NIST SBIR Program Soliciting Proposals to Solve Manufacturing and IT Challenges
From NIST Tech Beat: January 10, 2012
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) needs American innovators and entrepreneurs to help solve technological problems and develop NIST technologies into marketable products. The NIST Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program is seeking to fund proposals that address specific challenges in the fields of advanced manufacturing and information technology and cybersecurity (including communications-related technologies).
The NIST SBIR program seeks to fuel technological innovation in the private sector by strengthening the role small business plays in meeting federal R&D needs and bringing to market innovations derived from federal research and development. The program also works to increase participation by socially and economically disadvantaged persons and women-owned small business concerns in technological innovation.
Intended to determine if the proposed research is feasible and to gauge how well the awardee performs that research, SBIR phase 1 awards provide up to $90,000 over a performance period of seven months. Awardees that successfully complete their phase 1 research projects will be eligible to apply for phase 2 funding to further develop the technology.
The NIST 2012 SBIR solicitation names 12 specific technologies for development. In the category of Manufacturing, they include:
In the interest of competitive fairness, communication with NIST concerning a specific technical topic or subtopic during the open solicitation period is not allowed, with the exception of the public discussion group at www.nist.gov/sbir. All questions and responses will be publicly, though anonymously, posted on the discussion group website.
Read the 2012 SBIR proposal solicitation, available at http://go.usa.gov/NhU for a full explanation of the SBIR process, rules and the specific challenges the proposals should address. Unsolicited proposals, i.e. proposals that do not address the challenges outlined in the SBIR proposal solicitation, will not be accepted. The solicitation closes March 12.
For general information about the NIST SBIR program, call (301) 975-4188 or send an e-mail to email@example.com.