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A Government Shutdown Primer
The  government shutdown has many people wondering which end is up. Our sincere thanks to the South-Central Michigan Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) for allowing us to share their useful information on the topic.

Federal agencies receive funding through a series of appropriations bills. A number of these bills - including those that fund the Department of Defense, the Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Education - have been approved for the federal fiscal year that began October 1st. As a result, those agencies are not being affected by the partial shutdown of the federal government.

What Agencies are Affected?
The agencies affected by the shutdown include: Agriculture, Commerce, Justice, Homeland Security, Housing and Urban Development, Interior, State, Transportation and Treasury. Also shut down is the SBA, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), and the Executive Office of the President.

As stated above, Congress had already approved spending bills for many federal agencies and departments for Fiscal Year 2019, so they are still running as normal. They include: Defense, Education, Veterans Affairs, Energy, Labor, Health and Human Services, Legislative branch and the Bureau of Reclamation.

What Does "Shutdown" Mean?
Every Federal Agency is required to prepare a shutdown plan, which designates staff as essential or nonessential. Non-essential staff are furloughed, which means that they are prohibited from doing any work associated with their job. No email, phone calls, working from home or off-site meetings. It is a serious offense to work while furloughed and can get you fired. Essential staff work as normally as possible but may be impacted significantly by their supporting functions being shut down.

Portions of currently unfunded agencies may operate using non-appropriated funds - revenues from fees such as the IFF (Industrial Funding Fee), which supports GSA's Federal Acquisition Schedules. When in doubt, ask.  Read on

HHS Office of Research Integrity (ORI) Annual Report on Possible Research Misconduct-
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Have you recently received an email from NIH Assurance Program Manager, Robin Parker, requesting that you file your annual report for 2018? If so, you are responsible for filing this annual report on behalf of your company which is due no later than April 30, 2019. The ORI oversees and directs Public Health Service (PHS) research integrity activities on behalf of the Secretary of Health and Human Services with the exception of the regulatory research integrity activities of the Food and Drug Administration.

Most small businesses do not have their own written policy regarding research misconduct. To assist small businesses, the ORI provides small businesses with the Small Organization Statement in lieu of a formal institutional policy. Go to this link on the ORI website for this template and the link for the Annual Report system. By submitting this statement, your small business agrees to report all allegations of research misconduct to ORI. This is an annual requirement for all institutions that received HHS federal funding.

Contact BBCetc for further guidance in regarding this policy and other grant management assistance.

QuizTime - Do you know your DOE?
The Dept. of Energy's 2019 Phase I Release 2 SBIR/STTR solicitation closes Feb. 25. Are you ready to submit?

1: What is the maximum number of proposals a company can submit to a DOE SBIR/STTR solicitation?
a. One
b. Five, but only one award can be accepted per cycle
c. Ten
d. No limit
e. No limit, but only one award can be accepted per cycle

2: In order to submit a full proposal to the DOE SBIR/STTR Program, a company must (select all that are true):
a. Have an active registration at SAM.gov, Grants.gov and PAMS
b. Contact the Program Manager prior to submitting to get a pre-approval
c. Submit a Letter of Intent
d. Propose a budget up to $200,000 for Phase I Projects
e. Include a Principal Investigator that is a US Citizen

3: Which of the following are true regarding DOE SBIR/STTR Letters of Intent:
a. Are optional but recommended as a good way to get Program Manager input
b. Are required and are submitted via the PAMS website
c. Each proposal you intend to submit requires its own Letter of Intent
d. Letters of Intent can be bundled together in one PDF and submitted to DOE via PAMS
e. Are required and are submitted directly to the Program Manager via email during the "open period"

Extra Credit (True/False)
A company may concurrently submit a single proposal to both the SBIR and STTR programs, as long as the proposal meets the requirements of each program.

Answers bottom right.

Other Funding Opportunities
The Department of Defense (DoD) Peer Reviewed Medical Research Program (PRMRP) recently released FY19 funding opportunities. Managed by the office of Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP), awards are available for Clinical Trial, Discovery, Focused Program, Investigator-Initiated Research, and Technology/Therapeutic Development.

Detailed descriptions, evaluation criteria, and submission requirements can be found in the Program Announcements.

All CDMRP funding opportunities, both recently and previously released, are available on the CDMRP website (https://cdmrp.army.mil).

Who We Are
BBC Entrepreneurial Training & Consulting manages Michigan's SBIR/STTR Assistance Program, which provides training and proposal development services to MI tech companies with most costs covered by the program. 

Contact us: 

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SBIR/STTR Proposal Prep for NIH
Jan 23-24 - St. Louis, MO
Jan 30-31 - Providence, RI
Feb 5 - Seattle, WA
Feb 26 - Spokane, WA

Clinical trails not allowed:
Clinical trials allowed:
Standard close dates:  Jan. 5  Apr. 5 , Sept. 5

Pre-released Nov. 26; opens Dec. 17; Letters of Intent due Jan. 7; closes Feb. 25

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

Closed Jan. 23

  nih i-corps
Applications for the April 2019 cohort of the NIH i-Corps program are now being accepted with a deadline of Jan. 28 at 5PM local time. 

The entrepreneurship training program is designed specifically for small businesses in biomedical industries with active Phase I SBIR or STTR award from any of the 22 participating NIH and CDC institutes and centers. Learn more

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Andrea (Johanson, PhD, Sr. Principal Consultant, BBCetc): I know Ryan and others have thanked you, and I wish to as well. Working with you and the BBC team, with your structure, materials, support and input, has been invaluable. In addition to submitting our SBIR on schedule, we've all remarked to one another how much we've learned over these past few months. A lot of that learning has directly to do with the mentoring by BBC.

Thank you very much for all your guidance. It is much appreciated by me, and I know, all of us.

Janet Mindes
5 Point App

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QuizTime Answers
Correct answers:
1. C.  10
2. A. Have an active registration at SAM.gov, Grants.gov and PAMS; C. Submit a Letter of Intent; and D. Propose a budget up to $200,000 for Phase I Projects
3. B. Are required and are submitted via the PAMS website, and C. Each proposal you intend to submit requires its own Letter of Intent
Extra Credit - True  A company may concurrently submit a single proposal to both the SBIR and STTR programs, as long as the proposal meets the requirements of each program.