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Entrepreneurs Celebrated Worldwide During Global Entrepreneurship Week 

November is National Entrepreneurship Month in the United States, and the week of November 14-20, 2022 marks Global Entrepreneurship Week. Education, ecosystems, inclusion and policy are the themes for the week with activities planned to help empower entrepreneurs. Learn more. 

SBA Accepting Nominations for 2023 National Small Business Week Awards

For more than 50 years, SBA has celebrated National Small Business Week, which recognizes the critical contributions of America’s entrepreneurs and small business owners. SBA is now accepting nominations for the 2023 National Small Business Week Awards, which will take place April 30 – May 6, 2023. Awards include the Small Business Person of the Year, the Small Business Exporter of the Year, the Federal Procurement Award – Small Business Prime Contractor of the Year Award, the Federal Procurement Award –  Small Business Subcontractor of the Year Award, and more. The deadline for submissions is December 8, 2022, at 3:00 p.m. ET. 

Celebrating National Veterans Small Business Week  

Join SBA as we honor our heroes who continue to serve our country by creating diverse and essential businesses in their communities during National Veterans Small Business Week, October 31-November 4, 2022. This year’s event celebrates the strength and resilience of our veterans small business community as they continue to march beyond the events of the pandemic and use what they’ve learned to propel their businesses forward.  Look through our current offerings and check back often for free webinars to help you start, grow, or expand your veteran-owned small business. Learn more.

Veterans Invited to Learn about Resources for Inventors and Entrepreneurs November 30

The United States Patent and Trademark Office’s (USPTO) is hosting an online 2022 Veterans Innovation and Entrepreneurship Program, happening Wednesday, November 30, from 1-4 p.m. ET. Participants will learn more about raising capital, funding opportunities for R&D, buying inventory, obtaining a line of credit, and more. This event is open to all, but veterans, active-duty service members, reservists, guardsmen, military spouses, and other family members are encouraged to attend. Learn more and find registration information here. 

Resources for Native American-owned Businesses Highlighted for Native American Heritage Month

During National Native American Heritage Month, learn about contracting, business development and other programs for Native American small business owners. Learn more

SBA Proposes Reforms to Expand Access, Strengthen and Diversify the Small Business Investment Company Public-Private Investment Partnership Program 

A Small Business Investment Company (SBIC) is a privately owned and managed investment fund that is licensed and regulated by SBA. An SBIC uses its own capital, plus funds borrowed with an SBA guarantee, to make equity and debt investments in qualifying small businesses. SBA published a proposed rule, SBIC Investment Diversification and Growth, that seeks to reduce financial barriers and increase access and diversity in the U.S. small business investment ecosystem. Read the full proposed rule in the Federal Register and comment by December 19.

Request for Information on Opportunities and Challenges in Federal Community Investment Programs

The Interagency Community Investment Committee (ICIC) is offering the public the opportunity to provide information on ways to improve access to affordable capital and financial services in historically underserved communities. Specifically, the ICIC is interested in examples of successful projects which have blended public, private, and philanthropic capital and input on how agencies can support financial intermediaries that serve communities of color, rural communities, and Tribal nations. The responses to this request will inform the ICIC’s future actions to improve federal community investment programs. Learn more about the ICIC’s request and submit comments here.

SBIR News & Updates

Army’s Prize Competition Series xTechSearch 7 Deadline Extended to November 6

As the U.S. Army marches toward its goal to transform into a multi-domain force by 2035, the service’s premier prize competition program is launching another opportunity for industry to lend their innovative technologies to the cause. The Army xTech Program announced its seventh iteration of xTechSearch, the program’s first and longest-running competition that awards small businesses and non-traditional technology providers with cash prizes for their transformative, dual-use technology solutions. In celebration of the launch of xTechSearch 7, here’s a look at the competition’s history and successes, and how this open call for innovation has propelled Army readiness and modernization. Deadline to submit has been extended to November 6. 

DOE Announces New Phase II Awardee Events

Aimed at improving the outcome of commercialization of technologies developed with DOE SBIR/STTR funding, the DOE SBIR/STTR programs office announced the two new Phase II Awardee events: virtual workshops focused on topics that are typical areas of weakness for SBIR/STTR companies and virtual pitch sessions to give Phase II awardees an opportunity to present their technology to potential industry partners. All active DOE SBIR/STTR Phase II, Phase IIA, Phase IIB and Phase IIC awardees are eligible to participate in these virtual events. Learn more here. 

Resources for Entrepreneurs from the SBIR/STTR Fall Innovation Conference 

Federal agency representatives presented current and upcoming funding opportunities at the Fall SBIR/STTR Fall Innovation Conference. Download the presentations to learn more about the agencies and organizations that participate in America’s Seed Fund. 

Would an increase in the quantity of NIH SBIR awards impact their overall quality? 

In a recent study titled Does NIH select the right healthcare ventures through the SBIR grant program?, researchers from Rutgers University and the University of Connecticut took advantage of the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) to conduct a natural experiment. The opportunity was available due to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) decision to use ARRA dollars to fund additional Phase I SBIR awards from general SBIR competitions, and the researchers compared these 19 ARRA-funded awards to the other 479 Phase I awards that were first funded in the same competitions with regular appropriations. The researchers found that for most observable metrics the 479 initial awardees performed at similar, or only slightly elevated, levels compared to the 19 ARRA-funded awards. These results indicate that an increase in NIH SBIR funding — or, as the authors argue, NIH deciding to fund more lower-scoring proposals — would not result in a decrease in award outcome quality.  Read more about the study from SSTI. 

Events & Education

Making Sense of SBIR/STTR Cost Proposals | November 7, 2022, 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM 2022 | Register here. 

Opportunity in NASA’s SBIR – STTR Program | November 9, 2022, 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM (ET) | Learn more and register. 

“From the Sources’ Mouth” with BARDA | November 10, 2022, 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM (ET) | Register here. 

SBIR/STTR Webinar: Understanding the NIH SBIR/STTR Omnibus | November 10, 2022, 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM (ET) | Learn more and register. 

Accelerating Innovation and Transition with DARPA Regional Workshops (in-person events) | November 14, 2022, 8:30 AM to 12:15 PM (CT) at Texas A&M University and December 12, 2022, 8:30 AM to 12:15 PM (PT) at University of California, San Diego | Learn more here. 

New Mexico SBIR/STTR Innovation Summit | December 14, 2022, 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM (MT) | Learn more and register (in-person event). 

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Find Local Assistance – FAST Highlights

The Federal and State Technology (FAST) Partnership Program funded 44 organizations this year, building the SBIR/STTR ecosystem through outreach, technical assistance, and financial support. Meet two of the new FAST awardees: 

The Alaska Center for Innovation, Commercialization, and Entrepreneurship (Center ICE) provides agency and topic navigation, proposal-writing guidance, and mentorship and networking opportunities to Alaskans interested in SBIR. 

The Florida High Tech Corridor helps Florida’s small businesses tap into the SBIR/STTR program with services that include both in-person and virtual workshops and one-on-one assistance.  

Find more information regarding local assistance and all 44 awardees at: 

R&D Spotlight

xTechHBCU Student Prize Competition Deadline Extended to November 14; Finals to be held at 2023 Black Engineer of the Year Award STEM Conference

The U.S. Army is inviting eligible HBCU Students to participate in the xTech Historically Black Colleges & Universities – Student Competition. xTechHBCU Student is a forum for eligible HBCU students across the U.S. to engage with the Department of Defense, earn prize money, participate in a unique accelerator program, and potentially have an opportunity to develop a prototype or seek a patent for their designed solutions as final winners of the competition. This competition follows on an August 2021 HBCU Faculty competition to identify and fund a diverse group of innovators who have historically been underrepresented in the S&T community. Learn more about the results of the xTechHBCU Faculty Competition.

NSF Announces New $30 million Program to Grow STEM workforce 

The National Science Foundation (NSF) recently announced the Experiential Learning for Emerging and Novel Technologies (ExLENT) initiative and seeks proposals to address barriers in the STEM workforce by encouraging partnerships among industry, educational, and government organizations. The program estimates giving out 2535 ExLENT awards that will last up to three years with a total budget of up to $1 million, with a total anticipated funding amount of $30 million. This initiative is part of a larger effort to expand the STEM workforce needed to solve significant societal challenges like climate change and clean energy and address rapidly evolving emerging technologies. Learn more from SSTI and see the full announcement from NSF. 

Agencies Seek Public Input on Inflation Reduction Act 

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) are seeking public input on aspects of the Inflation Reduction Act. USDA is seeking public input on how to use Inflation Reduction Act funding to advance clean energy for people in rural America. Listening sessions to provide comment are being held November 3 and 4, and interested parties may also submit written comments on or before November 28. More information is available here.

EPA also announced a coordinated stakeholder engagement strategy to help shape the implementation of the first-of-its-kind Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund created by the Inflation Reduction Act. More information on that effort is available here.

U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Janet L. Yellen earlier participated in a virtual roundtable with investors and stakeholders to discuss how the public and private sectors can work together to leverage incentives in the Inflation Reduction Act to mobilize the large amount of capital that is needed to build a clean energy economy. The roundtable is part of a series of discussion the Treasury Department is hosting as it solicits input from the public to inform its work implementing the Inflation Reduction Act. More information on those efforts is available here.

Best Practices from NCAI and REACH Sites Shared in Study 

This study presents outcome data for technologies supported by the NIH Centers for Accelerated Innovations (NCAI) program and the Research Evaluation and Commercialization Hubs (REACH) program and describes practicesthat the programs used to support their investigator communities. While NHLBI and NIH invested in a long-term evaluation program to monitor and learn from sites’ experiences resulting in a wide range of metrics and instruments designed and data collected that is still being evaluated, this study presents information learned to date. Read about the findings here  

Get Inspired – SBIR/STTR Awards and Success Stories

EPA Awards More than $3M to Small Businesses for Continued Development of Innovative Environmental Technologies 

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced $3,169,239 in funding to eight small businesses to further develop and commercialize their environmental technologies, delivering economic and environmental benefits to the communities they serve. Awarded projects include an air purifier that reduces the risk of transmitting viruses and bacteria, a forecasting tool that reduces unwanted pesticide drift, software technologies for improved recycling, and a process for producing a sustainable low- carbon building material. Read more. 

NOAA SBIR Helps Small Business Find Traction and Long-Term Success 

Small business owner Vincent Kelly, founder and director of Green Eyes, LLC, which specializes in automated water monitoring equipment. The company received a NOAA SBIR Phase I award in July of 2007, which supported a 6-month feasibility study and proof-of-concept research based on the company’s technology idea, and a Phase II funding award in August of 2008, that helped in the development and foundation for many of the company’s products. Learn more about the role the SBIR funding played in the company’s development here. 

Wearable, Drug-Free Treatment Provides Safe Access to Pain Management for Rural Populations 

ZetrOZ Systems is the global leader in developing and manufacturing non-invasive medical devices to accelerate tissue healing and relieve pain for chronic musculoskeletal conditions. The company accomplishes this with Sustained Acoustic Medicine – or SAM® – devices to deliver Long Duration Low-Intensity Ultrasound. A nationwide network of SAM device users includes injured professionals and college athletes, and patients seeking treatment for work-related injuries. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs approved the use of SAM® devices for veterans who have not experienced joint pain relief from other medical therapies. Now, 30 Veterans Affairs medical centers and six military installations currently prescribe SAM®, and over half of their patients are members of minority groups in rural communities. ZetrOZ Systems continues to support research and development into conditions insufficiently addressed by current treatments. The company has received federal funding from the National Institute of Health, National Science Foundation, Department of Defense, and NASA to develop products like SAM® successfully. The full success story is available here. 

Solar Roadways continues to advance road surface technology 

Some technologies, such as transportation infrastructure, require long periods of steady development and demonstrations. Solar Roadways makes panels that can sustain heavy-weight traffic, generate electricity, power and integrate smart lights and signs, melt ice and charge electric vehicles. The company received its initial SBIR Phase I from the U.S. Department of Transportation in 2009, successfully completed a pilot project in Sandpoint, Idaho in 2016, received additional SBIR awards from Transportation and Defense, and has raised more than $2 million in crowdfunding. In 2022, the company received approvals from the Federal Communications Commission (and a similar organization in Canada) for the radios in their solar road panels. Learn more about Solar Roadways and how SBIR has helped them advance.  

Get inspired by more SBIR company stories at 

SBIR/STTR Funding Opportunities

Find more funding opportunities and specific topic areas at 


  • FY 2023 SBIR/STTR Phase I Release 2 Topics will be released on November 7, 2022 and a Topic Webinar will take place the week of November 14.  

National Science Foundation (NSF)

  • New Phase I and II SBIR/STTR solicitations are expected in November with similar submissions windows as prior years. Project Pitches are accepted any time.


Department of Defense (DoD) – All open topics 

Air Force SBIR X23.4 – Opened October 25, closes November 22 – 2 topics:

  • Orbital Prime ISAM: In-space Servicing Assembly and Manufacturing Direct-To-Phase-II SBIR 
  • Direct-to-Phase-II Open Call for Innovative Defense-Related Dual-Purpose Technologies/Solutions with a Clear Air Force or Space Force Stakeholder Need 
  • Applications for I-Corps at NIH Program for current Phase I SBIR/STTR awardees and Fast-Track awardees in the first phase of their award due November 16, 2022.  

More funding opportunities from across HHS.

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