ROCHESTER, NY (February 21, 2019) – Dawnbreaker, Inc. has been awarded a sole source contract from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to continue delivering commercialization services to its Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR)/Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Phase I grantees. Since 2001, Dawnbreaker has administered its Commercialization Planning Program (CP2) to NSF funded SBIR/STTR Phase I grantees supporting over 2,500 projects to date. Recognizing that only a portion of the Phase I grantees will be awarded a Phase II grant, NSF introduced the program to increase the probability of successful commercialization of the NSF funded technology irrespective of whether a Phase II award is made and to provide a more level playing field to all entrepreneurs submitting Phase II proposals.
“Until now we have been jointly providing commercialization services with other vendors; with this new contract Dawnbreaker will be solely administering the CP2 to all SBIR/STTR Phase I grantees funded by NSF, and we are excited to embark on this new journey,” says Dr. Carol Rabke, Program Manager at Dawnbreaker.
The intensive, 6-month CP2 includes a mix of activities aimed at helping Phase I grantees develop the 15 page business case for the NSF funded technology that must accompany their Phase II submission to NSF. In addition to feedback on their commercialization plan, grantees are provided market research support, webinars on key business issues and access to resources through a secure eLearning portal. In administering the program, Dawnbreaker draws upon its talented team of Business Acceleration Managers and Market Researchers, who cumulatively have decades of experience in helping small businesses define their path to commercialization.
In addition to the new NSF agreement, Dawnbreaker has recently secured contracts with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the Department of Labor (DOL). The company continues to work with hundreds of small businesses through SBIR and STTR programs providing services every step along the way from Phase 0 through Phase III.