DoD SBIR 2018.2 and STTR 2018.B Are Out: Check Out the Topics
Topics for DOD's
SBIR 2018.2 and STTR 2018.B
Broad Area Announcement (BAA) were pre-released April 20. Now through May 21, you can talk to the Technical Points of Contact? Why is this important?
- The TPOC is often the author of the topic and so is most knowledgeable about its intent.
- During the 30-day pre-solicitation period, your conversation with the TPOC is private. Once that period is over, you can post questions - anonymously - to the SBIR/STTR Interactive Topic Information System (SITIS) for technical clarification only, but your questions and responses will be public.
- This is your opportunity to learn the parameters of the topic, ask technical questions, get clarification, and gauge whether and how well your technology meets the objective.
Open discussion with TPOCs through May 21
SITIS Q&A closes June 6
Solicitation opens May 22
What is the NIH Project Narrative (aka the Public Health Relevance Statement)?
As you begin to plan your proposal for the Sept. 5 NIH deadline, you'll want to be thinking about how to frame your Project Narrative. The Project Narrative is the section of the proposal where you explicitly describe the relevance of the proposed project to public health. This is, after all, a proposal to the National Institutes of Health whose mission is "to seek fundamental knowledge about the nature and behavior of living systems and the application of that knowledge to enhance health, lengthen life, and reduce the burdens of illness and disability."
NIH uses these public health relevance statements for portfolio analyses, to identify research highlights to Congress, and to make the importance of the research clear to the public.
The instructions for this section are as follows:
Using no more than two or three sentences, describe the relevance of this research to public health. In this section, be succinct and use plain language that can be understood by a general, lay audience. Make sure that your statement is clear about how the technology you are developing is addressing a health-related problem!
A good way to start this section would be, "In this SBIR, SmallPharmacorp plans to develop a..." Read on
New Rules for Sam Registrations
The System for Award Management (SAM) is an official website of the U.S. government and registration there is a requirement for all SBIR/STTR participating agencies. Recently SAM has taken proactive steps to address alleged fraudulent activity and is in the process of making system modifications to prevent improper activity going forward. Beginning on March 22, 2018, entities renewing or updating their registrations will be required to submit an original, signed
confirming the authorized Entity Administrator associated with the DUNS number before the registration is activated.
Read the FAQ
Remember, there is no cost to use SAM, so be sure never to use any third party charging a fee to assist with your registration.
You know us for our training and one-on-one SBIR/STTR proposal development services, but BBCetc is always developing new programs. Here are just a few other needs we can address:
- Train the Screener - When your employees are working with clients, can they speak knowledgeably about the SBIR/STTR programs as a viable funding mechanism for clients? Do they know what to ask to screen people for SBIR/STTR eligibility? BBCetc's "Train the Screener" program is designed to meet that need.
BBCetc provides post-award group training on grant and contract management as well as assistance to individual companies. Training includes guidance on u
nderstanding requirements for a
compliant accounting system,
how to get the money,
developing policies and procedures, m
onitoring award funds for budget compliance, and more. We also offer grant management services one a one-on-one basis!
Phase II Training
- Yes, we do that too. During this day-long training we explore key considerations for a Phase II proposal with specific emphasis on commercialization. We provide the framework for a strong commercialization plan, discuss key activities that should be initiated during the Phase I project, and review the overall attributes of a compelling, well-crafted proposal.
- Websites need content and we've got it. SBIR Companies, if you need content on your company page to describe the SBIR program that funded you, we can help. SBIR Support Organizations, your client companies might benefit from blogs or articles about SBIR and we're happy to provide those as well. All we ask is attribution.
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SBIR/STTR Spring Conference
Anaheim, CA, May 13-16
Attend this conference and learn how to participate in and compete for funding in these two programs that encourage small businesses to engage in Federal Research/Research and Development (R/R&D) as well as how to commercialize your technological innovations. Interact with government SBIR/STTR program managers and staff, industry leaders and veteran SBIR/STTR awardees to learn how to access SBIR/STTR, build partnerships, and create successful commercialization strategies. Plus, don't miss BBCetc's Becky Aistrup presenting on Phase II Proposal Development on Monday, May 14, 3-5 p.m.
20th Annual HHS SBIR/STTR Conference
Dallas, TX on October 30-November 1
At $1 billion dollars of annual funding, HHS is one of the largest sources of early-stage capital for life science technology commercialization in the U.S. The
esigned to educate attendees about SBIR/STTR and how to access federal resources, develop competitive proposals, and secure awards.
SBIR/STTR Proposal Prep for NSF
ABC's of SBIR/STTR Funding
SBIR/STTR Proposal Prep for NIH
SBIR/STTR Proposal Prep for NIH
SBIR/STTR for Startups: Building a Quality Team
SBIR/STTR Proposal Prep
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new recorded webinar:
Standard close dates: Apr. 5, Sept. 5 and Jan. 5
Close June 14
Pre-released Apr. 20, open May 22, close June 20.