August/September 2019
Your SBIR/STTR Project Relies on a Well-Planned Budget
A proper budget can be an effective tool in driving the project from start to finish. Here's our advice for getting it right:

1. Develop your budget EARLY! And early doesn't mean six days before the deadline instead of one day before the deadline. Early means many weeks before the deadline. If you don’t plan early you’ll have last minute problems. Why? Because your budget must:
  • Not exceed the agency specified limits
  • Meet the specific mechanism (e.g., SBIR or STTR) requirements
  • Support the work you are proposing as confirmed with your concise and articulate budget justification
Tap Your Local PTAC for a Variety of Services
Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (PTACs) help entrepreneurs with everything they need to sell to federal, state and local government agencies, all at little or no charge. PTAC services include helping companies with the complex registrations required to do business with government agencies, one-on-one business counseling, workshops and match-making events. These services are important for many of BBCetc's SBIR and STTR client companies. Be sure to take advantage them!

Are you a PTAC counselor? BBCetc offers customized training and other services for PTAC's, entrepreneurs and small businesses alike. Check out our short webinar for tips on screening your clients for SBIR/STTR, view our class options, services and other recorded webinars, and contact us to learn how we can support your programs.
Health & Human Services-NIH/CDC/FDA Omnibus
Clinical Trials not allowed:
PA-19-272 PHS 2019-02 SBIR-NIH, CDC, FDA
PA-19-270 PHS 2019-02 STTR-NIH
Clinical Trials required:
PA-19-273 PHS 2019-02 SBIR-NIH
PA-19-271 PHS 2019-02 STTR-NIH
Standard close dates: Jan. 5 Apr. 5, Sept. 5

Nat'l. Institutes of Health/Center for Disease Control

Nat'l. Science Foundation
Submission windows:
4-Mar '19 - 13-Jun '19
14-Jun '19 - 12-Dec '19

Dept. of Energy
LOI due Sep 3; non-responsive LOI Feedback Sep 24; closes Oct. 15

U.S. Dept. of Agriculture
Closes Oct. 23

Dept. of Defense
In pre-release; opens Sept. 24; closes Oct. 23

REMINDER - If you intend to submit an SBIR or STTR proposal to the National Science Foundation (NSF) by the December 12 solicitation close, be sure to submit your three-page Project Pitch by mid-October. You will hear from NSF within three weeks if you meet the program’s objectives to support innovative technologies that show promise of commercial and/or societal impact and involve technical risk. For a quick overview of Project Pitch and tips for success, view BBCetc's Tips at Clip on the topic. Learn more. ,
Upcoming Training and Events
SBIR/STTR Proposal Prep for NSF
Sept. 24 - Toledo Information/Registration

SBIR/STTR Proposal Prep for NIH
Oct. 2 - Plymouth, MI Information/Registration

SBIR/STTR Proposal Prep for NIH and NSF
Oct. 2-3 - New Haven CT Information/Registration

Defense TechConnect & Innovation Summit & Expo, and SBIR/STTR Fall Innovation Conference
Oct. 7-10 - National Harbor, MD
BBCetc' Jerry Hollister will present Phase II Proposal Prep on Oct. 8 and discuss Lessons Learned from Phase II Awardees on Oct. 10

SBIR/STTR Intro & Advanced NIH/NSF Workshop
Oct. 16-17 - Roanoke, VA Information/Registration

Midwest Drug Discovery Conference
Oct. 31-Nov.1 - Omaha, NE Information and Registration

SBIR/STTR for Faculty, Post-Docs & Grad Students
Nov. 6 - E. Lansing, MI Information/Registration

SBIR/STTR Proposal Prep for DOD
Dec. 5 - Southfield, MI Information/Registration

NEW! SBIR/STTR Tips at a Clip
In addition to our SBIR/STTR Pursuit Recorded Webinar Library which provides a variety of SBIR/STTR topics, BBCetc is developing a series of short (10-15-min.) single-topics webinars call Tips at a Clip. View them on our website or our YouTube channel. Just added:
Please Note: ( will be decommissioned on November 8. Its critical functionality will be transitioned into in the first quarter of the 2020 fiscal year. On Nov. 8 you’ll now be directed, the new home for contract opportunities. View the FBO Transition Fact Sheet.

The Air Force has issued an out-of-cycle SBIR solicitation ( FA8649-19-S-0001) Commercial Solutions Opening (CSO) for AFWERX Special Topics. Proposals will be accepted starting Sept. 24 with a deadline of Oct. 23, 8 pm ET.

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency ( DARPA) has pre-released the following SBIR/STTR opportunities with response dates of October 28, 2019:
  • Holistic Object Tracking, FBO Solicitation Number HR001119S0035-13
  • Patterned, Responsive Cellular Therapies Using Novel Mammalian Cellular Regulator Systems, FBO Solicitation Number HR001119S0035-16
  • Sparse Information Orbit Estimation for Proliferated LEO, FBO Solicitation HR001119S0035-22
About BBCetc
BBC Entrepreneurial Training & Consulting, LLC (BBCetc) works with technology-based entrepreneurs and companies throughout the U.S. on strategies to advance their R&D efforts to commercialization. The BBCetc team is nationally recognized for its success in helping clients secure federal funding through the SBIR and STTR programs. Services include research grant assistance, SBIR/STTR training and proposal development assistance, and grants and contract management.   

Contact us: / 734.930.9741 /
Funds for this initiative were provided by the 21st Century Jobs Fund, a MSF program designed to accelerate the growth and diversification of Michigan’s economy.