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January 2017 - In This Issue:

The Technology Commercialization Services team provides one-on-one business counseling and advice to: small business owners, university researchers, and entrepreneurs looking to advance their innovations to the marketplace.

Director, Technology Development and Commercialization

SBIR/STTR  Specialist
& Newsletter Editor

Technology Commercialization Counselor
Eastern NC

Technology Commercialization Counselor
North Central NC

SBIR/STTR Reauthorization
We are pleased to announce that the SBIR & STTR programs were recently reauthorized through 2022.  The set aside for SBIR will remain at 3.2% and STTR at 0.45%. Previous reauthorizations of the programs were very lengthy and cumbersome.  The set asides as of FY15 from each agency are noted below. 
The total budget of the SBIR program is approximately $2.2 billion.  Below is a chart and table of the breakdown of that funding by the 11 participating agencies based on 2015 data.

Agencies with SBIR and STTR Programs
Department of Defense (DOD)
$1.070 B
Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), including the national Institutes of Health (NIH)
$797.0 M
Department of Energy (DOE), including Advanced Research Projects Agency - Energy (ARPA-E)
$206.1 M
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
$180.1 M
National Science Foundation (NSF)
$176.0 M
Agencies with SBIR Programs
U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)
$20.3 M
Department of Homeland Security (DHS): Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) and Domestic Nuclear Detection Office (DNDO)
$17.7 M
Department of Commerce: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
$8.4 M
Department of Transportation (DOT)
$7.9 M
Department of Education (ED)
$7.5 M
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
$4.2 M

No-Charge Consultation with IP Attorney - March 3rd
Kevin Flynn, with Flynn IP Law, will be available for 45 minute consultations at no charge.  We ask that you submit an email to us at sbir@sbtdc.org with a brief overview of your technology, stage of development and specific questions that you would like to discuss.  We will review and let you know if you have been selected to meet with Kevin as well as the time slot available.
SBIR/STTR Introduction Webinar - February 21
Join us on Tuesday, February 21st at noon for a 45 minute general overview of the SBIR/ STTR programs.  Materials to be covered in the webinar include: 
  • Eligibility criteria
  • Differences between SBIR and STTR
  • Tips to strengthen your proposal
  • Solicitation searching tools
  • General differences between agencies
  • North Carolina match funding program
  • SBTDCs services to assist you
Registration is no charge, but sign-up is required.

Tibbetts Award Goes to Morrisville based Attagene
MORRISVILLE, NC - ATTAGENE, a Research Triangle Park-based life science company, has received the prestigious Tibbetts Award from the U.S. Small Business Administration. According to the U.S. SBA, the Tibbetts Award honors Small Business Innovation Research program participants "that have created a significant economic or social impact through the use of SBIR funding and are considered the best of the best from the thousands of firms that currently participate in the program."

ATTAGENE has invented, constructed, and commercialized a first-of-a kind molecular biology platform (the FACTORIAL™) that enables high-content-assessment of gene regulatory pathways in human and animal cells. ATTAGENE uses this platform as a powerful new tool for drug discovery and development and for assessing the safety of environmental chemicals, natural products, and drinking water.


NIH SBIR/STTR Submission Deadline - April 5th
The next SBIR/STTR deadline for NIH is quickly approaching.  With only 10 weeks until the April 5th submission, now is the time to connect with the SBTDC's Technology Commercialization Team to discuss proposal preparation.  NIH topics can be reviewed at:  

After identifying a topic(s), email us to schedule a discussion. Here is our contact information »

NC Biotechnology Center Grant Deadlines
Deadline noon, Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Co-sponsored by the Kenan Institute for Engineering, Technology and Science, the CFG program supports university-company partnerships. Funds support a post-doc or senior technician in a university laboratory who will conduct research on a project of interest to the company. See the guidelines for details.
Deadline noon, Wednesday, February 15, 2017

The Biotechnology Innovation Grant (BIG) targets university technologies at the invention disclosure stage, funding studies that provide go/no-go decisions for future development. The project team must include an academic scientist and a commercial development adviser. See the guidelines for details.

Technology Commercialization Program

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