Arrowhead Center SBIR Accelerator (ACSA) Application - DoD 20.1/20.A Release
The Arrowhead Center SBIR Accelerator (ACSA) program - tailored for the Department of Defense's (DoD) 20.1/20.A SBIR release - is an 11-week cohort-based program that offers real-time support for small businesses preparing a SBIR proposal package. Drawing on the resources and expertise of NM FAST, ACSA will provide cohort participants a guided, structured track of support from registration to submission. During the course of the 11-week program, participants will receive guidance on areas such as selecting a relevant topic area, preparing an accurate budget, and creating a complete proposal package that adheres to all DoD requirements.

This iteration of the ACSA program will revolve around the upcoming DoD 20.1/20.A SBIR/STTR BAA. The DoD funds across many different service components (10 in total) which look at technology and innovation across a wide array of specializations. Some of the major components also allow for open-topic areas, where you pitch your idea to them and they decide whether it is a fit with their mission.
Personal Information
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Business Information
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The SBIR/STTR programs are designed to allow small businesses to drive innovation to the commercial market. As such, certain restrictions and regulations are required to be eligible for SBIR/STTR funding. For DoD, a small business must meet the following eligibility requirements:

Be a small business with 500 or fewer employees
Be independently owned and operated and organized for profit
Have its principal place of business in the United States
Be at least 51% owned by U.S. citizens or lawfully admitted permanent resident aliens
I hereby affirm that my small business meets all SBIR/STTR program eligibility requirements. *
Innovation Information
Relevant technology domain *
Description (100 words or less) *
Prior experience
Have you prepared an SBIR package before? *
Have you submitted an SBIR proposal to DoD before? *
Have you prepared an SBIR Phase I or Phase II proposal before, no matter the agency? *
Have you received an SBIR or STTR Phase I or Phase II award before? *
If yes was the answer to the prior question, please provide the agency and the date of award.
Knowledge of DoD SBIR/STTR programs
As the DoD is a contracting agency under the SBIR/STTR programs, their stipulations, operations, and acceptable topic areas vary greatly from other agencies, such as the National Science Foundation (NSF). More information about their operational footprint under the SBIR/STTR programs can be found here:
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Topic selections
As part of the ACSA cohort, you will be creating a proposal package geared towards a direct topic area match to your innovation. Though topics will not be announced until the 2020.1/2020.A BAA goes into pre-release (estimated date of 11/26/19), several components now have an open-topic area, where they will review any type of innovation and decide whether it fits into their operations and if they would be willing to fund it.

Since topic areas tend to be limited to solving an actual problem within the DoD, not all innovations will directly match an open topic area within that solicitation. Further, DoD largely discourages "shoe-horning" your technology to meet a topic. If the topics pre-release, and your innovation does not match one of the current topics, you will be strongly encouraged to submit under the open-topics available through the US Air Force or Department of Navy.
If you cannot match with a specific topic area once the topics are pre-released, do you agree to create a proposal towards one of the open-topics under the USAF or DON programs? *
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