SBIR/STTR News Flash Page
May 8, 2013
NIH Fiscal Policy for Grant Awards – FY 2013
NIH announces policies for fiscal operation for the remainder of the 2013 fiscal year (FY). These policies implement the continuing resolution signed by President Obama on March 26, and also incorporate the provisions of the sequester (formally known as the 2011 Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act).
NAP Program CLOSED
April 19, 2013
Look for the 2013 Niche announcement later this summer at our SBIR/STTR home page.
SBA SBIR MSI/HBCU Stakeholder Webinar with SBA Deputy Administrator Johns on April 11 2-3PM
April 8, 2013
SBA will be hosting a webinar on Thursday April 11, 2013 from 2-3PM, from SBA:
Dear University Partners and Business Stakeholders,
I wanted to reach out to all of you to re-engage you in an important discussion around high growth entrepreneurship and the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program. I got the chance to meet many of you during our Minority Serving Institutions high-growth roundtable discussion last year at the White House. We have been working hard to incorporate many of your suggestions and continue to move forward on building a sustainable and innovative economy.
With this important mission in mind, I will be hosting a webinar on Thursday, April 11 from 2-3pm to discuss the SBIR program and recent programmatic changes made through reauthorization. We will also discuss some of the initiatives we have been working on to increase minority and women participation in our high growth programs. To join the webinar, please click here ten minutes prior to the scheduled start time of 2pm: http://emsp.intellor.com/login/412294 Dial-in: After you’ve connected your computer, audio connection instructions will be presented. If you need technical support or additional information regarding our events, please visit our portal at http://emsp.intellor.com/portal/sbainnovationevents or contact AT&T Connect Support at 1-888-796-6118. If you are unable to join the web conference from a computer, you can find audio only instructions at http://events.uc.att.com/events/integrate/PhoneAccessPage/OCCSAccessNumbers.asp?ExEventID=412294
In addition, I wanted to mention that SBA and our SBIR federal partners will be participating in this year’s National SBIR Conference from May 14-16, 2013 in Washington, DC. This conference is a great way for those who are interested in the SBIR program to connect one-on-one with program managers, academics and other investors. This year, there will also be a special panel focused on increasing outreach to minority-owned and women-owned small businesses and engaging with Minority Serving Institutions.
Again, I hope you will be able to join me and our SBIR staff on the webinar, April 11 from 2-3pm. Feel free to reach out to my colleague email@example.com with any questions.
Marie C. Johns
U.S. Small Business Administration
NIH SBIR/STTR is now Tweeting @NIHsbir
March 22, 2013
This week we launched a central NIH SBIR/STTR Twitter Feed. Follow us @NIHsbir.
2013 NIH Regional Seminar – Registration Now Open
March 22, 2013
The NIH Regional Seminar on Program Funding and Grants Administration, June 26-28, 2013, provides a comprehensive program of valuable information about the NIH grants process and related policies. In addition, this is an opportunity to network over the course of 2 days with over 600 grants administrators, researchers, students, financial officials, and grant writers from around the world. An optional eRA Workshop is also available. Space is limited. For more information, see NIH Guide Notice NOT-OD-13-046 or NIH Regional Seminar –Baltimore, MD.
This is the only NIH Regional seminar this year...Be a part of it!
Save the Date! The 15th Annual NIH SBIR/STTR Conference will be held in Sioux Falls, SD on October 28-30, 2013
February 26, 2013
Stay tuned to http://sbir.nih.gov and for an NIH Guide Notice in the coming months for the conference website with details about the agenda, registration, and all logistics. NIH is pleased to work with the University of South Dakota Research Park, Inc. as host for the conference.
Nomination period extended until February 7, 2013 for SBA Tibbetts Awards and SBIR Hall of Fame
February 4, 2013
The nomination period is now extended until 5PM EST on February 7, 2013 for Small Business Administration’s Tibbetts Awards and SBIR Hall of Fame. The Tibbetts Awards are presented to those small businesses and individuals judged to exemplify the best in the SBIR and the STTR programs. The SBIR Hall of Fame awards will be made to firms with a long period of extraordinary success of research, innovation, and commercialization within the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs. A full press release from SBA with links to apply for both programs can be found at their website here: http://sbir.gov/news/sba-accepting-nominations-small-business-innovation-research-awards and are embedded above.
PHS 2013-2 Omnibus Solicitation for SBIR/STTR Grants Now Available
January 25, 2013
The PHS 2013-2 Omnibus Solicitation of the NIH, CDC, FDA, and ACF for SBIR/STTR Grant Applications and SF 424 (R&R) Application Guide for SBIR/STTR Grant Applications are now available. The solicitation consists of: (1) parent funding opportunity announcement (FOA) for SBIR, (2) a parent FOA for STTR, and (3) narrative descriptions of the programs and research topics (in PDF - 1 MB and MS Word - 1 MB formats). The due dates for CY 2013 are April 5, August 5, and December 5. AIDS and AIDS-related applications are due May 7, September 7, 2013, and January 7, 2014. The issuance of the PHS 2013-2 Omnibus FOAs implements some, but not all, of the provisions of the SBIR/STTR Reauthorization Act. For details, see NIH Guide Notice NOT-OD-13-027.
2013 Spring SBIR/STTR National Conference, May 14-16 National Harbor, MD
January 17, 2013
Co-located with the 15th Annual TechConnect World and the National Innovation Summit, the National SBIR/STTR Conference will provide key information and contacts for small businesses and competing for SBIR/STTR awards totaling over $2.5B Annually. Meet one-on-one with program managers and corporate acceleration partners focused on Accelerating Commercialization of American Innovation. NIH staff will be present as well as SBIR program managers from all 11 SBIR agencies. See website for more information and for registration.
Amendment and Extension of Due Date for NIH/CDC SBIR Contract Solicitation
November 2, 2012
The PHS 2013-1 SBIR Contract Solicitation has been amended. The amendment is posted at FedBizOpps and at http://sbir.nih.gov, and is referenced in NOT-OD-13-008. The amendment 1) extends the proposal receipt deadline to December 3, 2012, 2) cancels CDC Topic #017, "Smartphone Application for Global Birth Defects Surveillance", and 3) changes the NCI Contracting Officer contact.
NCI Resource Available for Companies Developing In Vitro Diagnostic Tests For Cancer
October 29, 2012
The National Cancer Institute's Clinical Assay Development Program (CADP) provides unique assay development and validation services such as assay optimization, design of assay standards or calibrators, determination of assay specificity, sensitivity, and reproducibility, platform migration, and statistical consultation. This free but competitive resource (i.e., you need to apply and get approved) can help companies establish analytical validity as well as preliminary clinical validity of their in vitro diagnostics, and help them along the path toward submissions to the FDA or integration of the tests into clinical trials. You are encouraged to visit the NCI CADP website for more information.
NIH Offers SBIR/STTR Commercialization Assistance Program (CAP) for Phase II Awardees
October 16, 2012
NIH Offers SBIR/STTR Commercialization Assistance Program for Phase II Awardees October 17, 2012. NIH has contracted with Humanitas, Inc. (Larta Inc., sub-contractor) to provide selected participants with individualized assistance toward accomplishing their commercialization goals for companies whose NIH SBIR/STTR Phase II award is or was active in the past 5 fiscal years, including Phase IIB competing renewals (grant, contract, or cooperative agreement) and those in the Fast-Track program. SBIR/STTR projects that ended before August 2007 are not eligible. For a full description of the program and how to apply, check the NIH Guide Notice NOT-OD-13-003 and the NIH CAP homepage.
NIH Offers SBIR/STTR Niche Assessment Program for Phase I Awardees
September 6, 2012
NIH Offers SBIR/STTR Niche Assessment Program for Phase I Awardees August 31, 2012. NIH has contracted with Foresight Science & Technology to perform Technology Niche Analyses (TNA®) for 125 NIH SBIR/STTR Phase I awardees funded in fiscal years 2012 and the beginning of 2013. For each eligible SBIR/STTR Phase I project, the TNA® will assess potential uses of the technology and then provide a report that addresses the end-user needs, current and emerging competing technologies, the market dynamics, and the technology's competitive advantage. For a full description of the program and how to apply, check the NIH Guide Notice NOT-OD-12-146.
NIH Implementation of SBIR/STTR Reauthorization Act—What to Expect and When
September 4, 2012
NIH has set up a new website to keep the small business research community abreast of its implementation plan for the many changes resulting from the SBIR/STTR Reauthorization Act of 2011. The site will be updated as the implementation process moves forward so periodically check back.
2012 SBIR/STTR National Conference, November 13-15, Portland, Oregon
August 29, 2012
The 2012 National SBIR/STTR Conference will be held in Portland, Oregon on November 13-15, 2012. The theme is 'Crack the Code.' NIH staff will be present as well as SBIR program managers from all 11 SBIR agencies. Registration and conference information is available at http://oregonsbir.com/index.html.
NIH/CDC SBIR Contract Solicitation Now Available
August 15, 2012
The PHS 2013-1 SBIR Contract Solicitation is now open. Receipt date: November 13, 2012. For additional information, see the 08/15/2012 NIH Guide Notice.
SBA issues SBIR and STTR Policy Directives, public comment period open until October 5th, 2012
August 6, 2012
SBA has published the SBIR and STTR policy directives in the Federal Register today, Monday, August 6th, 2012. NIH and SBA encourage public comments on the SBIR and STTR policy directives on or before October 5, 2012.
NIH is developing a SBIR/STTR reauthorization website, which will launch shortly. This website will have information about NIH implementation of the Policy Directives, timelines, FAQs, links to SBA information on reauthorization.
You may submit your comments at the Federal eRulemaking Portal. Follow the instructions for submitting comments using RIN: 3245-AF84 for SBIR comments and RIN: 3245-AF45 for STTR comments.
The policy directives can be found here:
Small Business Innovation Research Program Policy Directive (SBIR)
Small Business Technology Transfer Program Policy Directive (STTR)
To find out more about the publication of the policy directives, read a blog post by Sean Greene, the Associate Administrator for Investment and Special Advisor for Innovation at the U.S. Small Business Administration.
You may also review an SBA summary of Key Changes and a list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs). The FAQs will be updated as SBA receives additional questions from commenters.
SBA will be having public webinars about the SBIR and STTR policy directives on the following dates:
Thursday, August 23rd, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. EDT
Wednesday, August 29th, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. EDT
To participate in the webinar, send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. The email should include the date of the webinar you are registering for, the participant's name, title, organization affiliation, mailing address, telephone number, and email address. An email containing the call details will be sent out to those who registered prior to the webinar.
Questions on the SBIR and STTR policy directives may be submitted to SBIRComments@sba.gov . These questions will be addressed during the Q&A portion of the webinars.
Changes coming to the Central Contractor Registry (CCR)
May 25, 2012
CCR account requests and renewal services are changing. At the end of July 2012, CCR services are moving to the new System for Award Management (SAM). The transition to the new system may delay your request for a CCR account. Please visit https://sam.gov, the CCR web site, and the Grants.gov blog page for details and additional information. We urge you begin the registration process NOW as all required registrations must be complete for a successful submission of an NIH grant application.
SBA issues draft SBIR/STTR size rules for public comment
May 25, 2012
On May 15th, SBA issued draft size rules for the SBIR/STTR programs for a 60 day public comment period ending on July 16, 2012. Based on the reauthorization, the rules address the eligibility requirements for small businesses for the programs, including affiliation, as well as the proposed rules for small businesses majority-owned by multiple venture capital operating companies, hedge funds and private equity firms. This is your chance to tell SBA what you think. There are two places to provide your comments.
1. Federal Register
SBA will also be releasing the draft SBIR and STTR Policy Directives for public comment soon.
High Containment Infectious Disease Research Laboratory Facilities Available as a Research Resource
March 14, 2012
The National (NBL) and Regional (RBL) Biocontainment Laboratories are NIH/NIAID-funded state-of-the-art laboratories that focus on research and discovery of novel vaccines, therapeutics and diagnostics against the world’s most dangerous diseases. As such, these academic research centers provide unique and extensive resources, including renowned scientists and expertise, to work collaboratively at the local, national and international levels. You are encouraged to visit the NIAID NBL-RBL website for more information on each facility and to determine which may best meet your research needs. Together the NBLs and RBLs will work with you to facilitate collaborative research on Category A, B and C priority pathogens with the goal of impacting global health.
SBA releases SBIR-STTR Re-Authorization interim guidance
February 22, 2012
The SBA has released interim guidance for all agencies who manage SBIR and STTR programs in light of the recent re-authorization P.L. 112-81. The guidance can be found in this blog by Sean Greene at SBA. Please read the blog carefully. It discusses the timeline for implementation of the provisions in the re-authorization and when public comment will be solicited on the proposed regulations and policy directives. Per this guidance, in FY2012, NIH will raise the set asides to 2.6% for SBIR and .35% for STTR (they were 2.5% and 0.3% formerly). For all the other provisions in the re-authorization however, NIH will continue to work within the existing regulations and policy directive, until those regulations are amended and the policy directive is updated. This means business as usual for now. The full link for the guidance is here: http://sbir.gov/news/implementing-sbir-and-sttr-reauthorization-our-plan-attack.
PHS 2012-2 Omnibus Solicitation for SBIR/STTR Grants Now Available
January 31, 2012
The PHS 2012-2 Omnibus Solicitation of the NIH, CDC, FDA, and ACF for SBIR/STTR Grant Applications and SF 424 (R&R) Application Guide for SBIR/STTR Grant Applications are now available. The solicitation consists of: (1) parent funding opportunity announcement (FOA) for SBIR, (2) a parent FOA for STTR, and (3) narrative descriptions of the programs and research topics (in PDF - 1 MB and MS Word - 1 MB formats). The due dates for CY 2012 are April 5, August 5, and December 5. AIDS and AIDS-related applications are due May 7, September 7, 2012, and January 7, 2013.
SBA to host SBIR Education Technology Web Conference on February 1, 2012
January 27, 2012
The Small Business Administration, in partnership with the Department of Education, Health and Human Services, and the National Science Foundation, is hosting a one hour web conference on February 1st at 11am (EST) that highlights exciting SBIR/STTR funding opportunities in the field of Education Technology. See this page for details and how to join the conference http://sbir.gov/events/sba-sbir-ed-tech-web-conference.
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