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ow to Connect with Prime Contractors: 
An Interview with Lockheed Martin
If you are planning to or have already submitted an SBIR/STTR proposal to the Dept. of Defense you probably have a keen interest in learning how to connect with prime contractors. Primes provide small businesses with various assistance during different phases of their SBIR/STTR projects, including supporting technology requirements, evaluation, co-development, and insertion into larger systems.

Recently BBCetc's top  DOD SBIR consultant, Becky Aistrup, interviewed Lockheed Martin's (LM) Orysia Buchan, Supplier Diversity Government Programs Manager, to learn more about how SBIR/STTR companies can engage with LM. Below are the questions Becky put to Orysia. For the answers,  click here .
  • Why is the SBIR/STTR program of interest to LM and how does LM engage small companies via the SBIR/STTR program?
  • How do you identify topics of interest and how do companies learn more about those topics?
  • What is the optimum way for a company to engage with LM for a Phase I or Phase II proposal? 
  • Is LM interested in being a subcontractor to the small business on Phase II for testing or other aspects of the project?
  • What advice do you give to small companies who are not deeply familiar with how to work with DoD or a Prime Contractor?
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Dec 7 Webinar, 11 a.m. - Noon
Hear more about how to engage with LM from Craig Owens, LM's Corporate Tech Lead & Aero Program Manager for SBIR
Craig will discuss how LM identifies topics of interest, how to receive the latest LM updates and connect with LM technical points of contact to explore opportunities, what LM can bring to the table in terms of assistance, and tips for success. Register

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New NIH Policies on Studies Involving Human Subjects      
Many NIH grant applicants and awardees are not aware that NIH revised the definition of a clinical trial in 2014. If you plan to apply to NIH for funding after January 25, 2018, changes as a result of NIH's new policies on studies involving human subjects may affect how you select an FOA, write your application and comply with NIH policies. NIH has a web page devoted to helping you determine whether your study will be considered by NIH to be a clinical trial.
For those planning to submit an NIH SBIR/STTR after January 25, 2018, NIH will be releasing new Omnibus solicitations. These will require the use of Forms E and will incorporate additional changes relative to these policies. BBCetc will be incorporating these changes into upcoming training and webinars so make sure to watch our training page.

Grants.gov: Legacy PDF's=OUT; Workspace=IN
On December 31, Grants.gov will officially retire the legacy PDF application package as a method to apply for a federal grant. This will change the way many Grants.gov users complete and submit their grant applications.

Submission will now be made through Workspace, a fast, easy, secure alternative that features an online environment optimized for applicants collaborating on an application.

Forms can either be (1) completed online within a web browser or (2) downloaded individually as PDF files, filled out, and uploaded back into Workspace.  You can still view your full, complete application by clicking the Preview link in Workspace. Watch the video

Don't Miss Out on MIETF Matching Funds!
The Emerging Technologies Fund (ETF) was created to provide grant dollars to support commercialization of SBIR/STTR projects. Since 2008, the MI-SBDC has partnered with the Michigan Economic Development Corporation to administer over $11 million in federal grant matching through the ETF. Funding for the program is provided through the Michigan 21st Century Jobs Fund.

The ETF will match SBIR/STTR awards in the amounts of $25,000 for Phase I and up to $125,000 for Phase II proposals. (Refer to Section E of the Program Guidelines). ETF awards will come in the form of... Read on

More Funding Opportunities
Posted/Due Date
DoD Psychological Health/ Traumatic Brain Injury Research Program, Complex Traumatic Brain Injury Rehabilitation Research Clinical Research Award
Synopsis 1
Posted: 9/6/2017
Updated: 9/25/17
Due: 12/27/17

Organotypic Culture Models developed from Experimental Animals for Chemical Toxicity Screening R43/44

Posted: 9/25/17
Opens: 12/12/17
LOI due:12/12/17
Due: 1/12/18

Renewal Awards of SBIR Phase II Grants (Phase IIB) for Pre-Clinical Research (R44)
Synopsis 1
Posted: 9/11/17
Due: 9/5/20

who we are
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.  Its Michigan clients have been awarded over $213 million in funding since 2002. 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 DOD and Special NAVSEA Event (watch for details soon)
Dec 5 - Lawrence Tech. University,  Southfield

Ask the SBIR/STTR Expert
Office Hours
Dec 6 - TechTown, Detroit

How to Engage With Lockheed Martin on Your DOD-Focused SBIR/STTR Technology
Dec 7 - Webinar

FREE to Michigan Companies: BBCetc's SBIR/STTR Pursuit recorded webinar library
(Discount code: "Michigan")

Released June 5, 2017; Closes Jan. 6, 2018

NIH/CDC SBIR  Contract
Closes Oct. 20

Dept. of Defense
Closes Oct. 25

Dept. of Energy
SBIR/STTR Ph I Release 1 and Release 2 are DELAYED. More info TBA

Nat'l Science Foundation
Close Dec. 4

Nat'l Oceanic/Atmospheric Administration (DOC)
Closes Jan. 31, 2018

 ip webinars
The United States Patent and Trademark Office in partnership with the SBA is releasing the next installment of the quarterly Intellectual Property educational webinars for SBIR/STTR small businesses, presented live on October 23 - November 1. View dates, topics and registration links

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Marc Benioff, Salesforce CEO

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. The MEDC markets Michigan and provides the tools and environment to drive job creation and investment. For more information on the 21st Century Jobs Fund initiative, visit michiganbusiness.org