MIT retools to aid students with startups

In a rousing letter to the campus in October, Reif ordered a massive overhaul of MIT’s approach to teaching and discovery, so that literally every classroom and lab session is an opportunity to innovate — to be better, faster, more efficient.

2014 Small Business Grants and Start-up Business Grants: Getting to know the federal SBIR grant program

The federal Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program exists to encourage U.S. small businesses (those with fewer than 500 employees) to engage in research/research and development (R/R&D) with the potential to lead to a commercial product.

US Army to Spend $440 Million on Inflatable SATCOM Antennae

The key innovation of GATR’s antenna is a flexible parabolic dish mounted within an inflatable sphere, reducing weight and packaged volume by as much as 80 percent and thereby improving the agility of deployed military and disaster response personnel.

The SBIR Measurement Void

The Government Accountability Office came upon a mystery when it went looking to see whether the Pentagon's Small Business Innovation Research programs actually result in technologies that benefit the military. " . . . information on the technology transition outcomes for SBIR projects is limited. Consequently DOD cannot identify the extent to which the program is supporting military users," GAO says in a report. Congress wants this information, but DOD "has not yet determined how and when" it will comply.

NASA Looks To Small Businesses For Big Space Programs

NASA is seeking proposals for the agency’s Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR) programs to enable future space exploration while helping to seed viable commercial products and services here in the US.

US Army Selects Tethers Unlimited for SBIR Contract

The U.S. Army’s Space and Missile Defense Command (SMDC) has awarded Tethers Unlimited (TUI) a Phase II Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) contract to complete development of a system that will enable CubeSats to communicate directly with handheld UHF radios, which are used by used by Army troops.

Senators Menendez and Toomey Announce Start-up Jobs and Innovation Act to Advance U.S. Innovative Small Businesses

Today, Senators Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Pat Toomey (R-PA) introduced the Start-up Jobs and Innovation Act, which would modernize the U.S. tax code to stimulate investment in groundbreaking R&D at start-ups and growing companies.

$30 Million Funding Available for Phase I Small Business Innovation Research Program

The U.S. National Science Foundation has announced that it expects to award a maximum of 200 discretionary grants to stimulate technological innovation in the private sector by strengthening the role of small business concerns in meeting federal research and development needs.

Department of Energy Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) Will Exercise Its Authority to Issue Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Grants to Venture Capital Majority-Owned Small Businesses

On August 29, 2013 the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) made another move to increase the amount of funding accessible for the development of alternative and more efficient energy sources by extending the availability of Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) funding to venture capital majority-owned small businesses.

Navy Explores Potential of Social Media Crowdsourcing in Disaster Response

The U.S. Navy selected Modus Operandi to begin developing crowdsourcing situational awareness software that leverages data from social media.

Defense favoring modernization over force size

As a result of sequestration, either military force size will be preserved or the Defense Department will invest in modernization.

Entrepreneurs: State should be doing more to help small businesses

MANCHESTER — A program that helps small businesses compete for research and development grants is paying off in New Hampshire, but more should be done to further encourage innovation, high-tech entrepreneurs told the state's two U.S. senators Monday.

Federal research grants offer money with no strings attached

Technology firms and companies in the life sciences and defense industries are ignoring easy money if they’re not taking advantage of two major federal grant programs.

New Dimension to SBIR-STTR

The Association of American Universities is applauding bipartisan legislation that would let agencies dedicate some of their Small Business Innovative Research and Technology Transfer funds to creating proof-of-concept programs.


New Dimension to SBIR-STTR

The Association of American Universities is applauding bipartisan legislation that would let agencies dedicate some of their Small Business Innovative Research and Technology Transfer funds to creating proof-of-concept programs.

AAU says "universities, research institutes, and national laboratories would be able to apply to agencies’ proof of concept programs for funds to support the evaluation of the scientific or technical merit, and the commercial feasibility, of research-based technologies developed by their faculty and staff." Cosponsors are Reps. Chris Collins, R-N.Y., above, and Derek Kilmer, D-Wa. Whether this legislation is a good sign for bipartisan cooperation in a reauthorization of the America COMPETES Act is unclear. Recently, advocates for STEM education have come to think that the status quo -- i.e., no action on COMPETES -- is better than whatever is likely to emerge from the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee.


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