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2016 Call for Leveraged Project Proposals & Information Sessions

January 5, 2016

The New Mexico Small Business Assistance (NMSBA) Program is accepting proposals for 2016 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, and the assistance requested must not be available in the private sector at a reasonable cost.

NMSBA leveraged projects allow multiple small businesses that share technical challenges to request assistance collectively for a project funded at a range of $20K-$100K (the sum of the assistance for which each participating company is eligible). Leveraged projects must be completed by the end of calendar year 2016.

An information session about NMSBA and how your team of small businesses can access FREE technical assistance from Los Alamos National Laboratory and Sandia National Laboratories will be held:

  • Tuesday, January 19, 3 to 4 pm at the National Museum of Nuclear Science & History, 601 Eubank Boulevard SE, Albuquerque
  • Tuesday, January, 19, 8:45 to 9:45 am at the New Mexico Financial Partners, 613 Old Santa Fe Trail, Santa Fe, NM(map) Hosted by: OpenCoffee Club - Santa Fe Startup and Creative Community Please RSVP.
  • Wednesday, January, 13, 5:30 pm Hosted by: Los Alamos Entrepreneurs" Network (LAEN). Please RSVP (the location will be given when you sign up)


Interested small businesses may submit a proposal for leveraged projects by midnight (see proposal guidelines), February 2, 2016. Successful applicants will explain the problem faced by the small businesses, what expertise the national labs offer 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 notified on February 8, 2016 to present their proposal to the NMSBA Advisory Council March 16, 2016 in Albuquerque or March 17, 2016 in Santa Fe. Applicants whose proposals are selected for funding will be notified by March 24, 2016.

For more information, small businesses can contact Kim Sherwood at LANL (505-665-1305 or or Sharon Evans at SNL (505-845-9671,

Proposal Guidelines

Submit a Leveraged Project Request