Apply by May 23 for Healthy Aging Start-Up Challenge and Bootcamp to Foster Diversity and Accelerate Innovation

The National Institute on Aging (NIA)’s Small Business Research Programs, which is part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), has launched a new start-up prize competition, Healthy Aging Start-Up Challenge and Bootcamp to Foster Diversity and Accelerate Innovation, and are seeking diverse entrepreneurs working on products and technologies that promote healthy aging, address aging-related diseases and conditions, and meet the unique needs of older adults, their caregivers, communities, and providers. Finalists participate in an entrepreneur bootcamp including 1:1 mentoring and will be eligible to receive a $60,000 cash prize. The deadline to apply is May 23 at 11:59 PM ET. See details on the challenge announcement and application page.

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) SBIR Phase I solicitation to open in June

The next EPA SBIR Phase I solicitation is anticipated to open in mid-June 2022. Register for the informational webinar on June 1 at 2:00 p.m. EDT that will provide an overview of this year’s topics and proposal requirements. Sign up for the EPA SBIR Listserv to stay up to date with this funding opportunity.

Shape the Future of the Commercial Aerospace Market: NASA SBIR Ignite R&D Funding Opportunity

NASA has an exciting new funding opportunity opening in summer 2022 for small businesses called NASA SBIR Ignite. As the entrepreneurial aerospace ecosystem continues to evolve, NASA recognizes that public-private partnerships produce greater impact. SBIR Ignite is a new way for small businesses that have a commercially-viable technology idea to use NASA as a stepping stone in their path towards commercial success. With a greater emphasis on commercialization rather than infusion, SBIR Ignite funds U.S. early-stage, high-risk technology development to help make companies and their technologies more attractive to private sector investors, customers, and partners. Learn more and spread the word: sbir.nasa.gov/ignite.

10-year SBIR/STTR awards by state and agency, 2011-2020

Over the past decade, small businesses in some states have received a larger percentage of their awards than might be expected from one agency. For example, Missouri small businesses received 47 percent of their awards from HHS, which constitutes just 23 percent of all awards, and 70 percent of Hawaii’s SBIR/STTR awards were from Department of Defense. This edition of