Preparing an NSF SBIR/STTR Proposal? Final Words of Advice
The current NSF deadlines are Dec. 2 for SBIR's and Dec. 5 for STTR's. So as you put the finishing touches on your proposal, remember that NSF evaluates funding proposals on the basis of two equally-weighted Review Criteria: Intellectual Merit and Broader Impacts.
Intellectual Merit focuses on the strength of the technical plan, the innovation of the proposed approach, the qualifications of the project team members, and the quality of the resources available to the project.
describe the potential short- and long-term impacts of a successful project on your company, on the market, on the technical field, and on society in general. The Grant Proposal Guide
specifies that "the Project Description must contain, as a separate section within the narrative, a discussion of the broader impacts of the proposed activities." However, you can decide where in the proposal it fits best.
Keep these review criteria in mind as you draft your proposal. It's helpful to be aware of the instructions
that NSF gives to its reviewers. After reading your proposal reviewers are asked to answer a series of questions on each of the two criteria. As you tell your story, make the reviewers' job as easy as possible by providing clear and complete answers to those questions in your proposal.
Beyond Phase II Conference Offers Opportunities for Doing Business with DoD
DoD's SBIR/STTR Beyond Phase II Conference is set for Dec. 1-4 in San Antonio, TX, and will feature presentations and panel discussions by Program Executive Officers (PEOs), program managers, and prime contractors. The goal of the event is to bring SBIR Phase II companies together with these key technology and acquisition personnel to enable transition of their R&D into products for military, government and private sector markets. These customers will be highly motivated to expand their market research of SBIR technologies and companies in the one-on-one matchmaking sessions. The conference is being held simultaneously with the Defense Manufacturing Conference (DMC) 2014 and the Diminishing Manufacturing Sources and Material Shortages (DMSMS) Conference.
The Department of Energy has released the topics for its second round of SBIR/STTR grant funding with a proposal submission deadline of February 3, 2015. Participating offices include:
- Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability
- Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
- Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation
- Fossil Energy
- Fusion Energy Sciences
- High Energy Physics
- Nuclear Energy
The actual solicitation is due to be released on November 24, 2014. Prospective applicants are required to submit a Letter of Intent specifying a topic and subtopic by December 15, 2015.
The program in Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy includes topics and subtopics in Advanced Manufacturing, Bioenergy, Buildings, Fuel Cells, Geothermal, Solar, Vehicles, Water, and Wind.
Maximum grant awards are $150,000 for Phase I and $1.0 million for Phase II, except in the Solar topic where they are $225,000 and $1.5 million, respectively.
2015 SBIR/STTR Phase I and SBIR Phase I Select solicitations are now open with a closing date of Jan. 28, 2015.
The SBIR/STTR Phase I
is NASA's conventional solicitation, though topics and some rules are different for each program. Under this solicitation NASA will not accept more than 10 proposals to either program from any one firm. NASA does not plan to award more than 5 SBIR contracts and 2 STTR contracts to any offeror.
The SBIR Select
is for a small group of select topics that are of particular interest to NASA. NASA will accept no more than 3 proposals to this solicitation from any one firm and does not plan to award more than 2 Select SBIR contracts.
Dept. of Education
pre-released its 2015 Phase I SBIR
and SBIR Phase I/II Fast Track
solicitations on Nov. 16 with an
estimated opening date of Dec. 1 and estimated deadline of Jan. 15, 2015. The 2015 priority areas for both solicitations are either:
- Education Technology Products Used by Students or Teachers (or other Instructional Personnel) in Authentic Education Settings; or
- 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 Early Intervention or Special Education Settings.
Products must fall into one of the above priority areas (but not both).
DoD's Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program
(SERDP) FY 2016 solicitations were released Nov. 4, 2014. SERDP is seeking environmental research and
development proposals for funding beginning in FY 2016.
Core Solicitation provides funding opportunities for basic and applied research and advanced technology development in the program areas of Environmental Restoration (ER), Munitions Response (MR), Resource Conservation and Climate Change (RC), and Weapons Systems and Platforms (WP). All Core pre-proposals are due Jan. 8, 2015.
SEED Solicitation provides funding opportunities for work that will investigate innovative environmental approaches that entail high technical risk or require supporting data to provide proof of concept. Funding is limited to not more than $150,000 and projects are approximately one year in duration. This year, SERDP is requesting SEED proposals for the Munitions Response and Weapons Systems and Platforms program areas. SEED proposals are due March 10, 2015.
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The Energy Department's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) launched a new all-in-one online tool to help small businesses find information needed to successfully complete the SBIR application. The all-in-one interactive web tool streamlines the SBIR application process by bringing together information from the nine websites that host information needed to apply for SBIR. It takes you through a step-by- step process that puts you on the right path for your specific needs and enables you to save time by easily identifying the technical, legal, and financial requirements to complete your application. In addition, the tool is a comprehensive source of information for EERE SBIR applications, which have very specific requirements and procedures.
During a recent NSF webinar, Jesus V. Soriano of the NSF Division of Industrial Innovation & Partnerships noted that in 2013:
> 385 Phase I awards (23% success rate)
> 101 Phase II awards (54% success rate)
> 86% of awardee companies had less than 10 employees
> 76% had never received a Phase II award from any agency
NSF Reviewer Focus:
> Phase I review panels are typically 75% Technical + 25% Commercial.
> Phase II panels are 50% Technical + 50% Commercial