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Let Your Mistake-Free Biosketches for NIH Shine
Biosketches are key for reviewers to gauge the technical breadth of your team and its capacity to complete the project. At BBCetc we've seen summary statements, debriefings and criticisms of proposals denied funding because the team's skills were lacking or were not properly detailed. 

As you prepare your proposal for the upcoming Jan. 5 NIH deadline, take heed of these common mistakes we see over and over again in our proposal reviews: 
  1. Not explaining your role on the project in the Personal Statement. Reviewers can't judge whether you're qualified for your role if they don't know what your role is.
  2. Citing more than four publications under your Personal Statement. The limit is four.
  3. Not including a "Contributions to Science" section, which is required for every Key Person. It should be a short paragraph not just one sentence. 
  4. Citing more than four publications or research products after each Contribution to Science. The limit is four.
  5. Inventing your own formatting. Follow the format! 
  6. Including Completed Research that goes back further than 3 years. Per the instructions, limit this section to the past 3 years.
  7. Not fixing your collaborators and your team's biosketches to make them all look beautiful and consistent. Take the time to do this. Looking professional is important!

...  Applications for the I-Corps at NIH program are due on Monday, Dec. 18. If you need additional information about the program, visit the I-Corps at NIH webinar materials page for archived webinars and a sample application excerpt. Applications must be submitted through the NIH ASSIST system. If you have any questions, send an email to

... In a new "All About Grants" podcast, "Understanding the Definition of a Clinical Trial and What That Means for You," Dr. Mike Lauer, NIH deputy director for extramural research, discusses the NIH definition of a clinical trial, addresses community questions, and speaks to how changes to clinical trials policies will impact applicants and grantees. Listen

NASA SBIR/STTR is revamping its proposal submission system. The new system is more modern, intuitive, and user-friendly with a dashboard to help manage your submissions. Key features include a variety of ways to contact NASA for support, quick reference for your recent activity, snapshot of your percent of application completion and more. Learn more about the update system in upcoming webinars.
More Funding Opportunities

Posted/Due Date
Products to Support Applied Research Towards Zero Suicide Healthcare Systems (R43/R44 Clinical Trial Optional) 
Posted: 11/28/2017
Due: 4/6/19

Advancing Research on Alzheimer's Disease (AD) and Alzheimer's-Disease-Related Dementias (ADRD) (R43/R44 Clinical Trial Optional)

Posted: 11/28/2017
Due: 9/6/19

T2 Translational Research on Aging: Small Business Innovation Awards (R43/R44 Clinical Trial Optional)
Posted: 11/28/2017
Due: 9/6/19

T1 Translational Research on Aging: Small Business Innovation Awards (R43/R44 Clinical Trial Optional)
Posted: 11/28/2017
Due: 9/6/19

who we are
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
Contact us:  / 734.930.9741

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QuizTime Answers:
1.  B - Only during the pre-release period. For the current solicitations, you have until Jan. 7 to talk to your TPOC.
2. B - False. As a contracting agency, DOD requires that you respond to specific topics. 
3. B - No. Typically the same topic will not be repeated in future solicitations.

Get them all?       Not so much? Next time!
  training on tap
Texas SBIR/STTR Innovation Symposium
Dec 11 - San Antonio, TX

SBIR/STTR Proposal Prep for DOE
Dec 13 - Newark DE

SBIR/STTR Proposal Prep for NIH   
Jan 10-11 - New York, NY
Jan 17-18 - Stony Brook, NY
Jan 18 - Plymouth, MI

SBIR/STTR Proposal Prep for NSF/NIH
Jan 10-11  - Newark, DE

The ABC's of SBIR/STTR Funding 
Jan 9 - New York, NY
Jan 25 - Ann Arbor, MI

SBIR/STTR Grant Writing Workshop
Jan 30-31 - Chicago, IL

Check out BBCetc's SBIR/STTR Pursuit recorded webinar library

Released June 5, 2017; Closes Jan. 5, 2018

Dept. of Defense
Now in pre-release (Talk to your TPOC until Jan. 7!)
Opens Jan. 8; closes Feb. 7

Dept. of Energy
LOI due Jan. 8; Closes Feb. 26  View list of upcoming topic webinars

Nat'l Oceanic/Atmospheric Administration (DOC)
Closes Jan. 31, 2018

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Closes Dec. 19

Dept. of Homeland Security (DHS)
In pre-release. Opens ~Dec. 13; closes TBA

Nat'l. Aeronautics and Space Admin. (NASA)
Opens Jan. 11; closes Mar.9

DoD's largest solicitations of the year, SBIR 2018.1 and STTR 2018.A, are now in pre-release. Take our quiz and find out if you're ready to tackle the proposal process.

1. When, if at all, are you allowed to talk to DoD's SBIR Topic Authors/ TPOCS about a proposal topic?
   a)  Any time you want to
   b)  Only during the pre-
        release period
   c)  Never

2. DoD's SBIR/STTR program accepts investigator-initiated proposals 3 times per year.
   a)  True
   b)  False

3. If I see a DoD topic in the current solicitation, I can also wait until next time because the same topic will be requested again.
   a)  Yes, no problem
   b)  No, topics are not  
        usually repeated

Answers below left. No cheating!