Wednesday, December 23, 2009

It has been a pleasure

I hope that all is well as you prepare for the holidays. Regrettably, for those who don’t already know, I wanted to inform you that I have resigned from the SBDC effective as of the end of the year. Today, will sadly be my last day with the SBDC. I have accepted a position that will not involve the SBIR program. Therefore, this will officially be my last post on the SBIR Pittsburgh Blog. It has been a pleasure and I hope that you have a wonderful Christmas and New Year. Thanks.

Monday, November 16, 2009

DOD Pre-releases 2010.1 Topics

The DoD SBIR 2010.1 solicitation was pre-released at on November 12, 2009. The Air Force, Army, Navy, DARPA, CBD, DTRA, and SOCOM invite small businesses to submit proposals under this solicitation. During the pre-release period, which ends on December 9, you may contact the topic authors directly (contact information is listed with the topic) to ask technical questions about specific solicitation topics. The DoD will begin accepting proposals on December 10, 2009 and will close to proposals on January 13, 2010 at 6:00 a.m. ET.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Department of Homeland Security releases SBIR pre-solicitation

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science & Technology (S&T) Directorate invites small business concerns to submit proposals under this Solicitation for the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program. Small business concerns with the capability to conduct research or research and development (R/R&D) in any of the homeland security-related topic areas described below, and to commercialize the results of that R/R&D are encouraged to participate.

DHS S&T DIRECTORATE TOPICS -- DHS Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR)

H-SB010.1-001 Rechargeable, High Efficient, High Capacity Energy Storage
H-SB010.1-002 Rare Variant Detection Using Next Generation Sequencing Technology
H-SB010.1-003 Precision Information Environments
H-SB010.1-004 Molecular Recognition for Explosives Detection
H-SB010.1-005 Synthetic Biometrics
H-SB010.1-006 GPS Resolution in Denied Location (GRIDLOC)

Important dates:

· November 2, 2009: Pre-release issued
· November 18, 2009: Full Solicitation issued
· November 18, 2009 through January 4, 2010: Phase I Proposals Submitted and Accepted
· January 4, 2010: Deadline for Submission of Phase I Proposals is 4:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST)

Point of Contact - Susan D. Eicher, Contracting Officer (

Link to the Fed Biz Opps announcement:

Link to the full solicitation:

Friday, October 30, 2009


(From the SBIR Insider) The SBIR/STTR programs will be extended through January 31, 2010, except for the DoD which was addressed separately by the Senate and House Armed Services Committees, and will run through September 30, 2010. This is another temporary reauthorization while the Senate and House negotiate their differences in opinion regarding the final reauthorization. More info on the reauthorization can be found at

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Senate Passes Bill To Extend SBIR/STTR For 6 Months

(From the SBIR Insider) On October 26, 2009, the Senate passed S. 1929 that extends SBIR/STTR for all agencies (except DoD) as well as other small business programs for 6 months, expiring on April 30, 2010. This bill does not effect the earlier DoD SBIR/STTR 1 year extension passed by Congress as part of the DoD 2010 Authorization expected to be signed by the President on Wednesday. The bill will now be sent to the House to be evaluated by the House Small Biz Committee. For more info on the reauthorization:

Monday, October 26, 2009

NIST Pre-releases 2010 SBIR topics

The Department of Commerce National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has pre-released its list of 2010 SBIR Topics. Full Solicitation will be released on November 2nd, but a list of intended topics is available now at the following link:

Proposals will be due on January 22nd and Phase I Awards will have a maximum value of $90,000.

Find more info about NIST's SBIR at:

Thursday, October 8, 2009

The 2009 Mid-Atlantic SBIR/STTR Conference Will Be Close to Home in Morgantown WV from November 30th through December 2nd

The 2009 Mid-Atlantic SBIR/STTR Conference will bring together federal agencies, entrepreneurs, small companies, large companies, researchers, colleges and universities, venture capitalists and angel investors, federal laboratory and university representatives, as well as experts who provide assistance to or have an interest in doing business with ventures at various maturity levels. The Conference will feature presentations from Federal agencies, as well as valuable presentations from the SBIR/STTR arena.

Federal Agencies presenting include:
National Science Foundation
National Institutes of Health
U.S. Department of Agriculture
U.S. Department of Transportation
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
U.S. Department of Energy
Environmental Protection Agency

Additional Presentations include:
DoD TechMatch: Helping Industry Find DoD R&D Opportunities
Opportunities in Energy Research
Collaboration and Partnership Opportunities
SBIR Reauthorization Update
SBIR Waste, Fraud and Abuse: Dangers to your Small Business
Intellectual Property and Patent Issues

Special Guest Speakers and Presenters:
Mark Skinner, Vice President: State Science and Technology Institute
Rick Shindell, President, Zyn Systems; SBIR Insider; SBIR Gateway
Marlene Owens, Technology Transfer, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Susan Zelicoff, The Department of Defense National Center of Excellence for First Responder Technology Transfer
Dr. James P. Clements, President, West Virginia University
John Davis, SBIR Resource Center
Paul Gottloieb, Assistant General Counsel for Technology Transfer & Intellectual Property, U.S. Department of Energy

Pre- and Post-Conference Workshops:
Phase I Proposal Writing: Greenwood Consulting Group, Inc.
Web Resources for Better SBIRs: Jocelyn Sheppard, Red House Consulting
SBIR Competitive ChecklistSM Seminar: John Davis, SBIR Resource Center

Go the event website at for more info.