GTA contracted by EPA to provide grant proposal review services for the EPA’s SBIR program. As part of that contract commercialization review services will be provided on green building technologies. These are the next generation technologies that will change the way we all work, live and go about our daily lives.
With our new role supporting the NSF with their SBIR program, the GTA continues to provide expertise to an ever growing network of organizations, businesses and emerging technology firms. We will continue to provide front line assistance in evaluating market opportunities and commercialization positioning for organizations across the green, clean and sustainability sectors. Our comprehensive services help us connect those with needs with those that offer a solution, thereby accelerating the timeline of adoption for innovation and helping develop the technologies that will succeed in today’s globalized economy. — Michelle Naquin, Green Technology Alliance, Chief Executive Officer.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is one of 11 federal agencies that participates in the SBIR Program established by the Small Business Innovation Development Act of 1982. The purpose of this Act was to strengthen the role of small businesses in federally funded R&D and help develop a stronger national base for technical innovation. An SBIR small business is defined as a for-profit organization with no more than 500 employees. In addition, the small business must be independently owned and operated, at least 51 percent owned by U.S. citizens or lawfully admitted resident aliens, not dominant in the field of operation in which it is proposing, and have its principal place of business in the United States. Joint ventures and limited partnerships are eligible for SBIR awards, provided the entity created qualifies as a small business.
EPA issues annual solicitations for Phase I and Phase II research proposals from science and technology-based firms. Under Phase I, the scientific merit and technical feasibility of the proposed concept is investigated. EPA awards firm-fixed-price Phase I contracts of up to $70,000 for 6 months. Through this phased approach to SBIR funding, EPA can determine whether the research idea, often on high-risk advanced concepts, is technically feasible, whether the firm can do high-quality research, and whether sufficient progress has been made to justify a larger Phase II effort.
Phase II contracts are limited to small businesses that have successfully completed their Phase I contracts. The objective of Phase II is to develop and commercialize the Phase I technology. Competitive awards are based on the results of Phase I and the commercialization potential of the Phase II technology. In Phase II, EPA awards contracts of up to $225,000 for two years. EPA also offers up to $120,000 and one additional year as Phase II Options for firms with third party financing for accelerating commercialization or for technologies accepted into an EPA technology verification program.
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The primary mission of the Green Technology Alliance (GTA) (www.greentechnologyalliance.org) is to accelerate the adoption of green, clean and sustainable business practices, technologies and solutions. The Green Technology Alliance (GTA) is dedicated to helping individuals and organizations gain the necessary knowledge to understand the products, tools, methodologies and services that can help you better conserve resources, reduce costs, improve efficiencies and ultimately improve the bottom line.
Since 2006, the founders of the GTA have been developing and supporting an alliance of organizations in the green, clean and sustainable space. In early 2008, the GTA was launched to provide the support, resources and venues that build and grow both existing technologies and emerging technologies in the Green, Clean and Sustainability space. Simply put: The GTA helps build businesses that are green, sustainable and contribute to the economy.
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Heath P. Naquin