Tracy Frost, program manager for ONR's Small Business Innovation Research Program, answered questions on Facebook on Oct. 27. (Photo: ONR)
The following is a transcript from the Office of Naval Research (ONR)’s online Tech Talk series. Tracy Frost, program manager for ONR’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program, answered questions from audiences on Facebook on Oct. 27.
Frost talked about doing business with the Navy’s science and technology (S&T) provider, highlighting new initiatives like the Phase II.5 program, which provides additional SBIR funding opportunities beyond Phase II. Formerly, with the Naval Surface Warfare Center Carderock Division, sheofficially joined ONR in December 2007 after managing S&T projects as a detailee at ONR for more than six years.
Editors’ Note: The following transcript includes questions submitted earlier on Facebook and Twitter, and e-mailed directly to ONR.
Marilyn Erwin: Very interested in understanding the specific process for securing Phase II.5 programs.
Brian Sjoberg: Are there any specific areas we should concentrate our proposal submissions?
Edmond Dougherty: Do you think there will ever be a subdivision of the SBIRs for very small companies? According to the DoD you can have hundreds of employees and still be a small business. Our company has high ambitions and great skills.. but we have just a handful of people and it is difficult to compete with companies that are so much larger.
Edmond Dougherty: We are just completing a Phase I SBIR, and as part of the final report, it appears that we need a “transition plan”. As we are somewhat outsiders we really don’t know much about transitioning technology within the DoD. How can we get smart on this fast?
Edmond Dougherty: We feel we have a lot of good ideas, and as each SBIR solicitation is published we dig though the topics hoping for matches. This is hit or miss. Is there some kind of SBIR “suggestion box” where we can actually suggest topics?