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NOAA SBIR Presolicitation Announcement - (9/20/14)
DoD Issues SBIR 2014.3 and STTR 14.B Prerelease - (8/21/14)
HHS/NIH/CDC PHS 2015-1 SBIR Contracts Solicitation - (8/15/14)
DOE Releases FY-2015 (R1) SBIR/STTR Topics - (7/14/14)
DOT Issues 14.2 SBIR Prerelease - (6/30/14)
USDA Opens FY-2015 SBIR - (6/25/14)
NIH's National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) Opens 1 Topic SBIR - (6/23/14)
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Presolicitation Announcement - (6/11/14)
DoD Issues SBIR 2014.2 Prerelease - (4/23/14)
DHS S&T Issues FY-14.2 SBIR - (4/01/14)
NSF Releases 2014 SBIR and STTR Solicitations - (2/26/14)
NIST (National Institute of Standards & Technology) Opens FY-2014 SBIR - (2/19/14)
Department of Education Opens 2 SBIR solicitations - (2/06/14)
Department of Transportation Opens FY-2014.1 SBIR - (2/04/14)
DoD Issues STTR 2014.A Prerelease - (2/3/14)
Dept. of Education, OSERS / NIDRR Opens FY-14 SBIR Solicitation - (12/31/13)

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DOC/NOAA SBIR Presolicitation Announcement (9/20/14) - The U. S. Department of Commerce (DOC), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has issued a presolicitation announcement of their upcoming FY-2015 SBIR Solicitation.

It is expected to open on or about October 15. Although no closing date was announced, we estimate that it could be on or around December 8, 2014.

The main topics for this solicitation are in the areas of:

  • Weather-Ready Nation
  • Climate Adaptation and Mitigation
  • Healthy Oceans
  • Resilient Coastal Communities and Economies
  • Stakeholder Engagement
  • Data and Observations

NOAA's solicitation is contracts based and will be available on FedBizOpps at: www.fbo.gov/?s=opportunity&mode=form&id=1a6eb562f794b0a5cd4c7df5066743af&tab=core&_cview=0


DoD Issues SBIR 2014.3 and STTR 14.B Prerelease (8/21/14) - The DoD has issued a prerelease of their FY2014.3 SBIR solicitation with offerings from the Army (2 topics), Navy (3 topics), DARPA (6 topics), and DTRA (8 topics). Concurrently the DoD issued their prerelease of the 14.B STTR with topics from DARPA (4), DTRA (5), and MDA (4).

The solicitations open and proposals will be accepted starting September 22, 2014 and closes October 22, 2014. at 6:00am EST. .

Between August 21 and September 21, 2014 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 September 22, 2014, when DoD begins accepting proposals for these two solicitations.

NOTE: In DoD terms this is actually a pre-release. During this period until the solicitation opens on September 22, 2014, 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 SBIR solicitation can be downloaded from their site at www.acq.osd.mil/osbp/sbir/solicitations/sbir20143/index.shtml
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HHS/NIH/CDC PHS 2015-1 SBIR Contracts Solicitation (8/15/14) -
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued their 2015-1 SBIR Contracts Solicitation which opens to receive proposals on August 15, 2014 and closes November 5, 2014.

This NIH/CDC SBIR contracts solicitation is a separate and independent offering from NIH and is not connected to their 2014-2 Omnibus SBIR/STTR Grants solicitation that is open for most of the calendar year (with 3 separate receipt dates).

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.

Also the NIH contracts solicitation has a different set of rules and does not use grants.gov for submission or guidance. In fact, proposal submission must be done via hard copy, so allow ample time for proposal delivery.

New this year is the availability of a Direct to Phase II option (bypasses Phase I) which is only available for selected topics. NIH continues its Fast Track Initiative (combined Phase I & II) for selected topics.

Although the solicitation is available through FedBizOpps at https://www.fbo.gov/index?s=opportunity&mode=form&tab=core&id=76b5bbd0b287d800f3d6b030f995e6a1&_cview=0 we suggest going to the NIH site at grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-14-120.html where you can get additional information and download the solicitation in either Word or PDF formats.


DOE Releases FY-2015 (R1) SBIR/STTR Topics (7/14/14) - The Department of Energy (DOE) has released the topics for their upcoming FY-2015 (R1) SBIR/STTR Solicitation scheduled to be released August 11, 2014, and close October 14, 2014. A letter of intent is due by September 02, 2014. This is a great time to prepare yourself for a response to the topic needs of the DOE, as well as look at the technology transfer opportunities they will be presenting.

This is NOT like the DoD's pre-solicitation period because DOE is only releasing the topics, not the overall rules and requirements for proposal submission. There are a total of 26 topics in this release and they may change prior to the official opening of the solicitation. The DOE offers their topics to be your choice of SBIR or STTR.

DOE will offer two webinars for this solicitation. The first on July 22 for topics 1 - 16, and the second on July 23 for topics 19 - 26 (not sure why the don't include topics 17 and 18 at this time).

Also, DOE's Office of Science Advanced Scientific Computing Research (ASCR) will host a two day workshop August 6 - 7, 2014 in Rosemont, IL (suburban Chicago) conveniently near O'Hare Airport. This event will concentrate on DOE topics having to do with ASCR's SBIR topics related to computing and networking. Workshop information is available at: http://go.lbl.gov/ascr_sbir

Complete details the DOE SBIR/STTR topics are available at http://science.energy.gov/sbir/funding-opportunities/


DOT Opens 14.2 SBIR (7/14/14) - The Department of Transportation's Volpe National Transportation System Center, (Volpe Center) has opened their 14.2 SBIR solicitation, on July 14, 2014 with a closing date of September 15, 2014. The DOT SBIR is a contracts based solicitation

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 but not as well known (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.

Topics for this solicitation are:

FAA (Federal Aviation Administration)

  • 14.2-FA1: Commercial Space Vehicle Tracking Using 1090 MHz ADS-B
  • 14.2-FA2: Management System Display to Track Emergency Response Vehicles and Mutual Aid during a crash

FHWA (Federal Highway Administration)

  • 14.2-FH1: Decentralized, Public, and Mobile-Based Sidewalk Inventory Tool
  • 14.2-FH2: Parking-Cruising Caused Congestion & Targeting Public Mitigation Investments
  • 14.2-FH3: Modular Building Block Approach to Construction Assembly in Place Mini-Roundabouts

FMCSA (Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration)

  • 4.2-FM1: Driver Fatigue and Distraction Monitoring and Warning System

FTA (Federal Transit Administration)

  • 14.2-FT1: Technology to improve upon APC data counting that will provide better correlation to service plan

NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration)

  • 14.2-NH1: Device to Address the Competing Needs of Ensuring Lockability of Seat Belts and Mitigating Entrapment Risk in Misuse Conditions

OST-R (Office of the Secretary of Transportation-Research and Technology)

  • 14.2-OS1: Using alternative energy to reduce greenhouse gas production in the transportation sector

PHMSA (Pipeline and Hazardous Material Safety Administration)

  • 14.2-PH1: New non-destructive evaluation methods to quantify remaining strength of line pipe steel and or pipeline fittings

Complete solicitation information is available on the DOT's SBIR web site at www.volpe.dot.gov/work-with-us/small-business-innovation-research and on FedBizOpps at www.fbo.gov/index?s=opportunity&mode=form&id=2a16b677725cb4f31f9cf4cd081e877e&tab=core&_cview=0


NIH's National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) Opens 1 Topic SBIR (6/23/14) - In an unusual situation for SBIR and the NIH, the NIH's National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) opened a 1 topic contracts solicitation (on their own), officially titled "156 Development of a Standardized Electronic Cigarette for Clinical Research." which opened June 23, 2014 and closes September 30, 2014, 4:30PM Eastern Time.

Those of you familiar with the NIH's annual SBIR Contracts solicitation (scheduled this year for mid-August and due mid November), know that NIH's Contracts solicitation is very different from their omnibus Grants solicitation that is open all year (with 3 receipt dates).

Amongst the differences to note is the submission method for NIDA's (and the NIH's contracts solicitation). It is via hard copy only, not electronically via grants.gov and eRA commons. NOTE: Although there is no electronic submission for this SBIR opportunity, you still MUST register first with the SBA's SBIR company registry at sbir.gov/registration.

The solicitation is available on FedBizOpps at: www.fbo.gov/index?s=opportunity&mode=form&tab=core&id=fdeaa13b582592c674970f2114470f76&_cview=0 or you can quickly view the topic on the our SBIR Gateway at
www.zyn.com/sbir/sbres/sbir/hhscontracts/nih14-nida-156-exp9-14.htm


USDA Opens FY-2015 SBIR (6/25/14) - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) via their National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) has opened its FY-2015 SBIR solicitation (funding No. USDA-NIFA-SBIR-004553), that opened on June 20, 2014, and modified on June 25, 2014, with a closing date of October 2, 2014. This FY-2015 solicitation is very similar to last year.

The USDA SBIR program is grants based and utilizes grants.gov for the submission process.

The USDA's two program priority areas are: 1) Agriculturally-related Manufacturing Technology; 2) Energy Efficiency and Alternative and Renewable Energy.

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

NIH's National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) Opens 1 Topic SBIR (6/23/14) - In an unusual situation for SBIR and the NIH, the NIH's National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) opened a 1 topic contracts solicitation (on their own), officially titled "156 Development of a Standardized Electronic Cigarette for Clinical Research." which opened June 23, 2014 and closes September 30, 2014, 4:30PM Eastern Time.

Those of you familiar with the NIH's annual SBIR Contracts solicitation (scheduled this year for mid-August and due mid November), know that NIH's Contracts solicitation is very different from their omnibus Grants solicitation that is open all year (with 3 receipt dates).

Amongst the differences to note is the submission method for NIDA's (and the NIH's contracts solicitation). It is via hard copy only, not electronically via grants.gov and eRA commons. NOTE: Although there is no electronic submission for this SBIR opportunity, you still MUST register first with the SBA's SBIR company registry at sbir.gov/registration.

The solicitation is available on FedBizOpps at: www.fbo.gov/index?s=opportunity&mode=form&tab=core&id=fdeaa13b582592c674970f2114470f76&_cview=0 or you can quickly view the topic on the our SBIR Gateway at
www.zyn.com/sbir/sbres/sbir/hhscontracts/nih14-nida-156-exp9-14.htm


Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Presolicitation Announcement (6/11/14) -
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced that it plans to release it's FY-15 SBIR solicitation on or about July 9, 2014 with a closing date of September 8, 2014. The topics scheduled for this solicitation will be:
  1. Air and Climate
  2. Manufacturing
  3. Toxic Chemicals
  4. Water
  5. Building Materials
  6. Food Waste
  7. Homeland Security.
There is something different in the air for EPA this year. EPA has been using their own SBIR web site to list the opportunities, and accepted proposals in CD and hardcopy only. This Presolicitation announcement indicates that EPA will be using the FedConnect web portal for the solicitation and receipt of proposals.

Those of you with DOE experience will be used to FedConnect, but those of you used to EPAs hard copy method better prepare to learn some new tricks in order to submit.

To use FedConnect effectively you must register on their site at www.fedconnect.net. We'll have more for you when the solicitation is released.

The presolicitation announcement is available on FedBizOpps at www.fbo.gov/?s=opportunity&mode=form&tab=core&id=00d7311d3382359f24d9cf8c185dedc6&_cview=0


DoD Issues SBIR 2014.2 Prerelease (4/23/14) - The DoD has issued a prerelease of their FY2014.2 SBIR solicitation with offerings from the Army, Navy, DARPA, DLA, DMEA and MDA. The solicitation opens and proposals will be accepted starting May 23, 2014 and closes June 25, 2014. at 6:00am EST. .

Between April 23 and May 22 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 23, 2014, 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 23, 2014, topics may be added, modified or withdrawn. Changes are often made to topics, especially during the first week of a pre-release, so make sure to monitor the DoD for updates/changes! You can sign up with the SBIR Gateway to be alerted when changes are made to the DoD solicitation.

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DHS S&T Issues FY-14.2 SBIR (4/1/14) - The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science & Technology Directorate (S&T) has issued their FY-2014.2 Phase I SBIR solicitation which will open to receive proposals on April 17, 2014 and close May 21, 2014, 2:00 p.m. ET.

The solicitation contains 6 technical topics. Similar to the DoD's SBIR pre-solicitation policy, during this pre-solicitation period (April 1 - April 16, 2014) you can communicate directly with the topic technical point of contact (TPOC) from the date of issue (April 1, 2014) until 5:00pm (EST), April 16, 2014.

During this pre-release period, potential offerors have an opportunity to contact topic authors by telephone and/or email to ask technical questions about specific technical topics attached to this pre-solicitation notice. Questions should be limited to specific information related to improving the understanding of a particular topic's requirements. General questions about the DHS SBIR program can be emailed to STSBIR.PROGRAM@hq.dhs.gov

The topics are:

  • H-SB014.2-001 Decontamination Technologies for Biological Agents
  • H-SB014.2-002 Automatic Detection and Patching of Vulnerabilities in Embedded Systems
  • H-SB014.2-003 Development of Cost-Effective Iterative Reconstruction Computing Platforms for Computed Tomography (CT)-based Explosive Detection Equipment
  • H-SB014.2-004 Radiant Laser Exposure Monitoring for Nominal Hazard Zone (NHZ) Evaluation
  • H-SB014.2-005 Status Indicator for Downed Power Lines
  • H-SB014.2-006 Field Detection and Analysis for Fire Gases and Particulates

The DHS solicitation is contracts based and utilizes DHS's own proposal submission web site located at sbir2.st.dhs.gov You must register your company to use this system, so don't wait till the last moment to submit register and submit your proposal.

DHS provides a Portal Registration and Submissions Training Guide which can be found at sbir2.st.dhs.gov under “Reference Materials.” The Guide provides step-by-step instructions for company registration and proposal submission.

The official announcement can be found on FedBizOpps at:
https://www.fbo.gov/?s=opportunity&mode=form&id=cebf6a77c6aeab1efe1f94249c8e022f&tab=core&_cview=0


NSF Releases 2014 SBIR and STTR Solicitations (2/26/14) - The National Science Foundation has just released their 2014 SBIR and STTR solicitations. Although the technical topics are shared for both solicitations, SBIR and STTR are separate offerings from NSF.

Their SBIR will open to accept proposals starting May 10, 2014 and close June 10, 2014, while the STTR opens May 11, 2014 and closes June 11, 2014. Do not submit a proposal prior to the opening dates! Also the NSF discourages you from submitting the same project idea to both SBIR and STTR programs.

The NSF is considered by many to be the most stringent of all SBIR/STTR programs. Their comfort zone is the academic environment and consequently their mindset (at least in SBIR/STTR) is closer to university than private sector. For these reasons you should always make sure you are precisely following their rules and guidance.

Keep in mind that there is no overarching SBIR/STTR program. All the agencies have their own flavors but the NSF's is very unique. Here are a few points to remember:

  • A company can only submit up to 2 proposals. This is inclusive of SBIR and STTR. You can't do 2 SBIRs and 2 STTRs.
  • Although the broad topic areas are the same for both solicitations, the NSF STTR encourages the commercialization of previously NSF-funded fundamental research (NSF funding lineage). It is highly desirable that the core innovation described in the submitted proposals can in some manner be linked to fundamental research funded by the NSF.
  • Another dimension to the NSF SBIR/STTR is that consideration is also given to the social benefit as well as economic.
  • Contrary to some previous beliefs, the NSF has decided not to exercise the option allowing the small business to be majority owned by one or more venture capital operating companies (VCOCs), hedge funds or private equity firms.

The Principal Investigator (PI) MUST be primarily employed (at least 51%) by the small business at time of award. There are multiple cases pending (both civil and criminal) by the U.S. Department of Justice on this very issue under the fraud, waste & abuse statutes falling under the False Claims act. The agencies are now making this issue much more clear.

The NSF estimates it will make up to 200 SBIR awards (+/- $30 million) and 47 STTR awards (+/- $10.5 million). It's a very worthwhile program if you'll invest the time to closely follow their rules.

More information is available at:


NIST (National Institute of Standards & Technology) Opens FY-2014 SBIR (2/19/14) - The long awaited NIST SBIR solicitation, originally scheduled for October of 2013 finally opened today and closes May 2, 2014.

Even more stunning than the solicitation's delay is the fact that NIST has now changed from an SBIR "Contracts" program to a Grants program! That means those of you who have been looking for NIST's SBIR on FedBizOpps, better change to Grants.gov! Actually the NIST arrangement is listed as a "Cooperative Agreement" There are different rules and procedures for the grants program vs contracts, so please read the solicitation closely.

In addition to NIST's traditional research style topics (-R) of which there are 14 in all, NIST also has Technology Transfer (TT) topics that are part of a system conceived by former NIST SBIR program manager and SBIR champion Clara Asmail.

This year we find NIST departing from pre-selecting certain technologies for this TT effort. Instead they are returning to Ms. Asmail's original design which is to let you search NIST's database of technologies that require additional research and innovation to advance them to a commercial product. You can submit your proposal on one of those technologies, receive an SBIR award to do the R&D and bring it to commercialization. If successful you must negotiate a license from NIST, presumably at favorable terms.

Now that NIST is in the "grants" mode, you can submit a proposal electronically through grants.gov or the old fashion NIST way, via hard copy. The address for the solicitation is www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=251550. The solicitation closes May 2, 1014.


Dept. of Education IES Opens 2 SBIR Solicitations (2/6/14) - The Department of Education's (ED) Institute of Education Sciences (IES) has opened 2 individual SBIR solicitations released on February 6, 2014, both with a closing date of March 24, 2014.

The Priorities (topic areas) and sub-topics for both solicitations are identical. The difference between the two solicitations is that one is a regular phase I, while the other is a Fast Track, a combined phase I and Phase II.

  • PRIORITY 1: Education Technology Products Used by Students or Teachers (or other Instructional Personnel) in Authentic Education Settings
  • PRIORITY 2: Education Technology Products Used by Infants, Toddlers, or Students With or At Risk for Disabilities, or Teachers (or other Instructional Personnel, Related Services Providers, or Family Members) in Authentic Early Intervention or Special Education Settings.

The word "authentic" in red in Priority 2 is only in the Fast Track solicitation. Other than that the words are the same.

The ED/IES regular phase I solicitation (ED-IES-14-R-0009)is available at:
www.fbo.gov/?s=opportunity&mode=form&tab=core&id=6a35b1e537aa553d4a69801201a55d3e&_cview=0

The ED/IES Fast Track solicitation (ED-IES-14-R-0003) is available at:
www.fbo.gov/?s=opportunity&mode=form&tab=core&id=36e1f64966dd592808982d6f29f1bdee&_cview=0


Department of Transportation Opens FY-2014.1 SBIR (2/04/14) - The Department of Transportation (DOT) has opened their FY-14.1 SBIR solicitation (DTRT57-14-R-SBIR1) which starts accepting proposals on February 4, 2014 with a closing date of April 4, 2014 .

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 9 topics:.

  • 14.1-FH1: Development of Prestressed Concrete Nondestructive Evaluation (NDE) Inspection Procedures
  • 14.1-FH2: Personalized Driving Data for Insurance Discounts & Public Benefits
  • 14.1-FH3: Suppressing Utility Problems - Protection via Robotic Engineering to the Sub-Surface
  • 14.1-FH4: STEM Education – Increasing awareness about Intelligent Transportation Systems and Connected Vehicle Technologies for High School Students
  • 14.1-FH5: Visually unobtrusive traffic monitoring for National Park Service Parkways
  • 14.1-FH6: Corrosion Resistant Prestressing Strand for Prestressed Concrete Bridges
  • 14.1-FR1: Lightweight, Portable System for Mid-Chord Offset Measurement of Railroad Rails
  • 14.1-FR2: Wheel Load Cycle Tag for Rail
  • 14.1-FR3: Easy Access to Freight Locomotives

The solicitation closes April 4, 2014. Complete solicitation information, including the submittal process is available on DOT's web site at www.volpe.dot.gov/sbir/


DoD Issues STTR 2014.A Prerelease (2/03/14) - The DoD has issued a prerelease of their FY2014.A STTR solicitation with offerings from the Army, Navy and Air Force. The solicitation opens and proposals will be accepted starting March 5, 2014 with a closing date of April 9, 2014 at 6:00am EST. .

The STTR program requires the small business to partner with a research institution 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 February 3 and March 4, 2014 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 of the solicitation. For reasons of competitive fairness, direct communication between proposers and topic authors is not allowed starting March 5, 2014, 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 March 5, 2014, 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/sttr2014A/index.shtml


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: 84.133S–1) 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.




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