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Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Grants Still Open Thru 2017

Entrepreneurs / Science Guys (and Gals),

Are you ready for a challenge, and 150,000 USD to begin to pursue your challenge?

That’s just SBIR Phase I, Concept Development (~6 months).  The second phase, Prototype Development, may be funded up to 1 MM USD, and last 24 months.

The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program is a highly competitive program that encourages domestic small businesses to engage in Federal Research/Research and Development (R/R&D) that has the potential for commercialization. Through a competitive awards-based program, SBIR enables small businesses to explore their technological potential and provides the incentive to profit from its commercialization. By including qualified small businesses in the nation’s R&D arena, high-tech innovation is stimulated and the United States gains entrepreneurial spirit as it meets its specific research and development needs.

The program’s goals are four-fold:
  1. Stimulate technological innovation.
  2. Meet Federal research and development needs.
  3. Foster and encourage participation in innovation and entrepreneurship by socially and economically disadvantaged persons.
  4. Increase private-sector commercialization of innovations derived from Federal research and development funding.

For more information on the program, please click here to download the latest SBIR Overview, which should have everything you need to know about the initiative.

Time is quickly running out to 1) Pick one of the Solicitation Topics provided by the US government; and 2) Submit your Proposal

For my query of the SBIR database of topics up for Contracts and Grants:  Phase I; Program = SBIR; Year = 2017

From that query, it produced 18 Contract / Grant opportunities.  Here are a few I thought would be interesting:

PAS-17-022
PAS-17-022
PAR-17-108
PAR-17-108
RFA-ES-17-004
RFA-ES-17-004
RFA-DA-17-010
RFA-DA-17-010

Click Here for the current, complete list of topics by the SBIR.  

 

Google Glasses, Goggles app, and Twitter/Google Plus: Instant [Fashion] Trending?

Although it may have seemed obvious to anyone who has seen the Goggles app, heard about the Google Glass project would have probably used their imagination, but if you have tens of thousands of Google Glasses in the marketplace, the Google Goggles app should be able to identify clothes, and accessories, and determine from a fashion standpoint, what is really ‘trending’.  If it wasn’t obvious before, in the article, With Glass, Google Gives a Fashion Icon a New Toy, it says Von Furstenburg (or DVF, for short) used them to document her days in the lead up to New York Fashion Week.  Is Twitter opening up an office in NYC part of the beginning moves to be acquired by Google?

HP WebOS Open Source as a Spinoff may compete with the likes of Firefox or MSFT

Take an open source OS such as a WebOS smartphone, without a contract, light weight requirements in processing power, and could it be the RedHat of Mobile devices?  So many hardware vendors are still tied to Microsoft.    WebOS could be the opensource OS.  With VC funding, a spinoff from HP, which gives it focus again, and VC funding and hardware connections with a sick new phone like the Nokia Flex, an alternate shaped device, and a low price point, that device will fly off the shelves.  No doubt about it.