$300,000 Grant To Small Businesses To Work On Education Related Ideas

Provides grants to small business firms to support research in educational technology, science, or engineering with the goal of stimulating technological innovation in the private sector and strengthening the role of small business in meeting Federal research and development (R&D) needs. Support under the Dept. of Ed’s Small Business Innovative Research Program is normally provided for six months and up to $60,000 for Phase I projects (for a feasibility study to evaluate the scientific and technical merit of an idea) and two years and up to $300,000 for Phase II awards (to expand the results of and further the development of Phase 1). Proposals are accepted on a solicitation only basis. The 2001 Dept. of Ed. SBIR Phase 1 solicitation will be announced on January 26, 2001. Up to date solicitation announcements and directions for submitting proposals are posted on the website listed below. Unsolicited proposals will not be accepted. Only businesses that are independently owned, controlled, and operated for-profit and with 500 or less employees are eligible to apply. Each organization submitting a proposal must qualify as a small business for research and development purposes. The primary employment of the principal investigator must be with the small business at the time of the award. A joint venture must provide documentation confirming that it can act as a single legal entity for purposes of a grant awarded under the SBIR program. Only awardees in Phase I are eligible to participate in Phase II (by invitation only). Contact U.S. Department of Education, Lee Eiden, Program Coordinator, Room 508D, Capitol Place, 555 New Jersey Avenue, N.W., Washington, DC 20208; 202-219-2004; {Lee_Eiden@ed.gov}; {www.ed.gov/offices/OERI/SBIR}.

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