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  AUGUST 2014
Broad Agency Announcements Offer an Additional Funding Source
Although they are not generally small business set-asides, Broad Area Announcements (BAAs) can be an R&D funding source for small companies to consider in addition to the various agency SBIR/STTR programs. The BAA is a competitive solicitation process used to obtain proposals for basic and applied research, as well as for that part of development that is not related to specific development of a system or hardware procurement. The BAA is described in the Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR) under "Use of Competitive Procedures" (FAR 6.102) and "Broad Agency Announcements" (FAR 35.016).

The Competition in Contracting Act (CICA) of 1984 authorizes use of BAA's strictly for "basic research proposals" that attempt to increase knowledge in science and/or to advance the state of the art as compared to practical application of knowledge. It specifies that the BAA mechanism shall only be used when meaningful proposals with varying technical/scientific approaches can be reasonably anticipated. Under the legislation, BAAs must:
  1. Describe the agency's research interest, either for an individual program requirement or for broadly defined areas of interest;
  2. Describe the criteria for selecting the proposals, their relative weight and the method of evaluation; 
  3. Specify the period of time during which proposals will be accepted; and 
  4. Contain instructions for the preparation and submission of proposals.
The primary basis for selecting BAA proposals for funding is technical strength, importance to agency programs, and fund availability. Cost realism and reasonableness may also be considered. Proposals need not be evaluated against each other since they are not submitted in accordance with a common work statement.

The centralized portal for locating BAAs is at grants.gov. To search for currently open BAA's for which small businesses may conduct R&D, restrict the search fields:
  • Opportunity Status to "Open,"
  • Agency to the agency(s) of interest,
  • Eligibility to "Small Business", and
  • Funding Instrument to "Grant."

Once you've identified and selected a BAA, be sure you read the solicitation carefully to be sure you are eligible for it, it fits your company's objectives and you have enough time to register, if necessary, prepare and submit. And as always, be sure to follow the rules! 

NIH Cap Program Accepting Applications
Assisting U.S. small businesses is a top priority for the National Institutes of Health to ensure the success of the SBIR/STTR programs and maximize the agency's investment. The Commercialization Assistance Program (CAP) is a specialized technical assistance program designed to help promising small life science and health care companies develop their commercial businesses and transition their SBIR/STTR developed technologies into the marketplace.

Services are provided by Larta Inc. of Los Angeles, CA. Beginning in September 2014, CAP will provide 80 selected companies with individualized business assistance by Larta Inc. Eligible companies must have an active NIH, CDC, or FDA SBIR/STTR Phase II, Phase IIB or Fast-track award in its second Phase or have an NIH, CDC or a previous FDA SBIR/STTR Phase II, Phase IIB, or Fast-track that has not ended before August 2009. The application deadline for the upcoming cohort of companies is September 2, 2014 Learn more

NSF Allowing STTRs to Move to SBIRs in Phase II
The National Science Foundation announced that projects awarded a Phase I under a solicitation for Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) may choose to transition in Phase II to Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR). The transition may be proposed by an STTR Phase I awardee prior to the application of or during the Phase II award. A firm wishing to transfer from STTR to SBIR must contact their Program Director to discuss the reasons for the request and the agency's ability to support the request. Sufficient written documentation of the reasons for the request and permission from the Program Director must be in place before the transition may occur.  More information 

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Take Advantage of Early-Bird Registration for the NIH SBIR/STTR Conference
Time is running out to take advantage of early bird registration for the 16th Annual NIH SBIR/STTR Conference set for Oct. 21-23 in Albuquerque, NM. Hosted by the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center, this three-day event is a great opportunity for entrepreneurs, small business owners, and researchers to learn more about the NIH SBIR/STTR programs and ways to obtain funding for commercially viable research.

Whether you are new to the NIH SBIR/STTR programs, or an SBIR champion, this conference offers three tracks to meet your research needs: "Navigating through SBIR/STTRs," "Circumventing the Hurdles," and "Path to Commercialization." Check out the 2014 conference website for more specifics about the agenda, speakers and session offerings, and be sure to take in BBCetc's Lisa Kurek's session on "Phase I SBIR/STTR Proposal Development" on Wed., Oct. 22 at 10 a.m.

Early Bird Discount Ends Aug. 22!

Quick reference for DOT and DOE Topics
Topics for the U.S. Dept. of Energy FY 2015 SBIR/STTR Phase 1 Release 1 were announced July 14. These topics include non-platinum catalysts for fuel cells and detection of contaminants in hydrogen.

DOE's key hydrogen objectives are to reduce the cost of producing and delivering hydrogen to less than $4 per gallon of gasoline equivalent (gge) to enable fuel cell vehicles to be competitive with gasoline vehicles. Key fuel cell objectives are to reduce fuel cell system cost to $40/kW and improve durability to 5,000 hours (equivalent to 150,000 miles of driving) for automotive fuel cell systems by 2020. Topics include:
  • Non-Platinum Group Metal (PGM) Catalysts for Fuel Cells: Novel transformative research with potential to lead to the development of next generation non-PGM catalysts and bi-functional catalysts for fuel cells.
  • Detection of Contaminants in Hydrogen: Improve scientific understanding of material behavior associated with the detection of contaminants in hydrogen at parts per billion (ppb) accuracy to enable technology for real time fuel quality monitoring.
The full SBIR/STTR Funding Opportunity Announcement will be issued on August 11, and applications will be due October 14, 2014.

The Department of Transportation's 14.2 SBIR solicitation is now open and will close on Sept. 15. A contracts-based solicitation, DOT's current topics 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 (Topic amended 8/11/14)
  • 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 Trans.-Research/Technology)
  • 14.2-OS1: Using alternative energy to reduce greenhouse gas production in the transportation sector
PHMSA (Pipeline and Hazardous Material Safety Admin.)
  • 14.2-PH1: New non-destructive evaluation methods to quantify remaining strength of line pipe steel and or pipeline fittings
  training on tap

SBIR/STTR Workshop & Program Essentials for DOE, DOD, and NSF

Aug 20 - Lemont, IL 


SBIR/STTR Proposal Prep Tips for NIH

Sep 10-11 - Kalamazoo, MI  

Sep 22-23 - Chicago, IL 

Sep 23-24 - Plymouth, MI  


SBIR/STTR 101: Intro & Overview

Sep 11 - Ann Arbor, MI    

SBIR/STTR Agency Overview and Proposal Preparation

Sep 16 - Akron, OH  


NIH SBIR/STTR Proposal Prep, Budget Prep & Commercialization Plan Workshop

Sep 16-18 - Charlottesville, VA   


Tap into Michigan's Commercialization Resources

Sep 18 - Detroit, MI  


SBIR/STTR Proposal Prep for NSF

Sep 23 - Ann Arbor, MI

Sep 29 - Newark, DE  



Aug 20 - Commercialization Planning for DOD Proposals
Aug 21 - Policies & Procedures for SBIR/STTR Awardees
Aug 26 - DOD Solicitation Topics, Components & Program Overview
Sep 3 - Submitting to DOD? Learn to Talk Their Talk!
Sep 10 - SBIR/STTR Proposal Prep Tips for DOD
Sep 17 - Forms, Budgets and Electronic Submission for DOD

More BBC Training

National Conferences
Albuquerque, NM

America's SBDC Annual Conference - Sept. 9-12
Grapevine, TX

National NIH SBIR Conference - Oct.  21-23
Albuquerque, NM

Fall National SBIR/STTR Summit - Nov. 11-13
Austin, TX 
HHS (NIH, FDA, CDC, ACF) PHS 2014-2 Omnibus
- Closes December 5

NIAID and NIDDK SBIR - Technology Transfer Direct Phase II (to move commercially-viable diagnostic inventions from intramural research laboratories to market. Opens October 14; closes November 14  

NIDA One-topic Contract SBIR "156 Development of a Standardized Electronic Cigarette for Clinical Research" - Closes September 30

- Closes November 5  


USDA  FY2015 Ph I SBIR - Closes October 2


EPA  SBIR Ph I - Closes September 11  


DOT 14.2 SBIR  - Closes September 15


DOE FY 2015 SBIR/ STTR Ph I - Closes October 14

DOD SBIR 2014.3/STTR 2014.B Opens August 21; closes October 22  

DARPA has released a number of actively targeted solicitations including Living Foundries:1000 Molecules program, Squad X Infrastructure, innovative research proposals supporting the Blue Wolf program, and several more.

Air Force Office of Scientific Research BAA. Research areas: Systems and Control (RTA), Quantum and Non-Equilibrium Processes (RTB), Information, Decision and Complex Networks (RTC), Complex Materials and Devices (RTD), and Energy, Power and Propulsion (RTE).  
 resources workshop      
The Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) will conduct their 2014 Small Business Workshop in Washington, DC, on Monday, Sept. 22. The free workshop brings together and informs small business concerns about the new and emerging priorities of the Institute. Learn more
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