The ACSA Model
Putting together a strong STTR proposal takes time. Drawing on the resources and expertise of NM FAST – Arrowhead Center’s SBIR/STTR assistance program – ACSA provides a guided, structured track of support, from registration to submission. Throughout this multi-week program, participants will receive guidance on areas such as selecting the most relevant topic area, partnering with a Research Institution, preparing an accurate budget, and how to create a strong proposal package. Each week will focus on a different aspect of proposal preparation and creation.
Weekly, participants can expect to:
- Attend a virtual meeting
- Complete “assignments” to help them develop a strong proposal package in the future
- Receive feedback, guidance, and support from NM FAST
For this cohort, the ACSA program will focus on providing participants with general knowledge for addressing needs, writing technically, and determining cost drivers. This 6-week course will provide an introduction into why the STTR program is relevant for small businesses and the value that this program can bring in transferring and transitioning technologies out of research labs and into the commercial market.
Through the ACSA program, you’ll receive targeted support on the following areas of proposal development:
- Diagramming your idea
- Technical writing
- Cost driver identification for budget creation
- Partnering with a Research Institution
We are looking for small businesses working on innovative ideas in New Mexico, or researchers at a Research Institution who would like to fund technology development through the STTR program.
STTR Program Eligibility:
- Having 500 or fewer employees;
- Independently owned and operated, and organized for profit;
- Principal place of business in the U.S.;
- At least 51% owned by U.S. citizens or lawfully admitted permanent resident aliens;
- All work must be performed within the U.S.;
- The Principal Investigator (PI) must spend more than one-half of their time employed by the proposing firm or Research Institute (RI) for any agency (the National Science Foundation (NSF) is an exception); and,
- Have a minimum of 40% of the research work performed by the proposing firm and a minimum of 30% of the research work performed by the RI in Phase I.
To participate in ACSA, additional requirements must be met:
- The business or researcher must be working on an idea that aligns with federal agency definitions of “innovative”;
- Must be a New Mexico based small business; and
- Business cannot have won a SBIR/STTR from any agencies in the past two years.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does ACSA cost?
There is no cost to participate in ACSA. You do, however, have to be working on a STTR “ready” technology.
What is the time commitment for participation?
ACSA doesn’t add too much additional time to the proposal development process. Putting together a strong STTR proposal package typically requires at least 100+ hours, especially for first-time applicants. During the program, you’ll also need to dedicate about two hours each week for a virtual meeting and check-in.
Does participation in ACSA guarantee me a STTR award?
I don’t live in Las Cruces – can I still participate?
I don’t have grant writing experience – can I still participate?
Funded in part through a sponsorship from the
Feynman Center for Innovation
This accelerator is an initative of the NM FAST program, which is funded in part by the U.S. Small Business Administration