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For over 20 years, ESIP meetings have brought together the most innovative thinkers and leaders around Earth science data, thus forming a community dedicated to making Earth science data more discoverable, accessible and useful to researchers, practitioners, policymakers, and the public. The theme of this year’s meeting is "Data for All People: From Generation to Use and Understanding."

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Wednesday, January 19 • 11:00am - 12:30pm
Understanding the Significance of the SBIR-STTR Program, Its Phases and Technologies, and How Your Organization Can Benefit

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The federal government’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR)-Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs are highly undervalued by the very agencies they were intended to benefit. SBIR-STTR programs can provide federal agencies with young but proven technologies that can be rapidly adopted to address agency goals and objectives…on a sole source basis. Established in 1982 (SBIR) and 1992 (STTR), these programs provide billions of dollars in competitive funding for high tech development by small businesses that could be tapped by more agencies and their contractors to promote innovation and rapid adoption of new technology.

SBIR contracts/grants could be a valuable source of support for public-private collaboration and innovation in the ESIP community and could help ESIP increase private sector participation in its initiatives while making more data available for all people from Data Generation to Data Use and Understanding.

A key challenge, however, is that many agencies and federal contractors don’t understand the value that SBIR-STTR contracts and subcontracts can bring to the table, or the steps needed to access these resources. This session will identify specific SBIR examples and discuss the benefits and gaps that exist in the program that may be hampering their agency adoption. Opportunities exist for agencies that need to share their data, work across line offices, and use their data as strategic assets—as well as to meet their goals for diversity and equity in procurement. Diverse opportunities exist for small businesses as well as academic and nonprofit organizations that work with small businesses as subcontractors to access procurement opportunities that could scale up your work in high-impact applications. Come to this session to learn how you can take advantage of SBIR-STTR technologies and accelerate procurement opportunities for your organization and accelerate data-driven decision making!

You will leave this session with a clear understanding of how your agency, your non-profit, or your commercial enterprise can move forward and engage SBIR small businesses as we work to rebuild our nation’s economy.

We will hear from: Jason Kessler, NASA SBIR Program Executive, NASA Headquarters who will provide us with an overview of the SBIR program
We will also hear about a successful STTR project from Bob Chen, Director, NASA SEDAC & about a successful SBIR Phase III technology from Dave Jones, CEO, StormCenter Communications, Inc. and John Williams, Director of Innovation and Technology, Office of Innovation and Technology, Office of Investment and Innovation, U.S. Small Business Administration will be available during the session to answer any questions from the SBA.
Please join us for this exciting ESIP Session.
Recommended ways to prepare for this session: This session will offer excellent information about the SBIR-STTR programs which is good for any level of participant in the ESIP Federation. This session should also provide good information for program managers and contract officers in any US Federal agency, government lab, prome contractor and university. It will be highly educational for agency representatives, non-profit leaders and commercial company leaders.

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Bob Chen

Director, CIESIN; Manager, NASA SEDAC, Columbia University
Environment and security applications, DANTE (Data ANalytics and Tools for Ecosecurity), the POPGRID Data Collaborative, TReNDS (Thematic Research Network on Data and Statistics), SEDAC (Socioeconomic Data and Applications Center), decision support, open data sharing (not just FAIR... Read More →
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Dave Jones

CEO, StormCenter Communications, Inc.
GeoCollaborate, is an SBIR Phase III technology (Yes, its a big deal) that enables real-time data access through web services, sharing and collaboration across multiple platforms. We call GeoCollaborate a 'Collaborative Common Operating Picture' that empowers decision making, situational... Read More →

avatar for Jason Kessler

Jason Kessler

SBIR-STTR Program Executive, NASA

John Williams

Director of Innovation and Technology, Office of Innovation and Technology, Office of Investment and Innovation, U.S. Small Business Administration

Wednesday January 19, 2022 11:00am - 12:30pm EST