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Technology Commercialization Support for Small Businesses

Grant applications due Sept. 23, 2014

Published: Thursday, August 28, 2014 - 10:05

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is seeking an organization to support its Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) awardees by providing technical and business expertise and resources to promote commercialization of the technologies developed through the SBIR program.

Through the SBIR program, NIST funds small businesses to conduct research projects related to its mission to advance measurement science, standards, and technology to support U.S. innovation and industrial competitiveness and to improve the nation’s quality of life.

“Commercialization is the main intent of the SBIR program,” says Phillip Singerman, NIST’s associate director for Innovation and Industry Services. “This award will provide vital support to small companies seeking to launch new products that contribute to the growth of the U.S. economy.”

Nonprofit organizations, accredited institutions of higher education, state or local governments, or commercial organizations within the United States are eligible to compete for a cooperative agreement under the Technology Commercialization Assistance Program (TCAP). The TCAP recipient will support SBIR awardees in making better technical decisions, solving technical problems, minimizing technical risks, and developing and commercializing new commercial products and processes.

NIST anticipates funding a five-year project beginning in fiscal year 2015 with approximately $60,000 per year, subject to the availability of funds. The complete announcement of this federal funding opportunity, 2014-NIST-SBIR-02, including details on how to apply, is available at Grants.gov. Applications are due by Sept. 23, 2014.

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Founded in 1901, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is a nonregulatory federal agency within the U.S. Department of Commerce. Headquartered in Gaithersburg, Maryland, NIST’s mission is to promote U.S. innovation and industrial competitiveness by advancing measurement science, standards, and technology in ways that enhance economic security and improve our quality of life.