability, ED/IES
  • Topic 2: R/R&D of games for English learners, ED/IES
  • Topic 3: R/R&D of neuroplastic games for improving foreign language learning, DARPA
  • Topic 4: R/R&D of a hybrid videogame/graphic novel to support computer science education, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).

Areas of interest for the Fast Track include interests to develop an education technology product for products used by students or teachers (or other instructional personnel) or products for use by infants, toddlers, or students with or at risk for disabilities, or teachers (or other instructional personnel, related services providers, or family members) in early interventions or special education.

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:


NIST Opens FY-2013 SBIR Solicitation (12/12/12) - The Department Of Commerce, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has released their FY-2013 SBIR which opens to proposals on December 11, 2012 and closes February 25, 2013.

Research topics for this solicitation include:
Cybersecurity:

  • 9.01.01.77-TT Bragg Grating Enhanced Narrowband Single Photon SPDC Source
  • 9.01.02.77-R Comparison of Privacy-enhancing Technologies and Features
  • 9.01.03.77-R Development of an SCAP Validation Tool with APIs
  • 9.01.04.77-R Enabling Secure BIOS on Enterprise Systems
  • 9.01.05.68-R Single-Photon Avalanche Diodes with > 95 % Efficiency
Manufacturing:
  • 9.02.01.73-R Advanced Tactile Sensing Technology for Robotic Hands
  • 9.02.02.63-R Angularly Sensitive Detectors for Transmission Scanning Electron Microscopy
  • 9.02.03.63-R Electronics System for Microscale Thermogravimetric Nanoparticle Analysis
  • 9.02.04.68-TT Flowing Water Optical Power Meter for Laser Measurements
  • 9.02.05.68-R High Temperature Thermocouple and Radiation Thermometer Vacuum Furnace
  • 9.02.06.63-R Highly Multiplexed Spectroscopic Ellipsometer for In-line Process Control
  • 9.02.07.73-R Life Cycle Impact Analysis Tool for Sustainable Manufacturing
  • 9.02.08.77-R Model-based Smart Manufacturing of Composite Materials
  • 9.02.09.63-TT Nanoparticle Separation: Magnetic Field Opposing a Buoyant Density Gradient
  • 9.02.10.63-TT Recirculating Temperature Wave Focusing Chromatography
  • 9.02.11.68-R Three-Dimensional Test Materials for Solid Supports
  • 9.02.12.73-R Workflow Engine for Smart Manufacturing

NIST was the innovator of SBIR-TT (Technology Transfer) and there are four 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/index?s=opportunity&mode=form&id=b239ed00f48d5e6e2959cc620252e322&tab=core&_cview=0

NOTE: NIST does NOT accept electronic submission of proposals! All submissions must be hardcopy, so allow sufficient 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 supporting material such as the Q&A is available on NIST's SBIR web site at www.nist.gov/tpo/sbir/

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


Department of Transportation Opens FY-2013.1 SBIR (12/10/12) - The Department of Transportation (DOT) has opened their FY-13.1 SBIR solicitation (DTRT57-13-R-SBIR1) which starts accepting proposals on December 10, 2012 with a closing date of March 4, 2013 .

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 3 topics. All topics are open to phase I awards of up to $150k. The topics are:

  • 13.1-FR1 Low Ground Clearance Vehicle Detection and Warning System
  • 13.1-FT1 Transit Safety
  • 13.1-FT2 Improved Decision Support Tools for State of Good Repair

The solicitation closes March 4, 2013. Complete solicitation information, including the submittal process is available on DOT's web site at www.volpe.dot.gov/sbir/sol13_1/


DHS S&T Issues FY-13.1 SBIR (12/4/12) - The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science & Technology Directorate (S&T) has issued their FY-2013.1 SBIR solicitation which will open to receive proposals on December 20, 2012 and close January 23, 2013, 2:00 p.m. EDT.

The solicitation contains 5 technical topics and similar to the DoD's SBIR policy, you can communicate directly with the topic technical point of contact (TPOC) until December 19, 2012.

The topics are:

  • H-SB013.1-001 Radio Frequency (RF) Sensing of Personnel in Wooded Areas
  • H-SB013.1-002 Hybrid Analysis Mapping (HAM)
  • H-SB013.1-003 Burn-Saver Device
  • H-SB013.1-004 GPS Disruption Detection and Localization
  • H-SB013.1-005 Quick Disconnect Cables for Utility Power Distribution Systems

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

The official announcement can be found on FedBizOpps at:
www.fbo.gov/?s=opportunity&mode=form&id=08c964597fe81a759b165eb46ba30f78&tab=core&_cview=0


DoD Issues SBIR 13.1 Prerelease (11/18/12) - The DoD has issued the prerelease of their FY-2013.1 SBIR solicitation with offerings from the Air Force, Army, Navy, CBD, DARPA, and SOCOM. The solicitation opens and proposals will be accepted starting December 17, 2012 with a closing date of January 16, 2013 at 6:00am EST. The DoD topics will be included in Zyn's SBIR Gateway Search Engine soon.

NOTE: The DoD cautions proposers that this SBIR solicitation contains extensive changes from previous ones in order to comply with new rules and regulations of the recent SBIR Reauthorization. Please read the entire solicitation carefully prior to submitting your proposal.

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 16 and December 16, 2012, 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 17, 2012, when DoD begins accepting proposals for this solicitation.

The DoD solicitation can be downloaded from their site at http://www.acq.osd.mil/osbp/sbir/solicitations/sbir20131

NOTE: In DoD terms this is actually a prerelease. During this period until the solicitation opens on December 17, 2012, 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-2013 Release 2 SBIR/STTR Topics (11/01/12) - The Department of Energy (DOE) issued its FY-2013 (Release 2) SBIR/STTR TOPICS Only with an expected opening date of Monday, November 26, 2012, closing on Tuesday, February 5, 2013.

NOTE: A Letter of Intent will be required and must be received by December 17, 2012.

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 will be included soon in Zyn's SBIR Topic Search Engine.

Complete details of the solicitation will not be released until the Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is issued November 26, 2012. The DOE's SBIR web site is located at http://science.energy.gov/sbir


NASA Opens FY-2012 SBIR/STTR (9/27/12) - NASA has opened 2 separate but related 2012 SBIR/STTR solicitations on September 17, 2012 both with a closing date of November 29, 2012.

The first is NASA's General SBIR/STTR Solicitation with a total of 20 Topics and 75 Subtopics in the SBIR Program, and a total of 13 Topics and 20 Subtopics in the STTR Program. The award sizes associated with these 75 Subtopics in SBIR and 20 Subtopics in STTR are $125,000 for Phase I and $750,000 for Phase II. Although this is a combined SBIR/STTR solicitation, the topics, rules and procedures for their SBIR and STTR are independent so read the instructions carefully.

The second is NASA's Select SBIR Solicitation which is SBIR only and is a new initiative for NASA this year. The NASA Select SBIR Solicitation has a total of 7 "Select Topics" with expanded award sizes up to $200,000 for Phase I and $1,500,000 for Phase II.

As a contracts based program, NASA is continuing the use of their Electronic Hand Book (EHB) for the proposal submission process. The EHB is for both the NASA General and Select solicitations.

The solicitations and support information is available on NASA's SBIR web site at http://sbir.gsfc.nasa.gov/SBIR/SBIR.html


HHS/NIH/CDC PHS 2013-1 SBIR Contracts Solicitation (8/15/12) - The NIH & CDC has issued their 2013-1 SBIR Contracts Solicitation which opens to receive proposals on August 13 and closes on November 13, 2012.

This NIH/CDC SBIR solicitation is a separate and independent offering from NIH and is not connected to their currently open 2012-2 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. In fact, the submission process is via hardcopy so allow ample time for proposal delivery.

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


DoD Issues SBIR 12.3 Prerelease (7/28/12) - The DoD has issued the prerelease of their FY-2012.3 SBIR solicitation with offerings from the Army, Navy, DARPA, DLA, MDA and OSD-RE. The solicitation opens and proposals will be accepted starting August 27, 2012 with a closing date of September 26, 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 July 26 and August 26, 2012, 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 27, 2012, 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/sbir20123/index.shtml

NOTE: In DoD terms this is actually a prerelease. During this period until the solicitation opens on August 27, 2012, 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 2012.B Prerelease (7/28/12) - The DoD has issued a prerelease of their FY2012.B STTR solicitation with offerings from the Air Force, DARPA, MDA and OSD-RE. The solicitation opens and proposals will be accepted starting August 27, 2012 with a closing date of September 26, 2012 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 26 and August 26, 2012 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 27, 2012, 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 August 27, 2012, 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/sttr2012b


DOE Issues FY-2013 Release 1 SBIR/STTR Topics (7/17/12) - The Department of Energy (DOE) issued its FY-2013 (Release 1) SBIR/STTR TOPICS Only with an expected opening date of Monday, August 13, 2012, closing on Tuesday, October 16, 2012.

NOTE: A Letter of Intent will be required and must be received by September 04, 2012.

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 will be included soon in Zyn's SBIR Topic Search Engine.

Complete details of the solicitation will not be released until the Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is issued August 13, 2012. The DOE's SBIR web site is located at http://science.energy.gov/sbir


USDA Opens FY-2013 SBIR (6/15/12) - The USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) has opened its FY-2013 SBIR solicitation (funding No. USDA-NIFA-SBIR-003848), that opened on July 14, 2012 and closes on September 6, 2012. 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.

Similar to the changes USDA made last year, phase I award size has 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. Special consideration will be given to applications that address one of these priorities under the Project Narrative, item (2) under subsection 3.3.3.-Field 8, Responsiveness to USDA SBIR Program Priorities and Societal Challenge Areas.

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, Water and Soils
  • 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-12.2 SBIR (5/17/12) - The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Domestic Nuclear Detection Office (DNDO) has issued their FY-2012.1 SBIR solicitation which will open to receive proposals on May 15, 2012 and close July 3, 2012, 2:00 p.m. EDT.

The solicitation contains 7 technical topics and similar to the DoD's SBIR policy, you can communicate with the topic technical point of contact (TPOC) until May 24, 2012.

The topics are:

  • 11.1-002 High Purity Precursor Materials for Growth of Large Single Crystals
  • 11.1-002 Embedding of Advanced Search Technique for Detect, Locate, and Track for Pedestrian-based Search
  • 11.1-003 Smart Phone App(s) for Radioisotope Identification Device (RIID) and Spectroscopic Personal Radiation Detector (SPRD) Reachback
  • 11.1-004 Thallium Bromide (TlBr) Crystal Modules for Room-Temperature Gamma Radiation Detection
  • 11.1-005 Near-Room Temperature, Low-Cooling-Power Operation of a Large-Volume Thallium Bromide (TlBr) Crystal Detector
  • 11.1-006 Advanced Electronics for Scintillators
  • 11.1-007 Versatile Data Archive and Interfacing System

The DHS solicitation is contracts based and they accept proposals only through their email portal .

The official announcement can be found on FedBizOpps at:
www.fbo.gov/?s=opportunity&mode=form&id=24605f53bde90a9edad5b9d0d5b99431&tab=core&_cview=0


DHS S&T Issues FY-12.2 SBIR (5/3/12) - The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science & Technology Directorate (S&T) has issued their FY-2012.2 SBIR solicitation which will open to receive proposals on May 17, 2012 and close July 3, 2012, 2:00 p.m. EDT.

The solicitation contains 5 technical topics and similar to the DoD's SBIR policy, you can communicate directly with the topic technical point of contact (TPOC) until June 19, 2012.

The topics are:

  • H-SB012.2-001 Solid State Storage Investigative Tools for Law Enforcement
  • H-SB012.2-002 Automated Threat Recognition (ATR) Algorithms using Standardized Image File Formats
  • H-SB012.2-003 Objective, Quantitative Image Quality Measurements and Metrics for Screener Imaging Technologies
  • H-SB012.2-004 Hardening for Commercially Available Hand Held Computing and Communications Devices for First Responders
  • H-SB012.2-005 Next Generation Textiles for Multi-Threat Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

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


DoD Issues FY 12.2 SBIR - The DoD has issued its FY2012.2 SBIR solicitation with offerings from the Army, Navy, DARPA, MDA, DTRA, CBD, DMEA, DLA and DHP. The solicitation opens and proposals will be accepted starting May 24, 2012 with a closing date of June 27, 2012 at 6:00am EST.

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 24, 2012 to May 23, 2012, 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 23, 2012, 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/sbir20122/index.shtml


Department of Transportation Opens FY-2012.2 SBIR (4/2/12) - The Department of Transportation (DOT) has opened their FY-12.2 SBIR solicitation (DTRT57-12-R-SBIR2) on April 2, 2012 with a closing date of June 5, 2012.

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 8 topics. All topics are open to phase I awards of up to $150k. The topics are:

  • 12.2-FH1 Delivering In-Vehicle Messages in Temporary Work Zones
  • 12.2-FH2 Advanced Rapid Non-destructive test method to determine chemical composition of concrete materials in the field
  • 12.2-FH3 Pedestrian Auto Enforcement Program (PAEP)
  • 12.2-FH4 Tracking of heavy vehicles for estimating heavy load distribution across the highway system and Weigh-In-Motion Calibration
  • 12.2-FH5 Three dimensional mapping of utilities and underground infrastructure for intersection design, repair or reconstruction
  • 12.2-FR1 Small Scale Diesel Generator for Railway Applications
  • 12.2-FR2 System for Prevention of Lens Surface Contamination
  • 12.2-FA1 Creating Spatial Disorientation in Flight Simulation

The solicitation closes June 5, 2012. Complete solicitation information, including the submittal process is available on DOT's web site at www.volpe.dot.gov/sbir/sol12_2/


EPA Opens FY-2012 SBIR (3/15/12) - The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released their FY-2012 SBIR which opened March 15, 2012, and closes May 3, 2012.

Topics are: A) Water; B) Innovation in Manufacturing; C) Green Building; D) Waste Monitoring & Management; E) Air Quality; F) Sustainable Utilization of Biomass; G) Homeland Security.

The solicitation is available at www.epa.gov/ncer/sbir/ and www.epa.gov/oam/rtp_cmd/


DOE Issues FY-2012 Release 3 SBIR/STTR Topics (3/08/11) - The Department of Energy (DOE) issued its FY-2012 (Release 3) SBIR/STTR TOPICS Only with an expected opening date of May 1, 2012, closing on July 3, 2012 at 11:59pm eastern time.

NOTE: A Letter of Intent will be required and must be received by May 1, 2012, 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.

  Quick Search DOE Topics:  

Complete details of the solicitation will not be released until the Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is issued April 3, 2012. The DOE's SBIR web site is located at http://science.energy.gov/sbir


DHHS/NIH Releases 2012-2 Omnibus SBIR/STTR (2/01/12) - The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has released its PHS 2012-02 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-12-088) and their STTR (PA-12-089).

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, 2012 and AIDS related dates are May 7, September 7, 2012 and January 7, 2013.

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.

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.




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