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The Small Business Innovation Research Program

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  • 1. The Small BusinessInnovation Research Program (SBIR)U.S. Department of Education Edward Metz, Ph.D.
  • 2. The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program at the Department of Education providesfunding to small business firms and partners for the research and development (R&D) of commercially viable education technology products in general education or special education.
  • 3. There are 2 SBIR program offices at ED: • Institute of Education Sciences (IES) Contact: Edward.Metz@ed.gov • Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) / National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR) Contact: Vanessa.Tesoriero@ed.gov
  • 4. ED SBIR Program StructurePhase I: 6 months for prototype R&DPhase II: 2 years for full scale R&DPhase III: Private sector commercialization(without ED SBIR funds)
  • 5. ED SBIR program funding levels •FY2006 $8.7M •FY2007 $10.5M •FY2008 $9.9M •FY2009 $10M •FY2010 $10.1M •FY2011 $11.1M •FY2012 $13.7M •FY 2013 TBD
  • 6. Recent ED SBIR Awards IES OSERS/NIDRR2008 - 12 Phase I, 5 Fast-Track 2008 - 15 Phase I, 5 Phase II2009 – 4 Phase II, 4 Fast-Track 2009 – 15 Phase I, 5 Phase II2010 – 14 Phase I, 6 Fast-Track 2010 – 15 Phase I, 5 Phase II2011 – 7 Phase II, 9 Fast-Track 2011 – 15 Phase I, 5 Phase II2012 – 12 Phase I 2012 – 15 Phase I, 5 Phase II
  • 7. The IES SBIR Program•Program Officer: Edward Metz, Ph.D.•Funding Mechanism: Contracts•Funding Levels: $150K for Phase I, $900K for Phase II•Proposal Review Process: Done internally at ED; 3reviewers read and score proposals; proposals areranked from highest score down; highest scoringproposals recommended for awards.
  • 8. FY 2013 IES SBIR Program OutlookFUNDING OPPORTUNITY: Track 1 for Products•RFPs:  Phase I ($150K)  Fast-Track option (for Phase I&II) for up to $1.05M•Topics: Products to improve student learning in generaland special education, and products to improve howteacher’s teach.•RFP open/closed: • Likely open around December 17, 2012. • Likely close around January 28, 2013.•Award date: Likely May, 2013
  • 9. Specifications: Track 1 for Products Products can be for students in general education pre-K through 16 (and for adults for basic math or reading) or for infants, toddlers, or students in special education infancy through grade 12. Products can be focused in most subject areas such as STEM, reading-writing, social studies, for social skills, etc. Products generally may be implemented or integrated within pre K- 16 school practice: As a replacement or supplement to curricula or instructional practices; as an assessment; For professional development, or as a tool to improve classroom management or efficiency.
  • 10. FUNDING OPPORTUNITY: Track 2 Games***JOINT-AGENCY IES & DARPA SBIR***•RFP:  Phase I ($150K)•Topics: Games topics including: 1) Statistics and probability 2) English Learners 3) Foreign Language 4) Computer Science•RFP open/closed: • Likely open around December 17, 2012. • Likely close around January 28, 2013.•Award date: Likely May, 2013
  • 11. Phase I and II R&D SpecificationsPhase IFor the development of a prototype and research on itsusability and initial feasibility in a school or laboratorysettingPhase IIFor the full-scale development of the educationtechnology product or game and for research on itsusability and feasibility, fidelity of implementation, andpilot research to test the promise of the product or gameto impact the proposed outcomes.
  • 12. Examples of products/games out of IES SBIR program:  Tool to support students with ASD  AI science tutor  Formative assessment program for math/ELA  Virtual physics laboratory  Web-based PD training tool for teachers  Virtual environment to promote social skills.  Game for learning fractions
  • 13. Top 6 List“Have to haves” for a strong proposal to IES SBIR.
  • 14. “6 Have to Haves”#1: Strong and clear product or gaming concept#2: Strong theoretical/empirical foundation#3: It can be built. It can be iteratively refined#4: Pilot research is rigorous and appropriate#5: Commercial pathways are convincing#6: The team brings the expertise
  • 15. IES SBIR Program: On the Rise•In the past year - IES SBIR products were used by approximately850,000 students in tens of thousands of schools in all 50 states.•Acquired for large scale distribution: Children’s Progress•Acquired for large scale distribution: Nimble Assessment•Major distribution agreements: Polyhedron•Most Innovative Award at SIIA 2011: Fluidity Software•Most Innovative Award at SIIA 2012: Filament Games•Winner of the SIIA CODIE Award 2012: Sokikom•IES SBIR Program featured in Forbes’ online magazine Techonomy•Program Launched new website and video page•IES SBIR teaming with DARPA SBIR on games initiative
  • 16. Additional Funding Opportunity for R&D or EvaluationResearch Grants Programs at IES •$1.5M to $3M for R&D & evaluation of interventions. •RFA out in Spring, applications due June or Sept., 2013 •For more information, visit http://ies.ed.govNIDRR SBIR •Grants for up to $575K for developing technology to support students in special education and to improve access to educational opportunities. •RFA to be released in early 2013 •For more information, visit: : www.ed.gov/programs/sbir
  • 17. For more information:SBIR Program ManagerEdward Metz, Ph.D.U.S. Department of EducationInstitute of Education SciencesPhone: (202) 208-1983Email: edward.metz@ed.govIES SBIR website: http://ies.ed.gov/ncer/sbir/IES SBIR Video Page:http://ies.ed.gov/sbir/videos.aspED.gov SBIR Website: www.ed.gov/programs/sbir