Regional Innovation Clusters
The purpose of this program is to connect and enhance regional cluster initiatives so that small businesses can effectively leverage them to commercialize new technologies and expand into new markets, thereby positioning themselves and their regional economies for growth.
General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Agency: Small Business Administration
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Direct Payments for Specified Use
Fiscal Year 2014: FY 2014 see FY14 Performance & Accountability report at www.sba.gov. Fiscal Year 2015: FY 2015 data not yet available. Fiscal Year 2016: FY 2016 data not yet available.
15 USC 637(b)(1)(A)(Section 8(b)(1)(A) of the Small Business Act).
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Educational institutions, public or private organizations and businesses, individuals, State and local governments,
Indian tribes and lending and financial institutions and sureties that have the capability to provide the required
Small business concerns as defined by industry size standards established by the U.S. Small Business Administration.
Documentation to establish that all program eligibility criteria are met and that offeror is registered in the System for Award Management. This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Preapplication coordination is required. An environmental impact assessment is required for this program. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards. The Regional Innovation Cluster program is currently deployed through firm-fixed level-of-effort contracts and as such, applicants shall comply with the associated Federal Acquisition Regulation clauses.
A technical evaluation panel reviews offers for this program based on a published evaluation criteria and makes a recommendation for award to the designated contracting officer. The contracting officer is warranted to make an award determination on behalf of the agency and may do so at his/her discretion.
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 90 to 120 days.
FAR Part 33 applies to protests and appeals for the Regional Innovation Clusters program.
On a case by case need basis, as determined by the contracting officer and the program office.
How are proposals selected?
The Government will award a contract resulting from this solicitation to the responsible offeror(s) whose offer conforming to the solicitation will be most advantageous to the Government, price and other factors considered, which could include the technical approach, cluster qualifications and experience, and past performance/past experience.
How may assistance be used?
Business training; business counseling/consulting; mentoring; technology transfer counseling/consulting; commercialization of existing research and development (R&D) counseling/consulting; engagement with federal agency’s Small Business Innovative Research & Development programs; support in obtaining Facility Clearance status and holding of security clearances; export readiness counseling/consulting; support for underserved communities; building networks and partnerships ; providing opportunities for accessing new resources and markets; and/or other defined services relevant to small businesses. Funding for this program is designed to provide specialized technical assistance to businesses involved in an industry cluster. Funds are strictly intended for technical assistance and/or support services to small businesses and the associated operating expenses . Funds are not available to finance or purchase a business nor are they available to use as expansion capital for an existing business.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Quarterly reports. No cash reports are required. The Contractor shall provide a status report at the end of every quarter detailing activities completed, activities delayed, problem areas determined, problems resolved, and progress to date towards meeting specified metrics. The report shall be submitted to the SBA COTR within 15 calendar days following the last day of the quarter reported. Invoicing shall occur once a month in arrears. Invoices shall include the contract number, the requisition number, and the period of time (beginning and end date) for the services detailed on the invoice. Invoicing shall be in accordance with Contractor’s Pricing Schedule. Back up detail shall be provided for travel, Other Direct Costs, and subcontracting efforts. Each award is monitored by a Contracting Officer’s Representative.
This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements. OMB Circular No. A-133
(2) The Contractor shall make available at its offices at all reasonable times the records, materials, and other evidence for examination, audit, or reproduction, until 3 years after final payment under this contract or for any shorter period specified in FAR Subpart 4.7,.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program.
Matching requirements are not applicable to this program.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
The contract is awarded for one year (12 monts), with four additional option years to be exercised at the discretion of the SBA. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Invoicing shall occur once a month in arrears. Invoices shall include the contract number, the requisition number, and the period of time (beginning and end date) for the services detailed on the invoice. Invoicing shall be in accordance with Contractor’s Pricing Schedule. Back up detail shall be provided for travel, Other Direct Costs, and subcontracting efforts.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Matthew Stevens SBA Office of Entrepreneurial Development
409 3rd St, SW
Washington, DC 20416, Washington, DC, District of Columbia 20416 Email: Matthew.Stevens@sba.gov
(Direct Payments for Specified Use) FY 14 $4,995,000; FY 15 est $6,000,000; and FY 16 est $6,000,000
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
$5,000,000 to $6,000,000 cumulative.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
See Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) at https://www.acquisition.gov/?q=browsefar
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2014: Autonomous and Unmanned Systems Cluster, Southeastern New Mexico:
Entity: Emerging Technology Ventures, Inc.
From precision agriculture and forestry management to clean energy development, Southeastern New Mexico is well-positioned to capitalize on the ever-increasing applications of autonomous and unmanned systems. By leveraging technical capabilities and federal research facilities to help catalyze new small business innovation, the cluster initiative will use SBA funding to provide specialized technology transfer assistance, targeted business counseling and teaming assistance programs. In coordination with other state and local partners, the cluster will inaugurate an 85,000 square-foot innovation hub that will include 3D manufacturing and prototyping tools and co-working space/incubation for autonomous system startups. Fiscal Year 2015: See http://www.sba.gov/clusters. Fiscal Year 2016: See http://www.sba.gov/clusters.