Are you taking advantage of DTA?
by Brent Roeder
Many U.S. government agencies contract with a third party to provide commercialization services to small businesses with an active Phase I or Phase II SBIR award. However, many of these agencies will give you additional funding on your SBIR to select your own provider through an option called Discretionary Technical Assistance (DTA*).
DTA allows you to select your own provider, and add additional funding to your SBIR project to support commercialization activities, at no cost to your project. Here are several organizations that support this option.
|Agency||Phase I Amount||Phase II Amount|
|DoD (all except AF)||$5,000||$10,000|
We have found that DTA funds are best used to accelerate the transition of a small businesses' technology to a commercial product by identifying new applications and defining specific transition pathways and requirements. By building relationships with end users and system integrators, specific markets can be targeted and transition risks will be reduced.
* DoD: Discretionary Technical Assistance", DoE: "Discretionary Commercialization Assistance", NASA: "Commercialization Technical Assistance"