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Coming to Michigan July 19!
SBIR Road Tour
One-on-one meetings with federal agency Program Managers and 
Michigan entrepreneurial resources, informative panels and sessions 

A unique opportunity for innovators,  entrepreneurs, researchers or small technology firms!
Writing your NIH SBIR/STTR Specific Aims? Go for Impact!
We have found that the best first step in developing an SBIR/STTR proposal is to draft the one-page Specific Aims document. This section is the most important page in your proposal. In it you should state concisely the goals of the proposed research and summarize the expected outcomes, including the impact that the results of the proposed research will have on the research field involved and/or on clinical practice. 

Remember that the reviewers will ultimately give your proposal a score based on what they consider will be the Overall Impact of your project, so if the impact of your technology is not the focus of your Aims, it probably isn't written correctly.

Think of the Specific Aims section as an Executive Summary that...Read On

Changes in the New NIH Omnibus
NIH recently released the 2017.2 SBIR ( PA-17-302) and STTR ( PA-17-303) Omnibus Solicitations.  There is one update to pay particular attention to relative to the receipt dates covered by this new release as well as other minor updates/changes so we have summarized the changes for our readers.  View changes

GAO Reports on SBIR/STTR Waste, Fraud and Abuse (WF&A) 
The federal Government Accountability Office (GAO) submitted a report to Congress last month on agencies' compliance with the mandated requirements for preventing SBIR/STTR WF&A. The 10 requirements mandated in the 2011 reauthorization of the programs include items
such as:
  • Requiring award recipients to certify their compliance with specific program requirements
  • Posting instructions for reporting WF&A on the agency website
  • Including information on successful prosecutions of WF&A
  • Improving education and training programs regarding WF&A
The GAO reports that between 2010-2016... Read on

From the NIH Extramural Nexus
What Are "Key Biological and/or Chemical Resources" That Should Be Addressed in My Application's Authentication Plan?
The quality of resources used to conduct research is critical to the ability to reproduce the results, so to address scientific rigor in your NIH application, we ask you to include an authentication plan. Key resources refer to established resources that will be used in the proposed research. Key biological and/or chemical resources include, but are not limited to, cell lines, specialty chemicals, antibodies and other biologics...  Read on

What Kind of Information Should I Include in the "Authentication of Key Biological and/or Chemical Resources" Attachment?
Applicants proposing to use established key biological and/or chemical resources are expected to include an authentication plan in the "Authentication of Key Biological and/or Chemical Resources" attachment, even if the key resources were purchased or obtained from an outside source that provided data on prior authentication. The authentication plan must include only a description of the methods proposed to authenticate key resources prior to use and at regular intervals, if appropriate. The plan should be... Read on

More Funding Opportunities
Posted/Due Date
HHS, Office of the Secretary
Biomedical Advanced Research & Development Authority (BARDA) Point of Care Biodosimetry Tests
Posted: 6/5

HHS Office of the Secretary
Biomedical Advanced Research & Development Authority (BARDA) High-Throughput Biodosimetry Tests
Posted: 5/

  training on tap
ABC's of SBIR/STTR Funding
June 27 - New York, NY

Proposal Prep for NIH
June 28-29 - New York, NY

SBIR 101 and Proposal Prep for USDA
July 12 - West Olive, MI

SBIR Road Tour
July 18 - Madison, WI

SBIR Road Tour & Summit
July 19 - Ypsilanti, MI

SBIR/STTR Proposal Prep for DoD
August 9 - Southfield, MI

Dept. of Defense
SBIR 2017.2 and STTR 2017.B  Closes June 21 (8 p.m. ET - note new time)

Released June 5; Close dates: Sept. 5 and April 5

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