NCMS has been approached by the Obama Administration to reach out to its membership to seek input into possible research topics for a proposed new focus area in robotics for the Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) program.
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Office of Technology administers SBIR program for the Federal government. Each year, by Federal law, and with oversight of the SBA, Federal agencies that spent over $100 million on externally funded R&D in the prior year must set aside 2.5% of their external R&D budget in the current year for funding of small business technology development from design to prototype to commercialization.
Through this program SBA ensures that the nation’s small, high-tech, innovative businesses are a significant part of the Federal government’s research and development efforts. Eleven Federal departments participate in the competitive SBIR program (Agriculture; Commerce; Defense; Education; Energy; Health & Human Services; Homeland Security; Transportation; EPA; NASA: NSF).
The Administration is looking for proposed technical topic areas for a robotics focused solicitation. Since SBIR covers many federal agencies, the topics can cover anything, not just Army/DoD requirements.
This opportunity has closed.