Technical and Business Assistance
for SBIR/STTR Proposers
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What is TABA?
Many participating agencies in the SBIR/STTR program select a vendor to provide commercialization assistance to its awardees. Recent legislation passed in 2018 also made an alternative available referred to as TABA, which stands for Technical and Business Assistance. TABA provides small businesses the option to select a vendor of its own choice as an alternative to the vendor that the agency has selected. As TABA is new, not all agencies have yet implemented it and the manner in which TABA is implemented varies greatly across agencies.
Selecting and submitting an application to hire your own vendor through TABA is not difficult … Dawnbreaker® will provide you with everything you need in order to request TABA as part of your proposal submission package. We are familiar with the different submission processes among the participating agencies and can provide you with what you need in a timely fashion along with instructions on how to submit.
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TABA Agency Funding
|Agency||Phase I||Phase II|
|Department of Energy||$6,500||$50,000|
|Department of Defense||$6,500 (up to)||$50,000 (up to)|
|Department of Transportation||$6,500||$13,000|
|National Aeronautics and Space Administration||$6,500||$50,000|
|U.S. Department of Agriculture||$6,500||$50,000|
|National Science Foundation||N/A||$50,000|
|National Institute of Standards and Technology||$6,500||$6,500|
|Environmental Protection Agency||$6,500||$10,000|
|National Institutes of Health||$6,500||$50,000|
The John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019 enabled agencies to provide increased funding for discretionary technical and business assistance (TABA) to SBIR and STTR Phase I/II awardees. In general, awardees have two options for technical and business assistance from an agency: (1) to utilize services provided by the vendor selected by an agency: or (2) to identify its own TABA provider(s). If a small business wishes to receive technical and business assistance from the agency-funded vendor, there is no action that they need to take in their proposal submission. However, if the small business wishes to select its own vendor there are specific guidelines that must be followed. These guidelines vary by agency. The specific amount provided as TABA funding is at the discretion of the agency and is UP TO $6,500 for Phase I SBIR/STTR awards and UP TO $50,000 for Phase II SBIR/STTR awards. Please note that not all agencies or DoD services and components have exercised TABA.
Want to know more?
For TABA Letters:
Please provide the following information, so that we can respond to your request promptly.
For immediate assistance with all inquiries, contact John Servo at 585-617-9420