March 2020
COVID-19 Training Impact
As COVID-19 continues to impact us all, BBCetc is supportive of the decisions and choices made by those that host SBIR/STTR training workshops. We will follow CDC and host organization guidance and reschedule or change workshops to virtual instruction. Please refer to BBCetc's Event Calendar or your local event sponsor for updates. The BBCetc staff is fully available to answer questions and assist with your proposals. 
In the meantime, our Virtual SBIR Classroom , described below,
is available to cover your training needs.
Contact us at 734-930-9741 or for program options.
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BBCetc Introduces
The Virtual SBIR Classroom
BBCetc now offers another option that bridges the gap between onsite training and webinars. In our new Virtual SBIR Classroom, online training is live and interactive with the speaker visible to the audience. The class spans a half to a full day with three-to-five hours of content delivered. Timely breaks, activities and regular interaction with participants are built into the program to increase engagement and involvement. Multiple speakers can be featured when specific expertise is useful.
Contact us at or 734-930-9741 for more information.
Through April 5, ALL BBCetc Recorded Webinars are FREE!
While company, university and lab activities are curtailed during the COVID-19 crisis, why not devote some time to boning up on your SBIR/STTR knowledge? The BBCetc SBIR/STTR Pursuit recorded webinar library has over 25 titles, including general and agency specific titles.
Use code SPRING2020 and raise your SBIR/STTR IQ!
Submitting to NIH this Cycle? Make Sure the Title Tells Your Story
You may have already written the title of your SBIR/STTR project, but with the NIH deadline fast approaching (April 5, but for best results think April 1) we suggest taking another look.

Make sure that it really tells your story, conveying what your product is (Innovation), and what public health problem it addresses (Significance).

The title and Abstract affect how NIH will assign your application and report your research dollars to Congress, and NIH referral officers depend on these to assign your application to the most appropriate Study Section and Institute. Read on
Five Tips for Preparing Your SBIR/STTR 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:

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 want to avoid last minute problems. Why? Because your budget must:
  • Not exceed the agency's 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

DOD Funding Opportunities
The Department of Defense (DoD) recently released FY20 funding opportunities for the Autism Research Program (ARP), Ovarian Cancer Research Program (OCRP) and Peer Reviewed Medical Research Program (PRMRP), all managed by the office of Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP). 

Detailed descriptions, evaluation criteria, and submission requirements can be found in the Program Announcements available electronically for downloading from the, the CDMRP website and the electronic Biomedical Research Application Portal (eBRAP).
All CDMRP funding opportunities, both recently and previously released, are available on the CDMRP website.
Submission is a two-step process requiring both pre-application and full application submissions. All pre-applications must be submitted through eBRAP. Full applications from extramural organizations (non-DoD organizations) must be submitted through
NIST's SBIR FY 2020 is Open
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) SBIR FY 2020 Phase I NOFO is now open with a submission deadline of April 22. From the NIST website

New in this solicitation (See Section 3.02):
  • Technical proposals are limited to 15 pages
  • Application are limited to one proposal per SBC

Examples of current NIST technical projects (See NOFO Section 3.02.02 (1)) are listed below. This list provides sample URL’s and is not intended to be all-inclusive.

View helpful videos.
Things to Know
  1. is secure, private online access to government benefits and services. It provides a way of having a master set of credentials for multiple government websites. is currently using as a secure entrance to their website and coming soon will provide the same opportunity. Users are able to associate their account with, allowing users to access both and using only the credentials.
  2. DUNS is transitioning to UEI, the Universal Entity Identifier. There will be more information about this coming soon.
  3. is available in a mobile app. Just as you do on the website, the mobile app allows you to get notifications when new opportunities match your saved queries, track your applications, receive alerts about system updates and opportunity announcements, sort and filter results, and more.
  4. Effective May 25, NIH will be changing from Forms E to Forms F. For a transition period, both FORMS-E and FORMS-F application packages will be active. Applicants must choose the appropriate application package for their due date when presented with both FORMS-E and FORMS-F application packages on the same FOA. The notice includes a helpful table indicating which forms to use based on your intended due date. Watch for more information coming soon.

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. Science Foundation
Submission windows:
Mar. 6, 2020 - Jun. 4, 2020
Jun. 5, 2020 - Sep. 3, 2020
Sep. 4, 2020 - Dec. 3, 2020
In response to the evolving COVID-19 situation and impact to small businesses and research institutions, the 2020 NASA SBIR/STTR Phase I proposal due date has been extended to Monday, March 23, 2020 at 5 pm ET. 

Closes May 27 Note: Phase II projects must have previously completed a successful Phase I project before applying for a Phase II grant.

Closes Apr 22

Upcoming Training and Events
For the time being, most training is either canceled or being done virtually. Check the BBCetc Events Calendar for updates.
A bout BBCetc
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. Its Michigan clients have been awarded over $289 million in funding since 2002. 

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