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Week of July 19, 2023

Navy to Launch Next SBIR/STTR Open Topics Opportunity

The U.S. Navy will launch an open topics opportunity for Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer programs. It aims to find commercial technologies that meet critical needs, with a focus on adapting products and services, modernizing capabilities, and filling gaps. Phase I will last four months, followed by competitive selections for Phase II and contracts for technology transition. Small businesses can submit proposals for various topics until August 15.

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Department of Energy Grants $72M in Clean Energy R&D Project Funding

The Department of Energy will provide $72 million to support 296 small business-led clean energy research and development projects. The funding will be allocated through various programs and offices, focusing on areas such as renewable energy, nuclear energy, cybersecurity, advanced materials, and more. Selected businesses will initially work on establishing the feasibility of their proposals in Phase I, with grants averaging $200,000 for six months to one year. Phase I awardees may then compete for larger Phase II grants for prototype development.

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GSA Debuts New Search Tool for Native Business Categories

The General Services Administration (GSA) has introduced a search tool to help buyers easily find commercial products and services from Native-owned businesses and governments. This tool enhances visibility and economic growth for Native businesses, aiding compliance with the Buy Indian Act. It supports the Biden-Harris administration’s Buy Indian Initiative and benefits both buyers and Native American 8(a) certified businesses.

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Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) Posts Solicitation for Medical Countermeasure Other Transaction Prize Vehicle

The Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) is seeking submissions for another transaction prize vehicle to advance medical countermeasure technology. BARDA aims to partner with an organization to design and administer prize competitions addressing health security issues and promoting research and development. The deadline for responses is July 31.

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National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Launches Accelerator Program to Advance Ocean-Based Climate Resilience Tech Commercialization

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) plans to support the commercialization of ocean-based climate resilience technologies through its $60 million Ocean-Based Climate Resilience Accelerators program. The program aims to fund accelerator entities that will assist small businesses in developing sustainable technologies to enhance community resilience to climate challenges. The funding will focus on themes such as ocean-based renewable energy, hazard mitigation, coastal resilience, and carbon sequestration monitoring.

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Department of Energy Seeks Info on $1B Initiative to Spur Demand for Clean Hydrogen

The Department of Energy’s Office of Clean Energy Demonstrations is seeking public input on a plan to invest $1 billion in developing a demand-side support mechanism for regional hubs producing commercial-scale clean hydrogen. The program aims to strengthen demand, increase revenue certainty, and accelerate the commercialization of clean hydrogen, supporting job opportunities and a national clean hydrogen network.

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Air Force Materiel Command Establishes New Software Engineering Collaboration Organization

The Air Force Materiel Command is creating a new organization called the AFSC Software Engineering directorate to improve collaboration, eliminate redundancy, and prioritize software delivery in the Air Force. This move aligns with the strategic plan and allows for the future integration of software factories. Consolidating workload and resources will enhance idea-sharing and support for the warfighter.

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Department of Defense Publishes Updated Other Transaction Guide

The Director of Defense Pricing and Contracting (DPC) has released an updated “Department of Defense Other Transactions Guide” to replace the previous version. The new guide incorporates changes in regulations, and recommendations from auditors, and provides additional guidance and best practices for reporting, funding, and participation in nontraditional defense contracts. It also discusses the use of the OT consortia business model.

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Department of Energy Sets Plan to Make More Research Public

The U.S. Department of Energy (DoE) has announced a public access plan to make federally funded research more widely available. The plan includes free access to scholarly publications, scientific data, and the use of persistent identifiers. The DoE will issue guidance on publications, data components, and persistent identifiers by December 2024. The plan aims to promote transparency, openness, and innovation in scientific research.

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Technology Modernization Fund Announces 5 New Digital Services and Cybersecurity Investments

The General Services Administration’s Technology Modernization Fund (TMF) has announced five new investments. The National Transportation Safety Board, Bureau of Land Management, and Department of Veterans Affairs will use the funding for digital services, while the Department of Labor and Environmental Protection Agency will focus on cybersecurity. The investments aim to improve digital content delivery, digitize land records, enhance service delivery, and strengthen cybersecurity. TMF has provided over $750 million across 45 investments in 27 agencies. The administration has requested $200 million for the fund in the fiscal 2024 budget.

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PSF-In Depth Analysis: SBIR/STTR – Trends and Opportunities

Excited to announce the release of our SBIR/STTR report – the first of Public Spend Forum‘s series on investments in critical tech.The questions we are focusing on:

•How are investments aligned by critical tech?

•Where geographic regions/clusters are emerging across the country?

•What use cases and needs is technology addressing?

•Which agencies are investing in similar tech areas and use cases?

•What types of investments are being commercialized and lead to commercial capital (in progress)?

Here is the link to download the report!

To get early access to the dashboard and comprehensive data behind the analysis, please reach out to us at support@publicspendforum.net

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