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:
- Stimulate technological innovation.
- Meet Federal research and development needs.
- Foster and encourage participation in innovation and entrepreneurship by socially and economically disadvantaged persons.
- Increase private-sector commercialization of innovations derived from Federal research and development funding.
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: