January 8, 2021

US Small Business Administration

Office of Innovation & Technology

Lab-to-Market Inclusive Innovation Ecosystem Updates

Happy New Year! Kicking off 2021 with items of interest from across the Federal government for ecosystem builders.

Status Update for L2M Inclusive Innovation Ecosystem Prize Competition

  • Stay tuned for the announcement of winners and an invitation to celebrate inclusive innovation ecosystem builders during National Entrepreneurship Week (February 13-20).
  • In case you missed the L2M Global Entrepreneurship Week webinar in November, you can find the recording online.

Join USPTO chat on Diverse Innovation Ecosystems on Jan 12

Provide Input by Feb 8: National Strategy for Expanding American Innovation

  • USPTO, in consultation with the NCEAI, seeks public comments to develop a national strategy to expand the innovation ecosystem demographically, geographically, and economically. Comments are due by February 8, 2021.
  • Read the Federal Register notice.

Provide Input by April 5: Updates to Bayh-Dole Regulations for Federally-funded IP 

  • The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) requests comments on proposed revisions to regulations that would further the Return on Investment Initiative for Unleashing American Innovation. Comments are due by April 5, 2021
  • Read the Federal Register notice.

Funding: Economic Adjustment Assistance Programs – No Application Deadline

  • The Economic Development Administration (EDA) FY 2020 Public Works and Economic Adjustment Assistance Notice of Funding Opportunity (FY20 PWEAA NOFO) included $1.5 billion in CARES Act funding available to eligible grantees in communities impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.
  • Proposals are accepted on a rolling basis.
  • Learn more at eda.gov/funding-opportunities

Share Feedback: iEdison Invention Reporting System User Testing

  • The Interagency Edison (iEdison) reporting system for extramural inventions is being rebuilt for a 2022 launch.
  • Volunteer for user test groups to provide critical feedback and shape the system.
  • Read more at nist.gov/tpo/bayh-dole/iedison-rebuild

Celebrate: PEER (Partners Engaged in Extramural Reporting) Prize Winners Announced

  • Congratulations to Rhonda Kivlin and Nicholas LeBlanc for their prize-winning submissions on how we can get more awardees of Federal R&D funding to report their inventions and patent applications.
  • More at nist.gov/tpo/peer

Policy Update: Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Guidance