Guidance on Government Small-Business Grants

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Wanted to post a little something in case any US-based entities are interested in finding government funding for their projects. The grant pool is a great resource but as we've seen is extremely competetive and resource-limited. These fuding options can likely help offset some of the costs and allows you to maintain any intellectual property through your research and development efforts should you choose. Sorry in advance to non-US based entities, but the rules regarding SBIR are pretty explicit regarding who can receive the funding. Not trying to exclude here by any means and I am happy to collaborate with non-US entities on these projects if interested.

Useful Links:

https://www.sbir.gov/solicitation-listing/open

https://www.dnb.com/duns-number/get-a-duns.html

https://www.sam.gov/SAM/

What is the Small Business Innovation Research Program?

The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program is a highly competitive program that encourages domestic small businesses to engage in Federal Research/Research and Development (R/R&D) that has the potential for commercialization. Through a competitive awards-based program, SBIR enables small businesses to explore their technological potential and provides the incentive to profit from its commercialization. By including qualified small businesses in the nation's R&D arena, high-tech innovation is stimulated and the United States gains entrepreneurial spirit as it meets its specific research and development needs.

Three-Phase Program

The SBIR Program is structured in three phases:

Phase I: The objective of Phase I is to establish the technical merit, feasibility, and commercial potential of the proposed R/R&D efforts and to determine the quality of performance of the small business awardee organization prior to providing further Federal support in Phase II. SBIR Phase I awards normally do not exceed $150,000 total costs for 6 months.

Phase II: The objective of Phase II is to continue the R/R&D efforts initiated in Phase I. Funding is based on the results achieved in Phase I and the scientific and technical merit and commercial potential of the project proposed in Phase II. Only Phase I awardees are eligible for a Phase II award. SBIR Phase II awards normally do not exceed $1,000,000 total costs for 2 years.

Phase III: The objective of Phase III, where appropriate, is for the small business to pursue commercialization objectives resulting from the Phase I/II R/R&D activities. The SBIR program does not fund Phase III. Some Federal agencies, Phase III may involve follow-on non-SBIR funded R&D or production contracts for products, processes or services intended for use by the U.S. Government.

SBIR Requirements

https://www.sbir.gov/sites/default/files/elig_size_compliance_guide.pdf

To receive an SBIR or STTR award, the awardee must qualify as a Small Business Concern (SBC) as defined by SBA regulations at 13 C.F.R. §§ 701-705. The eligibility requirements for the SBIR/STTR programs are unique and do not correspond to those of other small business programs.

A Small Business Concern (SBC) must satisfy the following conditions on the date of award for both Phase I and Phase II funding agreements: (1) is organized for profit, with a place of business located in the United States, which operates primarily within the United States or which makes a significant contribution to the United States economy through payment of taxes or use of American products, materials or labor;(2) is in the legal form of an individual proprietorship, partnership, limited liability company, corporation, joint venture, association, trust or cooperative, except that if the concern is a joint venture, each entity to the venture must meet the requirements set forth in paragraph (3) below;(3) is more than 50 percent directly owned and controlled by one or more individuals (who are citizens or permanent resident aliens of the United States), other small business concerns (each of which is more than 50% directly owned and controlled by individuals who are citizens or permanent resident aliens of the United States), or any combination of these; and(4) has, including its affiliates, not more than 500 employees. (For explanation of affiliate see www.sba.gov/size).For SBIR program only: Some of the 11 federal agencies administering SBIR awards may choose to issue a portion of their awards to firms that are majority-owned by multiple venture capital operating companies, hedge funds, or private equity firms.

Participating Agencies:

Department of Agriculture

Link:

https://nifa.usda.gov/funding-opportunity/small-business-innovation-research-program-phase-i

Fiscal Year 2019

**Phase I RFAs are generally released every year in June with due dates in October.**

Department of Commerce - National Institute of Standards and Technology

Link:

https://www.nist.gov/tpo/small-business-innovation-research-program

Fiscal Year 2019

NIST SBIR 2019
Open: 16 Jan 2019
Close: 3 Apr 2019
Selection Announcement: 21 Jun 2019

Department of Commerce - National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Link:

https://techpartnerships.noaa.gov/SBIR

Fiscal Year 2019

NOAA SBIR 2019
Open: 8 Nov 2018
Close: 8 Jan 2019

Link to open announcement:

https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=310297

Department of Defense

Link:

https://www.acq.osd.mil/osbp/sbir/sb/schedule.shtml

Fiscal Year 2019
DoD SBIR 2019.1
Pre-Release: 28 Nov 2018
Open: 8 Jan 2019
Close: 6 Feb 2019

DoD STTR 2019.A
Pre-Release: 28 Nov 2018
Open: 8 Jan 2019
Close: 6 Feb 2019

DoD SBIR 2019.2
Pre-Release: 19 Apr 2019
Open: 20 May 2019
Close: 19 Jun 2019

DoD STTR 2019.B
Pre-Release: 19 Apr 2019
Open: 20 May 2019
Close: 19 Jun 2019

DoD SBIR 2019.3
Pre-Release: 23 Aug 2019
Open: 24 Sep 2019
Close: 23 Oct 2019

DoD STTR 2019.C
Pre-Release: 23 Aug 2019
Open: 24 Sep 2019
Close: 23 Oct 2019

**STTR is a technology transfer program that requires partnering with a university or research institute. If interested, we can discuss this funding option in another post***

Department of Education

Link:

https://ies.ed.gov/sbir/

**It is anticipated that the 2019 ED/IES SBIR Phase I program solicitation will be released in mid-January, 2019, with a due date 45 days later.**

Department of Energy

Link:

https://science.energy.gov/sbir/funding-opportunities/

Fiscal Year 2019

DoE SBIR 2019.1
Pre-Release: 16 Jul 2018
Open: 17 Aug 2018
Letter of Intent Due: 04 Sep 2018
Close: 15 Oct 2018

DoE STTR 2019.2
Pre-Release: 29 Oct 2018
Open: 26 Nov 2018
Letter of Intent Due: 17 Dec 2018
Close: 4 Feb 2019
Fiscal Year 2020

DoE SBIR 2020.1
Pre-Release: 15 Jul 2019
Open: 12 Aug 2019
Letter of Intent Due: 03 Sep 2019
Close: 15 Oct 2019

DoE STTR 2020.2
Pre-Release: 28 Oct 2019
Open: 25 Nov 2019
Letter of Intent Due: 16 Dec 2019
Close: 03 Feb 2020

**Awards are announced approx 90 days after applications are due**

Department of Health and Human Services

Link:

https://sbir.nih.gov/funding

The National Institute of Health is unique in that they have three solicitation periods. Each application is due on the following dates: January 5th, April 5th, and September 5th. These topics are largely medical research based but there are a handful of information technology topics.

2018 announcement Link:

https://sbir.nih.gov/sites/default/files/2018-2_SBIR-STTR-TOPICS FINAL.pdf

Department of Homeland Security

Link:

https://sbir2.st.dhs.gov/portal/pub...IZKAbWNX80UcrABSfYswg3SA2bmj87Hm6MfEYgtMz1Q==

Fiscal Year 2019

Pre-solicitation is expected the end of November

Department of Transportation

Link:

https://www.volpe.dot.gov/work-with-us/small-business-innovation-research

Fiscal Year 2019

TBD

Environmental Protection Agency

Link:

https://www.epa.gov/sbir/sbir-funding-opportunities

Fiscal Year 2019

EPA SBIR 2019
Open: 13 Jun 2018
Close: 31 Jul 2018

Fiscal Year 2020

Solicitations are expected to be released mid-June 2019

National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Link:

https://sbir.gsfc.nasa.gov/

Fiscal Year 2019

Solicitations are expected to be released mid-January 2019

National Science Foundation

Link:

https://seedfund.nsf.gov/

Fiscal Year 2019

One solicitation is published in March, with a June deadline, and another is published in September, with a December deadline. The minimum amount of time between the publication of the solicitation and the deadline for proposals will be 90 days.

Link to open announcement that closes 4 Dec 2018:

https://seedfund.nsf.gov/assets/files/applicants/combined-topics-10-2018.pdf

Assistance

If any of you are interested in pursuing these avenues for funding, you can contact me at nolan@vbif.io or in discord @[VBIF] nolan#1835. Better yet, ask away here and everyone will grow smarter. In my opinion, the more eligible entities applying for these grants and building on the Factom Protocol to achieve their goals, the better it will be for the community as a whole. I will do everything I can to help you in the process.
 
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