OK, so how does one get TABA assistance and will it cost you anything?
TABA, if approved is paid for by the agency. The vendor you use will be a subcontractor to your firm and you will be responsible for billing the agency for the vendor’s time and for paying them. With respect to the second part of that question – how do you get involved? This is clarified in Phase I and Phase II SBIR/STTR solicitations. If the agency has implemented TABA, most will require that you voice your intent to use this option when you submit either your phase I or Phase II proposal. You will need to select a vendor, request information from them, and submit their information as part of your cost proposal. A good TABA provider will make this easy for you – so that you can focus on proposal preparation. Another important note, is that in most cases, TABA funding is in addition to your award, so you will not be reducing the budget for your technical work by taking advantage of the TABA opportunity.
A final note, if you take advantage of the TABA option – you will NOT be eligible to take advantage of the commercialization assistance program and the vendor that the agency has selected…. It is a choice. Before deciding whether to use TABA or the agency’s vendor – find out what services are provided by the agency and what your options are.
According to the SBIR and STTR Policy Directives: “The purpose of this technical assistance is to assist SBIR awardees in (A) making better technical decisions on SBIR projects; (B) solving technical problems that arise during SBIR projects; (C) minimizing technical risks associated with SBIR projects; and (D) commercializing the SBIR product or process.” Dawnbreaker specializes in providing commercialization assistance. In August 2018 through the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2018 some modifications were made to this concept. A new term was introduced called Technical and Business Assistance (TABA). How this will be implemented is under review and will be gradually introduced in solicitations during FY19.