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Aloha! Follow the links below to information about SBIR and STTR:
Search Open Solicitations--If you have a technical solution looking for a problem, you can use the search engine on this website to conduct a key word search of topic descriptions in the open solications of all agencies. You can also check solicitation dates and find links to agency SBIR websites and SBIR conference information.
SBIR Help Desk - This site is operated by PBC Inc. and provides the only comprehensive (government-wide) SBIR Help Desk service. Note that PBC provides a toll free number so anyone can call PBC for free assistance with their SBIR issues.
SBIR and STTR from A to Z--The approach to SBIR and STTR program participation that I recommend.
Intellectual Property--My recommendations on how to protect intellectual property developed in the performance of SBIR and STTR projects.
SBHTI Tutorial--Overview of the program.
SBA Proposal Preparation Handbook--Step-by-step instructions in proposal preparation.
Examples of Successful Proposals
SBHTI Sample Proforma Proposal--An annotated outline of a proforma proposal.
Seven Sample Proposals Posted by SBHTI--Sample proposals posted in HTML format.
Winning SBIR Proposals CD-ROM--Purchase a CD-ROM containing 30 successful SBIR proposals.
Proposal Authoring Software
SBIR-ToolKit(TM)--Proposal authoring software by JADE Research Corp.
Cavaliere & Fuller--Use our proven know-how to help move your mechanical invention, product or manufacturing project to the next level. Please download our PDF package for more information. Berkeley F. Fuller (808) 960-2139
Tim Nagel--Provides SBIR/STTR proposal authoring services. Tim developed the Montana SBIR Initiative website and ran the Montana SBIR rural outeach program.
Greenwood Consulting Group, Inc.--Provides training and SBIR/STTR proposal review services. Jim and Gayle Greenwood teach proposal writing skills at many national SBIR conferences.
PBC Inc. SBIR Support Services--Presents the capabilities of PBC Inc. as the premiere SBIR support company in the country. Its real differentiator is that PBC works across the entire range of SBIR issues from marketing and proposal development to accounting and commercialization. Mark Henry works for PBC Inc. and teaches proposal writing skills at many national SBIR conferences.
SBIRworld.com Referral Service--Maintains an online consultant referral service.
Fred S. Patterson--Provides SBIR consulting and support. Fred gave a grat talk on commercialization of SBIR research at the 2001 Hawaii SBIR conference.
Mitchell K. Hobish--Provides SBIR proposal authoring and editing services. Mitch is under contract with the State of Montana to provide SBIR proposal review services.
Ruth Iwata--Helps with SBIR/STTR proposal preparation. Ruth lives in Hilo, HI, and has worked for the University of Hawaii, College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources, Cooperative Extension Service. "You know, I really am not in that place where I'm seeking work. I do what I do just as a way of 'helping'."
Connie R. Orendorf--Provides SBIR/STTR proposal authoring services (technical writing and editing). Connie lives in Hilo, HI, and has worked for the Office of Naval Research and the Office of Naval Technology.
Roger S. Cohen--Provides SBIR/STTR proposal consulting services.
State SBIR/STTR Websites
State of Montana SBIR Initiative--Lots of good information.
State of Hawaii SBIR Program--The state is developing its SBIR website. Hawaii also runs a sort of a Phase I 1/2 state program to assist Hawaii Phase I winners compete for Phase II.
Small Business High Technology Institute--Milt and Joan Stewart formed this organization that is now being lead by Mel Ustad.
Small Business Technology Coalition (SBTC) --A non-partisan, non-profit industry association dedicated to promoting the creation and growth of research-intensive, technology-based U.S. small businesses. This is an important lobbying/watchdog organization.
In-Know-Vation Online--An online SBIR community. Registration is required.
SBIRworld.com--Partnering information; SBIR events.
Abbott, Langer & Associates, Inc. - Salary and Benefits Survey Reports --Current salary survey statistics for research and development jobs. If you are just starting up and do not know what salary levels and benefit rates would be reasonable, you can find the data here.
If you run across other SBIR/STTR websites, please let me know.
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