Technical and Business Assistance for SBIR/STTR Proposers

Technical and Business Assistance
for SBIR/STTR Proposers

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Number of SBIR projects assisted
Phase III dollars to SBIR firms

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.

The Process

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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Department of Energy (DOE)

The Department of Energy uses the phrase “Commercialization Assistance” instead of TABA in its Phase I and Phase II Funding Opportunities Announcements. You can readily find the guidelines in the FOA by searching for “Commercialization Assistance”. DOE provides $6,500 for Phase I and $50,000 for Phase II SBIR/STTR for companies to use with a vendor of their choice.
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National Aeronautics & Space Administration (NASA)

NASA Phase I applicants can choose their own TABA vendor and request and receive up to $6,500 as a supplement to the Phase I award and up to $50,000 for a Phase II award.
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Department of Defense (DoD)

DoD is not mandating the use of TABA pending further SBA guidance. Proposers should therefore carefully review individual component instructions to determine if TABA is being offered and follow specific instructions for requesting TABA funding. Dawnbreaker carefully monitors DoD Broad Agency Announcements and can provide you with reference to the most current agency guidelines.
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National Science Foundation (NSF)

The Phase II funding amount has increased to a maximum of $1,000,000 to better support the nation’s startups and small lbusinesses, as part of the recent federal adjustment for inflation. This amount includes up to $50,000 to be used by the Phase II awardee for commercial assistance under the SBIR Technical and Business Assistance (TABA) legislation.
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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.

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For immediate assistance with all inquiries, contact John Servo at 585-617-9420