The following are links to several resources and resource providers that may be helpful to MIST members engaged in applied research and technology development as well as business start-up and development. For additional assistance click on the "Request" tab above and complete and submit the Request Form. 

Marine Industries Science & Technology Cluster

Disclaimer of Endorsement:
Any information obtained from this site to a specific product, process, or service does not constitute or imply an endorsement by the MIST Cluster, SBA or the University of Southern Mississippi of the product, process, or service, or its producer or provider. The views and opinions expressed in any referenced resource do not necessarily state or reflect those of the MIST Cluster, SBA or the University of Southern Mississippi.

Disclaimer of Liability:
The MIST Cluster, SBA, the University of Southern Mississippi, nor any of their employees, makes any warranty, express or implied, including warranties of merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose, or assumes any legal liability for the accuracy, completeness, or usefulness of any information from the listed resources or their presenters..

Research Resources - Equipment, Lab Facilities, Data, Experts, and R&D Funding Opportunities: - Assets: Listing of Gulf-wide university-operated ocean research vessels, advanced ocean platforms (robots, buoys, moorings, subs), and ocean sensing and sampling systems. - People: Searchable database of marine experts in the gulf region. - Projects & Programs: Searchable database of current and past research projects and programs in the gulf region.

GCOOS Data Portal: Gulf of Mexico Coastal Ocean Observing System (GCOOS) data portal provides information about the environment of the U.S. portion of the Gulf of Mexico and its estuaries for use by decision-makers, including researchers, government managers, industry, the military, educators, emergency responders, and the general public. 

USM Research Vessels, Labs and Experts: University of Southern Mississippi School of Ocean Science and Technology

Northern Gulf Institute - Data & Tools: The Northern Gulf Institute conducts research that builds an integrated, comprehensive understanding of natural and human impacts on northern Gulf of Mexico ecosystems and associated economies to improve its management. NGI is a cooperative institute led by Mississippi State University, partnering with the University of Southern Mississippi, Louisiana State University, Florida State University, and the Dauphin Island Sea Lab (AL).

NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information: Responsible for hosting and providing access to one of the most significant archives for environmental data with over 20 petabytes of comprehensive atmospheric, coastal, oceanic, and geophysical data. Information on the federal Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and related Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs providing funding opportunities to small businesses to engage in applied research & technology development. Over $2.5 billion in contracts and grants awarded annually. 

On-line SBIR Tutorials: A set of courses designed to help one learn more about the SBIR and STTR programs and how to develop a responsive proposal. Includes information on IP and data rights as well as accounting and finance for use in preparing the proposal budget and carrying out the project. 

MS-FAST Program: A state assistance program providing support to Mississippi companies seeking SBIR/STTR contracts and grants. The MS-FAST Phase 0 program provides up to $2,000.00 support development of a business' Phase 1 SBIR proposal.

LA-FAST Program: A state assistance program providing support to Louisiana companies seeking SBIR/STTR contracts and grants. The LA-FAST Phase 0 program provides up to $2,000.00 support development of a business' Phase 1 SBIR proposal.   

National Security Technology Accelerator: NSTXL is a non-profit, commercially facing consortium that connects the rapidly advancing private sector technologies closer to the military. The Department of Defense has funding a $100 million Rapid Prototype Funding Authority via an Other Transaction Agreement (OTA) with the NSTXL for a period of three (3) years, for the purpose of executing a coordinated research and development program. Technology areas of interest include energy, cyber, medical, materials, and defense systems (a broad area).


Business Resources:

SBA Loans, Grants, and Lenders: Information on SBA's financial assistance programs.

SBA One Certification: SBA's new website to further streamline and improve the application processes for small businesses and entrepreneurs seeking to do business with the federal government.

Mississippi SEED Fund: Managed by Innovate Mississippi, this fund high-tech, startup companies with access to pre-seed financing, early-stage risk capital and product development capital.

Innovate Mississippi Entrepreneurial Services: Provides a rigorous entrepreneurial assessment tool for evaluation of a business venture's entrepreneurial, risk, venture, and business plan “readiness.” Used in conjunction with the Mississippi Angel Investor Network, Mississippi Executive Talent Exchange, and the Entrepreneurial Service Providers Database, the assessment tool helps Innovate Mississippi guide Mississippi entrepreneurs as they follow the path to growing successful businesses.

Grow Her Business: Supports women entrepreneurs’ commitment to growing their businesses by providing information on nearly 200 resources. 

Lean LaunchPad: A free online course from Udacity on how to build a startup based on Steve Blank's Lean Startup business model development approach. 

SAM Registration: There is NEVER a fee to register as a government contractor, including SAM registration. Clink on the link to learn more and for no-cost assistance to get you through the process. 

D-U-N-S Number: D&B D-U-N-S online Request Service to obtain a D-U-N-S number for US Federal Government Contractors and Grantees. 

Government Services Administration (GSA) - As the acquisition arm of the federal government, GSA plays a vital role in connecting the private sector with federal agencies fulfilling their business needs. GSA offers professional services, equipment, supplies, telecommunications, and information technology from commercial businesses to government organizations and the military through acquisition solutions from its Federal Acquisition Service (FAS). Small business new to GSA? Click here to learn your First Steps for doing business with GSA. 

How to Prepare Government Contract Proposals: This online SBA video course explains the government’s contract-solicitation process and describes how to prepare a proposal in response. 

Government Contracting Classroom: Whether you are just getting started or looking for ways to compete in the government contracting marketplace, SBA has created a series of free online contracting courses designed to help prospective and existing small businesses understand the basics about contracting with government agencies.

DLA Internet Bid Board System (DIBBS): DIBBS is a web-based application that provides the capability to search for, view, and submit secure quotes on Department of Defense Requests For Quotations (RFQs) for Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) items of supply - not services. DIBBS also allows users to search and view Request For Proposals (RFPs), Invitations For Bid (IFBs), Awards and other procurement information related to DLA. New to DIBBS? Watch this DOD/DIBBS Bidding Webinar. For additional assistance contact your local PTAC program.

Alabama PTAC Program: Assists Alabama businesses in obtaining federal, state, local government and commercial contracts.

Florida PTAC Program: Assists Alabama businesses in obtaining federal, state, local government and commercial contracts.

Louisiana Procurement Technical Assistance Center (LA PTAC): Assists Louisiana businesses in obtaining federal, state, local government and commercial contracts.

Mississippi Procurement Technical Assistance Program (MPTAP): Assists Mississippi businesses in obtaining federal, state, local government and commercial contracts.

Information on Coastal Restoration Projects and Funding Opportunities: A website funded by the Coastal Wetlands Planning, Protection and Restoration Act (CWPPRA), and maintained by the US Geological Survey's National Wetlands Research Center. The site contains information and links relating to coastal restoration projects in coastal Louisiana.

Doing Business with CPRA: Information about upcoming projects, advertisements for contracts, grants and bids, and additional resources for potential vendors. The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality's (MDEQ) website providing information and links relating to coastal restoration projects and procurement opportunities in Mississippi.