Partners play a critical role in transitioning advanced technologies from SBIR/STTR funded programs to the commercial market. Throughout technology development and productization you will engage with a myriad of partners filling many different roles and providing many different capabilities. The type of partners needed will vary as you move along the development path. In the near future, you will be able to register as an Innovator on this site to access such helpful commercialization partners.
SBIR/STTR Phase I
SBIR/STTR Phase II
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Proof of Concept
Development, Prototyping, and Testing
TABA Service Providers
Recognizing that commercialization is hard, Congress has made a portion of the SBIR/STTR funds specific to commercialization activities. Designated as TABA (technical and business assistance) funds you can access up to $6.5K in Phase I and up to $50K in Phase II for commercialization activities. DOE provides these funds outside of the award amount. However, there are some stipulations. The funds can’t be reallocated for R&D, used it to pay staff, or used for travel. See the current Funding Opportunity Announcement for more information.
TABA funds can be used for the following activities:
Services are defined as acts of assistance in which no goods are exchanged. In some situations, incidental goods, such a report on the services provided, are exchanged. The following examples are provided for clarification:
REGISTER to find TABA Service Providers by filtering PARTNER ROLE = PROVIDER and SERVICE CATEGORY = COMMERCIALIZATION SERVICES.
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