AFCEA Innovation & Entrepreneurship


AFCEA Small Business Committee presents the

Innovation & Entrepreneurship Series:

Accelerating transition of innovative technologies to the federal marketplace--

Small Business Innovation Research/Small Business Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR)

Phase III funding agreements


February 25, 2021

2:00 p.m. ET

This is the second of a series of webinars on innovation and entrepreneurship.  This series will cover topics ranging from funding programs and useful small business resources to insightful early startup tactics.
This webinar will run approximately 60 minutes and is brought to you by A.M. Fadida Consulting and AFCEA’s Small Business Committee.

The Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR) programs are referred to as "America's Seed Fund," and provide billions of dollars annually to innovative small business concerns for participation in federally funded research or research and development (R/R&D). The specific program purposes are to: (1) stimulate technological innovation; (2) use small business to meet Federal R/R&D needs; (3) foster and encourage participation by socially and economically disadvantaged SBCs (SDBs), and by women-owned SBCs (WOSBs), in technological innovation; and (4) increase private sector commercialization of innovations derived from Federal R/R&D, thereby increasing competition, productivity and economic growth. 

The program has 3 phases, with Phases I and II focused on basic research and proof of concept type work and limited in funds allocation to about $150,000 and $1,000,000, respectively, per funding agreement.  The real payoff is in Phase, III which is a readily available path to commercialization and transition from the laboratory to the marketplace.  Phase III funding agreements are for work that derives from, extends or completes Phase I/II work and are funded by non-SBIR/STTR sources.  There is no limit to the size or number of Phase III funding agreements that may be awarded to a SBIR/STTR company.  Join us on February 25th to hear how GSA's office of Assisted Acquisition Services is supporting federal customers and innovative small business concerns by awarding and administering Phase III contracts. 


About the speaker:

Dr. Rodney Couick, Assisted Acquisition Services Director, U.S. General Services Administration Federal Acquisition Service

Rodney Couick became Director of Assisted Acquisition Services for GSA’s Great Lakes Region in 2011. His office provides assisted acquisition services (AAS) to federal customers located in the six-state region as well as to other customers across the nation and in overseas locations.

Couick manages a portfolio of more than 700 contracts and task orders for professional and technology services in support of hundreds of individual customers from more than 10 different federal agencies with an annual obligated value of approximately $1 billion. He is widely recognized as an expert on GSA’s Small Business Innovation Research/Small Business Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR) Program and is an AAS enterprise leader in providing support to SBIR/STTR agencies. Couick won a Small Business Technology Council Champion of Small Business Commercialization Award in 2018 and the Small Business Administration Tibbetts Award in 2020 in recognition of his SBIR/STTR accomplishments. 

Prior to joining GSA, Couick served as Deputy Director of Engineering and Technical Management at the Warner Robins Air Logistics Center, Robins Air Force Base, Georgia. There he led more than 1,700 scientists, engineers and program support specialists in providing support to sustainment efforts valued at more than $4 billion.

Couick also served for nearly 29 years in the United States Air Force, where he gained extensive experience as a defense acquisition professional. He has experience conducting and leading all phases of the acquisition life cycle, including research and development, procurement, test and evaluation, and life cycle maintenance and sustainment. He also gained experience in marketing and customer relations as an active duty Air Force Recruiting Squadron commander.

Couick earned bachelor’s degrees in mathematics from High Point College and aeronautical engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology, where he also earned a master’s degree and doctorate in aeronautical. He is certified at the highest level in four different defense acquisition DAWIA fields. 

This webinar is $45 for AFCEA members, $95 for non-AFCEA members (includes 1-year individual AFCEA membership).


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