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  • National Science Foundation SBIR/STTR Program Overview – Webinar Mar 28, 2019 Read more »
  • The DUNS number—a unique ID for organizations doing business with the government—will be phased out in favor of a new identifier with a new name and vendor. Mar 28, 2019 By Aaron Boyd, Senior Editor, NEXGOV March 19, 2019 A new vendor is taking over management of the vendor verification system run through the General Services Administration, ending a 20-year dynasty for the company that established the Data Universal Numbering System, or DUNS. Through the Integrated Award Environment, GSA issues each vendor or organization that does business ... Read more »
  • NSF Pilots New SBIR/STTR Application Process Mar 28, 2019 The National Science Foundation (NSF) announced a new, pilot program for their SBIR/STTR proposal submission process. On March 5th, the NSF implemented full “Submission Windows” for invited proposals (as opposed to specific deadlines). The first Submission Window is active now and will close on June 13, 2019. The next will open June ... Read more »
  • Innovating for Developing Economies Mar 27, 2019 Living in one of the largest economies in the world, innovators in the United States naturally want to tap into their home market. However, not all technology is suited for the relatively advanced infrastructure and lifestyle of the US. For instance, while clean water is still a priority here at home, systems are ... Read more »
  • NC’s Kepley BioSystems NSF SBIR Focuses on Horseshoe Crabs Mar 27, 2019 Every year, hundreds of thousands of wild Atlantic horseshoe crabs (HSCs) are captured and ultimately returned to the water by the biomedical industry. Their blood is required to conduct drug and device sterility testing to protect the safety of millions of patients every year, worldwide. Recently, demand has increased for Atlantic HSCs due to the ... Read more »
  • OTAs (Other Transactional Authority) Agreements Mar 1, 2019 By Pamela Racer, PTAC Counselor at Western Carolina University The use of OTAs (other transaction authority) agreements were first used in the 1950s by NASA; however, industry blogs are predicting the contracting vehicle to grow significantly in 2019 and the future. Other Transaction Authority (OTA) is the term defined as authority of the Department of Defense ... Read more »

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