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Relevant News and Postings

This page has been designed to provide users with information about what projects FAST is currently working on and information posts that we push on a variety of topics. The program carries an information schedule of:

  • 1st of the Month – Newsletter
  • Every Monday – Blog posting about upcoming topics or news to be aware of
  • Every Friday – Scheduled Podcast where we discuss particular topic of interest regarding SBIR/STTR and the FAST program
  • Rotating – Check out our Facebook and Twitter for new Information

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FAST CASTS

These FAST CASTS are meant to be short and informative sessions, usually lasting 10 to 15 minutes, about topics relating to either FAST or SBIR/STTR. They are a mixture of video, audio, and sometimes both that should served as bite-size blocks to whet your appetites on finding out more about these particular topics. We hope these will be informative for people interested in the FAST program, or interested in putting together a SBIR/STTR submission, or other funding opportunities we find. If you have any particular topic areas that you would like to see covered, feel free to shoot us a message by clicking HERE!

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Blogs

January 19th, 2018

Hello again Inventors, Innovators, and Entrepreneurs. Welcome to another bi-weekly release of the latest NM FAST information.

The DoD SBIR/STTR submission window is getting smaller. We are less than three weeks away from the submission deadline. If you have not started on your proposal, now is your chance to act. We have both a Compliance Matrix and Checklist for this release to assist you in preparing your proposal package. Now would also be a great time to look at the DoD Sample Proposals and Cost Volume guidance from this Link. There are plenty of tools, resources, and assistance out there to help you put together your package. Simply let NM FAST staff know if you have any questions on getting started.

In other SBIR news, both the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) released their SBIR solicitations this week. DOT proposal submissions are due March 20, 2018, at 5:00 P.M. EST and NIST proposal submissions are due April 4, 2018, at 11:59 P.M. EST.

DOT has a lot of great topics related to improving the national highway system and travel infrastructure, including rail line and bridge inspection and monitoring. The solicitation, including sought topic areas, can be found at this Link. There will also be a pre-offer webinar on January 23, 2018, at 1:30 PM ET. Registration can be found Here.

NIST is looking for technologies in a wide range of applications, specializations, and focus areas, including Advanced Communication, Network Security, Advanced Manufacturing, and Cybersecurity. The solicitation, including sought topic areas, can be found at this Link. Any questions on this solicitation can be submitted via their online forum found Here.

NM FAST has a full line-up of informative SBIR/STTR workshops planned for spring and summer 2018, including a workshop focused on budgeting and compliance. Make sure you’re signed up for our monthly newsletter to stay up-to-date on workshop dates and locations! If you aren’t signed up already, you can sign up HERE!

As always, if you have a specific request or would like to learn more about a topic related to SBIR/STTR, let us know! We are here to assist you as you navigate the pre and post SBIR/STTR proposal preparation process. You can easily reach us via our contact page found HERE!

And again, we thank you for being a part of NM FAST and happy huntings on those awards.

Don’t forget to check out our Social Media pages Facebook Twitter Youtube SoundCloud for all our up-to-date information.


January 5th, 2018

Hello again Inventors, Innovators, and Entrepreneurs. Happy New Year to all our past, current, and future clients. We hope this year will bring SBIR/STTR success to all of you.

Our January Newsletter was just released and is packed full of current SBIR/STTR information. If you missed our December 13th DoD Innovation Summit, we featured a special highlight of the event in the newsletter. We captured a few hours’ worth of footage at the Summit, and are in the process of putting together a few video packages, highlighting panels, sessions, speakers, and even interviews with some of you! Look for a promo video to be released in the next few weeks.

Speaking of the DoD, the solicitation is set to open on the 8th of January. As a reminder, this will mean that DoD will start accepting submissions in response to their topic areas, and you can no longer have direct contact with topic authors. If you have any last minute questions now is the time to reach out. To see if you have an innovation that might fit their needs, you can view the SBIR topics HERE and the STTR topics HERE.

If you need any assistance in developing your DoD focused proposal let NM FAST staff know. We have compliance matrices and checklists available for many of the funding agencies, as well as knowledge on moving through the submission process.

In other SBIR news, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) will be releasing their SBIR/STTR Phase I solicitation on January 11th. Proposal submissions are due March 9, 2018, at 5:00 P.M. EST. NASA recently revamped their submission portal to make it easier to navigate and to offer context sensitive assistance to small businesses. There will be two upcoming webinars to train people on the new system and demonstrate the upgraded capabilities. The first webinar, a system demonstration, will be held on January 9th at 2:00 p.m. EST, and registration can be accessed here LINK. The second webinar, a system training, will be held on January 17th at 2:00 p.m. EST, and registration can be accessed here LINK.

NM FAST has a full line-up of informative SBIR/STTR workshops planned for spring and summer 2018, including a workshop focused on budgeting and compliance. Make sure you’re signed up for our monthly newsletter to stay up-to-date on workshop dates and locations. If you aren’t signed up already, you can sign up HERE!

As always, if you have a specific request or would like to learn more about a topic related to SBIR/STTR, let us know! We are here to assist you as you navigate the pre- and post-SBIR/STTR proposal preparation process. You can easily reach us via our contact page found HERE!

And again, we thank you for being a part of NM FAST and happy huntings on those awards.

Don’t forget to check out our Social Media pages Facebook Twitter Youtube SoundCloud for all our up-to-date information.


December 15th, 2017

Hello again Inventors, Innovators, and Entrepreneurs. This has been an exciting week for NM FAST.

Our December 13th DOD Innovation Summit was phenomenal. Nearly 150 attendees joined us from all over the nation to hear more about SBIR/STTR opportunities and the current Department of Navy topics that are in pre-release. Attendees heard an engaging keynote by Robert L. Smith, Director of the Navy SBIR/STTR program on why the SBIR/STTR programs are so important for the Navy, participated in panel sessions covering a variety of SBIR/STTR focused topics such as working with Research Institutions, take-aways from successful SBIR/STTR recipients, and management of your SBIR/STTR award, and heard from local economic development organizations on the services they offer to help your business grow. While these activities were going on, attendees were also having one-on-one sessions with Navy Program Managers to talk about their innovations and see where their technologies might fit within the Navy’s domain of interest.

After a brief lunch break, attendees then heard from six Navy representatives on the BAA SBIR/STTR topics that are currently in pre-release. The Navy reps discussed on a topic-by-topic basis, what the problem was that needed to be addressed, what a solution needed to attempt to do, and how this solution would impact the future of the Navy’s capabilities. Overall, the day was a huge success, and we hope the event was informative and the topics covered will help as attendees pursue SBIR/STTR opportunities in the future.

The slides from the day can be downloaded from this LINK.

As mentioned above, the DOD SBIR BAA 2018.1 and STTR BAA 2018.A are in pre-release. During the pre-release period, small businesses are encouraged to contact Topic Authors directly to learn more about their needs and the solutions they are looking for. This pre-release will close on January 8th, at which time the BAA will become “Open”, and submissions will be accepted. There are a number of interesting topics across all branches of the military this year. To see if you have an innovation that might fit their needs, you can view the SBIR topics HERE and the STTR topics HERE.

In other SBIR news, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has released their Phase I SBIR solicitation. Proposal submissions are due January 17th 2018, at 12:00 P.M. (noon) EST. Technical questions can be submitted through January 5th, 2018 at 12:00 P.M. (noon) EST. Questions should be limited to technical information related to a specific topic, and seek to improve an organization’s understanding of requirements. Any questions that seek advice or guidance on providing a solution will not be answered. Responses to valid questions will be posted as an amendment on FBO.gov, and the DHS SBIR site.

More information on this opportunity can be viewed HERE.

NM FAST has a full line-up of informative SBIR/STTR workshops planned for next spring and summer, including a workshop focused on budgeting and compliance. Make sure you’re signed up for our monthly newsletter to stay up-to-date on workshop dates and locations! If you aren’t signed up already, you can sign up HERE!

As always, if you have a specific request or would like to learn more about a topic related to SBIR/STTR, let us know! We are here to assist you as you navigate the pre and post SBIR/STTR proposal preparation process. You can easily reach us via our contact page found HERE!

And again, we thank you for being a part of NM FAST and happy huntings on those awards.

Don’t forget to check out our Social Media pages Facebook Twitter Youtube SoundCloud for all our up-to-date information.


November 17th, 2017

Hello again Inventors, Innovators, and Entrepreneurs. This week we have a few announcements from NM FAST.

On November 8th, NM FAST hosted an introductory SBIR/STTR workshop at the Santa Fe Business Incubator in Santa Fe, NM. NM FAST advisor Wish Krishnamoorthy facilitated the workshop and answered questions attendees had on the application process. If you are interested in the content of this workshop, check out the YouTube recording HERE!

NM FAST has a full line-up of informative SBIR/STTR workshops planned for next spring and summer, including a workshop focused on budgeting and compliance. Make sure you’re signed up for our monthly newsletter to stay up-to-date on workshop dates and locations! If you aren’t signed up already, you can sign up HERE!

Are you registered for NM FAST’s DoD Navy SBIR/STTR Innovation Summit? You won’t want to miss this exclusive opportunity to privately meet with Navy SBIR program managers to discuss how your technology or innovation meets their needs. The event will also feature exciting panels and an overview of the upcoming DoD NAVSEA SBIR/STTR topics, which release later this month. For more information, visit the website HERE! .

In other news, the U.S. House passed a bill this week that will positively impact the SBIR and STTR programs. H.R. 2763 will extend assistance for administrative costs for five more years, translating to continued outreach initiatives across agencies (e.g. the SBIR Road Tour). The bill will also support things like the Phase 0 program, which will be extended to NSF, NASA and DOE; improvements to business assistance; extension of phase flexibility; making the Civilian Agency Commercialization Readiness Program permanent; and more. To read a more thorough summary of this legislation, please go HERE! .

As always, if you have a specific request or would like to learn more about a topic related to SBIR/STTR, let us know! We are here to assist you as you navigate the pre and post SBIR/STTR proposal preparation process. You can easily reach us via our contact page found HERE!

And again, we thank you for being a part of NM FAST and happy huntings on those awards.

Don’t forget to check out our Social Media pages Facebook Twitter Youtube SoundCloud for all our up-to-date information.


November 3rd, 2017

Hello again Inventors, Innovators, and Entrepreneurs.

Our next workshop, scheduled for November 8th at the Santa Fe Business Incubator, is only a few days away. Don’t miss your chance to hear overviews of the SBIR/STTR programs, the SBIR/STTR proposal process, the NM FAST program, and other resources available to New Mexico innovators and entrepreneurs. Don’t miss out on this exciting opportunity, and register today on our Eventbrite. Again, the workshop will be livestreamed in case you are not able to attend in person. That link is available on our Eventbrite page, and will go live 10 minutes before the workshop starts.

As a reminder, the NSF SBIR Phase I solicitation closes on December 4th. More information about this opportunity can be found at the Amercia’s Seed Fund site.

Are you registered for NM FAST’s DoD Navy SBIR/STTR Innovation Summit? You won’t want to miss this exclusive opportunity to privately meet with Navy SBIR program managers to discuss how your technology or innovation meets their needs. The event will also feature exciting panels and an overview of the upcoming DoD NAVSEA SBIR/STTR topics, which release later this month. For more information, visit the website HERE!

Just like your favorite drive time DJs, we also always take requests for topics you want to hear covered, or more information you need to succeed in your SBIR/STTR proposals. You can easily reach us via our contact page found HERE!

As always, if you have not done so already, remember to sign up to our Monthly Newsletter found HERE!

And again, we thank you for being a part of NM FAST and happy huntings on those awards.

Don’t forget to check out our Social Media pages Facebook Twitter Youtube SoundCloud for all our up-to-date information.


October 20th, 2017

Hello again Inventors, Innovators, and Entrepreneurs.

Our next workshop, scheduled for November 8th at the Santa Fe Business Incubator, is rapidly approaching. This workshop will featured overviews of the SBIR/STTR programs, the SBIR/STTR proposal process, the NM FAST program, and other resources available to New Mexico innovators and entrepreneurs. This will also be the first workshop hosted by our new NM FAST advisor, Wish Krishnamoorthy, CEO of Qynergy in Albuquerque. Don’t miss out on this exciting opportunity, and register today on our Eventbrite. Again, the workshop will be livestreamed in case you are not able to attend in person. That link is available on our Eventbrite page, and will go live 10 minutes before the workshop starts.

As a reminder, the NSF SBIR Phase I solicitation closes on December 4th. More information about this opportunity can be found at the Amercia’s Seed Fund site.

As noted last time, the DOD SBIR 2017.3 and STTR 2017.C BAA solicitations are open and accepting proposals You only have a few days left to finish off your proposal package and get it submitted before the close date of October 25th. More information can be found at the DOD SBIR/STTR Webportal!.

The DOE FY17 SBIR Phase I Release I FOA has finally been released. Letters of Intent (LOI) are due on October 30th. If you are looking to submit a proposal package on the close date of December 4th, you need to have an LOI submitted beforehand. DOE does not accept SBIR proposals without a prior submitted LOI. More information can be found at the DOE site.

Just like your favorite drive time DJs, we also always take requests for topics you want to hear covered, or more information you need to succeed in your SBIR/STTR proposals. You can easily reach us via our contact page found HERE!

As always, if you have not done so already, remember to sign up to our Monthly Newsletter found HERE!

And again, we thank you for being a part of NM FAST and happy huntings on those awards.

Don’t forget to check out our Social Media pages Facebook Twitter Youtube SoundCloud for all our up-to-date information.


October 6th, 2017

Hello again Inventors, Innovators, and Entrepreneurs.

We are one month away from our next workshop, scheduled for November 8th at the Santa Fe Business Incubator. This workshop will featured overviews of the SBIR/STTR programs, the SBIR/STTR proposal process, the NM FAST program, and other resources available to New Mexico innovators and entrepreneurs. This will also be the first workshop hosted by our new NM FAST advisor, Wish Krishnamoorthy, CEO of Qynergy in Albuquerque. Registration for the workshop is live on ourEventbrite. We will also be livestreaming the workshop in case you are not able to attend in person. Look for the link on our Eventbrite page as well.

With the USDA SBIR Phase I solicitation now closed, there are a number of dates to add to your calendar. As a reminder, the NSF SBIR Phase I solicitation closes on December 4th. More information about this opportunity can be found at the Amercia’s Seed Fund site.

The DOD SBIR 2017.3 and STTR 2017.C BAA solicitations are now fully open and accepting proposals. These programs will close on October 25th, so mark your calendars. More information can be found at the DOD SBIR/STTR Webportal!.

The DOE FY17 SBIR Phase I Release I continues to be delayed. Though their topics have been issued, the FOA has not been released. As soon as we know more about their protracted schedule we will let everyone know. Of course, this will possibly impact the FY17 SBIR Phase I Release 2 as well. Stay tuned to our social media pages for more information.

Just like your favorite drive time DJs, we also always take requests for topics you want to hear covered, or more information you need to succeed in your SBIR/STTR proposals. You can easily reach us via our contact page found HERE!

As always, if you have not done so already, remember to sign up to our Monthly Newsletter found HERE!

And again, we thank you for being a part of NM FAST and happy huntings on those awards.

Don’t forget to check out our Social Media pages Facebook Twitter Youtube SoundCloud for all our up-to-date information.


September 22nd, 2017

Hello again Inventors, Innovators, and Entrepreneurs.

Fall is a busy time for the SBIR/STTR programs and the NM FAST team. NSF released their solicitation for their next round of SBIR/STTR funding, which is due December 4th. To help prepare applicants for this deadline, they are hosting webinars on the SBIR/STTR programs and the NSF mission under these programs. The webinars are a great source of information if you think your idea aligns with NSF’s mission of advancing science and research. More information can be found on our “>Facebook page.

The EPA is holding a webinar on September 28th to discuss their upcoming SBIR release. This informational webinar will feature information on the upcoming 2017-2018 SBIR Phase I solicitation; the federal SBIR Program and EPA’s SBIR Program; how to apply via FedConnect; administrative, submission, eligibility and peer review concerns; frequently asked questions; and a Q&A session with EPA SBIR program experts following the presentation. This should be an information dense webinar packed with information about their version of the SBIR program. More information can be found on our “>Facebook page.

The DOE FY17 SBIR Phase I Release I continues to be delayed. Though their topics have been issued, the FOA has not been released. As soon as we know more about their protracted schedule we will let everyone know.

The deadline for the USDA SBIR Phase I solicitation is rapidly approaching, so if you are submitting this year, make sure you have October 5th marked on your calendars.

Just like your favorite drive time DJs, we also always take requests for topics you want to hear covered, or more information you need to succeed in your SBIR/STTR proposals. You can easily reach us via our contact page found HERE!

As always, if you have not done so already, remember to sign up to our Monthly Newsletter found HERE!

And again, we thank you for being a part of NM FAST and happy huntings on those awards.

Don’t forget to check out our Social Media pages Facebook Twitter Youtube SoundCloud for all our up-to-date information.


September 22nd, 2017

Hello again Inventors, Innovators, and Entrepreneurs.

Fall is a busy time for the SBIR/STTR programs and the NM FAST team. NSF released their solicitation for their next round of SBIR/STTR funding, which is due December 4th. To help prepare applicants for this deadline, they are hosting webinars on the SBIR/STTR programs and the NSF mission under these programs. The webinars are a great source of information if you think your idea aligns with NSF’s mission of advancing science and research. More information can be found on our “>Facebook page.

The EPA is holding a webinar on September 28th to discuss their upcoming SBIR release. This informational webinar will feature information on the upcoming 2017-2018 SBIR Phase I solicitation; the federal SBIR Program and EPA’s SBIR Program; how to apply via FedConnect; administrative, submission, eligibility and peer review concerns; frequently asked questions; and a Q&A session with EPA SBIR program experts following the presentation. This should be an information dense webinar packed with information about their version of the SBIR program. More information can be found on our “>Facebook page.

The DOE FY17 SBIR Phase I Release I continues to be delayed. Though their topics have been issued, the FOA has not been released. As soon as we know more about their protracted schedule we will let everyone know.

The deadline for the USDA SBIR Phase I solicitation is rapidly approaching, so if you are submitting this year, make sure you have October 5th marked on your calendars.

Just like your favorite drive time DJs, we also always take requests for topics you want to hear covered, or more information you need to succeed in your SBIR/STTR proposals. You can easily reach us via our contact page found HERE!

As always, if you have not done so already, remember to sign up to our Monthly Newsletter found HERE!

And again, we thank you for being a part of NM FAST and happy huntings on those awards.

Don’t forget to check out our Social Media pages Facebook Twitter Youtube SoundCloud for all our up-to-date information.


September 8th, 2017

Hello again Inventors, Innovators, and Entrepreneurs.

There is a lot happening in the SBIR/STTR world this week. HHS SBIR opportunities have just closed. To anyone that made the deadline with their submission we are rooting for you. Additionally, the pre-release for DoD SBIR 17.3 and the STTR 17.C Broad Agency Announcements has been released. This is a perfect time to look through the solicitation and see if you have any questions about the topic areas that are included. As a reminder, during pre-release, you can talk directly with topic authors to make sure your idea aligns with their needs. After the BAA moves into the Open phase, you will have to submit any questions through the DOD SBIR/STTR site. Don’t miss this window of opportunity.

Early bird registration for the 19th Annual HHS SBIR/STTR Conference ends September 28, 2017. If you are working on healthcare related innovations, and want to move towards a SBIR/STTR in the future, this is a great conference to attend. This year, the conference is in Milwaukee from November 7 – 9, 2017, and is targeted towards biomedical entrepreneurs, principal investigators, grants and contracts administrators, and industry partners and investors.

As a reminder, this year’s SBIR/STTR Innovation Summit will take place October 3-5 at the Tampa Convention Center in Tampa, Florida. Attendees will learn from and network with SBIR/STTR leaders and program experts on how to gain access to the $2.5 billion of non-dilutive annual capital, the largest early stage seed funding in the world. The NM FAST team will not be attending this year, but it is a great conference for anyone that wants more information about the SBIR/STTR programs or is interested in arranging one-on-one meetings with agency representatives.

Just like your favorite drive time DJs, we also always take requests for topics you want to hear covered, or more information you need to succeed in your SBIR/STTR proposals. You can easily reach us via our contact page found HERE!

We are planning our workshop rollout for next year, and are looking at some key communities to present at. If you have any suggestions of where you would like NM FAST to hold a SBIR/STTR workshop next, please contact us and let us know.

As always, if you have not done so already, remember to sign up to our Monthly Newsletter found HERE!

And again, we thank you for being a part of NM FAST and happy huntings on those awards.

Don’t forget to check out our Social Media pages Facebook Twitter Youtube SoundCloud for all our up-to-date information.


August 25th, 2017

Hello again Inventors, Innovators, and Entrepreneurs.

We have some very exciting news this week. NM FAST is excited to announce that we will be hosting a large DoD Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) and Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) SBIR Innovation Summit December 13, 2017 at the Albuquerque Convention Center! The event will feature speakers, panels, and private on-on-one sessions with Navy SBIR program directors, who will be presenting on their upcoming SBIR/STTR topics. We want to develop this event into a full day workshop for attendees, so stay tuned as we finalize that information.

Our Farmington workshop went off without a hitch, and we want to thank our partners again for all the effort they put in. Our outside presenters did a great job in building the fervor for their programs, and we would like to see more small businesses take advantage of all they have to offer. If you managed to miss the event, stay tuned to our > Youtube channel in the future to watch the recording.

Just like your favorite drive time DJs, we also always take requests for topics you want to hear covered, or more information you need to succeed in your SBIR/STTR proposals. You can easily reach us via our contact page found HERE!

As always, if you have not done so already, remember to sign up to our Monthly Newsletter found HERE!

And again, we thank you for being a part of NM FAST and happy huntings on those awards.

Don’t forget to check out our Social Media pages Facebook Twitter Youtube SoundCloud for all our up-to-date information.


August 11th, 2017
Hello again Inventors, Innovators, and Entrepreneurs. This week we have a few announcements from NM FAST.

On August 23rd, we will be hosting a workshop in Farmington at San Juan College on SBIR/STTR opportunities, particularly for NSF and USDA. This is going to be a longer workshop, as we will also have presentations from NAIPIC, Accion, and AUSC to speak about their programs for small business assistance and development. We are recording this event and plan to have the video out shortly after the workshop.

NIH is hosting a few webinars in the next two weeks, one on their SBIR program, and one on their Commercialization Accelerator Program (CAP). If you have been awarded an SBIR/STTR through NIH recently, and you need to develop your commercialization plan, you will definitely want to apply for the CAP. More details on both of these items can be found on our Facebook page.

With our transition into our third year of funding, we are putting a temporary hold on our FAST CASTs so that we can design a better foundation. We will start recording again this fall, so look forward to more information as we close in on October 1st.

Just like your favorite drive time DJs, we also always take requests for topics you want to hear covered, or more information you need to succeed in your SBIR/STTR proposals. You can easily reach us via our contact page found HERE!

As always, if you have not done so already, remember to sign up to our Monthly Newsletter found HERE!

And again, we thank you for being a part of NM FAST and happy huntings on those awards.

Don’t forget to check out our Social Media pages Facebook Twitter Youtube SoundCloud for all our up-to-date information.


July 28, 2017

Hello again Inventors, Innovators, and Entrepreneurs. This week we have some great information to share with everyone.

This week we published a number of recordings discussing different funding agencies and their SBIR/STTR funding opportunities. Del Mackey recorded information about the agencies, their research priorities, and specific tips and tricks for each to maximize the potential of a successful SBIR/STTR submission. So, head over to our Youtube channel or our SoundCloud to hear about the National Institute of Health (NIH), United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), and the Department of Energy (DOE).

Just like your favorite drive time DJs, we also always take requests for topics you would like more information on, or any other tips you need to succeed while preparing your SBIR/STTR proposal package. You can easily reach us via our contact page found HERE!

We also have several workshops planned in Farmington, Las Vegas, and Albuquerque where you can learn more about the SBIR/STTR process. The Farmington workshop will focus on funding opportunities through USDA, and we have invited partner organizations like the Navajo Tech Innovation Center, Independent Platform, and the Autonomous and Unmanned Systems Cluster to provide a more holistic approach to funding opportunities for your business. Check out our Facebook page for more information on the dates and times for these events. We will continue to provide informational workshops across NM into the fall – be on the lookout for events in Carlsbad and Roswell later this year.

As always, if you have not done so already, remember to sign up to our Monthly Newsletter found HERE!

And again, we thank you for being a part of NM FAST and happy hunting on those awards.

Don’t forget to check out our Social Media pages Facebook Twitter Youtube SoundCloud for all our up-to-date information.


June 7th, 2017

Hello again Inventors, Innovators, and Entrepreneurs. This week we had some great things happening from NM FAST. On Tuesday we hosted our NIH-focused SBIR/STTR workshop. We want to thank Dr. J.P. Kim from NIH again for being a part of this workshop and providing some great information to our participants. We also had a few people take up the opportunity to have a one-on-one session with J.P. to talk about their ideas and innovations – hopefully those will turn into funded projects for those participants. After that, Del Mackey talked at length about the NM FAST program, and focused on some helpful hints and guidance for putting your proposal package together, with a particular focus on what NIH requires. The session was recorded, and the video should be available sometime next week, depending on the editing process.

We had a bit of an issue getting our uploads working the past two weeks, so we are publishing all of the content at once this Friday. In the batch, we have Todd Bisio talking about some tips and tricks for putting together your SBIR/STTR packages, Del Mackey talking about some upcoming changes to the FAST CAST and resource pages, and a CAST talking about the future of NM FAST. Next week, our CAST will focus on what NM FAST actually does. In the process of doing our CASTs, we realized that though we talk about the NM FAST program at length, we never explicitly go into the activities that NM FAST is funded to do and the activities we are not funded to do. As the SBIR/STTR summer ramps up and more solicitations drop, this is some handy information to have. This CAST is also of note as it will mark the transition from our regular program schedule to the new Macro and Micro CASTs. If you are wondering what a Macro and Micro CAST is, you will have to watch the video Friday!

Just like your favorite drive time DJs, we also always take requests for topics you want to hear covered, or more information you need to succeed in your SBIR/STTR proposals. You can easily reach us via our contact page found HERE!

We have some workshops coming up that are still in their planning stages, so stay tuned for more information as those solidify. We are looking at Carlsbad, Roswell, and the Gallup area, so if you are in those regions, get your calendars ready.

As always, if you have not done so already, remember to sign up to our Monthly Newsletter found HERE!

And again, we thank you for being a part of NM FAST and happy huntings on those awards.

Don’t forget to check out our Social Media pages Facebook Twitter Youtube SoundCloud for all our up-to-date information.


May 22nd 2017

Hello again Inventors, Innovators, and Entrepreneurs. We have quite a bit in store for you over the next few weeks.

This week’s FAST CAST features Todd Bisio talking about the FAST program, SBIR/STTR submissions and packages, and some best practices for putting together dynamic proposals. Todd will also be joining us on next week’s CAST to talk about his personal experiences in putting together SBIR/STTR proposals and some key discriminators to watch out for. This marks the first CAST where other NM FAST staff have come in to talk about their takes on what we do and why we do it. We will be featuring more of these in the future, so stay tuned to hear from all of the NM FAST team in the coming months.

As mentioned before, our FAST CAST format will change slightly in the future, ensuring we always feature the most relevant information you need to excel in putting together your proposal. We are working on the first CAST to kick off this dynamic shift, and expect to release it the first week of June. In this CAST, we will explain the impetus behind this change, and what our audience can expect as we move forward with the CASTs. Stay tuned for more details on further initiatives in this area. Just like your favorite drive time DJs, we also take requests for topics you want to hear covered, or more information you need to succeed in your SBIR/STTR proposals. You can easily reach us via our contact page found HERE!

The summer is really heating up for the SBIR/STTR programs. As we mentioned before, the SBIR Road Tour is happening right now with future dates focusing on the Midwest and California regions. The National SBIR Conference just transpired May 15th through 17th, and NM FAST staff were on hand along with some of our participant small businesses. Their experiences will be featured in a video package we will put out next month to talk about what attending the national conference did for the future of their proposal packages. The Department of Defense has fully opened their announcement for SBIR 17.2 and STTR 17.B and can be found at this link. There are some really interesting topics in these releases, so make sure to peruse them to see if your technology or innovation is a fit. Also, the deadline for submitting to the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences is fast approaching for their open SBIR and STTR topics. Visit this link to see if you technology or innovation is a fit for their funding priorities.

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And again, we thank you for being a part of NM FAST and happy huntings on those awards.


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May 1st, 2017

Hello again Inventors, Innovators, and Entrepreneurs.

This week we have a couple of great pieces of content for you. CAST 5 and 6 are both edited and ready for release, and will be published at the same time. CAST 5 delves into finding an applicable topic area for your innovation. For this CAST, we focused on where to go to find what topic areas currently have open solicitations, what resources exist for helping you narrow down what topic area would be the best fit for your innovative idea, and how topic areas are recycled by federal funding agencies, if they get recycled at all. CAST 6 starts a series on navigating proposal package requirements, creating required documentation in your proposal, and some best practices to ensure you create the best proposal package possible. This first CAST in the series focuses on some of the typical requirements for SBIR/STTR packages and the critical requirements to be aware of when deciding to respond to a SBIR/STTR solicitation. Further portions of this series will start to break down the entire proposal into bite size chunks and will feature differences in requirements between the funding agencies. To tackle this informative and important series, we have multiple presenters discuss their experiences in putting together proposals and what are some of their best practices and key takeaways. Look for the evolution of this series to unfurl in the coming weeks and months.

Last Tuesday FAST team member Del Mackey gave a talk at the Clovis Community College on Funding Your Innovative Idea. Covered topics included information about the NM FAST, the SBIR/STTR programs, and other small business development and proposal assistance through FAST partner organizations. The workshop was recorded and the video is live on our YouTube channel, but a direct link can be found HERE!

Just like your favorite drive time DJs, we also always take requests for topics you want to hear covered, or more information you need to succeed in your SBIR/STTR proposals. You can easily reach us via our contact page found HERE!

Our next workshop will be focused on SBIR opportunities from the National Institute of Health, and will feature NIH SBIR Program Manager John Kim. This workshop will be held at the Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine in Las Cruces on June 6th, will cover NIH SBIR funding, an in-depth look at putting together your dynamic proposal package and opportunities for one-on-one session with NIH Program Manager John Kim. This should prove to be an action-packed seminar that will keep you engaged. More information on that event will be forthcoming, but you can keep an eye on our Events page found HERE! to stay up to date as new information is released.

As always, if you have not done so already, remember to sign up to our Monthly Newsletter found HERE!

And again, we thank you for being a part of NM FAST and happy huntings on those awards.

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April 17th 2017

Hello again Inventors, Innovators, and Entrepreneurs and we hope you all had a wonderful Easter holiday.

This week we look at where to find information about topic areas under the SBIR and STTR programs, some best usages of the resources available for finding applicable topic areas for your innovation, and what resources are available to provide a bit more guidance in going through the topic areas that exist across federal funding agencies. This can be a bit overwhelming in the information dump department, so feel free to go to the Resources section of our website to find out more information, see what tools are available, and receive more guidance.

We have also started working on our next podcast. This CAST will focus on how to start the process of going through SBIR/STTR proposal packages from the different federal funding agencies. The first CAST in this series takes a quick look at some of the commonalities in a typical proposal package between the different agencies and what sections have the most overlap so you can have those on hand for each submission. Just like your favorite drive time DJs, we also always take requests for topics you want to hear covered, or more information you need to succeed in your SBIR/STTR proposals. You can easily reach us via our contact page found HERE!

Also up on deck, we have a workshop coming up in Clovis on Tuesday the 25th for you to learn more about funding your innovative idea and about some of the NM FAST partner programs that help find other ways to fund innovations. NM FAST staff will also be at the National SBIR Conference in Washington D.C. at the beginning of May, and there are currently applications open to have the program sponsor your registration if you will be traveling to that conference. Find out more at our Google Form located HERE!. Stay tuned for more details on our schedule at the conference if you would like to sit down and talk with us. We plan to have a heavy workshop schedule this summer to keep everyone across New Mexico up to speed and winning awards.

As always, if you have not done so already, remember to sign up to our Monthly Newsletter found HERE!
And again, we thank you for being a part of NM FAST and happy huntings on those awards.

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April 10th 2017

Hello again Inventors, Innovators, and Entrepreneurs. This week we will be taking a look at how to find an applicable topic area for your SBIR/STTR package. Navigating through the SBIR.gov site, FBO.gov, Grants.gov, and the agency sites where SIBR/STTR topic areas can be a bit burdensome, so this CAST will definitely be packed with information. We will also be highlighting specific topic areas in a companion video on our YouTube channel where we can do a bit more in-depth exploration and showcasing. Tune in for that CAST to get the scoop on all that information.

We have also started the work for our next podcast, which will focus on what a typical SBIR/STTR proposal looks like. This CAST will be a multi-part CAST, as almost all SBIR/STTR funding agencies feature variations in their SBIR/STTR proposal package and process. After this we will be focusing on individual funding agencies, exploring their typical topic areas in much greater depth, and starting the process of putting together templates and compliance matrices to help ease the process of small businesses putting together their packages. Just like your favorite drive time DJs, we also always take requests for topics you want to hear covered, or more information you need to succeed in your SBIR/STTR proposals. You can easily reach us via our contact page found HERE!

Also up on deck is a workshop in Clovis towards the end of the month where you can learn more about finding funding for innovations. You can learn more and register for the workshop HERE! This workshop will not only talk about FAST and SBIR/STTR, but will include some other funding mechanisms that are out there to help you either get ready for a SBIR/STTR submission, or to move your Phase I to Phase II readiness. We plan to have a heavy workshop schedule this summer to keep everyone across New Mexico up to speed and winning awards.

As always, if you have not done so already, remember to sign up to our Monthly Newsletter found HERE!

And again, we thank you for being a part of NM FAST and happy huntings on those awards.

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April 2nd 2017

Hello again Inventors, Innovators, and Entrepreneurs. This week we take a look at the phases of the SBIR/STTR programs and the differences between grants and contracts as it pertains to Federal Funding. As with every topic before, there are slight differences in the Phases and number of Phases between each funding agency. Tune in for that CAST to get the scoop on all that information.

We have also started the work for our next podcast, which will focus on finding applicable SBIR topics and how to approach your proposal process. As we start to delve more in the “meat” of the proposal process, we will be looking to make the CASTs a bit shorter, since some of it can be an overwhelming amount of information. Additionally, we are exploring doing companion pieces for the CASTs, where we do a complete video walkthrough of some of the SBIR sites and registrations processes. These will be very focused on the exact process for getting through some of those online submissions, such as SBC Control ID and DUNS. Just like your favorite drive time DJs, we also always take requests for topics you want to hear covered, or more information you need to succeed in your SBIR/STTR proposals. You can easily reach us via our contact page found HERE!

Also up on deck, we have a workshop coming up in Clovis towards the end of the month for you to learn more about how to finding funding for innovations. This workshop will not only talk about FAST and SBIR/STTR, but will include some other funding mechanisms that are out there to help you either get ready for a SBIR/STTR submission, or to move your Phase I to Phase II readiness. We plan to have a heavy workshop schedule this summer to keep everyone across New Mexico up to speed and winning awards.

As always, if you have not done so already, remember to sign up to our Monthly Newsletter found HERE!

And again, we thank you for being a part of NM FAST and happy huntings on those awards.

Don’t forget to check out our Social Media pages Facebook Twitter Youtube SoundCloud for all our up-to-date information.


March 27th 2017

Hello again Inventors, Innovators, and Entrepreneurs. This week’s FAST CAST explains what the STTR program is, the goals of the program, who participates in the program, and who is eligible for funding under the program. It is a bit more information dense than last week’s, as there is a lot going on under the hood for the STTR program and there are some key differences between the two programs. We will be following it up in future CASTs that focus on each funding agency and what makes their SBIR/STTR proposal submission different from their compatriots.

We have also started working on our next podcast, which will be recorded on the 30th and published on April 7th. This CAST will focus more on the mechanics of the SBIR/STTR programs by talking about the phases of these programs, why they make sense from a business standpoint, and the differences between a contract and a grant under these funding vehicles. This will also mark the transition where we go from talking broadly about the programs to diving into the nitty-gritty of each program. Hopefully these CASTs will make it easier for you to put together your proposals for submission. Stay tuned for more details on further initiatives in this area. Just like your favorite drive time DJs, we also take requests for topics you want to hear covered, or more information you need to succeed in your SBIR/STTR proposals. You can easily reach us via our contact page found HERE!

The SBA is kicking off the National SBIR Road Tour again this May, with one of the first stops being Phoenix, Arizona. Their plan is to focus on four geographical regions scattered across the United States where they will invite Innovators, Entrepreneurs, Researchers, and Small Technology Firms to get more information on the SBIR program and better guidance for developing and submitting their proposals. It should be information packed and there will be the opportunity to sit down one-on-one with a Program Manager. There are some interesting SBIR panels and conferences coming up in the near future that will be a valuable resource for our small business community. If any of the conferences or workshops featured in our newsletter seem interesting, we always recommend giving them a try. Hopefully you can get as much value out of these events as we did.

As always, if you have not done so already, remember to sign up to our Monthly Newsletter found HERE!
And again, we thank you for being a part of NM FAST and happy huntings on those awards.


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March 20th 2017

Hello again Inventors, Innovators, and Entrepreneurs. This week’s FAST CAST explains what the SBIR program is, the goals of the program, who participates in the program, and who is eligible for funding under the program. It is pretty information dense as there is a lot going on under the hood for the SBIR program. We will be following it up in future CASTs that focus on each funding agency and what makes their SBIR proposal submission different from their compatriots.

We have also started working on our next podcast, which will be recorded on the 23rd and published on the 31st. This CAST will focus on the STTR program and what the differences are between the SBIR and STTR programs. This is a great resource if you know of innovations from educational or research institutions that are available for technology transfer programs. For example, New Mexico State University has a technology transfer program that is managed by Arrowhead Center – look for a future CAST about how that program works. We are also planning to have NMSU faculty in to talk about the R&D work they are doing that could lead to future STTR opportunities. Stay tuned for more details on both of these initiatives. Just like your favorite drive time DJs, we also take requests for topics you want to hear covered, or more information you need to succeed in your SBIR/STTR proposals. You can easily reach us via our contact page found HERE!

There are some interesting SBIR panels and conferences coming up in the near future that will be a valuable resource for our small business community. The NM FAST team was able to attend one of the regional SBIR/STTR conferences in 2016 and it was a great way to find out more about the funding priorities that different agencies have, and the importance they put on specific areas of their proposals. If any of the conferences featured in our newsletter seem interesting, we always recommend giving them a try. Hopefully you can get as much value out of these events as we did.

As always, if you have not done so already, remember to sign up to our Monthly Newsletter found HERE!

And again, we thank you for being a part of NM FAST and happy huntings on those awards.


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March 13, 2017

Hello again Inventors, Innovators, and Entrepreneurs. This week we have some very exciting news to share. Our first podcast has been recorded and is currently going through editing. The process should be finished up on time for our scheduled Friday postings, so tune back in then to hear Paul Furth, NM FAST Technical Advisor, give you an introduction into the FAST program itself, and a brief overview on who the NM FAST program is and what we focus on. It should be an exciting and lively five minutes of both audio and video. (Some FAST staff even sacrificed the shirt of their back to get this process started.)

We have also started the work for our next podcast, which will be recorded on the 16th and published on the 24th. This CAST will focus on what the SBIR program actually is and who participates in the program. In the coming weeks we will start to move beyond the basic information about us and the SBIR/STTR program and provide specific highlights for various funding agencies and possibly even technologies that exist at the Arrowhead Center or New Mexico State University that may be eligible for the Technology Transfer portion of the STTR. Just like your favorite drive time DJs, we also always take requests for topics you want to hear covered, or more information you need to succeed in your SBIR/STTR proposals. You can easily reach us via our contact page found HERE!

Also up on deck, we have workshops coming up in Taos, Carlsbad, and Clovis for you to learn more about how to fund your innovation, or even how to take your technology to the next level and reach those next market steps. We plan to have a heavy workshop schedule this summer to keep everyone across New Mexico up to speed and winning awards.

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March 6, 2017

Hello FAST participants and information seekers. This is our inaugural blog posting where we will take time each week to push out information to you about the FAST program, SBIR/STTR opportunities, information on our Resource Partners, and anything else that might be of note to all those interesting in seeking governmental funding to bring their product to the market. If you haven’t yet done so, we highly recommend you sign up for our Monthly Newsletter found HERE!. This will make sure you get information each month about our upcoming workshops, other workshops on SBIR/STTR opportunities from the various agencies, and the knowledge you need to get out there and start winning awards. If you ever have any questions for us or want to find out more about the program never hesitate to send us an email from our Contact Us page. Keep a watch on this space weekly for more information and new updates. Thanks again for being a part of FAST, and happy huntings on those opportunities and awards.

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