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Elevate Idaho: Idaho's link to the SBIR/STTR Program

 

Helping Idaho’s Technology Entrepreneurs

 

Elevate Idaho helps early-stage Innovators compete for federal research and development funds through the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs – America’s Seed Fund – and connect to resources they need to take their venture to the next level of success!

 

Elevate Idaho is a unique partnership that consists of a strong statewide network of professional regional, state, university and federal mentors with expertise in the SBIR/STTR Grant Programs. This unique partnership provides a one-stop solution for Idaho startups and emerging companies working on technology innovations with commercial value.

Elevate Idaho offers free consultations, training, and proposal assistance to help Idaho Companies succeed in winning SBIR and STTR Grants, which in turn creates a solid foundation to build a robust SBIR/STTR Program across Idaho.

Through Elevate Idaho, SBIR/STTR Virtual Innovation Centers were created across the state to provide virtual training and educational workshops, virtual one-on-one consulting, virtual writing assistance, virtual proposal reviews, virtual assistance with strategic commercialization planning, and real-time collaboration between researchers, entrepreneurs, innovators, start-ups and tech-based economic development partners across Idaho. The Idaho SBIR/STTR Virtual Innovation Centers also provides the means for collaboration opportunities that would not otherwise have taken place, and most important, strengthen Idaho’s regional and statewide entrepreneurial and research ecosystem.

The SBIR and STTR Programs are non-dilutive funds dedicated to the research and development of new technologies with commercial value. Non-dilutive funds are funds that do not require a business to give up equity or ownership of their company. Whether you are a beginner, or a novice in the grant research and grant writing process, the Elevate Idaho Team is here to assist you every step of the way!


For more information contact: Lori Manning, Director of the Idaho APEX Office or Teresa McKnight, CEO of REDI.

 

Services

Elevate Idaho’s services provide Idaho’s technology-oriented companies a distinct advantage in today’s competitive environment. Services include:

  • Mentorship – small technology companies receive mentorship with connections to business counseling, lab space, prototype creation, and other resources to build and grow their business.
  • Direct Proposal Assistance – one on one proposal review for SBIR/STTR applicants.
  • Training – based on particular opportunities and requirements of participating federal agencies, including research of topics, the application process, and best practices.
  • Federal Program Officers – connections with federal program managers from SBIR/STTR federal agencies.
  • Agency Training – based on particular nuances and requirements of participating agencies, including finding topics, the application process, and best practices to seek funding and awards.
  • University and Idaho National Laboratory Technology Transfer – collaboration with Idaho's University's and the Idaho National Laboratory Tech Deployment Office.
  • Funding Network – small business connections to other sources of funding.
  • Business and Industry – group collaboration to enhance opportunities and strengthen Idaho’s innovation ecosystem.

Elevate Idaho helps Idaho’s small technology businesses successfully win R&D funding and commercialize life-changing technologies that impact our state and global economy.

 

Workshops

Interested in learning more about the SBIR and STTR Programs? We encourage you to attend one of the following Elevate Idaho Workshops in 2022. For more information, contact Bam Omotowa to register for the monthly SBIR/STTR workshops or to be added to e-distribution list.

Upcoming Workshop:

April 10th, 2024

Webinar Class - MasterClass: Master class will help SBIR applicants determine what problem they are trying to address and what opportunity is associated with solving that problem

DATE TIME TOPICS PRESENTER
1/17/2024 12:00 p.m. (MST) Elevate Idaho Partnership VC & Angel Partners Scott Brovsky - UC Riverside Entrepreneur-in-Residence
2/7/2024 12:00 p.m. (MST) What is Innovation vs. Invention, basic introduction to the purpose, eligibility requirements, structure of the SBIR and STTR programs and which one is right for me? Lori Manning - APEX, Bam Omotowa - APEX, Dave Noack - SBDC, Teresa McKnight - REDI
2/14/2024 12:00 p.m. (MST) Webinar Class - MasterClass: Topic TBD Lori Manning - APEX, Neil Tocher - ISU
2/21/2024 12:00 p.m. (MST) Priorities and funding opportunities of the NIH-NINR SBIR/STTR program Dr. Karen Ann Kehl - National Institute of Nursing  Research Program Director, Augie Diana - National Institute of Nursing Research Program Director
3/6/2024 12:00 p.m. (MST) Introduction and Overview of SBIR/STTR Funding Agencies and Structure of the Solicitations. Marching Agency needs to your core competencies. Lori Manning - APEX, Bam Omotowa - APEX, Dave Noack - SBDC, Teresa McKnight - REDI
3/13/2024 12:00 p.m. (MST) Webinar Class - Masterclass: Elevate Idaho MasterClass for SBIR/STTR proposal preparation Lori Manning - APEX, Neil Tocher - ISU
3/20/2024 12:00 p.m. (MST) Meet the Primes- Idaho Matchmaker
Speakers from INL, IEC, and APEX
4/3/24 12:00 p.m. (MST) Preparing a responsive proposal - tips for preparing a responsive proposal to solicitation guidelines and developing your project pitch
Bam Omotowa - APEX, Dave Noack - SBDC, Teresa McKnight - REDI
4/10/24 12:00 p.m. (MST) Webinar Class - MasterClass: Master class will help SBIR applicants determine what problem they are trying to address and what opportunity is associated with solving that problem Bam Omotowa - APEX, Neil Tocher - ISU
4/17/24 12:00 p.m. (MST) AFWERX/SpaceWERX 101 Jenna Roueche - Specific Topic Program Manager at SpaceWERX
5/1/24 12:00 p.m. (MST) Finding Partners - methods of working successfully with large system integrators in order to provide a more complete solution Bam Omotowa - APEX, Dave Noack - SBDC, Teresa
McKnight 
- REDI, Marty Blair - ISU, Brett
Adkins 
- BSU, Christopher Nomura - U of I, & Jason Stolworthy - INL
5/8/24 12:00 p.m. (MST) Webinar Class - MasterClass: Topic TBA  
5/15/24 12:00 p.m. (MST) EPA April Richards - Program Manager SBIR
EPE
6/5/24 12:00 p.m. (MST) SBIR Phase II & III - Commercialization Bam Omotowa - APEX, Dave Noack - SBDC, Teresa McKnight - REDI
6/12/24 12:00 p.m. (MST) Webinar Class - MasterClass: Topic TBA  
6/19/24 12:00 p.m. (MST) NIH/OD Stephanie Fertig - NIH/OD Direct NIH
Small Business Program
7/3/24 12:00 p.m. (MST) NO WORKSHOP SCHEDULED - Due to Fourth of July Holiday  
7/10/24 12:00 p.m. (MST) Webinar Class - MasterClass: Topic TBA  
7/17/24 12:00 p.m. (MST) Best IP Practices for Startups Bradlee R. Frazer - Hawley Troxell
8/7/24 12:00 p.m. (MST) How to Communicate Your Value Proposition and Develop Rapid Fire Pitches Bam Omotowa - APEX, Dave Noack- SBDC, Teresa McKnight - REDI
8/14/24 12:00 p.m. (MST) Webinar Class - MasterClass: Topic TBA  
8/21/24 12:00 p.m. (MST) USDA Dr. Nurun Nahar - Program Specialist USDA Division of Bioenergy
9/4/24 12:00 p.m. (MST) Stay On Top of Approaching Deadlines Bam Omotowa - APEX, Dave Noack- SBDC, Teresa McKnight - REDI
9/11/24 12:00 p.m. (MST) Webinar Class - MasterClass: Topic TBA  
9/18/24 12:00 p.m. (MST) DOE Eileen Chant - DOE SBIR/STTR Outreach
Program Manager
10/2/24 12:00 p.m. (MST) Develop a Funding Strategy that Incorporates Grants and
Contracts - Grants vs. Contracts
Bam Omotowa - APEX, Dave Noack- SBDC, Teresa McKnight - REDI
10/9/24 12:00 p.m. (MST) Webinar Class - MasterClass: Topic TBA  
10/16/24 12:00 p.m. (MST) NASA Kim Augone - Outreach & Engagement
NASA
11/6/24 12:00 p.m. (MST) SBIR Data Rights & Cybersecurity TBA
11/13/24 12:00 p.m. (MST) Webinar Class - MasterClass: Topic TBA  
11/20/24 12:00 p.m. (MST) Federal Program Manager Speaker - DOT Rachael Sack - DOT
12/4/24 12:00 p.m. (MST) Common mistakes that lead to Fraud, Waste, and Abuse and ways to prevent TBA
12/11/24 12:00 p.m. (MST) Webinar Class - MasterClass: Topic TBA  
12/18/24 12:00 p.m. (MST) Federal Program Manager Presentation (TBA) TBA

 

Frequently Asked Questions

SBIR (Small Business Innovation Research) and STTR (Small Business Technology Transfer) grants fund small businesses research and development (R&D) projects. Every year, the federal government sets aside $3.6 billion to help small businesses minimize risk so innovative technology moves to commercialization.

There are eleven federal agencies that participate under the SBIR program, five of which also participate in the STTR program. Both programs are congressionally mandated programs. These non-equity dollars are set aside to assist in moving forward a company’s research and development efforts. Because they are non-dilutive federal dollars, there is no loss of equity or ownership, and no payback of funds required.

There is approximately $3.6 billion dollars available under eleven federal agencies to fund small business research and development through the SBIR and STTR programs. These dollars are offered in competitive phases:

  • Phase I typically offers $150,000 to $225,000 for a six-month project to prove the feasibility and technical merit of your idea or technology.
  • Phase II typically offers $1 million to $1.5 million for a 24-month project and is meant to expand the Phase I results and evaluate commercial potential.
  • Phase III takes place as the technology moves from the laboratory to the marketplace. While SBIR and STTR funds do not support this phase, some agencies offer sole-source contracts or follow-on non-SBIR funded research and development to help small businesses commercialize a product.

SBIR/STTR funds can be used for:

  • Salaries and fringe benefits
  • Overhead costs
  • Materials and Supplies
  • Consultants 
  • Subcontractors

SBIR/STTR funds cannot be used for:

  • Attorney fees and Patent Costs
  • Marketing
  • Brick and mortar
  • Setting up a lab

However, a reasonable fee or profit of up to 7% can be included in the budget. These funds can be used at the discretion of the small business in any category.

All companies that possess an Idaho business license and are eligible for the federal SBIR/STTR program. Individuals can contact the Idaho SBIR/STTR Virtual Innovation Center Team to learn more.  

The company must meet the following federal requirements:

  • For-profit company
  • American-owned
  • At least 51% owned by individual(s)
  • Have 500 or fewer employees (determined by NAICS code)

To apply for SBIR or STTR funding, you may:

  • Contact the Idaho SBIR/STTR Virtual Innovation Center Team. The Team will get acquainted with your company and your project.  They will help assess your technology and provide feedback in regard to how well you fit within the SBIR/STTR programs and identify any gaps found during the assessment.
  • We encourage interested companies to begin the process early to register their business through the federal registration process.  Please contact the Idaho APEX Office to assist you with registration.  
  • In addition, we encourage you to search for an agency and topic that meets the needs of your technology and aligns with your business strategy. If you are not sure, one of the Idaho SBIR/STTR Virtual Innovation Center Team members can help you with this process.
  • It is important, once you identify the agency and topic, you read through the solicitation process and begin drafting an outline of your plan for your Phase I.  
  • At any time, you can contact the representative of the selected federal agency and solicit a topic by email to request a meeting by phone to discuss your plan.
  • After you meet with the representative of the selected federal agency, and you decide you want to pursue a SBIR or STTR grant, you will work with the Idaho SBIR/STTR Virtual Innovation Center Team to draft your proposal.
  • We encourage you to work with the Idaho SBIR/STTR Virtual Innovation Center Team to assure your proposal is strong, your budgets complete, and any additional required documents have been completed.
  • Once the above is completed, you can begin to finalize all documents and organize the documents in a packet for submission.

The information outlined is a brief overview to guide you through the process. Please do not hesitate to contact the Idaho SBIR/STTR Virtual Innovation Center Team if you have questions or require assistance. Additionally, we encourage you to participate in our Workshop sessions to learn more about the program, the process, and the tools to develop and move your application forward.

We offer a full range of services to small businesses interested in SBIR and STTR funding.  Services include:

  • Consultations
  • Training through Workshops 
  • Proposal guidance and evaluation
  • Grant Writing Assistance Services (provided by the Idaho State University Commercialization Center)
  • Review and editing
  • Submission assistance

  • There is no cost for the services outlined.  
  • If you participate in the SBIR/STTR Road Tour, there may be a nominal cost for additional workshops and seminars for this once-a-year opportunity.

The SBIR Road Tour is a national outreach effort connecting entrepreneurs working on advanced technologies directly to Federal agencies and the resources they have to support technology commercialization. Since its inception in 2015, the SBIR Road Tour has visited every state and Puerto Rico. These stops have brought together local innovation ecosystems around the country and connected entrepreneurs to additional resources to help their small businesses start and grow.

In the past, the yearly SBIR Road Tour has been held in Idaho Falls and Boise. Due to COVID, the 2020 Road Tour was held virtually. The 2021 Road Tour will be a national virtual tour.  For more information on the Idaho SBIR Road Tour, please click on the following link: SBIR Road Tour – Seeding America's Future Innovations.

Agencies are mandated by Congress to participate in the SBIR program when their extramural research budget is greater than $100 million and under the STTR program when it is over $1 billion. Currently, 11 agencies participate in the SBIR program, of which, five also participate in the STTR program. A list of Agencies can be found by clicking the following link - SBIR-STTR Agency Contacts. You will also find a list below:

For links and guidance on SBIR and STTR funding you can go to: SBIR.gov or any of the individual agencies listed above. There are more than 7,000 possibilities or combinations for federal funding under the SBIR/STTR programs.

You can also search for open topics at: Open Topic Search

Nothing! There is no loss of technology ownership, no loss of intellectual property, and no payback of funds. There is a clause in the award language, however, authorizing the federal government to license the technology in a national emergency. Which has rarely ever happened. 

The Idaho SBIR/STTR Virtual Innovation Center offers the following:

  • Free monthly SBIR/STTR workshops on the second Wednesday of each month.  Monthly workshops are scheduled at 12:00/noon.  Pre-registration is required.  It’s a great first step to learn more about the SBIR/STTR programs and meet our team members.
  • Call or email the Idaho SBIR/STTR Virtual Innovation Center Team to schedule a free consultation.

News

SBIR/STTR Funding Opportunities

 

XTech Scalable AI 2

The U.S. Army invites U.S. based Artificial Intelligence (AI) focused small businesses to participate in the xTechScalable AI 2 competition. This competition enables eligible small businesses across the U.S. to engage with the Department of Defense (DoD), earn prize money, participate in a business accelerator program, and submit a Phase I or Direct to Phase II Army Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) proposal.

NavalX MATB Small Business Workshop

A full day of programming for innovators interested in learning more about the Navy’s SBIR/STTR programs and other programs for small businesses. 

 

The National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) is accepting applications for its Health Disparities Pre-Application (HDPreApp) Program for its spring 2024 cohort. Learn more.

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) released a new funding opportunity that is soliciting proposals for artificial intelligence and machine learning (AI/ML) tools to identify pharmacotherapeutic development candidates with lower toxicity and higher efficacy, specifically to prevent or treat substance use disorders (SUDs). Learn more

 

Department of Transportation (DOT)

DOT SBIR Phase I FY 24.2

Topic: Complete Streets AI Initiative: Generating, Integrating, and Activating Data for Mobility

Pre-Release: 2/1/2024

Opened: 3/11/2024

Submission Deadline: 5/10/2024

NIH Encourages Small Businesses to Partner with Resource-Limited Institutions (Notice of Special Interest: NOT-OD-23-179)

NIH launched this new SBIR and STTR initiative where small businesses applying for SBIR/STTRs are encouraged to partner with domestic research institutions that received limited research project grant funding in recent years and have a mission or record of educating students from populations underrepresented in biomedical research. More information is available by contacting the NIH SEED office at SEEDinfo@nih.gov

ARPA-H's Sprint for Women’s Health

Request for solutions (RFS) in six specific topics

Virtual Proposers’ Day held Wednesday, March 6, 2024: Event recording and Event slides.

Submissions opened:  March 13, 2024, 5:00 p.m. ET

Submission deadline: April 15, 2024, 12:00 p.m. ET

National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)

Topic: AI/ML tools to identify pharmacotherapeutic development candidates with lower toxicity and higher efficacy, specifically to prevent or treat substance use disorders (SUDs).

Submission Deadline: 7/25/2024

Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA)

Topic: EZ-BAA AOI #26 - Advancing Metagenomic Next-Generation Sequencing-Based Agnostic Diagnostics

*NEW Abstract submission deadline: May 15, 2024, 12:00 p.m. ET  

US Special Operations Command (SOCOM)

USSOCOM SBIR Phase I

Topic: Advanced Manufacturing for Common Launch Container

Topic Number: SOCOM244-005

Pre-Release: 2/6/2024

Opened: 2/21/2024

Submission Deadline: 3/26/2024

xTechScalable AI 2 offers cash prizes and contracts toward Project Linchpin

Led by the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology, the U.S. Army xTech Program launched xTechScalable AI 2 — a competition prioritizing the development of disruptive, artificial intelligence solutions. In coordination with Program Executive Office Intelligence, Electronic Warfare and Sensors, the competition provides a forum for innovators to share their novel, world-class AI technologies with the Department of Defense. With focus areas aligned to Project Linchpin, xTechScalable AI 2 also helps the DoD integrate nontraditional vendors into its science and technology ecosystem by offering participants up to $603,000 in cash prizes and an opportunity to submit proposals for a Phase I or Direct to Phase II Army Small Business Innovation Research contract valued at up to $250,000 and $2 million, respectively. Eligible vendors that wish to participate must submit their concept white papers by 5 p.m. Eastern Time on May 17. Once approved, these vendors can progress through xTechScalable AI 2’s three competition rounds, culminating in a final demonstration during an in-person event at or around the 2024 Association of the United States Army Annual Meeting and Exposition in October 2024. Navigate to the bottom right of the xTech homepage to hear about how your business or academic institution can develop novel solutions to address Army challenges.

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Army released SBIR contracts seeking artificial intelligence and machine learning

The U.S. Army Small Business Innovation Research Program launched Phase I and Direct to Phase II contract opportunities prioritizing artificial intelligence, machine learning, and sensors. As a gateway to partnership, the Army asks small and nontraditional businesses to submit proposals for technology solutions in Autonomous Optical Sensors, or Novel Position, Navigation and Timing Signal Classification Techniques. Eligible applicants must submit proposal packages through the Defense SBIR|STTR Innovation Portal. The pre-release date for each contract opportunity began March 5. The open submission window is March 20 to April 23.

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Army SBIR webinar demystifies common proposal errors

The U.S. Army Small Business Innovation Research Program hosted a webinar on Thursday, January 25, for small businesses to learn more about the program, as well as best practices for developing and submitting responsive and compliant proposals. Throughout the development and submission process, various errors can cause proposal ineligibility for an Army SBIR solicitation. During the virtual event, the Army SBIR team showed firms how they can mitigate this ineligibility and improve their selection chances. Participants were also able to ask the Army SBIR team live questions in the chat. You can view the full webinar on the Army SBIR YouTube channel.

Department of Transportation (DOT)

DOT SBIR Phase I FY 24.2

Topic: Complete Streets AI Initiative Generating, Integrating, and Activating Data for Mobility

Pre-Release: 2/1/2024

Opens: 3/11/2024

Submission Deadline: 4/25/2024

Additional Resources

 

Contact Us

Lori Manning

Idaho APEX Program Director

(208) 562-3746

lorimanning@boisestate.edu

Teresa McKnight

CEO of REDI

(208) 522-2014

tmcknight@rediconnects.org

Dave Noack

Program Director, SBDC

(208) 523-1087

noacdavi@isu.edu

Bam Omotowa

APEX Counselor & SBIR Representative

(208) 535-3288

bamideleomotowa@boisestate.edu

 

Satellite Offices and Contacts

The Idaho SBIR/STTR Virtual Innovation Center Satellite Offices are strategically located across the State of IdahoPartners include:

 

 
 

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