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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.
Important Dates
Open discussion with TPOCs through May 21
SITIS Q&A closes June 6
Solicitation opens May 22
Proposals due June 20, 8:00 p.m. ET

For assistance in searching for appropriate topics and preparing competitive proposals, contact BBCetc at info@bbcetc.com or 734-930-9741. And be sure to check out our recorded DOD webinars.

DOD SBIR 2018.2 and STTR 2018.B Topics and Notable Changes for this BAA
 
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 notarized letter 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.

BBCetc Can Do It!
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.  
  • Post-Award Services -  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.
  • Content!  - 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. 
Contact us for information on any or all of these services!

Upcoming Conferences
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  HHS Conference is d esigned to educate attendees about SBIR/STTR and how to access federal resources, develop competitive proposals, and secure awards. 
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 and proposal development assistance
  • Grants/contracts management
  • Tech-based economic development programs

Contact us: 

info@bbcetc.com 
734.930.9741

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  training on tap
SBIR/STTR Proposal Prep for NSF
May 3 - E. Lansing, MI

ABC's of SBIR/STTR Funding
Jun 5 - New York, NY

SBIR/STTR Proposal Prep for NIH
Jun 6 - Plymouth, MI

SBIR/STTR Proposal Prep for NIH
Jun 6-7 - New York, NY

SBIR/STTR for Startups: Building a Quality Team
Jun 7 - Ann Arbor, MI

SBIR/STTR Proposal Prep
Jun 20-21 - St. Louis, MO

Check out our
new recorded webinar:

View BBCetc's 
Pursuit Library of recorded webinars

  QuizTime
The current NSF SBIR and STTR solicitation closes June 14, so its time to get that proposal going. Are you ready? Take this quick quiz to see if you know these basics:

1. How many Objectives should be included in a Phase I proposal?
A. 1
B. 2-3
C. 4-5
D. The more the better

2. Who defines feasibility?
A. The applicant
B. Reviewers
C. Collaborators
D. NSF Program Officer

3. Who oversees the review process?
A. Head of NSF
B. NSF Division Director
C. NSF Program Officer
D. Review Panel

4. Who makes the award decision?
A. Head of NSF
B. NSF Division Director
C. NSF Program Officer
D. Review Panel
(Answers below left. No peeking!)
  good article
Do Reviewers Read References? And If So, Does It Impact Their Scores? Find out in an article by Dr. Michael Lauer, NIH's Deputy Director for Extramural Research in the March 30  Extramural Nexus.
  solicitations
HHS-NIH/CDC/FDA/ACF Omnibus:
Standard close dates: Apr. 5, Sept. 5 and Jan. 5

Close June 14

Pre-released Apr. 20, open May 22, close June 20.

  icorps news
NYC Regional Innovation Node (NYCRIN)  is currently recruiting for the Summer and Fall 2018 SBIR Phase 0 program. The goals are to identify and improve the preparation of potential applicants to the NSF Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I program. The SBIR Phase 0 program will support eligible Phase 0 teams and existing companies to participate in a 7-week national Innovation Corps (I-Corps) cohort. Teams successfully admitted into the national cohort may have the option to request reimbursement for customer discovery related expenses up to $25,000 based on availability of funds and adherence to institutional and programmatic policies. 
  the answers
QuizTime Answers
1. B: 2-3 (no more than 4!) Technical Objectives should be proposed for an NSF Phase I proposal
2. A: The applicant develops measurable objectives that will show a feasible product.
3. C: The NSF Program Officer oversees the review process
4. B: The NSF the Program Officer compiles the Review Panel scores, and makes recommendations for award.  The Division Director makes the award decision based on the recommendations of all the Program Officers.

Get 'em all?       No? Next time!