House Votes to Reauthorize SBIR/STTR
The U.S. House of Representative's Small Business Committee announced on Dec. 2 the passage of a five-year reauthorization of the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs as part of the 55th National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). 

Committee Chairman Steve Chabot (R-OH) noted,"In an era of unfair global competition, making it easier for American small businesses to develop and commercialize new, innovative products is essential for both our economic and national security...SBIR and STTR are critical parts of this effort because their awards go to small innovators who have always been on the cutting edge of groundbreaking research and life-saving technology. The long-term reauthorization passed by the House today will provide certainty to thousands of small businesses who use these programs today and open doors for the inventors of tomorrow." The bill is now before the Senate.   Read the press release

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Updates and Notes on Open Solicitations
HHS Tips as Jan. 5 Deadline Approaches
The next HHS SBIR/STTR application deadline is Thurs., Jan. 5, 2017 at 5 pm local time. Plan to submit your application several days before the deadline to ensure electronic submission errors do not keep you from being funded.
... Direct Phase II and Commercialization Readiness Pilot (CRP) Program to expire soon  Many of the NIH SBIR Direct to Phase II Pilot Solicitation(s) and the Commercialization Readiness Pilot (CRP) Program Solicitation(s) will stop accepting applications after January 5, 2017 as the Congressional authority to offer these pilots expires. Please see the table below for specific deadlines.
Last Due Date
Jan 5, 2017
PAR-14-265 (NINDS only)
Jan 5, 2017
Apr 5, 2017
Jan 11, 2017 (AIDS only)

The last due date for Commercialization Readiness Pilot (CRP) Program Solicitation(s) is April 5, 2017: PAR-16-026 and PAR-16-027. More HHS tips

The U.S. Department of Education Institute of Education Sciences (DoEd/IES) has issued its FY 2017 Phase I SBIR solicitation with a deadline of Jan. 5, 2017. Firms with strong R&D capabilities in education technology in one of the priority areas listed below are encouraged to participate:
1. Education technology products for use by students or teachers (or other instructional personnel) in authentic education settings
2. Education technology products for use by infants, toddlers, or students with or at risk for disabilities, or teachers (or other instructional personnel, related services providers, or family members) in early intervention or special education settings
3. Education technology products used by school administrators in authentic education settings or in early intervention or special education settings  

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology (S&T) Directorate and DHS Domestic Nuclear Detection Office (DNDO) issued their FY17.1 SBIR Pre-Solicitation Notification on Nov. 30. The period of exchange between topic area managers and potential vendors is now through Dec. 14. The solicitation will open on/about Dec. 15 with a deadline TBA. Pre-solicitation topic descriptions include:

DHS Topics

Enhanced Agent Situational Awareness in Dismounted, Low Light/Adverse  Conditions
Video Analytics for Homeland Security Missions
Identity Verification & Validation for Mobile Networks Authentication Enhancement
Blockchain Applications for Homeland Security Missions
Wearable Chemical Sensor Badge
Over-the-air Authentication Technology for Messaging via Emergency Alerts
Accelerated Crystal-Size Scale-Up Development of Thallium-based, High Efficiency, Dual or Tri-Mode Elpasolite Scintillator
Unattended Radiation Detection System

The Department of Defense (DoD) pre-released its SBIR 17.1 and the STTR 17.A Broad Agency Announcements on Nov. 30. This is DoD's largest solicitation of the year with more than 450 SBIR/STTR topics offered by eight components ( View BBCetc's quick-reference summary listed by participating component.)

Listed below are a few noteworthy changes in this solicitation plus some tips from DoD:

1.  Once you've submitted your Phase I proposal (well before the deadline, we hope), in order to make any modifications you must withdraw the proposal, make your changes and re-submit it before the deadline. Read on

  training on tap
NIH Proposal Prep
Jan 5 - Spokane, WA
Jan 24 - Plymouth, MI
Jan 10-11 - St. Louis, MO
Jan 11-12 - New York, NY

Grant Writing Workshop
Jan 24-25 - Chicago, IL

NIH/NSF Workshops
Feb 21-24 - Various locations, VA

Grant/Contract Management
Mar 1 - E. Lansing, MI

Commercialization for Early-Stage Companies
Mar 7 - Ann Arbor, MI

ABCs of SBIR/STTR Funding
Jan 10 - New York, NY
Mar 9 - Flint, MI

HHS/NIH 2016 Omnibus
Released June 5, 2016
Closes Jan 5, April 5

Closes Jan 8, 2017

DoT SBIR 17.1
Closes Dec 21

DoEd 2017 SBIR
Closes Jan 5, 2017

DoC - NOAA  SBIR 2017  
Closes Jan 25, 2017

Closes Feb 7, 2017

Opens Jan 10; closes Feb 8, 2017

Opens ~Dec 15, 2016; closes TBA

 nia funding  opps
Nat'l. Inst. on Aging (NIA) Funding Opportuntities
PAR-17-066 Tools for Clinical Care & Mgmt. of Alzheimers Disease (AD) & Its Comorbidities (R41/R42)
PAS-17-065 Advancing Research on Alzheimer's Disease (AD) and Alzheimer's-Disease-Related Dementias (ADRD) (R41/R42)
PAR-17-067 Tools for Clinical Care and Management of Alzheimers Disease (AD) and its Comorbidities (R43/R44)
PAS-17-064 - Advancing Research on Alzheimer's Disease (AD) and Alzheimer's-Disease-Related Dementias (ADRD) (R43/R44)

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