Here are two opportunities for small business with the USA federal government. One is for developing advanced technology, the other is for developing e-learning products for first responders. For the right rural business, either of these could be a terrific opportunity.
If you want a little help with federal opportunities, stop by Ken Larson’s Small Business Federal Government Contracting site.
Advanced Technology Program
ATP provides cost-shared multi-year funding to single companies and to industry-led joint ventures to accelerate the development of challenging, high risk technologies with the potential for significant commercial payoffs and widespread benefits for the nation. ATP is soliciting proposals in all technology areas (Competition Number 2007-A) as well as four broad Crosscutting Areas of National Interest. The four areas are:
- Technologies for Advanced and Complex Systems (Competition 2007-B);
- Challenges in Advanced Materials and Devices (Competition 2007-C);
- 21st Century Manufacturing (Competition 2007-D); and
- Nanotechnology (Competition 2007-E).
U.S.-owned, single, for-profit companies and industry-led joint ventures may apply for ATP funding. Award ceiling: $2,000,000 for up to 3 years. Application deadline: May 21, 2007.
SBIR E-learning for HAZMAT and Emergency Response (SBIR [R43/R44])
This FOA from NIH solicits Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant applications from small business concerns (SBCs) that propose to further the development of Advanced Technology Training (ATT) Products for the health and safety training of hazardous materials (HAZMAT) workers, emergency responders, and skilled support personnel. Potential products include but are not limited to:
- Developing a system to provide pre-class training for delivering information before a class event;
- Creating a web-based product to supporting online discussions among instructors to stimulate exchange before training begins;
- Sharing electronic or printable resources to make large reference materials and resources open to learners at any time;
- Providing access tools to knowledge-oriented resources through innovative technology deployment to extend training effectiveness and continuity; and
- Facilitating learning technology for ATT-augmented classroom teaching as an effective feedback and collaboration approach for training in multiple locations.
Eligible applicants are small businesses in the U.S. Letters of Intent Deadline: June 19, 2007. Application deadline: July 19, 2007.
Notices found in Gmail grants email: www.miamidade.gov/grants/forms/gmail_page.asp.
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