SBIR at 40 – What’s Next?
During the SBIR/STTR Spring Innovation Conference, panelists from the State Science and Technology Institute (SSTI), North Carolina FAST awardee First Flight Venture Center, and SBIR awardee Beacon Interactive Systems participated in a keynote session titled, “SBIR at 40 – What’s Next?” moderated by SBA’s Erick Page-Littleford. They discussed the impact that the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs have had over the 40 years of existence, and what the future may hold, as the programs authorizations expire on September 30, 2022. Read more here. The Agency Reverse Pitch and Deep Dive slides presented at the Conference are also now posted.
No DoD 22.3/22.C Solicitations; New DoD SBIR/STTR Website Launched
The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) announced that they will not proceed with the publication of the 22.3 SBIR and 22.C STTR Broad Agency Announcements (BAA) originally planned for August pre-release. Topic releases will continue under the 22.4 SBIR and 22.D STTR BAAs. DoD also launched a redesigned SBIR/STTR website this month. Features on the site include schedules for BAA and Commercial Solutions Openings (CSOs), SBIR/STTR Interactive Guide, events and additional resources. Explore the new look at https://www.defensesbirsttr.mil/.
National Institutes of Health Launches 2022-2023 Technical and Business Assistance (TABA) Program
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) launched the Phase I Technical and Business Assessment (TABA) programs for 2022-2023. The TABA programs assist Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) or Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) awardees with their product development needs. The TABA Needs Assessment offers free, third-party, unbiased assessment of an SBIR/STTR project’s Phase I progress in order to assist small businesses to recognize and address needs and challenges. Other programs, such as the TABA funding program, allow small businesses to request funding in both Phase I and Phase II to assist with product development. Consulting services are also available under TABA programs, which can grant small businesses up to $50,000 and address any of the following: intellectual property strategy and services, market analysis, regulatory strategy and services and reimbursement strategy and services. Learn more at seed.nih.gov
NASA SBIR/STTR Trends, Proposals & Awards, 2017-2021
This story from SSTI takes a look at SBIR/STTR NASA awards over a five-year period. Between 2017 and 2021, 23 percent of proposals submitted to NASA for Phase I SBIR/STTR funding were approved (1,887 awards from 8,360 proposals). The acceptance rate for Phase II proposals, which are generally encouraged or discouraged based on Phase I outcomes, was 58 percent (791 of 1,359 approved).
Information Courtesy of the SBA