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BBCetc Welcomes New Team Member: Shannon Bass
BBCetc is happy to announce that Shannon Bass has joined our firm as a Principal Consultant focusing on NIH proposal consulting, commercialization planning and post-award management. Shannon brings with her 28 years of management experience in the biotechnology industry and as an independent SBIR/STTR Consultant. Shannon's career began with an animal health start-up out of the University of Kentucky, which was later purchased by Neogen Corp. She continued in senior management positions with Neogen for 17 years and later became CEO of a biotech start-up. A PI on multiple research grants, Shannon has personal experience with the challenges that BBCetc clients face making her an excellent addition to our team. She holds B.S degree in Agriculture from Murray State University in Kentucky.  Welcome, Shannon!
Customer Discovery through Social Capital
BBCetc thanks H.S. Dracones LLC for this guest article.

Technology transition is rarely a linear path. Between concept and commercialization there is a virtual chasm, a disconnect between the world of research and the world of application. Many important and transformative ideas fall into this "tech valley of death" due to a simple lack of understanding on the part of the inventor of who to engage in their work, and how to go about connecting with them.

We call this concept Social Capital - it's the theory that success is contingent on maximizing the human capital, the people, organizations, and institutions, invested in your technology. Venture capital is critical to success - you can't get anywhere without funding - but the savviest entrepreneurs understand that the human capital invested in your idea is just as important. People are required to build curiosity and hope about what an innovation can achieve. Read on

Submission Changes at NSF
The National Science Foundation reports that proposers can now prepare and submit full, research non-collaborative proposals in the Proposal Preparation and Submission Site. The initial release of this new capability is running in parallel with existing proposal preparation and submission capabilities in FastLane. As a result, proposers can choose to prepare and submit full, research non-collaborative proposals in or in FastLane. 

The new system is being developed incrementally and, as more FastLane features become available in, the system features will expand until it replaces FastLane for proposal preparation and submission. A specific date for completion of this transition process has not yet been determined. Read on

Lockheed Martin Topics of Interest Released
Lockheed Martin (LM) has released its list of DoD SBIR 2018.2, STTR 2018.B solicitation topics with identified Lockheed Martin personnel interested in particular SBIR topics. The list helps connect companies with the appropriate LM technical points of contact to explore opportunities for partnership and innovation. If your firm has interest in a topic, is considering submitting a proposal and would like to seek Lockheed Martin's support through an endorsement, sponsorship and/or partnership opportunity, please contact the individuals listed next to the appropriate topic as soon as possible.

More Funding Opportunities
- The office of Congressionally Directed Medical Research (CDMRP) has released its FY2018 funding opportunities for the Dept. of Defense (DoD) Bone Marrow Failure, Gulf War Illness, Lung Cancer, Multiple Sclerosis, and Peer Reviewed Cancer Research programs. Detailed descriptions of the funding opportunities, evaluation criteria, and submission requirements can be found in the Program Announcements
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- National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA)
Wearable Alcohol Biosensors (STTR) (R41/R42- Clinical Trial Optional) PA-18-785
Posted May 15, opens August 5, 2018. Standard HHS due dates.

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.  BBCetc capabilities include:
  • Commercialization planning
  • Research grant assistance
  • SBIR/STTR training and proposal development assistance
  • Grants/contracts management
  • Tech-based economic development programs

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  training on tap
ABC's of SBIR/STTR Funding
June 5 - New York, NY

SBIR/STTR Proposal Prep for NIH
June 6 - Plymouth, MI
June 6-7 - New York, NY
June 20-21 - St. Louis, MO
July 25-26 - Omaha, NE

Grant Writing Workshop
June 13-14 - Chicago, IL

SBIR/STTR for Startups: Building a Quality Team
June 7 - Ann Arbor, MI

QuickBooks & Compliance for SBIR/STTR Awardees
June 12 - E. Lansing, MI

Think Your Company is Too Big for SBIR? Think Again.
July 10 - Ann Arbor, MI

SBIR Proposal Prep for USDA
July 18 - E. Lansing, MI

BBCetc's Pursuit Library of recorded webinars 

NASA has issued an SBIR/STTR Request for Information seeking comments on the strengths and weaknesses of particular PY 2018 subtopics so that the quality of subtopics can be improved during the development of the PY 2019 NASA SBIR/STTR Solicitation. NASA is also providing a networking opportunity for businesses participating in the RFI to share contact information with other RFI participants and develop partnerships. View RFI
  from NIH
The new Human Subject System(HSS) is scheduled to go live on June 9 and will be replacing the Inclusion Management System (IMS). HSS is a shared system that enables grant recipients to electronically report and update their data on human subjects and clinical trials to NIH. The system will also allow NIH agency staff to monitor and manage the data.
Standard close dates: Apr. 5, Sept. 5 and Jan. 5

Close June 14

Pre-released Apr. 20, open May 22, close June 20.