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Michigan's SBIR/STTR Assistance Program Crosses $200 Million Mark in Awards to Program Clients
Michigan's SBIR/STTR Assistance Program passed a major milestone last month with awards to client companies reaching $205 million since 2002, when the program began. Funded by the Michigan Strategic Fund and administered by the Michigan Economic Development Corp. (MEDC), the program is managed by BBC Entrepreneurial Training & Consulting (BBCetc).

Through the SBIR/STTR programs, 11 federal agencies make high-risk capital available to fund R&D at the nation's most innovative small companies. The Michigan SBIR/STTR Assistance Program prepares Michigan technology companies to compete for funds more effectively by providing training and one-on-one proposal development services with most costs covered by the program.

"The SBIR/STTR programs are very competitive, but with over $1 million per project of non-dilutive (i.e. free) funding available, an SBIR/STTR grant can be the factor that allows Michigan entrepreneurs to cross the "Valley of Death" when their technologies are too early to qualify for other funding types," said Kris Bergman, co-managing partner, BBCetc.

"At twice the national average, this program has consistently excelled at improving the SBIR/STTR award rate of Michigan entrepreneurs," said Fred Molnar, vice president entrepreneurship and innovation, MEDC. "The BBCetc team has enriched the Michigan entrepreneurial ecosystem over the years and continues to achieve a very high return on the MSF investment."

Lisa Kurek was BBCetc's managing partner from 1997 through September 2016, presiding over the company as it expanded both its agency expertise and community outreach. In October 2016, the company was sold to BBCetc team members, Kris Bergman and Becky Aistrup. Lisa continues to play an active role as an experienced SBIR/STTR educator, speaker and resource for BBCetc clients. Read on

Look What's NEW for DoD's 2017.2 SBIR & 2017.B STTR BAA
The Dept. of Defense has pre-released its 2017.2 SBIR and 2017.B STTR Broad Area Announcement (BAA) offering 140 topics ( quick view of topics) across 11 participating components. Here are the changes in the BAA that you will want to take note of followed by some of the things that haven't changed, but still rate a reminder.

All Components
Note that, for the first time, all DoD SBIR and STTR proposals are due at 8 PM ET on the due date (Wednesday June 21) rather than previous deadline of 6 AM. (But PLEASE don't wait until the last minute to submit!)

Air Force
The Air Force SBIR BAA for 2017.2 includes topics sponsored by the Office of Secretary of Defense (OSD) and the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) in the Information Systems technology area of this release. Read on

Lockheed Martin Topics of Interest Released for DoD Solicitation
Lockheed Martin has released a list of DoD SBIR 2017.2, STTR 2017.B solicitation topics of interest to its personnel. The list helps connect companies with Lockheed Martin technical points of contacts 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 to ensure adequate time for letter approvals. View list

From the NIH Extramural Nexus
A Reminder of Your Roles as Applicants and Reviewers in Maintaining the Confidentiality of Peer Review
Imagine this: you're a reviewer on an NIH study section, and receive a greeting card from the Principal Investigator (PI) on an application you are reviewing. A note written inside the card asks that your look favorably upon the application, and in return, the PI would put in a good word with his friend serving on your promotion committee. Do you accept the offer, or just ignore it? Or, do you report it? ...

Or maybe several days after the initial peer review of your application, you receive a phone call from a colleague you haven't spoken to in quite a while. The colleague is excited about a new technique you developed and wishes to collaborate. You realize the only place you've disclosed this new technique is in your recently reviewed NIH grant application. What do you do? Read on

More Funding Opportunities
Posted/Due Date
Nasal Delivery of CNS Therapeutics (R43/R44)
Synopsis 1
Posted: 5/ 25/17
Closes: 8/23/17
Nasal Delivery of CNS Therapeutics (R41/R42)
Synopsis 1
Posted: 5/25/17
Closes: 8/23/17

Wearable to Track Recovery/Relapse Factors for People w/ Addiction(R43/R44)
Posted: 5/12/17
Opens: 9/15/17
Closes: 8/15/17
Army Research Lab. 
Basic and Applied Science BAA
Opened: 4/1/17
Closes: 3/31/22
Army Research Lab.
Basic and Applied Science BAA
Opened: 4/1/17
Closes: 3/31/22
U .S. Army Medical Research BAA
Posted: 5/5/17
Closes: 5/4/18 

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BBCetc is delighted to welcome Bonnie Dawdy to its team as Manager for the Michigan SBIR/STTR Assistance Program. In this new role, Bonnie will be responsible for coordinating all aspects of SBIR training, outreach and reporting efforts in Michigan. or 734.930.9741.  
  training on tap
SBIR/STTR Proposal Prep for NIH
June 6 - Seattle, WA
June 7 - Ann Arbor, MI
June 14-15 - Chicago, IL
June 28-29 - NY, NY

SBIR Summit 
June 16- Sioux Fall, SD

ABCs of SBIR/STTR Funding
June 27 - NY, 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 - Eastern Michigan Univ., Ypsilanti, MI

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SBIR Road Tour in Michiga July 19
Join BBCetc for this special event featuring one-on-one meetings with federal agency Program Managers , informative panels and sessions and  Michigan entrepreneurial support providers.
Agencies touring:  USDA, NIST, USAF, MDA, Navy, SOCOM, DOE, NIH, DHAS, NSF and  USPTO 

Don't miss this unique opportunity if you're an innovator, 
entrepreneur, researcher or small technology firm!

Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti

Dept. of Defense
SBIR 2017.2 and STTR 2017.B  Opens May 23; closes June 21 (8 p.m. ET - note new time)

National Science Foundation
Closes June 14

  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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