Research Assistantships for High School Students (RAHSS): Supplemental
Funding to Current SBIR/STTR Phase II Awards to Broaden Participation
in Science and Engineering
Dear Colleague Letter —
The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business
Technology Transfer (STTR) programs seek to fund supplements to
current SBIR/STTR Phase II awards that:
- foster interest in pursuing studies in science, technology,
engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines; and
- broaden participation
of high school students, particularly those who are women,
underrepresented minorities, and persons with disabilities.
The establishment of Research Assistantships for High School Students
(RAHSS): Supplemental Funding to Current SBIR/STTR Phase II Awards
to Broaden Participation in Science and Engineering reflects the
continuing effort by SBIR/STTR to promote increased participation
of women and minority students and those students who are persons
Organization Limit: Only currently funded SBIR/STTR
Phase II grantees are eligible to submit proposals for supplemental
funding under this initiative.
PI Eligibility Limit: The Principal Investigator must be the PI
of an active SBIR/STTR Phase II award.
Limit on Number of Proposals:
- Awards will be made as supplements to active SBIR/STTR
Phase II awards;
- Maximum supplemental award amount: $6,000 per
student for a total duration of no more than one year;
of two (2) RAHSS students per SBIR/STTR Phase II award per project
- Administrative allowance limited to 25% of the participant
stipend support only (in lieu of indirect costs);
(25) supplemental awards anticipated for Fiscal Year 2006; and
subject to the availability of funds.
PROPOSAL PREPARATION AND SUBMISSION INSTRUCTIONS
Proposal Preparation Instructions. Proposals submitted in response
to this Dear Colleague Letter must be prepared and submitted according
to the instructions for submitting supplemental funding requests
under Requests for Supplements).
The Project Description is limited to 3 pages, single spaced,
and must include the following components:
- Clear description of the form and nature of the involvement
of identified high school student;
- Brief biographical sketch of candidate student;
- Follow-up mechanism
to encourage advancement of RAHSS student beyond participation
in the research program;
- Justification of the funds requested,
and a supporting budget; and
- Identification of key personnel
who will lead the effort. Their roles must be clearly articulated.
Budgetary Information. Budgets for RAHSS supplemental proposals
may not exceed $6,000 per student, for a total duration of no more
than one year. It is expected that $150,000 will be available in
Fiscal Year 2006 for this supplemental funding, pending availability
Deadline Dates. There are no deadlines for RAHSS supplemental requests,
but requests should be made as early as possible in the fiscal
year to assure availability.
PROPOSAL REVIEW INFORMATION
Proposals for supplemental funding submitted in response to this
Dear Colleague Letter will be reviewed internally by the SBIR/STTR
Questions about this letter should be directed to Cheryl Albus; 703-292-7051 (firstname.lastname@example.org), Office of Industrial Innovation,
Directorate for Engineering.
OTHER SUPPLEMENTAL OPPORTUNITIES OF INTEREST
All active SBIR/STTR Phase II grantees are also invited to participate
in the Small Business Minority Academic Research Partnership
Supplement (SBIR/STTR Phase IIA). Phase IIA will award a research
supplement to a current SBIR/STTR Phase II grantee able to partner
with a CREST/RISE institution (reference: http://www.nsf.gov/eng/sbir,
for Supplements). Phase IIA supplements
will be made to active SBIR/STTR Phase II awards with the maximum
supplemental award amount of $150,000.
Director, Office of Industrial Innovation