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US Department of Labor
- Employment and Training Administration
- Due September 22, 2003
- The Employment and Training Administration (ETA), U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), announces the availability of approximately $50 million in grant funds for technical skills training programs.
Technical skills training grants were authorized under the American Competitiveness and Workforce Improvement Act of 1998 (ACWIA), as amended. Fees paid by employers who bring foreign workers into the United States to work in high skill or specialty occupations on a temporary basis under H-1B nonimmigrant visas finance these grants. Twenty-five percent of the grants are to be awarded to business partnerships and seventy-five percent are to be awarded to local workforce investment boards established under the Workforce Investment Act (WIA).
H-1B Technical Skills Training Grants are focused on addressing the high skill technology shortages of American businesses and are a long-term solution to domestic skill shortages in high skill and high technology occupations. H-1B Technical Skills Training Grants are aimed at raising the technical skills levels of American workers so they can take advantage of the new technology-related employment opportunities. Raising the skill level of American workers will, in turn, help businesses reduce their dependence on skilled foreign professionals permitted to work in the United States using H-1B visas. H-1B Technical Skills Training Grants are not intended to address labor shortages due to reasons other than technical skills shortages.
Small Business Administration
- Small Business Innovation Research Program:
- Eligible: US Small Businesses Program: Competitive Grants Cycle: Annual: 05/21/01 Call for Subtopics for FY2002; 07/05/01 FY2002 Subtopics Finalized for Publication; 10/01/01 FY2002 Solicitation Released; 01/15/02 FY2002 Solicitation Closes (FY2001 Solicitations has closed). Funding: $1.2 Billion FY2000 total program (different agencies have different funding levels). Individual grants up to $850,000. Contact Information: Various. The SBA has authority and responsibility for monitoring and coordinating the Government-wide activities of the SBIR Program and reporting its results to Congress. U.S. Small Business Administration, Office of Technology - Mail Code 6470, 409 3rd Street, SW, Washington, DC 20416, Phone: (202) 205-6450, Fax: (202) 205-7754
- "The SBIR program was originally established in 1982 by the Small Business Innovation Development Act (P.L. 97-219), based on a successful pilot program at the National Science Foundation and the recommendation of a White House Conference on Small Business, then expanded by the Small Business R&D Enhancement Act of 1992, extending the program to the year 2000. The SBIR's goals are:
1) to increase private sector commercialization of innovations derived from federal R & D;
2) to use small business to meet federal research and development (R & D) needs;
3) to stimulate small business innovation in technology; and
4) to foster and encourage participation by minority and disadvantaged persons in technological innovation.
SBIR supports creative advanced research in scientific and engineering areas that encourages the conversion of Government-funded research into a commercial application. SBIR awards lead to new technology, major breakthroughs, innovative new products, and next-generation products or processes."
- The SBIR program is divided into three phases: Phase I, with awards up to $100,000 for 6 months, permits exploration of the technical merit and feasibility of innovations; Phase II, with awards up to $750,000 for 2 years, permits research and development and evaluation of commercial potential; and Phase III, in which the applicant moves from laboratory to marketplace using private funding.
- Proposal Preparation Handbook
- Participating federal agencies:
- Small Business Technology Transfer
- Program: Competitive Grants Funding: (grants up to $600,000) Eligible: small for-profit companies working cooperatively with researchers at universities and other research institutions
- "STTR is similar in structure to SBIR but funds cooperative R&D projects involving a small business and a research institution (i.e., university, federally-funded R&D center, or nonprofit research institution). (DoD's next STTR solicitation will be publicly released on this Web Site on January 2, 2001.) The purpose of STTR is to create, for the first time, an effective vehicle for moving ideas from our nation's research institutions to the market, where they can benefit both private sector and military customers. DoD's STTR program, funded at $31 million in fiscal year 2000, is part of a larger ($62 million) federal STTR program administered by five federal agencies. DoD issues one STTR research solicitation each year. "
- Participating federal agencies