Thursday, September 17, 2015

MDA DoD 2015.3 SBIR & 15.C STTR Pre-Release Solicitation Now Open

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MDA DoD 2015.3 SBIR & 15.C STTR 
Pre-Release Solicitation Now Open 

The Missile Defense Agency, (MDA), Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR)/Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR), is now open for the pre-release time period, as part of the Department of Defense (DoD) SBIR/STTR solicitation process.  During the pre-release period proposing firms have an opportunity to contact topic authors by telephone or e-mail to ask technical questions about specific topics.

The SBIR program was established by Congress in 1982 to fund research and development (R&D) by U.S. owned and operated businesses of less than 500 employees.  SBIR, the nation's largest source of early-stage technology financing, is administered by the Small Business Administration through 11 federal agencies and is funded at more than $2 billion annually.  The DoD accounts for more than half of the federal government's total SBIR/STTR program.

The STTR program enacted by Congress in 1992, similar in structure to SBIR, provides early-stage R&D funding directly to small companies working cooperatively with researchers at universities and other research institutions.

Follow the links provided below to access the current open solicitations and search the available topics.  Topic descriptions and instructions are available in HTML, PDF, and WORD formats.

August 27, 2015:  Pre-Release solicitation opens
September 28, 2015:  Solicitation opens for submission of SBIR and STTR proposals.
October 28, 2015Solicitation closes to receipt of proposals at 6:00 AM EDT-plan ahead and submit early.

Once DoD begins accepting proposals on September 28, no further direct contact between proposers and topic authors is allowed, but proposers may submit written questions through the SBIR/STTR Interactive Topic Information System (SITIS), in which the  questioner and respondent remain anonymous and all questions and answers are posted electronically for general viewing.

Quick Links
Solicitation closes to receipt of proposals at 6:00 AM EDT-plan ahead and submit early.

Approved for Public Release       
15-MDA-8399 (15 September15)

Monday, September 7, 2015

Now offering Solar Simulators from Seric in the Americas!

Cirrus Photonics is proud to announce that we are now distributing the Seric line of solar simulators for evaluation of both photovoltaic (PV) cells and modules compliant with JIS C 8912 and 8933 CLASS AAA requirements. These simulators are tailored to meet to your facility, technical application and budget requirements. Options include fiber coupling output and enclosures for component testing such as lenses and displays. Both continuous and duration testing systems are available. Please contact us to learn more!

Friday, June 29, 2012

LighTimes: The favor of a quick vote for SSL Design for a grant to supportexpanded content

It's a good day to be in the LED and LED lighting industry. The industry is thriving and while we have all seen many key obstacles overcome during the last few years, the task isn't done yet.

Solid State Lighting Design has thrown its hat into the ring for a small grant opportunity that is being supported by Living Social, Chase and the US Chamber of Commerce. In order to move to the next round, we need to receive as many votes as possible from our served community. We're continuing to work to champion the LED and LED lighting industries, and would appreciate your help to advance us to the next step in the Mission Small Business competition where our business and expansion plans will be evaluated by the selection committee.

The deadline for voting ends the 30th, so the votes pretty much need to happen today and tomorrow.

Voting is simple, and should take less than a minute:

2) Towards the bottom right, you'll see Login and Support. Give a click.
3) If you are already logged in to your Facebook account, it may log you in automatically or it will pop-up a Facebook login page.
4) Once logged in, you will land on the "It's time to vote" page.
5) Simply type Solid State Lighting Design into the business name (don't worry about state or city) and hit Search.
6) Scroll down and give a click to vote for Solid State Lighting Design.

Your vote matters to us. We appreciate the SSL community we serve and thank you in advance for supporting us with your vote.

Continued Success!

Tom Griffiths
President & Publisher
Solid State Lighting Design News

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

FY 2012 Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Soliciatation

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program FY 2012 Solicitation is open. The Phase I solicitation will close on March 2, 2012. SBIR is a competitive program that encourages domestic small businesses to engage in federally funded R&D opportunities that have the potential for commercialization.

The solicitation describes 12 specific technologies for development. In the category of Manufacturing, they include:

  • · Development of a Microcompressor for Miniaturized Cryocooling
  • · High-Precision, Random Profile Roughness Specimens
  • · Low-cost Stabilized Diode Lasers for Displacement Measurements
  • · Non-contact Microwave Measurement of Electrical Properties of Nanofiber Materials
  • · Power Meter for EUV Lithography Sources
  • · Query-based Geometric Interoperability for Advanced Manufacturing
  • · Silicon Ion Source for Isotopically Enriched Deposition
  • · X-ray Chemical Shift Mapping for Industrial Materials Analysis

In the category of Information Technology and Cybersecurity:

  • · High-Power, High-Speed Photodiodes
  • · Microfabricated High-Frequency Connectors for Millimeter-Wave Technology
  • · Ultrafast Photodetector for Probing Coplanar Waveguide Electrical Circuits
  • · Web Services-Biometric Devices (WS-BD) Conformant Handheld Fingerprint Sensor

You may view the solicitation at:

More information about the NIST SBIR program is available at:

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Immunology grants will support stem cell research in multicolor flow cytometry

Immunology grants will support stem cell research in multicolor flow cytometry

Jun 18, 2010

San Diego-- BD Biosciences, a segment of BD (Becton, Dickinson and Company) will further expand its Research Grant program, adding $100,000 worth of reagents, cell culture tools and labware to support promising stem cell research inmulticolor flow cytometry, as well as cell signaling, cancer research, immune function, infectious diseases and neuroscience.

The focus of the new stem cell research grants is to support the continuing study of embryonic, adult and induced pluripotent stem cells to improve the understanding of both normal and disease processes.

"Even though the peak of the economic crisis appears to already have been reached, life scientists in the United States are still in desperate need for resources to keep their research projects alive," said Robert Balderas, Vice President of Biological Sciences, BD Biosciences. "BD Biosciences is proud to do its part to help advance some of the most promising stem cell and immunology research that could one day help cure or prevent disease."

When added to the existing $140,000 allocated to support immunology research, this new funding will bring the total annual support amount to $240,000, which will be distributed via 24 individual grants of BD Biosciences research reagents, cell culture tools and labware valued at $10,000 each.

Additional information about the grant program, including the application process and deadlines, is available

Courtesy OptoIQ

Thursday, April 15, 2010

TIP Announces 2010 Competition

The Technology Innovation Program (TIP) of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) announced today that it is seeking proposals for high-risk, high-reward research projects in the area of Critical National Need: Manufacturing. Based on FY 2010 funds, TIP expects to award a total of approximately $25 million in first-year funding for R&D projects that address "Manufacturing and Biomanufacturing: Materials Advances and Critical Processes."

For detailed information on the announced competition, including submission requirements, deadlines and the scope of the Critical National Need topic area, see the Federal Funding Opportunity at, the Federal Register Notice at or the TIP Web site at

TIP supports, promotes, and accelerates innovation in the United States through funding high-risk, high-reward research in areas of critical national need. The merit-based competitive program can fund cost-shared R&D projects by single small-sized or medium-sized businesses and joint ventures that additionally may include institutions of higher education, non-profit research organizations and national laboratories. TIP awards are limited to no more than $3 million total over three years for a single company project and no more than $9 million total over five years for a joint venture. TIP was established by the 2007 America COMPETES Act.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

NSF: Proposals for the Innovations in Biological Imaging and Visualization program

The Directorate for Biological Sciences invites proposals for the Innovations in Biological Imaging and Visualization program. The program supports the development of instrumentation and technologies to generate and to interpret biological images quantitatively in real time while also making the tools as accessible and as user-friendly as possible for the community at large. Selected proposals will be required to participate in the NSF Ideas Lab scheduled May 24 to 28. Up to 10 awards may be made from total funding of $5 million. Eligibility is unrestricted. Preliminary proposals are due April 12. More information regarding NSF 10-538 is available at:

Courtesy ERAU Grant Opportunities Update