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.


Examples of Funded Projects

Fiscal Year 2016: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2017: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2018: No Current Data Available


Agency - Small Business Administration

The Small Business Administration maintains and strengthens the nation's economy by aiding, counseling, assisting and protecting the interests of small businesses and by helping families and businesses recover from national disasters.




Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2016: data not available. Fiscal Year 2017: data not available. Fiscal Year 2018: data not available.

Uses and Use Restrictions

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.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

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 business assistance.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Small business concerns as defined by industry size standards established by the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Credentials/Documentation

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.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is required.

An environmental impact assessment is required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.

12372.

Application Procedures

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.

Award Procedures

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.

Deadlines

Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.

Authorization

Small Business Act, Section 8(b)(1)(A) (15 U.S.C. 637(b)(1)(A)).

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 90 to 120 days.

Appeals

FAR Part 33 applies to protests and appeals for the Regional Innovation Clusters program.

Renewals

On a case by case need basis, as determined by the contracting officer and the program office.

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 months), 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.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

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.

Audits

This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements. OMB Circular No. A-133

Records

(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,.

Financial Information

Account Identification

73-0400-0-1-376.

Obigations

(Direct Payments for Specified Use) FY 16 $5,824,000; FY 17 est $5,000,000; and FY 18 est $0

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

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

None.

Headquarters 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 Phone: 202-205-7699

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

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.


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