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Technology Transfer

Louisiana Technology Transfer Office

The Louisiana Technology Transfer Office makes it easier for Louisiana businesses, federal labs, and universities/research institutions to work together. We leverage the expertise of researchers and the private sector to speed the process of commercialization. LTTO administers the Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer programs, as well as the Federal and State Technology Program. The LTTO offices are at the LSU Innovation Park, the NASA John C. Stennis Space Center, MS, and Michoud Assembly Facility.

Contact Roy Keller 225-578-3985, RKeller@lsu.edu; Vic Johnson 228-688-1117, VJohns3@lsu.edu; or Hutch McClendon 225-202-2908, hmcclendon@lsu.edu.

Small Business Innovation Research-Small Business Technology Transfer

Do you have a creative technical idea that may help a federal agency or the armed forces but need the funding and resources to turn your concept into a business? 

Contact us. 

We can teach you about the Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer programs, and the $4B they make available each year to tech companies. We’ll show you how to prepare and file an application for grants and contracts to help fund your idea.

The LTTO assists small technology-oriented companies, entrepreneurs, university faculty and other creative thinkers throughout Louisiana in areas including but not limited to:

  • Access to federal R&D funding through the SBIR-STTR programs for companies.
  • Access for small business and universities to federal labs such, i.e. NASA, NOAA, Navy.
  • Assistance in identifying industry partners.
  • Identifying LA universities, colleges, and research institutions for collaboration.
  • LA Phase Zero Program - a $3,000 or $5,000 award to support SBIR-STTR proposal preparations for Phase 1 and Phase 2 applications, respectively.  
  • Professional-caliber workshops, webinar training, program updates, & events.
  • One-on-one counseling/referrals by experienced tech transfer practitioners with commercialization plans, market/competitor analysis, intellectual property, budget/cost accounting, proposal preparation/review, etc.
  • Procurement opportunities for small companies in LA with federal agencies and prime government contractors.

The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program is a highly competitive program that encourages domestic small businesses to engage in Federal Research/Research and Development (R/R&D) that has the potential for commercialization. Through a competitive awards-based program, SBIR enables small businesses to explore their technological potential and provides the incentive to profit from its commercialization. By including qualified small businesses in the nation's R&D arena, high-tech innovation is stimulated and the United States gains entrepreneurial spirit as it meets its specific research and development needs.

The Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) is another program that expands funding opportunities in the federal innovation research and development (R&D) arena. Central to the program is expansion of the public/private sector partnership to include the joint venture opportunities for small businesses and nonprofit research institutions. The unique feature of the STTR program is the requirement for the small business to formally collaborate with a research institution in Phase I and Phase II. STTR's most important role is to bridge the gap between performance of basic science and commercialization of resulting innovations.

SBIR and STTR Mission and Program Goals

The mission of the SBIR and STTR programs is to support scientific excellence and technological innovation through the investment of Federal research funds in critical American priorities to build a strong national economy.

SBIR Goals

  • Stimulate technological innovation
  • Meet Federal research and development needs
  • Foster and encourage participation in innovation 
    and entrepreneurship by socially and economically 
    disadvantaged persons
  • Increase private-sector commercialization of 
    innovations derived from Federal research and 
    development funding

STTR Goals

  • Stimulate technological innovation.
  • Foster technology transfer through cooperative 
    R&D between small businesses and research 
    institutions.
  • Increase private sector commercialization of 
    innovations derived from federal R&D.

SBIR's Four-Phase Program

Phase  Description
Phase 0

A Louisiana-based program, administered by the LTTO, that is designed to stimulate interest
and increase participation in the federally-funded SBIR and STTR programs
by providing funds to Louisiana’s small businesses to encourage more Louisiana applications
to the programs. Qualified applicants can request funds of up to $3,000 for Phase I and $5,000 for Phase II to cover
reasonable costs incurred in developing the SBIR or STTR proposal.

Phase I

Based on proposals solicited by participating agencies. These solicitations contain topics
on which small firms are invited to submit proposals. The proposal describes the results the
firm intends on attaining, the approach the firm will take, and how it will prove the feasibility
of its approach. Phase I awards reach up to $250,000 for approximately a six-month period
and should show:

  • the proposing firm can do high-quality R&D
  • the proposed effort is technically feasible
  • sufficient progress has been made to justify a much larger agency investment in Phase II
Phase II

Based upon the results of Phase I, and the scientific and technical merit of the Phase II
proposal, Phase II awards reach up to $1,500,000 and the principal R&D effort with the
duration not to exceed two years.

Phase III

The company actually pursues a commercial application of the R&D conducted during
Phase I and Phase II. There is no federal funding of Phase III. The funding for Phase III
is typically provided by private sector sources, such as bank financing, venture capital, 
and/or equity funding.

FAST

The Federal and State Technology (FAST) Partnership Program is provided by state/regional programs that increase the number of Small Business Innovative Research and Small Business Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR) proposals leading to an increase in the number of SBIR/STTR awards from women, socially/economically disadvantaged individuals, and small businesses in underrepresented areas - typically rural states. 

FAST awards build the SBIR/STTR ecosystem through: 

Outreach: Increase the pipeline of SBIR/STTR applicants through training and outreach; and build the capacity of partner organizations and individuals to support SBIR/STTR applicants and existing awardees. 

Technical and business assistance: Support entrepreneurs and startups through programs or services that improve proposal development and team creation; provide assistance that leads to the commercialization of technology developed through SBIR/STTR program funding; and form or encourage relevant mentoring networks to provide business advice and counseling.  

Financial support: Make grants or loans to applicants to pay a portion or all the cost of developing SBIR/STTR proposals (Phase 0), attending relevant conferences, and bridging gaps between phases.

Benefits to Entrepreneurs using SBIR/STTR:

  • Funding does not require giving up equity or ownership
  • It's not a loan so there is no repayment
  • Retain all intellectual property rights
  • It makes your company more attractive to investors
  • Validation of technology
  • Potential for a sole-source contract
  • 7% profit on the award total

Louisiana’s FAST program is supported by LSU Innovation at LSU Innovation Park in Baton Rouge.

For more information on these programs, visit the SBIR-STTR website.

More Information

LTTO SBIR

Contact

Roy Keller
Innovation Park Contact
rkeller@lsu.edu
225-578-3985

Vic Johnson
Stennis and Michoud Contact
victor.o.johnson@nasa.gov
228-688-1117

Hutch McClendon
Innovation Park Contact for FAST Program and Phase 0
hmcclendon@lsu.edu
225-202-2908

 

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