February 5, 2013
Additional Call for 2013 Leveraged Projects Proposals
The New Mexico Small Business Assistance (NMSBA) Program is accepting proposals for additional CY 2013 leveraged projects. NMSBA allows Los Alamos and Sandia national laboratories to apply their unique expertise and capabilities to help for-profit, New Mexico small businesses solve critical challenges. Technical assistance is provided at no cost to the businesses and is rendered in the form of laboratory staff time and incidental materials. Qualifying New Mexico small businesses are eligible to receive laboratory technical assistance equivalent to $10K (Bernalillo County) and $20K (outside Bernalillo County) annually per small business. The program does not provide cash or equipment to small businesses. Assistance requested must not be available in the private sector at a reasonable cost and NMSBA projects must not result in the creation of intellectual property.
NMSBA leveraged projects allow multiple small businesses that share technical challenges to request assistance collectively for a project funded at a higher level than the cost limit for a single company. Leveraged projects must be completed by the end of the calendar year and will be funded at a range of $20K-$100K (the sum of the assistance for which each participating company is eligible).
Interested small businesses may submit a proposal for leveraged projects by midnight, February 26, 2013. Applicants will be expected to explain the problem faced by the small businesses, what expertise NMSBA offers that can’t be found in the private sector for a reasonable cost, and the expected economic benefit to the participating businesses. A limited number of proposals will be selected to move forward to the next phase. Selected applicants will be invited to present their proposal to the NMSBA Advisory Council on April 3 or 4, 2013. Proposals that are selected for funding will be notified by April 16, 2013.