MTIP Receives FAST award, Get Serious with Fall Workshops, Innovate Montana Symposium Innovation Partnership P3 to PIII Newsletter September 2019

MTIP Receives FAST award


P3 to PIII Newsletter

Welcome to the P3 to PIII newsletter: timely news from MTIP to help you leverage public-private partnership (P3) opportunities through the SBIR/STTR programs and prepare you for Phase III commercialization success

MTIP receives 2020 FAST Grant! 

MTIP is pleased to announce that we have been awarded a $125,000 Federal and State Technology (FAST) Partnership Program grant to evolve our support for Montana’s technology-related businesses for the seventh time. The grant was awarded by the U.S. Small Business Administration for the 2020 year. Only 24 out of 50 states receive FAST funding after a competitive application that includes proposal review by the SBA, NASA, the Missile Defense Agency, U.S. Navy Office of Naval Research, and the NIH.

MSU’s TechLink Center collaborates to advance Montana’s innovation economy and stimulate economic development. The executive director of TechLink, Brett Cusker, comments that “FAST funding will help more Montana companies focused on high-risk technology successfully compete for important seed capital through the Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer programs.”

Montana’s most promising sector of the economy is small technology firms. Due to the scenic beauty and other amenities, Montana has attracted technology entrepreneurs and spawned numerous startup companies. One of the state’s challenges is growing the technology sector outside the traditional university hubs. MTIP is proud to be a part of this outreach noting that 27 Montana towns have had at lease one SBIR/STTR awardee to date.

Stay tuned this year as we expand services by rolling-out additional SBIR/STTR resources for Montana high-tech companies. This year we will:

  • Provide training, outreach, proposal development tools and expert technical assistance to Montana tech startups such as
    • a new workshop on preparing SBIR/STTR cost proposals
    • project management and proposal templates to jump-start proposal writing
    • more webinars/seminars with SBIR Program Managers
    • FAST Micro-Grants for small technology businesses working on SBIR/STTR proposals
  • Collaborate with other organizations in our mentor network to identify and engage with as many early-stage technology companies as possible through
    • support for accelerator, alliance and economic development partners
    • regional seminars across the state
    • live-stream workshops and recorded webinars to enable rural innovators and partner organizations to access our program content

Read more here.

Photo credit Hannah Olinger on Unsplash

Fall is the perfect time to plan for SBIR!

Preparing a winning SBIR/STTR proposal requires diligence, planning, team building, and thoughtful research about markets and agency requirements. We are happy to offer a Fall series of our Innovation Readiness workshops to help you learn how to research markets for disruptive early-stage technologies and then how to craft winning SBIR/STTR proposals that may lead to essential seed funding for your innovative tech business.

Register for our free fall training series today!
In these two-part workshops, offered in Bozeman and Missoula, we’ll dive in-depth into essential market research techniques and project management skills to prepare winning SBIR/STTR phase I and phase II proposals. Click below to learn more about each workshop and register for the location that works best for you. Space is limited so reserve your spot today!
Market Research for Early-stage Technologies with Ed Kase
Writing Winning SBIR/STTR Proposals with Jim Greenwood

Open solicitations

  • Department of Defense 19.3 (SBIR) and 19.C (STTR) broad agency announcement (BAA) is in pre-release now. This BAA opens on September 24, 2019 and full proposals are due by October 23, 2019. Note the following out of cycle and special topics:
    • Army 19.C STTR Special Topics
    • Air Force 19.3 SBIR Commercial Solutions Offering (CSO) Special Topics
    • DARPA out-of-cycle SBIR BAAs
    • Navy Technology Acceleration broad topics
  • Department of Energy release 1 SBIR/STTR Phase I funding announcement was released August 12. Letters of intent were due September 3, 2019. Full applications are due by October 15, 2019.  DOE release 2 SBIR/STTR Phase I topics will be released in November.
  • ARPA-E DE-FOA-0001954 Solicitation on Topics Informing New Program Areas SBIR/STTR closes December 19, 2019
  • NIH omnibus program announcement. If you did not submit your proposal for yesterday’s submission deadline, your next opportunity is January 5, 2020.
  • NIH Targeted funding announcements have varying release and due dates. Find a list of currently open program announcements and requests for applications here
  • NIH/CDC R&D Contract Solicitation PHS 2020-1 closes October 23, 2019. Read the full FOA and list of topics here.
  • NOAA expects to release its 2020 Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) this fall.
  • NSF current submission window is June 14, 2019 through December 12, 2019. For more information about the NSF Project Pitch required, visit
  • USDA – Phase I request for applications for fiscal years 2020 and 2021 was released July 25, 2019.  Close dates for each fiscal year are October 23, 2019 and October 1, 2020 respectively.

Reach out today to schedule time to work with one of our consultants!
Apply today for one of the few remaining 2019 FAST microgrants!

Webinar series for new SBIR/STTR Awardees

As many Montana SBIR/STTR awardees know, ensuring that you are complying with all government accounting pracitices is no small task. Jameson & Company is a national CPA firm with years of experience providing accounting services for federal contractors and grantees. They are offering a three-part series for new contractors and grantees starting Tuesday, September 10 at noon Mountain time. You can learn more about these webinars and register here.

If you are looking for a Montana based accountant with broad SBIR/STTR accounting expertise, contact Ann for more information.

Partner Spotlight:

Innovate Montana to host 2019 Symposium in Butte

Butte, Montana holds a hub of innovation and entrepreneurial spirit and is an ideal location for Innovate Montana’s 2019 symposium. Innovate Montana is a program from the Montana Governor’s Office of Economic Development to help tech companies start, grow, or move to Montana. From pairing entrepreneurs with mentors to planning advice, and even being a beacon of encouragement for businesses who decide to relocate to Montana, this organization is an amazing resource.

The Innovate Montana Symposium 2019 will take place this October 14-16 at the Copper King Hotel and Convention Center and we encourage you to go! This is their “flagship” event for investors, advisors, and entrepreneurs to connect. The focus of the symposium is growth through investment, new markets, and more. Speakers and panelists will talk about “actionable steps” for creating a sustainable company culture. Coming from exciting and impressive backgrounds are the three keynote speakers: Fritz Lanman, CEO of ClassPass, Padded Murphy, VP of Global Marketing at WeWork, and Deano Roberts, VP of Global Workplace at Slack.

Innovate Montana invites you to two days of “incredible speakers, captivating buzz sessions, and opportunities to network across all sectors.” Fritz will kickstart the event with an inspiring discussion on removing barriers to growth and then have a chat with Governor Steve Bullock. Day two of the symposium will be led by Padden and Deano sharing insight of their trades and the “entrepreneurial ecosystem in Montana.” To keep things fun and exciting there will be a giveaway modeled by the infamous TV show, Shark Tank. A panel of “sharks” will judge 5 lucky businesses willing to get on stage and sell their idea. Winner will take home $10,000 worth of prizes. Anyone can apply for free before September 20th.

To register for the Symposium click here.

For more about Innovate Montana visit

About MTIP P3 to PIII Newsletters
Each month we’ll focus on three types of information to help you grow your Montana technology-based business

  1. Education about SBIR terms, policies, agencies, and more
  2. Success stories and best practices of successful Montana-based and national SBIR companies
  3. Partner spotlight – announcements about our partners’ services or upcoming events

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To request services or apply for a 2019 FAST micro-grant, visit today!