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Stimulating Innovation and the U.S. Economy through U.S. Department of Transportation’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program 2011 National SBIR/STTR Fall Conference, New Orleans, LA November 6 - 9, 2011. How SBIR Supports the Mission of DOT.

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Stimulating Innovation and the U.S. Economy

through U.S. Department of Transportation’s

Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program

2011 National SBIR/STTR Fall Conference, New Orleans, LA

November 6 - 9, 2011

how sbir supports the mission of dot
How SBIR Supports the Mission of DOT
  • SBIR is key element of DOT’s R&D Program that addresses high priority research gaps
  • Research topics are developed to align with Secretary LaHood’s strategic priorities and SBA guidance (manufacturing and energy efficiency/renewable energy) while also incorporating specific modal priorities
        • Distracted driving
        • Rail safety
        • “Green” technologies

Clockwise from top: distraction.gov image, Wikimedia commons image, Volpe Center photo.

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snapshot of participation in u s dot s sbir program by operating administration
Snapshot of participation in U.S. DOT’s SBIR Program by Operating Administration

2008 2009 2010 2011

Federal Aviation Administration* -- -- X --

Federal Highway Administration X X X X

Federal Railroad Administration X X X X

Federal Transit Administration X X X X

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration X X X X

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration X X X X

Research and Innovative Technology

Administration/ITS Joint Program Office** -- X X X

Pipeline and Hazardous Material Safety X X X X

Administration

Maritime Administration -- -- -- --

St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation -- -- -- --

*Excused by Legislation: FAA contributed to the U.S. DOT’s SBIR Program from 1985 to 2005.

**The Research and Innovative Technology Administration administers the SBIR Program through the Volpe National Transportation Systems Center.

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2012 solicitation schedule
2012 Solicitation Schedule
  • 2012.1 Solicitation
    • 2012.1 Solicitation Opens October 11, 2011
    • 2012.1 Solicitation Closes December 12, 2011
    • Completed Technical Evaluations &

Recommendations for Award Due February 13, 2012

    • Awards Processed February - March 2012
  • 2012.2 Solicitation
    • Call for topics distributed to DOT agencies January 9, 2012
    • Topic descriptions due to the SBIR Program Office February 24, 2012
    • 2012.2 Solicitation Opens April 2, 2012
    • 2012.2 Solicitation Closes June 5, 2012
    • Completed Technical Evaluations &

Recommendations for Award Due July 16, 2012

    • Awards Processed August/Sept. 2012
12 1 solicitation research topics
12.1 Solicitation Research Topics

http://www.volpe.dot.gov/sbir

dot solicitation process
DOT Solicitation Process
  • Solicitations are posted on the website at http://www.volpe.dot.gov/sbir and FedBiz Ops
  • Requests for clarifications/questions on research topics can be submitted to the Program Office staff
  • Submission of proposals via secured website is a requirement
  • Recommendations for award are posted on website approximately 10-12 weeks after Solicitation is closed
  • Program Office does not accept unsolicited proposals

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phase i proposal submission process do s
Phase I Proposal Submission Process DO’S
  • Read the Solicitation and follow all the instructions for submission
  • Follow the procedures for requesting clarifications/questions on research topics
  • Submit your proposals early
  • Ensure your proposal aligns with the scope of the research topic
  • Check to ensure completed appendices are all included
  • Sign both technical and cost proposal
  • Provide qualifications for key personnel other than PI
  • Submit completed proposal via secure website
  • Obtain CCR and DUNs numbers prior to proposal submission

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phase i proposal submission process don ts
Phase I Proposal Submission Process DON’TS
  • Proposals will not be accepted via email
  • Do not send duplicate proposals
  • The Program Office will not provide guidance on whether or not your company should submit a proposal
  • Requests for extensions will not be approved
  • Create arbitrary overhead, indirect or profit rates, be ready to provide the Government evidence and rationale to support the rate(s)
  • Wait until the deadline to submit your proposal

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dot sbir program proposal evaluation process phase i
DOT SBIR Program – Proposal Evaluation Process – Phase I
  • Evaluation teams are established for each research topic
  • Teams are comprised of 3 federal employees who are subject matter experts (SMEs)
  • Teams have 60 days to complete evaluations and submit to the Program Office
  • Four evaluation factors:
    • Scientific and Technical Merit
    • Adequacy of the Work Plan
    • Qualifications of the Investigators
    • Adequacy of the Supporting Staff and Facilities
  • Award Process – 8-10 weeks from receipt of completed evaluations and recommendations for award

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sbir program goals for fy 2012
SBIR Program - Goals for FY 2012
  • Greater emphasis on commercialization – re-engineered Phase II proposal requirements and evaluation criteria
  • Collaborate with NIST MEP on Phase II, II B projects when appropriate
  • Pilot Phase IIB Bridge Financing Program to further accelerate commercialization of program’s innovations
  • Expedite processing of Phase II contracts by using various contract types
  • Establish a pilot SBIR Technology Transfer (TT) approach that optimizes commercialization potential while expanding Federal TT
  • Be poised to implement policy/process changes resulting from impending SBIR Reauthorization

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opportunities outside of dot sbir program
Opportunities outside of DOT SBIR Program
  • University Transportation Center Program – http://utc.dot.gov
  • Transportation Research Board – http://www.trb.org
  • Fed Biz Ops – http://www.fbo.gov
  • DOT/Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization – http://www.osdbu.dot.gov
  • Challenge.gov
  • Check DOT agency websites for BAAs, RFIs and other research opportunities

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u s dot sbir contact information
U.S. DOT SBIR Contact Information

Leisa Moniz, Program Director

Leisa.moniz@dot.gov

617.494.3793

Linda Duck, Program Office Analyst

Linda.duck@dot.gov

617.494.3435

Don MacGee, Program Contracting Officer

Donald.MacGee@dot.gov

617.494.2803

http://www.volpe.dot.gov/sbir

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