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2011 Small Business Innovative Research Program Fast-Track solicitation

Solicitation Number: EDIES-11-R-0009
Agency: Department of Education
Office: Contracts & Acquisitions Management
Location: Contracts (All ED Components)
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The US Department of Education anticipates the release of the 2011 Small Business Innovative Research Program Fast-Track solicitation on or about  December 2, 2010.

SBIR is a competitive program that encourages small businesses to explore their technological potential, as well as, providing incentive to profit from its
commercialization. By including qualified small businesses in the nation's R&D arena, high-tech innovation is stimulated and the United States gains entrepreneurial spirit as it meets its specific research and development needs.

Phase I. - Phase I is to determine, insofar as possible, the scientific or technical merit of ideas submitted under the SBIR program. The proposal should concentrate on R/R&D that will significantly contribute to proving the feasibility of the technological approach, a prerequisite for further ED support in Phase II. Phase I awards are for periods up to 6 months in amounts up to $150,000.

Phase II - Phase II is to expand on the results of and to further pursue the development of Phase I projects. Phase II is the principle R/R&D effort. It requires a more comprehensive plan, outlining the effort in detail including the commercial potential. Awards are for periods up to 2-years in amounts up to $900,000.

FAST-TRACK option - A Fast-Track proposal is a single proposal that contains both Phase I and Phase II activities. Through the Fast-Track (Phase I & II) option, the Department intends to fund meritorious proposals that have high potential for the commercialization of technologically innovative products that contribute to improved student learning or teacher practices from pre-kindergarten through adult education. By providing the opportunity to concurrently submit and review a proposal that contains both Phase I and Phase II activities, the Fast-Track option has the potential to minimize any funding gap between the Phase I and Phase II periods. In order to apply for Fast-Track funding, offerors must submit a full Fast Track proposal. A Fast-Track Technical Evaluation Review Panel will evaluate all eligible Fast-Track proposals. The Fast-Track proposal will receive a single rating for the proposed Phase I and Phase II project.

The solicitation will be for the FAST TRACK option only.

Participation is encouraged from firms with strong research or research and development (R/R&D) capabilities in the following priority areas:

Priority 1: Education Technology Products Used by Students or Teachers (or other Instructional Personnel)
Priority 2: Education Technology Tools Used by Researchers

NOTE - Proposals which address Special Education shall be submitted under RFP# EDIES-11-C-0014, 2011 Small Business Innovative Research Program Fast-Track - SPECIAL EDUCATION.


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