SBIR Gateway
SBIR / STTR
Grants & Contracts News for 2013
Updated 12/31/13
 


Resources
SBIR/STTR Gateway
Search SBIR/STTR Open Solicitations
SBIR/STTR Agency Websites
SBIR Solicitation Date Finder
SBIR Events
Calendar
Headlines
Dept. of Education, OSERS / NIDRR Opens FY-14 SBIR Solicitation - (12/31/13)
HHS/NIH/CDC PHS 2014-1 SBIR Contracts Pre-Solicitation - (8/20/13)
Department of Transportation Opens FY-2013.2 SBIR - (7/29/13)
DoD Issues SBIR 2013.3 Prerelease - (7/28/13)
DoD Issues STTR 2013.B Prerelease - (7/28/13)
Air Force BAA - Innovative Techniques and Tools... - (6/28/13)
EPA Opens FY-13 SBIR - (6/26/13)
USDA Opens FY-13 SBIR - (6/20/13)
DHHS/NIH Reissues 2013-2 Omnibus SBIR/STTR - (6/01/13)
DoD Issues SBIR 2013.2 Prerelease - (4/25/13)
DoD Issues STTR 13.A Prerelease - (1/25/13)
DHHS/NIH Releases 2013-2 Omnibus SBIR/STTR - (1/24/13)
DOC/NOAA Opens FY-13 SBIR - (1/8/13)
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)

News Archive 2002 through 2012

RETURN TO SBIR GATEWAY

Dept. of Education, OSERS / NIDRR Opens FY-14 SBIR Solicitation (12/31/13) - 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-2014 (CFDA Number: 84.133S1) solicitation on December 16, 2013 with a closing date of February 14, 2014.

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 16, 2013 Federal Register at www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-12-16/pdf/2013-29824.pdf

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

(1) Increased independence of individuals with disabilities in community settings, including educational settings, through the development of technology to support access to these settings 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.


SBIR and the Government Shutdown (10/10/13)
At this point in time, nobody knows the true ramifications of the government shutdown on the SBIR and STTR programs. A few agencies had some remaining FY-13 funds and those offices remained open while others suffered complete shutdown.

We will not know the effect on the solicitation schedules until the agencies reopen, and we will provide that information in our SBIR Insider updates (see www.zyn.com/sbir/insider/subscribe.htm)

Some agencies kept their web sites open, while others completely shut down (which was ridiculous). We will have full coverage of these issues in our upcoming SBIR Insider.


HHS/NIH/CDC PHS 2014-1 SBIR Contracts Pre-Solicitation (8/20/13) -
The NIH & CDC has issued a pre-release of their 2014-1 SBIR Contracts Solicitation which opens to receive proposals on August 29, 2013 and closes November 13, 2013 (now entended to 11/25/13 12/3/13).

This NIH/CDC SBIR solicitation is a separate and independent offering from NIH and is not connected to their currently open 2013-2 Omnibus SBIR/STTR Grants solicitation.

There are important differences between the 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 presolicitation announcement is available at: www.fbo.gov/?s=opportunity&mode=form&id=9c2c106a6fe656f3ded5e065512459a8&tab=core&_cview=0


Department of Transportation Opens FY-2013.2 SBIR (7/29/12) - The Department of Transportation (DOT) has opened their FY-13.2 SBIR solicitation (DTRT57-13-R-SBIR2) which starts accepting proposals on July 25, 2013 with a closing date of September 23, 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 6 topics. All topics are open to phase I awards of up to $150k. The topics are:

  • 13.2 - FH1 Development of Innovative Welding for High Performance Bridge Steel
  • 13.2 - FH2 Game-based technology and Database to Train Pre-Drivers, Young Drivers, and Older Drivers to Detect Traffic Hazards and Respond Appropriately
  • 13.2-FM1 Affiliation Strength/Risk Model Development for Motor Carrier Succession
  • 13.2-PH1 Pipeline Integrity Assessment Using In-Line Inspection
  • 13.2-PH2 Modeling cathodic protection penetration on new construction pipelines incorporating all types of "foam" sack breakers and supports
  • 13.2-PH3 Develop and demonstrate new non-destructive evaluation methods to quantify remaining strength of line pipe steel and or pipeline fittings

The solicitation closes September 23, 2013. Complete solicitation information, including the submittal process is available on DOT's web site at www.volpe.dot.gov/sbir/sol13_2/


DoD Issues SBIR 2013.3 Prerelease (7/26/13) - The DoD has issued a prerelease of their FY2013.3 SBIR solicitation with offerings from the Army, Navy, DARPA, DTRA, and OSD. The solicitation opens and proposals will be accepted starting August 26, 2013 with a closing date of September 25, 2013 at 6:00am EST. .

Between July 26 through August 25, 2013 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 25, 2013, 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 26, 2013, 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 SBIR solicitation can be downloaded from their site at www.acq.osd.mil/osbp/sbir/solicitations/sbir20133/index.shtml


DoD Issues STTR 2013.B Prerelease (7/26/13) - The DoD has issued a prerelease of their FY2013.B STTR solicitation with offerings from the DARPA, DMEA, and MDA. The solicitation opens and proposals will be accepted starting August 26, 2013 with a closing date of September 25, 2013 .

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 through August 25, 2013 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 26, 2013 , 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 26, 2013, 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/sttr2013B/index.shtml


Air Force BAA - Innovative Techniques and Tools for the Automated Processing and Exploitation (APEX) Center (6/28/13)
Presolicitation Funding Opportunity Number: BAA-RIK-13-05. Although this is NOT an SBIR solicitation, it is a valuable R&D solicitation open to SBIR and small business respondents.

The AFRL/RIEA branch performs Research and Development (R&D) across a broad area of Air Force Command, Control, Communications, Computers/Cyber, and Intelligence (C4I). All applicable "INTs" are investigated with emphasis on Ground Moving Target Indication (GMTI), Electronic Intelligence (ELINT), Signals Intelligence (SIGINT), Image Intelligence (IMINT), Non Traditional Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaisance (NTISR), and Measurement and Signature Intelligence (MASINT). The APEX Center is used to perform analysis for seedling efforts, provide baseline tool development for major programs, and to provide realistic operational systems/networks/databases for integration efforts. The APEX Center resources will be used by the Government to perform the necessary research, development, experimentation, demonstration, and conduct objective evaluations in support of emerging capabilities within the Processing and Exploitation (PEX) area. Software tools, data sets, metrics (Measures of Performance/Measures of Effectiveness), and analysis are needed for the Government to perform the vetting, maturing, and analysis of efforts related to PEX, e.g. Automatic Tracking, Activity Based Intelligence, Entity, Event & Relationship (EER) Extraction, Association & Resolution (A&R), Analysis & Visualization (A&V), Social Network Analysis, Network Analytics, Pattern Discovery, Scalable Algorithms, and Novelty Detection. The AFRL APEX Center is the AFRL/RI gateway into the cross-directorate PCPAD-X (Planning & Direction, Collection, Processing & Exploitation, Analysis & Production, and Dissemination eXperimentation) initiative.

The PCPAD-X environment has been specifically architected to provide a testbed for relevant data filtering, access to intelligence analysis tools, and algorithm testing. The test bed includes both full and partial Programs of Record (Air Force Distributed Common Ground System (AF DCGS), Network-Centric Collaborative Targeting (NCCT), Global Command and Control System (GCCS), Remotely Piloted Aircraft Squadron Operations Center(RPA SOC), etc) that are target integration objectives as well as analysis baselines, acting as systems-under-test or research objectives.

Total funding for this BAA is approximately $8.0M. The anticipated funding to be obligated under this BAA is broken out by fiscal year as follows: FY 14 - $1.6M; FY 15 - $1.6M; FY 16 - $1.6M; FY 17 - $1.6M; and FY18 - $1.6M. Individual awards will not normally exceed 36 months with dollar amounts normally ranging between $250K to $1.5M per year. There is also the potential to make awards up to any dollar value. Awards of efforts as a result of this announcement will be in the form of contracts, grants, or cooperative agreements depending upon the nature of the work proposed.

This solicitation is available at www.fbo.gov/?s=opportunity&mode=form&id=aaac5367cd551eb17afacdf4a7aa22be&tab=core&_cview=0


EPA Opens FY-2013 SBIR (6/26/13) - The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released their FY-2013 SBIR RFP# SOL-NC-13-00012 which opened June 27, 2013, and closes August 13, 2013.

Topics are: A) Water; B) Innovation in Manufacturing; C) Waste; D) Air Quality; E) Homeland Security; F) People Prosperity and the Planet (P3) Special Funding Opportunity. Each of these topics have several subtopics.

NOTE: The EPA SBIR program ONLY accepts proposals in hard copy including a CD with a PDF version of your proposal. This requires additional time and planning on your part to insure your submission is properly delivered to the agency before the due date and time. Any delivery problems by your carrier of choice is NOT an excuse for late arrival.

The solicitation is available at www.epa.gov/ncer/rfa/2014/2014_sbir_phase1.html


USDA Opens FY-2014 SBIR (6/20/13) - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) via their National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) has opened its FY-2014 SBIR solicitation (funding No. USDA-NIFA-SBIR-004332), that opened on June 20, 2013 and closes on September 26, 2013. 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

DHHS/NIH Reissues 2013-2 Omnibus SBIR/STTR (6/01/13) - The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has reissued its PHS 2013-02 omnibus SBIR/STTR Grants solicitations with receipt dates, August 5, and December 5, 2013 for most topics and September 7, 2013, and January 7, 2014 for AIDS related topics. The original SBIR and STTR Omnibus solicitations, PA-13-088 (SBIR) and PA-13-089 (STTR) are now expired and applications can no longer be submitted to these FOAs, (applicants will receive an error in their submission if these expired FOAs are used.

The new Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOA) are PA-13-234 (SBIR) and PA-13-235 (STTR)

The reason for reissuing is because the NIH is now including some important changes that are part of the SBIR Reauthorization changes. These include 1) majority venture-capital owned companies may now apply to the NIH SBIR program and 2) all small business concerns must register in the SBA Company Registry.

More information is available at the NIH web site grants.nih.gov/grants/funding/sbir.htm. The actual funding announcement are at:
SBIR - grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-13-234.html
STTR - grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-13-235.html


DoD Issues SBIR 2013.2 Prerelease (4/25/13) - The DoD has issued a prerelease of their FY2013.2 STTR solicitation with offerings from the Army, Navy, Air Force DARPA DHP, DMEA and MDA. The solicitation opens and proposals will be accepted starting May 24, 2013 with a closing date of June 26, 2013 at 6:00am EST. .

Between April 24 and May 23, 2013 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 May 24, 2013, 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 May 24, 2013, 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/sbir20132/index.shtml


DHS S&T Issues FY-13.2 SBIR (4/2/13) - The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science & Technology Directorate (S&T) has issued their FY-2013.2 SBIR solicitation which will open to receive proposals on April 18, 2013 and close May 22, 2013, 2:00 p.m. ET.

The solicitation contains 8 technical topics and similar to the DoD's SBIR policy, you can communicate directly with the topic technical point of contact (TPOC) until close of business April 17, 2013.

The topics are:

  • H-SB013.2-001 Bulk Currency Vapor Detection in Confined Spaces
  • H-SB013.2-002 Software Based Roots of Trust for Enhanced Mobile Device Security
  • H-SB013.2-003 Lost Person Locator for First Responders
  • H-SB013.2-004 Structural Collapse Prediction Technology
  • H-SB013.2-005 Commodity Goods Counterfeit Detection
  • H-SB013.2-006 Management of Mass Casualty Triage
  • H-SB013.2-007 Affordable Non-Destructive Anomaly Detection for Perceived Hollow Spaces
  • H-SB013.2-008 Pre-Shot Sniper Detection in Urban Environments

This DHS solicitation has many changes in order to comply with the new SBIR Reauthorization guidelines and may affect your eligibility to participate in their program, so please read the entire solicitation carefully.

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:
https://www.fbo.gov/index?s=opportunity&mode=form&id=6e5228d95d1f55b1b5f3bbb697657fa0&tab=core&_cview=0


DoD Issues STTR 2013.A Prerelease (1/25/13) - The DoD has issued a prerelease of their FY2013.A STTR solicitation with offerings from the Army, Navy, Air Force and DARPA. The solicitation opens and proposals will be accepted starting February 25, 2013 with a closing date of March 27, 2013 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 25 and February 24, 2013 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 25, 2013, 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 25, 2013, 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/sttr2013A/index.shtml


DHHS/NIH Releases 2013-2 Omnibus SBIR/STTR (1/25/13) - The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has released its PHS 2013-02 omnibus SBIR/STTR Grants solicitations that stays open all year and has 6 separate receipt dates, April 5, August 5, and December 5, 2013 for most topics and May 7, September 7, 2013, and January 7, 2014 for AIDS related topics.

This complex solicitation, includes opportunities from four main components of DHHS, including the largest portion from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for both SBIR and STTR, and SBIR only topics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Administration for Children and Families (ACF).

The NIH is comprised of many institutes, each with their own set of interests and topics. Although the technical topics are shared between their SBIR and STTR offerings, the rules and regulations are different and the NIH issues separate announcements for their SBIR (PA-13-088) which includes the other 3 DHHS components, and the NIH only STTR (PA-13-089).

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. The NIH will accept a proposal that does not match one of their topics but addresses an area of interest within the mission of one or more of their institutes. Respondents should not be timid about asking for guidance.

This solicitation was issued BEFORE the most recent SBA size ruling took effect, so please check the NIH's solicitation carefully to determine your company's eligibility. As the SBIR Gateway reads it (quite unofficially) the new SBA size rules that allow majority ownership by multiple VCs, Hedge Funds, and Private Equity organizations, is not in effect for this NIH solicitation. That could be changed in the future so watch for updates.

More information is available at the NIH web site grants.nih.gov/grants/funding/sbir.htm. The actual funding announcement are at:
SBIR - grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-13-088.html
STTR - grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-13-089.html


DOC/NOAA Opens FY-13 SBIR (1/4/13) - The U. S. Department of Commerce (DOC), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has released their FY-2013 SBIR (Solicitation No. NOAA 2013-1) with an opening date of January 4, 2013, closing on February 27, 2013 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: www.fbo.gov/?s=opportunity&mode=form&id=2a5f9b24c73634657263eefc1d5c4770&tab=core&_cview=1

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


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: 84.133S1) 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.

Do you want the Zyn SBIR Gateway to notify you when changes to the DoD FY13.1 SBIR are made? If so, please enter your email address below and you will receive an email notification.

Please notify me if changes are made to the DoD 13.1 SBIR solicitation.
Email Address:
Email addresses will remain private and will not be shared.




Please address any comments to: rick@zyn.com


Copyright 2012 Zyn Systems. All rights reserved.