The Department of the Navy (DoN) Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR)/Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Program Office is hosting the Forum for SBIR/STTR Transition (FST), in Lowell, Massachusetts on April 10-11, in partnership with the University of Massachusetts at Lowell.
The Navy's SBIR/STTR program brings solutions to the warfighter at the speed of innovation through a highly competitive three-phase process. The SBIR/STTR program funds science and technology areas through small business research and development innovation to enhance Navy warfighting capabilities.
Aimed at solving challenges faced by today's Navy, the annual FST symposium provides small businesses access to procurement professionals and program managers for collaboration opportunities. DoN SBIR/STTR Program Director, Bob Smith, says: "The goal of the FST is to introduce innovative SBIR/STTR-funded technologies to industry, small companies, investors, potential partners, government program managers, acquisition professionals, and prime contractors".
FST will consist of keynote speakers and panel discussions; Tech Talks by SYSCOM, Warfare Center, Industry, and UMass Lowell representatives; and one-on-one networking sessions between small businesses and SYSCOM program offices and personnel. Small businesses will showcase the Phase II technologies they have developed in interactive booths and presentations. For more information and to register: https://navyfst.com/.
FST symposium organizers are offering two tech tools as interactive information conduits for participants and for those unable to attend. The Virtual Transition Marketplace (VTM) gives detailed information on all FST participating companies with a virtual "briefcase" to tag and save projects, and schedules one-on-one meetings at the touch of a button. The VTM can be found at www.navyfst.com/vtm. The FST is also offering a mobile app complete with a FST company directory, exhibit floor plan, and speaker bios. The NAVYFST app is available for Android and Apple.
Companies participating in the FST are typically near the end of a three-year SBIR/STTR Phase II effort and are ready to move on to Phase III for further development and/or acquisition. Phase III awards are authorized to any company that completed a Phase I or Phase II contract; program Managers can use statutory authority to award contracts to SBIR/STTR companies quickly to meet urgent needs. NAVSEA SBIR/STTR Program Manager, Dean Putnam, articulates the desire to help government and small businesses accelerate Phase III transitions: "The SBIR/STTR Program solves problems and speeds technology to the warfighter; taking advantage of the Program helps the Navy conquer urgent priorities. The FST provides immediate and interactive opportunities for government and business to accelerate the SBIR/STTR transitions."
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