Technical and Business Assistance for SBIR/STTR Proposers
What is TABA?
TABA is a new program from the government that allows companies to receive funding over and above the SBIR/STTR contract award amount to use specifically for commercialization assistance. Bryant Alliance understands each agency's process and are here to help your company through the process.
Introduced in 2018, the John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019, SBIR awardees can request additional funding for Technical and Business Assistance (TABA). Awardees are permitted to enter into agreements with one or more vendors to provide TABA services including but not limited to: Intellectual Property (IP) support, customer discovery, market assessment, business strategies, manufacturing plan development. TABA funds may not be used for research and development (R&D) activities that are otherwise supported by the grant funds.
Agency Phase I Phase II
Department of Energy $6,500 $50,000
Department of Defense $6,500 $50,000
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
Department of Energy (DOE)
The DOE refers to TABA as “Commercialization Assistance” for Phase I and Phase II Funding Opportunity Announcements. The DOE allows for SBIR/STTR companies to choose a vendor of their preference and provides $6,500 for Phase I efforts and $50,000 for Phase II.
National Science Foundation
The National Science Foundation allows for TABA up to $50,000 for SBIR/STTR Phase II efforts up to $1,000,000. At this time the NSF does not allow for TABA for SBIR/STTR Phase I efforts.
Department of Defense
At this time, the DoD is not requiring the use of TABA for SBIR/STTR companies. However, each Broad Agency Announcement has its own nuances and should be reviewed carefully to determine if commercialization assistance is being offered. Bryant Alliance is happy to review any requirement your company may be interested in to identify if TABA is being offered by the agency.
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
NASA allows for SBIR/STTR companies to choose a TABA vendor of their preference and provides $6,500 for Phase I and $50,000 for Phase II.