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September 2017 - In This Issue:

The Technology Commercialization Services team provides one-on-one business counseling and advice to: small business owners, university researchers, and entrepreneurs looking to advance their innovations to the marketplace.

Director, Technology Development and Commercialization

SBIR/STTR  Specialist
& Newsletter Editor

Technology Commercialization Counselor
Eastern NC

Technology Commercialization Counselor
North Central NC

NC IDEA:  Seed Grant Application Open Through 9/11
The NC IDEA Seed Grant offers up to $50,000 in non-dilutive funding to selected companies.  For more information please see here: http://ncidea.org/grants-programs/seed-grant/

NIH/CDC SBIR Contract Solicitation PHS 2018-1 Webinar Recording, Transcript, and Slides Now Available

The contract submission deadline is October 20, 2017, 5:00 PM EDT. Please follow the directions in the solicitation very carefully. You must respond exactly to a topic in the solicitation. As always, we encourage you to start the registration and application process early, and reach out the central office or the funding Institute or Center of your choice for assistance.


On Tuesday, August 15, 2017 the NIH SBIR/STTR Program office hosted a webinar to explain and discuss the release of the NIH and CDC SBIR Contract Solicitation (PHS 2018-1).


The difference between contracts and grant solicitations, iCorps at NIH, the eCPS submission process, and specific topics with Program Managers from NCI, NHLBI, NIAID, NIDA, and CDC were addressed. A live Question & Answer session with host, Matt Portnoy, concluded the webinar.


The slide presentation, webinar recording, and transcript are now available for your reference.


*Please be advised, an automated transcription service was used, and there may be grammatical errors and typos in the transcript. The webinar went over the allotted time, causing transcription services to stop at 3:30 PM. We have done our best to correct as many errors as possible, but you are encouraged to reach out to us by email at sbir@od.nih.gov if anything remains unclear.


Please check NOT-OD-17-089 or topics, contracting officer contact information and other details. You can also find the SBIR contract solicitation link on our Funding page and on FedBizOpps.


Those interested in the PHS small business research GRANT programs, where investigator-initiated research ideas are encouraged, should use the SBIR (PA-17-302) and STTR (PA-17-303) Omnibus solicitations. You can find solicitation links on our Funding page. To understand better the differences between grants and contracts, view the Apply page.


SBTDC and SBIR Client Success Story
Kepley BioSystems, Inc.

Located in the Triad, Kepley BioSystems began as a startup at the Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering (JSNN/NC A&T and UNCG). Professor Christopher Kepley, Dr. Anthony Dellinger, and lead inventor Terry E. Brady, decided to develop a replacement for forage fish used as bait in crab and lobster traps. Baiting with the perishable forage fish requires refrigeration on boats and depletes an essential link in the oceanic food chain. The team invented OrganoBait, which is a low-cost, non-perishable, non-toxic, and highly effective man-made bait using natural compounds.


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SBIR Proposal Writing Basics: Advice for SBIR/STTR Proposers to Dept. of Energy (DoE)

Gail & Jim Greenwood, Greenwood Consulting Group, Inc.
Copyright © 2017 by Greenwood Consulting Group, Inc.


The Dept. of Energy (DOE) has initiated its first request for SBIR/STTR Phase I proposals for Federal Fiscal Year 2018. DOE has some interesting and unique requirements, so we wanted to highlight some of them to help potential applicants.


If You Don't Fit the Topic, Don't Submit. DOE is unique as a granting agency in that it has relatively specific topics in its SBIR/STTR program. If your project doesn't fit one of those topics, then you should not submit a proposal. By the way, DOE releases two Funding Opportunity Announcements per year, so if your idea doesn't fit any topics in the current, FY18.1 release, then it may be more appropriate for the FY18.2 FOA that will come out on October 30, 2017.


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Early Bird Registration for the 19th Annual HHS SBIR/STTR Conference in Milwaukee, WI ending soon!

1) Meet one-on-one with HHS SBIR/STTR program managers:
Over 100 federal staff, including representatives from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Small Business Administration (SBA), Administration for Community Living (ACL), and HHS Office of the Inspector General (OIG) will be holding one-on-one meetings and giving presentations.


2) Learn from successful HHS SBIR/STTR awardees:
You will have the chance to hear tips from successful applicants, potential funding partners and companies during interactive workshops and sessions. These sessions include a diverse group of successful awardees, including women-owned small businesses and socially and economically disadvantaged small businesses.


3) Learn how to develop a competitive application:
Many sessions focus on how to develop and submit your SBIR/STTR application. Topics include:

  • How to submit your SBIR/STTR grant proposal electronically via ASSIST
  • FDA regulatory requirements for drugs and devices
  • Important considerations to protect your intellectual property
  • What you need to know about human subjects and animal research
  • View the agenda for a full listing

Technology Commercialization Program

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