New Solicitation Activities
DOT is pleased to announce that exciting changes are coming to the SBIR program! As part of our modernization effort, the DOT SBIR Fiscal Year 2020 Solicitation will introduce some new aspects of our Phase I solicitation program. More information on the topics and specific dates will be announced in early January. The program will include:
- Pre-Solicitation Interchange: Small businesses will have the opportunity to review the technical topics and submit clarifying questions to the Technical Expert/Topic Authors at the Operating Administrations during this period. DOT representatives will also be available at the SBIR booth at the Transportation Research Board’s 2020 Annual Meeting, January 13-14.
- Streamlined Solicitation Process: The solicitation period will be shortened to 30 days and the proposals requirements will be streamlined, reducing the page requirements for the technical proposal.
- Evaluation Down-Selection: DOT evaluation teams will down-select the finalists being considered for awards. Finalists will be invited to participate in DOT’s Pitch Day.
- Pitch Day: Following on the success of the U.S. Air Force’s SBIR Pitch Day, DOT will introduce its own version of an in-person Pitch Day event for SBIR finalists to take place at DOT Headquarters in Washington, D.C. This event will allow DOT evaluators to interact with the finalists to both hear their 15-minute “pitch” and engage in a Q&A session. Real-time evaluation enables quicker decision-making and streamlined Phase I awards.
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