August 13, 2013
2014 Call for Leveraged Project Proposals & Information Sessions
NMSBA leveraged projects allow multiple small businesses that share technical challenges to request assistance collectively for a larger project. Leveraged projects should focus on helping NM small businesses solve a specific technical challenge and must be completed within the calendar year. Funding is competitive and ranges from $20,000 - $100,000 per laboratory. Projects that are well defined, achievable, and have the potential for positive business results stand a greater chance of being funded.
Leveraged project proposals must also comply with the guidelines and eligibility requirements of the New Mexico Small Business Assistance Program and address a number of objectives.
Attend an information session to find out how your team of small businesses can access FREE technical assistance from scientists and engineers at Los Alamos National Laboratory and Sandia National Laboratories.
Proposals will be accepted August 19 through September 12, 2013. Proposals must include the title of the project, name and contact information for the lead laboratory technical staff member, and a description of the project. View detailed proposal requirements before submitting. A limited number of proposals will be selected to move forward. If the proposal is selected to continue, additional information and a presentation will be required. The additional information will be due October 23, 2013, and the presentation will be November 6 (in Albuquerque) or November 7 (in Santa Fe), 2013. Both will be evaluated by the NMSBA Program. The 2014 leveraged project decisions will be announced by November 14, 2013.
For more information on leveraged projects, please contact:
Becky Coel-Roback, 505-667-1710 (Los Alamos National Laboratory)
Sharon Evans, 505-845-9671 (Sandia National Laboratories)
Examples of Past Projects
Coalition of Renewable Energy Landowner Associations (CRELA)
Looking to empower farmers and ranchers manage land resources, Loren Toole of LANL and Craig White of UNM offered a five-course class through NMSBA covering wind data evaluation, wind turbine siting, power sales markets and pricing, and other factors affecting wind energy development. In the CRELA Landowners Institute inaugural class, 30 farmers and ranchers from Clayton to Clovis learned about marketing and communicating technical information to developers and stakeholders. Some CRELA members are now negotiating contracts to develop and construct a wind turbine installation near Clovis.
Wave Energy Leveraged Project
Looking to ocean waves for a renewable energy source, Phil Kithil of Atmocean, with Phil Fullam of Reytek (a builder of system components), developed a wave-driven pump system that converts wave power into electricity. Through NMSBA, Sandia’s Rick Givler, a specialist in modeling physical systems, helped the companies assess the feasibility of their offshore arrays of wave-driven pistons. Sandia’s assessment of the technology’s potential power output helped the company gain a six-figure investment, which allowed further technology development and helped fund a half-time equivalent job.