Small biz invited into R&D pool
- By Dan Caterinicchia, Dan Caterinicchia
- Sep 29, 2000
The Defense Department's Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program
has announced a $556 million pool of grant capital for small technology
companies' research and development proposals.
DOD will launch its first solicitation for fiscal 2001 on Oct. 2 and
will begin accepting proposals from small companies Dec 1.
The fiscal 2001 solicitation will contain hundreds of research and development
topics from the Air Force, the Navy, the Defense Advanced Research Projects
Agency, the Ballistic Missile Defense Organization and many others.
SBIR is the largest source of early-stage technology funding available
in the United States. The program awards more than $550 million annually
to companies with 500 or fewer employees conducting R&D projects that
serve a DOD need and have commercialization potential in both private and
SBIR proposals will be accepted Dec. 1 through Jan. 10.
Phase I awardees can receive up to $100,000 for a six-month effort to test
the scientific and technical merit of their concepts. If Phase I is successful,
companies may be awarded a Phase II contract and receive up to $750,000
to further develop their concepts, usually to prototype stage.
The business always retains the intellectual property rights for its
Applicants can log onto the DOD
SBIR Web site to view new subjects and ask questions of the topic authors
to help them compete for SBIR awards. Applicants seeking information not
available on the DOD SIBR Web site can call the program's help desk at (800)
382-4634 or e-mail [email protected].