Common Mistakes in NIH Biosketches
As the Sept. 5 deadline nears, people are feverishly working on finalizing their proposals, including the Biosketches section. Make sure yours is up to snuff by checking your whole team's biosketches for these common errors:
- Not explaining your role on the project in the Personal Statement. We can't judge whether you're qualified for your role if we don't know what your role is.
- Citing more than four publications under your Personal Statement. The limit is four.
- Not including a Contributions to Science Section. This section is required for every Key Person (i.e. on every biosketch). It should be a short paragraph not just one sentence.
- Citing more than four publications or research products after each Contribution to Science. The limit is four.
- Inventing your own formatting. Follow the format. 'Nough said.
- Including Completed Research that goes back further than three years. The instructions say to limit this section to the past three years, so do just that.
- Not fixing your collaborators' and your team's biosketches to make them all look beautiful and consistent. Take the time to do this. Look professional!
Attention to detail is important so stay alert and keep moving forward when preparing your proposal!
NIH Requests JIT Info - Are you prepared?
You received an email from NIH requesting Just-in-Time (JIT) information; time to crack open the champagne to celebrate being funded? Not just yet. Although this is a very good sign, it is not an indication of Notice of Award. When you get a request for JIT information you will be asked to respond quickly (within 3-to-7 days is not unusual). There are some documents that are consistently required so preparation ahead of the request can help you get this information gathered quickly.
Standard information that will be requested includes:
* Other support (both active and pending) for senior/key personnel
* SBIR or STTR Funding Agreement Certification, and
* Financial questionnaire
Other items that may be applicable to your application include:
More Funding Opportunities
(the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority) is soliciting proposals for advanced research and development of medical countermeasures (MCM) for chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) agents, pandemic influenza, and emerging infectious diseases that threaten the U.S. civilian population. A Quad Chart and White Paper may be submitted on any day during the open period of the BAA. Submission deadlines are July and October 31, 2018, and January 31, April 30, July 31, and October 31, 2019.
DOD Air Force Office of Scientific Research
Title: Research Interests of the Air Force Office of Scientific Research Synopsis 1
FY18 funding opportunities for the Hearing Restoration Research Program (HRRP) and the Spinal Cord Injury Research Program (SCIRP) managed by the office of Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP). Posted until superseded.
Office of Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs).
Opportunities are available in the following programs:
- Orthotics and Prosthetics Outcomes Research Program
- Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury Research Program (PH/TBIRP) Joint DOD and Dept. of Veterans Affairs (VA)
- Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury Research Program (PH/TBIRP) Complex TBI Rehabilitation Research (CTRR)
- Reconstructive Transplant Research Program (RTRP).
Descriptions of the funding opportunities, eligibility, key mechanism elements, and funding can be found in the respective program pre-announcement.
EDA Regional Innovation Strategies Program - i6 and Seed Fund Support
$21M in funding is available for organizations supporting innovation and entrepreneurship through business acceleration and incubation, and the formation, launch, and growth of early stage seed funds through angel groups, venture funds, etc.
View program page
Formatting and Readability Tips for SBIR/STTR Proposals
SBIR/STTR Road Tour
SBIR/STTR Road Tour
SBIR 101: Intro and Overview
Intensive Workshop: Preparing for Phase II
NIH Proposal Prep and Commercialization Planning Workshop
ABC's of SBIR/STTR Funding
SBIR/STTR Proposal Prep for NSF
University Participation in SBIR/STTR: From Pre-submission to Post-award
SBIR/STTR Proposal Prep for NIH
Oct 4 - Detroit, MI (registration opens soon)
Oct 3-4 - St. Louis, MO
(registration opens soon)
Standard close dates: Apr. 5, Sept. 5 & Jan. 5
LOI due Aug. 13; opens Sept. 4; closes Oct. 15
NIH/CDC SBIR Contract
Closes Oct. 25