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Submitted by Sandra Porter on Mon, 10/21/2013 - 5:41pm
Small companies and workforce education programs like those in the ATE community are natural partners. Small companies need access to highly-trained personnel and expensive equipment. ATE programs need industry partners to help ensure that they're teaching marketable technical skills and to provide internships for students.
The NSF has supplemental funding available to support these kinds of partnerships between small businesses (with active SBIR funding) and community colleges. There are supplements available to support internships by college instructors (RET), student internships (REU, VRS), and phase IICC supplements to support partnerships.
The first presentation is from Dr. Ben Schrag, one of the program officers in the NSF SBIR program.
In the second presentation, Dr. Dave Brown, a program officer from the NSF ATE program, describes his experience, as a college instructor, in working with companies that had phase SBIR awards.
Main page for Phase II SBIR/STTR supplements
Application instructions for all supplements
Phase IICC (partnerships with community college research teams)
Research Experiences for Teachers (RET)
Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU)
Veteran's Research Supplement (VRS)
How do you find companies that have active SBIR phase II grants?
1. Go to http://nsf.gov/awardsearch
2. Select "Advanced Search."
3. Enter "SBIR phase II" in the Keyword field. INCLUDE THE QUOTES.
4. Find Expiration Date and choose "Find dates on or after" from the menu.
5. Enter a date six months after today in the "From" field.
6. Click the Search button. You should get fewer than 300 results.
7. Click "Show More" under the States to see all the states where there are active awards.
8. Click your state to see the awards in your state.
9. Click the titles to read the abstracts and learn about the projects.
10. Click the Excel link to download a file with contact information for the companies.