SBIR/STTR News for Virginia's
Small Business Research Community
In This Issue
  • NSF SBIR/STTR Proposal Prep Virtual Classroom -- Feb. 4 (Low Cost)
  • Multi-Agency SBIR Overview Webinar -- March 18 (Low Cost)
  • SBIR/STTR for University -- March 25 (FREE)
  • NEW Commonwealth Commercialization Fund (CCF) Details Announced!
  • Virtual Coffee Hour with CIT's GAP Seed Fund -- (FREE)
  • Air Force SBIR Pitch Days
  • AFWERX Accelerate
  • SBIR / STTR Schedules
NSF SBIR/STTR Proposal Prep Virtual Classroom
February 4, 2021 -- 8:30AM-2PM
The NSF SBIR/STTR program funds almost EVERY type of technology, awarding over $200M each year to high risk, high payoff technology R&D with a clear commercialization opportunity. Join our live Virtual Classroom for an Interactive, 5 hour overview of the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) grant programs. In addition to up-to-date information on the SBIR/STTR programs, we’ll take a deep dive into the NSF grant mechanisms, review how to navigate the NSF website and research projects qualities that would be considered Basic vs Translational, how to use web tools and how to avoid common pitfalls. Our virtual SBIR Classroom features activities and regular interaction with participants. Get your questions ready!

This event funded in part through a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration.
TIME: 8:30AM-2PM Eastern
QUESTIONS: [email protected]
COST: Virginia based companies $25; All Others $100
Complete Agenda on CIT Event Calendar HERE
"Multi-Agency SBIR/STTR Overview" Webinar
March 18 -- 8:30AM-2PM Eastern
This 5 hour session will present an overview of all participating SBIR Agencies, with information about funding amounts, how to approach, standard deadlines, tips for preparation, major differences from other agencies, and next steps. We'll then have more detailed discussion on some of the major agencies such as DOD, NIH and NSF. A great session to understand what agencies are a fit for your and how to begin.
This session is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration.
TIME: 8:30AM-2PM Eastern
PRICE: Virginia Based Co's & University, $25, All Others $75.
QUESTIONS: [email protected]
"University Participation in SBIR/STTR -- Eligibility Rules, PI Requirements, Compliance, and More"
March 25, 2021
This session is designed for university officials at Virginia based institutions, tech transfer offices, university researchers, university based entrepreneurship programs, and other university related programs interested in supporting entrepreneurship and collaborative research via the SBIR and STTR programs. University researchers participating in an SBIR or STTR project - either as a sub-contractor or as the small business owner - must be aware of the specific rules for SBIR/STTR that may differ from other projects. Understanding these rules are critical to successful participation and compliance. This webinar covers eligibility rules for SBIR/STTR, Primary Investigator Requirements, sub-contracting rules/limitations, University lab vs. Small business facilities, "Waste, Fraud and Abuse" efforts by the Federal Agencies, and more. 
This event is funded in part through a grant award from the U.S. Small Business Administration. Presented by: BBC ETC.
TIME: 3PM-4:30PM
COST: Virginia based companies/Va. University/ Va. University related programs: FREE; All Others $25
New Commonwealth Commercialization Fund Grant Program Announced!
$100K Grants for Eligible Small Businesses in Virginia
The Center for Innovative Technology (CIT) announced today its Request for Proposals (RFP) for the first solicitation under the newly formed Commonwealth Commercialization Fund (CCF). 

The CCF was launched on July 1, 2020 to foster innovative and collaborative commercialization efforts in Virginia, consolidating two legacy programs: the Commonwealth Research Commercialization Fund (CRCF) and the Virginia Research Investment Fund (VRIF). In FY2021, CIT is conducting a single CCF solicitation for young Virginia companies that have strong potential to drive economic growth in Virginia, including through revenue and job creation. Up to $7 million is available to award; a one-to-one match is required.
This competitive round will provide grants up to $100,000 to support companies' commercialization and market entry goals through product or service development, market research, intellectual property protection, marketing, pilots, and more. High-potential projects are sought in seven strategically important sectors: agricultural and environmental technologies, autonomous systems, clean energy, cybersecurity, data science and analytics, life and health sciences, and space and satellites. All Virginia companies that meet the eligibility criteria are invited to seek funding.
Complete information on the FY2021 round is available from

Six Virtual Briefings are set to take place on Jan. 12, 15, 19, 20, 25 and 28. For times and to register, please visit HERE

Virtual Coffee Hour with CIT's Investment Team
January 22, 9AM-10AM
Join CIT GAP Funds and fellow entrepreneurs on Friday at 9AM for virtual coffee via Zoom to discuss growing your company and funding opportunities.

FREE: Please REGISTER on CIT's event calendar HERE.
Air Force SBIR/STTR Pitch Days
  • Digital Engineering Pitch Day, Jan. 25, 2021
  • Space Force Pitch Day, March, 2021 (date TBA)
  • RSO Pitch Day, May 2021 (date TBA)
  • Weapons Pitch Day, April 2021 (date TBA)
  • Advanced Manufacturing & Sustainment Pitch Day, April 2021 (date TBA)

Check the Air Force SBIR/STTR Pitch Day Web Site for more info and updates:
SBIR/STTR Schedules
ARMY -- Emerging Technology Leaders topic:
  • Closes January 12, 2021. Additional Info: HERE
  • Opened in Pre-Release on Dec. 8, opens for submission Jan. 14, Closes Feb. 18, 2021.
Closing Dates: Jan. 5 (2021), April 5, Sept. 5 

Opened Oct. 15, 202, Closes January 13, 2021

Next Deadline March 3, 2021 (quarterly deadlines)Submit online Project Pitch to receive approval to submit full proposal.

Closed Jan. 8, 2021

OPENED Release 2 Phase I Topics Opened Nov. 9, 2020, LOI Jan. 4, 2021, Closes Feb. 22, 2021

Opened Dec. 1, Closes Jan. 21, 2021 at 11AM Eastern.

OPENED 11/12/2020 pre-solicitation, CLOSES 1/15/2021 at 1PM EASTERN

Pre-Solicitation Open Jan. 5 through Feb. 2, 2021 at 5PM.
Informational Webinar tentatively set for Feb. 11 at 1PM Eastern

Opens Jan. 15, 2021, Closes April 5, 2021

Next Release Date Approx. June, 2021.

Closed Oct. 26, 2020
Closed August 28, 2020  
CIT Supports Virginia's SBIR/STTR Community
CIT's Federal Funding Assistance Programs supports the outreach, mentoring and training of the SBIR and STTR programs for the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Support includes:
  • Low Cost SBIR/STTR Training at locations across the Commonwealth of Virginia;
  • Special Webinar training (live and recorded);
  • Mentoring services;
  • Consultant referrals;
  • Small grants to support hiring of expert consultants;
  • Introductions to CIT's GAP and CCF programs;
  • Matching Grants (Via the CCF program)

Robert Brooke
Director, Federal Funding Assistance Program
Center for Innovative Technology
Center for Innovative Technology | [email protected] | 703-689-3000 | Website