Small Business Innovation Research Program

The Department's Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) is an annual program that seeks to capture the entrepreneurial initiative of small high technology firms to help meet federal research and development objectives. Annually, the Department solicits research proposals from small businesses that address high priority research needs of its individual agencies and that have potential for commercialization. FTA looks for projects that respond to transit research needs and, at the same time, enhance the innovative capacity and global competitiveness of small high-tech businesses. Projects are selected through a competitive process. The SBIR program has three phases. Phase I projects are designed to determine the feasibility of a particular product or concept and may be funded up to $ 100,000 for a performance period up to six months. Phase I research firms are eligible to participate in Phase II based on results of Phase I efforts, potential for commercialization, and availability of appropriated funds to support Phase II. Phase II is the principal research effort designed to develop the product or concept to the point where it is commercially viable. Phase II projects have a period of performance up to 2 years and may have a dollar value of $500,000. Phase III projects use private sector assistance and funding for pursuing commercial applications of R&D funded in Phases 1 and II. Overall the program provides FT A with valuable research assistance and stimulates technological innovation and growth of small high-tech research firms.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • a Congressionally directed project.


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  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $300000.00
  • Contract Numbers:


  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Federal Transit Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Project Managers:

    McKeown, Stewart

  • Performing Organizations:

    Volpe National Transportation Systems Center

    55 Broadway
    Cambridge, MA  United States  02142
  • Principal Investigators:

    Henebury, Joseph

  • Start Date: 20021100
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 20031100
  • Source Data: RiP Project 7288

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01459325
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Federal Transit Administration
  • Contract Numbers: FTA-MA-26-7076
  • Files: RIP, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jan 3 2013 1:01PM