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  June 14, 2022

Spotlight: Planning for Technology Development funding

If your company is considering Federal R&D funding for technology development, summer is the time to begin planning
  • If you are looking for federal R&D funding, including SBIR and STTR;
  • If you want to collaborate with Federal Research Labs on Technology development;

Summer is a good time to begin now is the time to begin your background research and laying the groundwork for your proposal. For many R&D funding initiatives, fall marks the beginning of the year with numerous of the SBIR, STTR and other funding calls occurring in late fall and winter time. Also, October 1st begins the new federal budget year which means those labs and their researchers will be identifying and funding internal research projects. These can be opportunities for in-kind collaborate (don't expect funding). Planning and establishing your alliance should start in the summer with the key activities of understanding research opportunities; building alliances; and connecting with supporting resources.

Start by talking with researchers at Federal Labs and Universities to better understand research priorities and challenge areas. Look at this as a research topic discovery process, much like customer needs discovery to understand expectations of proposal reviewers. Alternately, can identify potential collaborations with organizations that will participate in research. You should be able to contact the researchers through the lab tech transfer or partnerships office.

It is also good to make early contact with state support organizations that can assist in your SBIR or STTR proposal development. The SBA has established a network of organizations in each state that can provide this support for free. Some states even provide small amount of funding to assist in proposal development. For those of you in Oklahoma, contact the OK Catalyst at the Tom Love Innovation Hub in Norman

For more information on SBIR & STTR, go to

A reminder that UASCI a free consultation service to assist in navigating labs and opporutinities. Contact us at
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