Small Business Innovation Research Program (SBIR) -- Phase I
C - Could contain a technology component as part of a larger program.
U. S. Department of Education, National Institute On Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR)
This program funds research and development projects that propose a sound approach to the investigation of an important education or assistive technology, science, or engineering question under topics identified each year in the solicitation. The purpose of the program is to: stimulate technological innovation; increase small business participation in federal research and development; foster and encourage participation by minority and disadvantaged persons in technological innovation; and increase private sector commercialization of technology derived from federal research and development.
Each year, the program funds Phase I feasibility projects for approximately six months. After completion of the Phase I stage, most of these businesses can compete for Phase II awards. Phase II awards can last up to 24 months.
In 2013, this program will support the following invitational priorities:
- Increased independence of individuals with disabilities in the workplace, recreational settings, or educational settings through the development of technology to support access and promote integration of individuals with disabilities.
- Enhanced sensory or motor function of individuals with disabilities through the development of technology to support improved functional capacity.
- Enhanced workforce participation through the development of technology to increase access to employment, promote sustained employment, and support employment advancement for individuals with disabilities.
- Enhanced community living and participation for individuals with disabilities through the development of accessible information technology including cloud computing, software, systems, and devices that promote access to information in educational, employment, and community settings, and voting technology that improves access for individuals with disabilities.
- Improved health-care interventions and increased use of related resources through the development of technology to support independent access to community health-care services for individuals with disabilities.
Applicants should describe the approaches they expect to use to collect empirical evidence demonstrating the effectiveness of the technology they are proposing. This empirical evidence should facilitate the assessment of the efficacy and usefulness of the technology.
History of Funding
Information on previous years' funding is avaialble at: http://www2.ed.gov/programs/sbir/awards.html.
In 1982 the U.S. Congress established the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program to stimulate technological innovation, utilize small business to meet federal research and development needs, and increase private sector commercialization.
SBIR is a highly competitive program that encourages small business to explore their technological potential and provides the incentive to profit from its commercialization. By including qualified small businesses in the nation's R&D arena, high-tech innovation is stimulated and the United States gains entrepreneurial spirit as it meets its specific research and development needs.
The SBIR program is structured in three phases, the first two of which are supported by SBIR funds.
- Phase I.
The objective of Phase I is to determine the scientific or technical merit and feasibility of the proposed R/R&D efforts. The Phase I period concentrates on the R/R&D efforts that prove the scientific or technical feasibility of the approach or concept and that which are a prerequisite for further ED support in Phase II. Phase I awards are for periods up to 6 months in amounts as indicated in the Notice Inviting Applications.
- Phase II.
The objective of Phase II is to continue the research or R&D effort initiated in Phase I with approaches that appear sufficiently promising as a result of Phase I. Phase II awards are for periods up to 2 years in amounts as indicated in the Notice Inviting Applications.
- Phase III.
An objective of the SBIR program is to increase private sector commercialization of innovations derived from Federal R/R&D. During Phase III, the small business concern is to pursue commercialization with non-SBIR funds. The Department of Education does not provide funding during the Phase III period.
Who may apply:
- Entity must qualify as a small business concern at the time of award.
- Small business concerns must meet certain eligibility criteria to participate:
- The company is at least 51% American-owned and independently operated;
- The small business concern is located in the U.S.;
- It is for-profit and employs no more than 500 employees; and,
- The principal researcher's primary employment is with the small business during the project.
- Joint ventures are permitted, provided that the business entity created qualifies as a small business in accordance with the Small Business Act, 15 U.S.C. 631.
The deadline to submit an application is March 1, 2013.
The Administration has requested $106,817,000 for NIDRR for FY 2013, of which we intend to use an estimated $1,125,000 for the SBIR Phase I competition. Estimated Range of Awards: $70,000–
$75,000. Estimated Average Size of Awards: $75,000. Fifteen awards are anticipated. Cost sharing is not required.
Recent FUNDED Articles
Grants with a Campus Safety Component - Sponsored by Dell
Retooling America's Workforce: Exploring Grants for Workforce Development at Institutions of Higher Education - Sponsored by Dell
Grantwriting Series: Bringing IT Home
You have not selected any grants to Add
Please select at least one grant to continue.
The selected grant has been added to your
One of the benefits of purchasing an UPstream™ subscription
generating professional research reports in Microsoft® Word or Adobe® PDF
Generating research reports allows you to capture all the grant data as
well as a nice set of instructions on how to read these reports
Watchlists and Grant Progress
With an UPstream™
you can add grants to your
own personal Watchlist. By adding grants to your watchlist, you will
receive emails about updates to your grants, be able to track your
grant's progress from watching to awards, and can easily manage any
step in the process through simplified workflows.
Email this Grant
With an UPstream™
, you can email grant details, a research report,
and relevant links to yourself or others so that you never lose your
details again. Emailing grants is a great way to keep a copy of the
current details so that when you are ready to start seeking funding
you already know where to go