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Check Out New Subtopics for Latest NSF SBIR/STTR Cycle

September 3rd, 2014 | by Michael Kurek
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The National Science Foundation (NSF) has released its latest SBIR solicitation with a submission deadline of December 2, 2014. We can expect the STTR check it out arrowsolicitation to be coming shortly.

In the meantime there are some new technology subtopics that you should check out:
Biomedical Technologies (BM)
BM5. Noninvasive Imaging of Brain Function

Educational Technologies and Applications (EA)
EA2. Global and Collaborative Education
EA4. Entrepreneurial and Maker Education

Information and Communication Technologies (IC)
IC1. Big Data; Advanced Data Analytics
IC2. Cloud Computing; High Performance Computing; Cloud-Based IT Services
IC3. Machine Learning, Natural Processing (NLP)
IC4. Networking Technology
IC5. Mobile Computing
IC6. Social Media/Collaborative Networking

Advanced Manufacturing (M)
M2. Maker Manufacturing

Chemical and Environmental Technologies (CT)
CT13. Smart Production and Process Equipment Technology
CT14. Innovations in Green Engineering and Chemistry

You can find detailed descriptions of these, and the other re-issued, subtopics in this new NSF SBIR/STTR document.

It’s never too early to start planning for your submission. Here are some things you can start right now:

  1. Confirm your Company’s eligibility for NSF.
  2. Check and/or update your registrations. NSF requires registration at SAM, FastLane, and SBA (SBIR.gov). Remember that your SAM registration must be updated annually.
  3. Initiate communication with NSF Program Director responsible for your subtopic. Get answers to any questions you have about the subtopic, and whether your project idea would be considered responsive. However, before you start down this path it’s a good idea to do some homework:
    1. Search any previous SBIR/STTR awards that NSF has made related to your idea
    2. Prepare a 1-2 page Executive Summary of your idea to send to the Program Director. Follow the outline suggested by NSF and in your email, request a telephone appointment.

BBCetc can help you sort through topics and guide you through proposal preparation and submission process. Let us know if we can help!

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Michael Kurek, PhD, Partner, BBCetc