Monthly Archive: August 2011

Aug 16

NAVAIR SBIR Advice: Part 2 of 3

Photo of Zen Garden in Kyoto

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 16

See me at SPIE Optics + Photonics 2011!

SPIE O+P 2011 crop

This coming Sunday I will be teaching a grant-writing seminar entitled “45 Minutes to Impact: an intensive seminar on crafting compelling research proposals” at the 2011 SPIE Optics + Photonics conference in San Diego. It’s part of the free Professional Skills Workshop. For more information, click here. I will be at the conference all week. …

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Aug 08

Cool Tech: 2011 NASA Innovative Advance Concepts Fellowships Announced!


Back in May I wrote about the rebirth of the NASA Innovative Advance Concepts (NIAC) program. Today NASA held a press conference to announce the winners. NASA announced all sorts of cool stuff including fantastic science-fiction projects like: deflecting space debris using pressure waves in the atmosphere fabricating spacecraft using 3D printers using metallic hydrogen as …

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Aug 01

NAVAIR SBIR Advice: Part 1 of 3

Missing the target

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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