Monthly Update - June 2019
It's Time to Check Your Electronic Registrations
The NIH advises that it can take up to six weeks to complete all of the registrations necessary to submit your SBIR/STTR proposal through to the NIH. If you haven't already completed this process for a September submission, you should start now.  

Be aware that there is now an additional requirement in the SAM registration process that requires a Notarized Letter. This adds another layer to registration process. Please take this into consideration and start the process as soon as possible.

At this point we think we've seen almost every mistake that can be made in this process and have shared in many of our clients’ stress and disappointment when at the last minute they find they are unable to submit their proposals. Please don’t underestimate the number of things that can go wrong and start the process early and check that it is complete! Check out these registration sites and refer to the BBCetc Registration Requirements web page with appropriate links for all participating agencies.
Prepare in Advance to be "Just-in-Time"
One of the documents that NIH will request during Just-in-Time (JIT) process is the completion of a Financial Questionnaire. If you received a score on your grant that has the possibility of being funded, you should start preparing to complete this document sooner than later. When you get a request for JIT information you will be asked to respond quickly (within 3 to 7 days is not unusual).  

In this questionnaire you will need to describe the company’s accounting system and procedures, internal controls, budgetary controls, time keeping policy, and financial reports. Some startup companies are so new that these processes may not be in place, but a proper system should be proposed.

Contact BBCetc to advise and assist on setting up compliant accounting system and other compliant grant management practices.
BBCetc Website Hits Refresh
Early this month, we launched an updated website that is optimized for viewing on multiple devices. The new site continues to be a rich source of SBIR/STTR information with a sleeker organization for easy access to information on the programs and on BBCetc services and team. Check it out!
BBCetc Welcomes New Team Members
BBCetc is pleased to welcome two new team members to add to our capacity for client support and efficient operation. Megan Varnum, PhD, joins us as a Principal Consultant and Amy Davis as Product Support Director. Learn more about Megan and Amy:
Meet Megan
An NIH expert, Megan has a wealth of experience in leading biological technologies on the path to commercialization. As CEO of FibrosIX Inc., a Michigan company developing compounds for the treatment or prevention of fibrosis-related disorders, Megan was involved in all aspects of planning and operation of the company. This includes writing an STTR grant proposal, which was awarded from the National Cancer Institute.

Megan also served as an Entrepreneur in Residence for Michigan State University’s Spartan Innovations... Read on
Amy Davis
Meet Amy
Amy joined BBCetc after 13 years at medical research company and multiple SBIR awardee, NeuroNexus Technologies, where she was most recently Senior Sales and Marketing Associate. In this role, she was responsible for development of trade show and promotional materials, web presence, management of customer and distributor relationships, order processing and revenue tracking, and other marketing tasks. At BBCetc, Amy focuses on... Read on
DARPA Pre-releases Out-Of-Cycle Solicitations
The DARPA Small Business Programs Office (SBPO) has pre-released the following SBIR/STTR Opportunities (SBOs):

  • "Extreme Environment Sensors", FBO Solicitation Number HR001119S0035-01 
  • "Medical Implants from Molecular Assembly", FBO Solicitation Number HR001119S0035-03
  • "Robust Transceiver Modules for Femtosecond-Level, Free-Space Optical Time and Frequency Transfer to Mobile Platforms", FBO Solicitation Number HR001119S0035-04
  • "Side Channel Attack Testbench Emulator (SCATE)", FBO Solicitation Number HR001119S0035-05
  • "CHAracterization of Intrinsic Novelty (CHAIN)", FBO Solicitation Number HR001119S0035-07

These SBPOs will open for proposals on July 8, 2019 and close on August 6, 2019.

EPA's SBIR Solicitation is Open
The Environmental Protection Agency 2020-21 SBIR Phase I solicitation is open with a deadline of July 31. If you missed the June 6 informational webinar, click here for the slides. Click here for a transcript of the Q&A section of the webinar.
Training on Tap
NIH and NSF SBIR/STTR Workshop
June 25 - Laramie, WY

SBIR/STTR Proposal Prep for NIH
July 9 - Plymouth, MI

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

Dep't. of Defense
Opens May 31; closes Jul. 1
Talk to your TPOC through May 30

National Science Foundation
Submission windows:
4-Mar '19 - 13-Jun '19
14-Jun '19 - 12-Dec '19

Environmental Protection Agency
Closes Jul. 31
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 /