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Posted on Jan 7, 2015

The Small Business Innovation Research program has provided billions in seed money to companies, including Symantec and Qualcomm.Companies such as Qualcomm, Symantec, iRobot and Genentech know the power of financial backing from the federal government.They’ve benefited from a 32-year-old Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program, which has doled out more than 112,500 awards to small businesses, worth more than $26.9 billion, through fiscal year 2009, according to the most recent data.Nagesh Rao, chief technologist at the Small Business Administration’s Office of Investment and Innovation, called it one of the best “unsung-hero” programs in the federal government Read More ...
Posted on Jan 7, 2015

The Small Business Administration's Office of Investment and Innovation is known for taking chances on risky ideas.About seven years ago, for example, the National Institutes of Health used Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) funding for a project researching Read More ...
Posted on Dec 19, 2014

In an effort to be responsive to the needs of the small business community, congressional mandates, and the Scientific Management Review Board (SMRB) recommendations, HHS is changing its Standard Due Dates for SBIR/STTR grant applications, and making other internal changes to allow the agency to inform SBIR/STTR grant applicants of the disposition of their applications sooner, and to make funding recommendations and awards sooner on average. This change affects all SBIR/STTR Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOAs) using Standard Due Dates.  Applications for Request for Applications (RFAs) and Program Announcements (PAs, PARs, PASs) with special...
Posted on Nov 24, 2014

By Javier.Saade, SBA OfficialPublished: November 24, 2014Note: This blog is Coauthored by Javier Saade, SBA’s Associate Administrator for Investment and Innovation, Nagesh Rao, Senior Advisor for Investment and Innovation, Manny Oliver-DOE SBIR Program, and Chris O’Gwinn-DOE SBIR ProgramWhen people think of the Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR) programs, the three phases (Phase I, II, & III) come to mind with associated dollar amounts of grant/contract financing. However, there is a far more critical phase in need of support and assistance, and that would be Phase 0. This is where ideation happens in getting a potential solution...
Posted on Nov 19, 2014

By Javier.Saade, SBA OfficialPublished: November 19, 2014Last week in “Keep it Weird” Austin, Texas, hundreds of scientists, technologists, doctors, mathematicians, artists, engineers, tinkerers, dreamers, doers, business people, professors, government types and entrepreneurs convened for the co-located and related events:  1) The Defense Energy Summit & Innovation Showcase, 2) the Smart Cities Innovation Challenge and 3) the Fall National SBIR/STTR Conference & Showcase. The Defense Energy Summit & Innovation Showcase focused on how to accelerate clean energy and infrastructure solutions for the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) including microgrid production,...
Posted on Oct 20, 2014

Note: This blog is co-authored by Javier Saade, Associate Administrator for Investment and Innovation, and G. Nagesh Rao, Chief Technologist & Entrepreneur in Residence“We are not interested in your sales pitch, put them away, we are interested in helping you better understand how you can effectively commercialize your technology better.” – Steve Blank (I-Corp Lead Instructor & Lean Startup Guru)Earlier this month we had the fortunate opportunity to be invited to observe the inaugural training session of NIH’s I-Corp program at Microsoft Corporation’s offices in Washington DC, where cutting edge scientists met innovative business leaders. This training endeavor was designed and...
Posted on Oct 8, 2014

Note: This blog is co-authored by Javier Saade, Ed Metz, Betty Royster, and Lindsay D'AmbrosioThe Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs are the largest source of early-stage capital for innovative small companies in the United States. Via these programs, the federal government invests over 2 billion dollars in American entrepreneurial firms to develop and commercialize technologies that strengthen our nation's defense, improve the health of our citizens, and enhance education.Javier Saade, Associate Administrator of SBA’s Office of Investment and Innovation, which oversees both programs across the federal government describes it...
Posted on Oct 2, 2014

Note: This article was originally posted on the Department of Education's blog.Across the eleven Federal agencies that participate, the shared goal of the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program is to invest in projects that stimulate technological innovation, address national needs, and strengthen small businesses and the economy through commercialization. In recent years, many SBIR-funded American entrepreneurial firms have achieved this goal – by creating games for learning designed to support education Read full articleRead other related innovation news and success stories
Posted on Jun 24, 2014

The NIH SBIR/STTR Conference Website Has Launched - www.sbir2014.comJoin us for the 16th Annual NIH Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Conference that will be held in Albuquerque, NM on October 21 – 23, 2014. This year's three day conference, "Land of Achievement: Extending the Reach of Science with the SBIR/STTR Programs," will be hosted by the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center (http://hsc.unm.edu/).At this event, you will hear presentations from NIH program staff and other experts, gain opportunities for one-on-one meetings with staff representing most NIH Institutes and Centers, and be invited to a “Pitch Fest” networking...
Posted on Jun 17, 2014

NEWS RELEASEPRESS OFFICE Release Date:  June 17, 2014Release Number: 14-37Contact:  Tiffani S. Clements (202) 401-0035Internet Address: http://www.sba.gov/news         High-Tech Small Businesses Receive Tibbetts Awards for Innovative and Outstanding ContributionsTwo Companies Inducted into SBIR Hall of Fame WASHINGTON – The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) presented 25 high-tech small businesses with the honorable Tibbetts award and inducted two firms into its Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Hall of Fame for the critical role they played in research and development for the government and for their success in...
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