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DoD SBIR 2013.3 and STTR 2013.B solicitations  E-mail
Friday, 26 July 2013 19:48
dodThe DoD SBIR 2013.3 and STTR 2013.B solicitations were pre-released today, July 26, 2013. For SBIR 13.3 the Army, Navy, DARPA, DTRA, and OSD and for STTR 13.B the DARPA, DMEA, and MDA invite small businesses to submit proposals under these solicitations.

The DoD will begin accepting proposals for both solicitations on August 26, 2013 and will close to proposals for both solicitations on September 25, 2013 at 6:00 a.m. ET. Plan ahead and submit your proposal early to avoid the risk of website inaccessibility due to heavy usage on the final day.

If you're interested in help, preparing your grant proposal in response to this RFP, please feel free to call 865.249.6311 or email.

Important Dates

  1. SBIR 13.3/STTR 13.B Pre-release: July 26, 2013
  2. SBIR 13.3/STTR 13.B Open: August 26, 2013
  3. SITIS Close: September 11, 2013
  4. SBIR 13.3/STTR 13.B Close: September 25, 2013 at 6:00 a.m. ET

Urban Outfitters to Discontinue Products Promoting Rx Drug Abuse  E-mail
Monday, 17 June 2013 17:28

UrbanoutfittersUrban Outfitters prescription-themed products have recently come under fire from safety advocates who say the items promote the misuse and abuse of painkillers.

"In the 20,000 products that comprise our assortment, there are styles that represent humor, satire, and hyperbole," Urban Outfitters said in a statement. "In this extensive range of product we recognize that from time to time there may be individual items that are misinterpreted by people who are not our customer. As a result of this misinterpretation we are electing to discontinue these few styles from our current product offering."

It's about time!

The move comes after several groups sent letters to the retailer asking it to stop selling the prescription line. The Attorneys general of 22 states and Guam also urged Urban Outfitters to cease sales of glasses, coasters, mugs, drink holders and other prescription-related products: "There is a national health crisis related to the abuse and diversion of prescription drugs," the chief legal officers wrote. "We are actively engaged in a campaign of environmental change to educate the public that abuse of prescription drugs is not safe simply because the medication originated from a doctor. By putting these highly recognizable labels on your products, you are undermining our efforts."

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates one person dies from a drug overdose every 19 minutes in the United States, and about half of those deaths involve prescription painkillers. Accidental overdoses have now surpassed car crashes as a leading cause of American accidental deaths! The last thing we need is for a company to advocate drug use...especially one that caters to our youth!

According to, one doctor described it to Dr. Sanjay Gupta as the biggest man-made epidemic in the United States: "Distribution of morphine, the main ingredient in popular painkillers, increased 600% from 1997-2007," Gupta later wrote in an op-ed for CNN. "In the United States, we now prescribe enough pain pills to give every man, woman and child one every four hours, around the clock, for three weeks." (Source:

News from the Division of Grants Administration  E-mail
Monday, 17 June 2013 17:23

This just in: Federal Cost Principles and Regulations Applicable to All LEAs, Including All Open-Enrollment Charter Schools. On May 13, 2013, US Department of Education (USDE) sent information regarding the federal cost principles applicable to open-enrollment charter schools. Refer to the “To the Administrator Addressed” letter posted on the TEA Correspondence page on June 12, 2013 here, for details.

In accordance with the USDE guidance, beginning in the 2013–2014 school year and extending into future school years, all LEAs, including open-enrollment charter schools operated by a nonprofit organization (NPO) or institution of higher education (IHE), will be governed by the cost principles in OMB Circular A-87: Cost Principles for State, Local, and Indian Tribal Governments (Title 2 of the Code of Federal Regulations [2 CFR] Part 225) and the regulations in 34 CFR Part 80.

For grants to charter schools that span multiple school years, such as Texas Title I Priority Schools, Cycle 2, for school years 2011–2012, 2012–2013, and 2013–2014, OMB Circular A-87 and 34 CFR Part 80 will become applicable beginning in the 2013–2014 school year.

For questions related to the clarifying guidance, email the Division of Grants Administration.

Study find teens and young adults can benefit greatly from attending AA meetings

According to an article on The Partnership at by Celia Vimont, "At the recent National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers meeting, Dr. John Kelly, PhD, (Associate Professor in Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and Director of the Addiction Recovery Management Service at Massachusetts General Hospital) presented research he conducted with 300 young adults, ages 18 to 24, which looked at participation and involvement in 12-step programs following inpatient substance use disorder (SUD) treatment. He found high rates of attendance and involvement—speaking up at meetings—was correlated with even more days of abstinence. The study, published in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence, found the effect of attendance diminished over time, but the effect of involvement increased. The study also found having contact with group members outside of meetings also benefited young adults."

The study found that "Only two percent of AA and NA members are under age 20, and 13 percent are under age 30." According to Dr. Kelly: “Young people are a minority in these groups, so they may find it more difficult initially to identify with members who are older and have different challenges, such as children, elderly parents and job loss.”

If you have a program that offers Addiction Treatment services and programs to youth, now would be the time to market your services to potential grant funders. If you're ready to get a proposal started, call us today - we can help! Call 865.249.6311.

Please go here to read the entire article.

TEA 2013–2014 Special Education Consolidated Grant Application

The Texas Education Agency (TEA) opened the 2013–2014 Special Education Consolidated Grant Application on Friday, May 31, 2013.

The mission of the Texas Education Agency (TEA) is to provide leadership, guidance, and resources to help schools meet the educational needs of all students and prepare them for success in the global economy.

If you are interested in applying for any of the numerous TEA grant opportunities, and need help with your grant proposal application, please email us here.

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