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Discretionary Technical Assistance

Discretionary Technical Assistance (DTA) is a consideration that companies can make when applying for a Phase I and/or Phase II SBIR/STTR proposal. A company can use the vendor that the agency has selected to provide Commercialization/ Technical Assistance or has the choice of selecting a vendor of its own as an alternative. Agencies that allow DTA provide $5,000 in Phase I for a small business to purchase the services of a private vendor and/or $5,000 in each of two years for Phase II assistance. Dawnbreaker is pleased to provide our diverse and proven services to small businesses funded by SBIR/STTR programs that provide this alternative. Dawnbreaker has worked with over 8,500 SBIR/STTR projects, which have raised in excess of $2.5B in Phase III funding. To learn more about DTA and request our services please explore http://www.dawnbreakerdta.com/


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Overview

Discretionary Technical Assistance (DTA) is a consideration that companies can make when applying for a Phase I and/or Phase II SBIR/STTR proposal. A company can use the vendor that the agency has selected to provide Commercialization/ Technical Assistance or has the choice of selecting a vendor of its own as an alternative. Agencies that allow DTA provide $5,000 in Phase I for a small business to purchase the services of a private vendor and/or $5,000 in each of two years for Phase II assistance. Dawnbreaker is pleased to provide our diverse and proven services to small businesses funded by SBIR/STTR programs that provide this alternative. Dawnbreaker has worked with over 8,500 SBIR/STTR projects, which have raised in excess of $2.5B in Phase III funding. To learn more about DTA and request our services please explore http://www.dawnbreakerdta.com/


An example of Discretionary Technical Assistance provided by Dawnbreaker is Transition Information Packet (TIP) ®

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This TIP is designed for companies working within either the DoD or NASA environment. Using a platform-centric approach, the TIP provides information on strategic documents, requirements, tests and evaluation, budgets, and Points of Contact.


Discretionary Technical Assistance (DTA) was introduced as a concept in the 2011 Reauthorization Act. DTA allows a small business to elect to acquire the technical assistance services itself, as opposed to using the vendor that an Agency may provide. According to the SBIR Policy Director 2012 “Some believe that allowing a small business to obtain such services itself may create conflicts or potential abuses. To negate these concerns, SBA has required that the applicant must request to do so in its SBIR application, and must demonstrate that the individual or entity selected can provide the specific technical services needed. If the awardee demonstrates this requirement sufficiently, the Reauthorization Act states that the agency must permit the awardee to acquire the needed technical assistance itself, as an allowable cost."

One of the purposes of Discretionary Technical Assistance is to commercialize the product or process and move it from R&D into the marketplace. Companies can request a maximum of $5000 per year above the baseline amount of the SBIR award. Agency solicitations contain detailed instructions.