Category Archive: SBIR

Jun 08

Free SBIR Workshop at High Tech Rochester

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Sorry for the short notice, but next Tuesday morning, June 12, I will be presenting and participating in a free SBIR Workshop hosted by High Tech Rochester. Full details, including registration information, is available here. For my part I will be giving a highly-condensed presentation on how to craft compelling proposals entitled “45 Minutes to …

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Sep 26

NAVAIR SBIR Advice: Part 3 of 3

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Understand the Review Process (Part 1 and Part 2 published previously) The “SBIR Program” is not one thing. Each government department (NSF, DoD, NIH, NASA, etc.) has broad latitude in structuring its own version of an SBIR program. Furthermore, within large departments like DoD, each agency (Army, Navy, etc.) has its own rules. Even within …

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Aug 16

NAVAIR SBIR Advice: Part 2 of 3

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Be Brief [Part 2 of my three-part interview with Dr. Daniel Harris of the Navy Air Warfare Center in China Lake.] The title says it all, folks: Be brief! A clear and concise proposal will stand out from those that press against the length limit. Dan says he receives as many as thirty-five proposals for each SBIR …

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Aug 01

NAVAIR SBIR Advice: Part 1 of 3

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Three GUARANTEED Ways to Fail at Department of Defense SBIRs The Department of Defense has just released the third and final round of small-business research contract topics for 2011. I will be studying them for interesting research opportunities (and maybe some weird ones), but in the meantime, here is the first installment of my long-promised …

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May 23

On the Importance of Contacting Your SBIR Topic Author

In just three days the window of opportunity for applying for the new round of DoD SBIRs will open. More importantly, though, the window for talking privately to the topic authors will slam shut. Any business that is planning to submit a proposal would be foolish to miss that opportunity. Talking to the “technical point …

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May 08

Weird Science SBIRs

It’s not a secret that I love the Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) program.  At some point I’ll write a bit more on the history and motivation of the SBIR program, but the short version is that SBIR grants and contracts foster radical and risky innovation… stuff that is more likely to come from a …

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