America's Seed Fund: Success with NSF and USDA, Air Force Funding and more!

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Office of Investment and Innovation  - August 2017

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The 2018 SBIR Road Tour comes to a close in New England! 

Group of SBIR Program Managers

August 20 – Wilmington, DE

August 21 – New Haven, CT

August 22 – Providence, RI

August 23 – Manchester, NH

August 24 – Portland, ME


SBIR in the news

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Stony Brook-based startup ChemCubed Featured in Innovateli for its success in the 3D Printing Industry

With some help from Stony Brook University, a high-tech startup is helping the additive manufacturing industries find their form.

Additive manufacturing, a splashy term for manufacturing via 3D printing, is quickly becoming an everyday thing. Everything from machine parts to deadly weapons to entire life-sized buildings is now being “printed” in composite materials – potentially, a redefinition of basic construction and manufacturing principles as we understand them.

But a science with such vast implications is bound to encounter some hurdles. And when a diverse group of experts boasting long histories in the printing and chemical-science fields detected a whopper of a roadblock on additive manufacturing’s route to global prominence, they pounced.

Read the Article


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USDA SBIR-Funded Company Creates Novel Device to Disrupt Mating of Fruit Pests

When it comes to describing the process of applying mating disruption, the word fun may not necessarily come to mind. But, that’s exactly how the inventors of a novel mating disruption device describe the process.

 “The intriguing part is it is fun to put on, especially if you use the [applicator],” Brett Bunker says of his invention called the Tangler. “We want growers to be able to either throw or shoot and forget them.”

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Upcoming Events

Beyond Phase II Mentor Protege Training Week.  Collaborate, Innovate, Transition.


The Department of Defense’s Beyond Phase II Conference showcases the SBIR Program’s Phase II awardees’ technologies and provides a forum for commercialization opportunities. The event brings together current SBIR Phase II companies, key technology and acquisition personnel from government and industry to enable the transition of SBIR-funded research and development into products for military, government and private sector commercial markets. 

August 14 – 16, 2018

More information at:

A better tomorrow, big ideas in biotech. October 30 to November 1, Dallas Texas


This three-day national HHS SBIR/STTR Conference is designed to educate attendees about the over $1 billion dollars of annual HHS funding. 

The HHS’s SBIR/STTR programs allow US-owned small businesses to forge academic partnerships and build productive businesses. With this funding, the partners can engage in research and development that has a strong potential to deliver products and services, including medical devices, diagnostics, digital health, biotechnology and pharmaceuticals, to improve the health of Americans.

For more information, visit:

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Small Business Innovation Research

Interested in the NOAA SBIR Program? Join the introductory webinar on Monday, August 27.

Register Here

SBIR/STTR Fall Summit

Mark your calendars for October 23 -24, 2018!  The SBIR/STTR Fall Innovation Summit will be in Tampa, Florida.  Highlights include:

• 1-1 Meetings with SBIR Agencies

• Sessions featuring Agency Leadership, Industry Partners, and Investment Leaders

• Pre-Conference Training Workshops for SBIR/STTR Applicants and Awardees, including Phase I & II Proposal Development and Accounting Basics

• Expo/Showcase Hall featuring SBIR/STTR Agencies, SBIR/STTR-Funded Companies, Leading Universities, F1000 Companies, and Federal Labs

• Access to Defense & Smart Cities Conference and Closing Social

More Information Here

Funding Opportunities

The upcoming Air Force SBIR BAA 18.3/18.C (August 24th) has more than 40 topics, including nine special topics!  Check it out HERE.

Funding opportunities are also available from USDA & HHS.

View all solicitations HERE.

Featured SBIR Success Story

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For many small businesses embarking on the National Science Foundation SBIR program, the story of Blue River Technology is the one they want to emulate. Step 1 – Develop brilliant idea. Step 2 – Get acquired by one of the biggest names in the agricultural industry for hundreds of millions of dollars.

But the simplicity of that scenario doesn’t paint an accurate picture of all the hard work and grassroots efforts of the Blue River Technology team. Before John Deere showed interest in the company, the Sunnyvale, CA small business was already a leader in bringing advanced technologies into agriculture, starting with the lettuce business.

By utilizing a Phase I and Phase II grant from NSF, Blue River was able to hire its first employees and gain the credibility needed with investors in the scientific community. With its “Every Plant Counts” philosophy, Blue River develops cameras that utilize computer vision and artificial intelligence to identify every single plant on the ground. With this technology, farmers can better identify needs and optimize resources, while giving each plant exactly what it needs to thrive. 

Read the full story HERE.

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