Expanded Eligibility: Provides services to all first-time applicants with an emphasis on under- represented groups: (1) women-owned small businesses, (2) socially and economically disadvantaged small businesses, and (3) small businesses from under-represented Dawnbreaker indicated they need to balance the cohorts between the various emphasized groups and the majority. Any first-time applicant is eligible for the training but may or may not be selected.
New Maximum Award Amounts were implemented beginning with FY 2019 Phase I Release 2
o Phase I: $200,000 (previously $150,000 or $225,000)
o Phase II: $1,100,000 or $1,600,000 (previously $1,000,000 or $1,500,000)
Phase I Success Rates have risen above 25%
Revised Commercialization Assistance
Phase I: $6,500 (previously $5,000)
Phase II: $50,000 (previously $10,000)
Expanded Coverage: now includes patent-related expenses
All FY 2019 Funding Opportunity Announcements were modified to allow applicants to utilize their own vendor(s)
Modified DOE’s commercialization assistance program (CAP) to increase service offerings consistent with the statute.
A small company may propose to use another service provider by negotiating a subcontract. The subcontract is pass through funding and is not part of the award budget; therefore, no indirect costs or fee on top of the additional $50,000. This option is still in flux and I have seen everything from hiring a part time business development executive or consultant to using one of the other big providers. We will need to wait for the solicitation to be posted to see how it will be managed.
New SBIR/STTR Data Protection Period
All awards issued after May 2019 will have the new fixed 20 year SBIR/STTR data protection period per the updated SBIR/STTR Policy Directive
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