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The Important First Step in Preparing for Your DOE SBIR/STTR Proposal: Talk to the Program Manager
The Dept. of Energy has issued the topics for its FY 2019 Phase I Release 2 Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA). The solicitation opens Nov. 26, Letters of Intent are due Dec. 17 and proposals are due Feb. 4, 2019. The following DOE program offices are participating:
  • Cybersecurity, Energy Security, and Emergency Response
  • Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation
  • Electricity
  • Environmental Management
  • Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
  • Fossil Energy
  • Fusion Energy Sciences
  • High Energy Physics
  • Nuclear Energy
If you're considering a DOE proposal, you may be wondering:

How do I know if DOE is interested in my idea?
The answer is incredibly easy: Ask the relevant Program Manager. The best time to do this is AFTER the topics have been released, and BEFORE the FOA is released (Nov. 26) ... in a word, NOW. After the FOA is released, Program Managers have some restrictions on contact so don't wait!

What do you need to do before talking to the Program Manager? Read on
Important Information from NIH
NIH is strongly encouraging small businesses to contact the appropriate Institute or Center early in their application planning to ensure their technology is a priority for the Institute/Center.

An updated SBIR/STTR Application Guide with additional instructions for SBIR Direct Phase II application preparation and submission will be posted by November 26, 2018.  The following sections of each FOA are changed:

Part 2, Section I. Funding Opportunity Description  The following has been added at the end of the section for each FOA:

PA-18-573   The following Components will not accept an SBIR Direct-to-Phase II submission:
  • National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR)
  • National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH)
PA-18-574   The following Components will not accept an SBIR Direct-to-Phase II submission:
  • National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS )
  • National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR)
  • National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH)
  • Division of Program Coordination, Planning and Strategic Initiatives, Office of Research Infrastructure Programs (ORIP)
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) (All Components of CDC)
  • U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) (All Components of FDA)
Part 2, Section II. Award Information f or both PA-18-573 and PA-18-574. Application types now allowed are:
  • New (Phase I, Fast-Track)
  • New (Direct Phase II)
  • Renewal (Phase II)
  • Resubmission (all phases)
  • Phase IIB Competing Renewal (Phase IIB)
  • Revision 
The  OER Glossary  and the SF424 (R&R) SBIR/STTR Application Guide provide details on these application types.
More Funding Opportunities
Posted/Due Date
NASA SBIR/STTR Civilian Commercialization Readiness Pilot Program (CCRPP)
Posted: 11/5/18; Closes: 12/14/18
Advancing Imaging, Device Production, and Clinical Capabilities in Digital Dentistry (R41/R42 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
Posted: 10/10/18
Opens: 12/5/18
Standard due dates

Innovative Technologies for HIV Behavioral and Social Science Research (R41/R42 Clinical Trial Optional)
Posted: 9/19/18
Opens: 12/5/18
Standard due dates

NIDA-Natl Inst on Drug Abuse
Loyalty and Reward-Based Technologies to Increase Adherence to Substance Use Disorder Pharmacotherapies (R41/R42 - Clinical Trial Optional)
Posted: 9/19/18
Due: 12/14/18
USAMRMC FY18-FY22 Broad Agency Announcement for Extramural Medical Research
Posted: 10/17/18
Closes: 9/30/22

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Jan 16-17 - New York, NY
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Clinical trails not allowed:
Clinical trials allowed:
Standard close dates: Apr. 5, Sept. 5 & Jan. 5

Closes Dec. 4

Open Nov. 26; LOI due Dec. 17; closes Feb.4

Pre-releases Nov.29, opens Jan. 8; closes Feb. 6

  stay current
Revised NIH/CDC/FDA process for SBIR/STTR Life Cycle Certifications
SBIR/STTR awardees must certify at certain milestones that they are meeting the program's requirements during the life cycle of the funding agreement. The Life Cycle Certification is the mechanism for these assurances to be made.  Previously Life Cycle Certifications only needed to be completed and filed in the company's official files. 

The Certifications are required to be completed upon receipt of the final payment for Phase I recipients. Phase II recipients must provide them prior to receiving 50% of the total award amount and prior to their final payment of the total award as well. In addition to this requirement, effective Jan. 1, 2019, Life Cycle Certifications are required to be submitted to the awarding agency within the I-RPPR and F-RPPR submission in the eRA Commons.

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