The Push for SBIR/STTR Reauthorization
With the current SBIR/STTR programs set to expire in September 2017, and the certainty of a new administration and Congress in a matter of months, there is a push to ensure reauthorization of the programs before Congress recesses its current session. The Small Business Technology Council (SBTC) of the National Small Business Assoc. (NSBA) recently circulated a flyer urging action on reauthorization. Here are excerpts:

"...While SBIR/STTR doesn't expire until Sept. 2017, avoiding last-minute reauthorization is critical to maintaining momentum and the long-term investment needed by the firms. The last reauth-
orization period took 14 continuing resolutions and over 2 years before passing. Small Businesses can't plan for the future or hire new employees based on last minute or temporary Congressional decisions.

"In light of the decades of evidence showing the success of SBIR/STTR in both helping agencies achieve their missions while encouraging small business growth and employment, we ask that the Congress move with greater urgency to pass a reauthorization bill for the SBIR/STTR programs. High-tech small businesses need the certainty that comes with a reauthorization rather than preparing against a potential loss of funding."

"The SBIR/STTR programs are unquestionably among the most successful programs in the federal government. Among the successes of these programs are: 
  • Innovations: With only 3.4% of Federal Extramural R&D Funding, 22% of America's Top Innovations are SBIR/STTR funded technologies.*
  • Patents: SBIR/STTR produces approximately 5,500 patents per year, as much as all American colleges/universities combined. 
  • STEM Jobs: SBIR/STTR Firms collectively employ over 400,000 advanced degree engineers and scientists
  •  Commercialization: Thousands of commercialization success stories, from all agencies and regions, including current large companies like Qualcomm and Symantec 
  • Highly Competitive: 1 in 8 Phase I proposals is selected; only 1 in 20 reaches Phase II * Global Success: SBIR has been copied by 17 countries around the world 
  • SBIR/STTR converts science & Basic Research into innovation and jobs needed for our high tech economy."
To support reauthorization efforts, NSBA has prepared a letter urging Congressional representatives to support SBIR/STTR reauthorization. Insert your name, email, home and business addresses and the SBTC will electronically send your letter to your Senators and Representative.

Read entire flyer

* Fred Block and Matthew Keller, Where Do Innovations Come From? Transformations in the U.S. National Innovation System 1970-2006, Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, July 2008. 

The HHS SBIR/STTR Conference helps small businesses in the life science sector learn more about over $870 million dollars of annual HHS funding that is available to forge academic partnerships and build new businesses based on recently developed biomedical technology. 
At this event, you will learn how to develop and win SBIR/STTR awards from the Department of Health and Human Services. Session topics will include:
  • Top 10 Dos and Don'ts for SBIR/STTR proposal development presented by BBCetc Managing Partner, Lisa Kurek, for Phase I at 9 a.m. on Nov. 16 and Phase II at 8 a.m. on Nov. 16
  • Interactive workshops featuring successful SBIR funded entrepreneurs & funding partners
  • Understanding indirect costs/financial accounting systems
  • What you need to know about human subjects/animal research
Attendees will also gain information on how to successfully submit an application, the types of technical assistance programs HHS offers to awardees and tips for approaching partners and investors.

This conference is relevant to a diverse audience, including biomedical entrepreneurs, principal investigators, grants and contracts administrators, and industry partners and investors. Representatives from NIH, SBA, CDC FDA, ACL and OIG will give presentations and answer questions during one-on-one meetings.

November 15 - 17, Orlando, FL
Early bird registration is available until Sept. 30

More Funding Opportunities
Posted/Due Date
Innovation Corps (I-Corps™) at NIH Program for NIH and CDC Phase I SBIR/STTR Grantees
Posted: 8/25/16
Opens: 8/1/16 
Due dates 11/1/16, 1/9/17
NIH/Nat'l Inst. on Alcohol Abuse & Alcoholism (NIAAA)
Wearable Alcohol Biosensors (R43/R44) 
Posted: 8/17/16
Opens: 11/6/16 
Due dates: 12/6/16,17,18,19, 4/4/17,18,19
NIH National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) 
Novel Methods for Obtaining Molecular Information from Archived Tissue Samples (R43/R44) 
Posted: 8/5/16
Opens: 11/5/16
LOI due: 11/5/16
Due: 12/5/16

who we are
BBCetc is nationally recognized for its expertise in helping technology-based entrepreneurs win federal funding through the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs and use it strategically to propel growth. BBCetc capabilities include:
  • Commercialization Planning
  • Research Grant Assistance
  • SBIR/STTR Training (Course Catalog)
  • Grants/Contracts Management 
  • Tech-Based Economic Development Programs   
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  training on tap
SBIR/STTR Proposal Prep for DoD
Sept. 13  - Southfield, MI

Managing SBIR/STTR Grants and Contracts
Sept. 14 - Ann Arbor, MI

SBIR/STTR Proposal Prep for NIH
Sept. 27-28 - Hamden, CT
Oct. 5 - Plymouth, MI
Oct. 5 - Richmond, VA
Oct. 18-19 - St. Louis, MO
Oct. 20-21 - New York, NY

Grant Writing Workshop
Sept. 27-28 - Chicago, IL

SBIR/STTR Proposal Prep for DoD & Commercialization Planning for SBIR/STTR Stage Cos.
October 5-6 - Seattle, WA

SBIR/STTR 101: Intro and Overview
Oct. 17 - Marquette, MI

SBIR/STTR Proposal Prep for NSF
Oct. 4 - Herndon, VA
Oct. 20 - E. Lansing, MI

ABCs of SBIR /STTR Funding
October 19 - New York, NY

Webinars are 1 - 2 p.m.
Oct. 26 - Essentials of SBIR/ STTR Commercialization Planning

NIH Regional Seminar  
Oct 26-26
Chicago, IL

18th Annual HHS SBIR/STTR Conference,  Nov 15 - 17 Orlando, FL 

SBIR/STTR Innovation Summit, Nov 29-Dec 1
Austin TX

Free to Michigan Companies
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HHS/NIH 2016/17 Omnibus
Released June 5, 2016
Closes Jan 5, April 5

Closes Oct  21

Closes Jan 8, 2017

Closes Oct 6

Opens Aug 15; Letter of Intent due Sep 6; closes Oct 17

Opens Sep 26; Closes Oct 26

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"So far this has been the best experience I have had with writing these grants. You folks are really competent and I think that when the time comes to submit it, everybody is going to feel very confident that we put our best effort into the submission." 
Susan Farricielli, Managing Partner, Kinetic Innovative Seating System

  boot camps    

Manufacturing Impacts through Energy and Commerce (MITEC) Boot Camp The MITEC Boot Camps in Ohio, Michigan, Georgia, and Virginia are designed to help small- to medium-sized enterprises based in those states access DOE national lab capabilities and assets. Home to some of the world's most powerful lasers, fastest super computers, and talented researchers, DOE's national labs offer a wealth of technical resources to help industry develop new products and services.

Learn how you can engage with two DOE national labs-the National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL) and Oak Ridge National Lab (ORNL)-to scale a material, utilize a set of mixed equipment for testing with expert advice from a scientist and/or engineer, and more. Leading experts will provide information on several federal funding opportunities to work with the labs. RSVP:
Michigan - Sept 14 in Detroit
Georgia - Oct 4 in Atlanta
Virginia - Oct 6 in Harrisonburg