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NIH's April 5 Deadline is Near: Don't Get Caught without the Proper Registrations
The NIH advises that it can take up to six weeks to complete all of the registrations necessary to submit your SBIR/STTR proposal through If you haven't already completed this process for an April submission, you should start now. 

Be aware that there is now an additional requirement in the SAM registration process that requires a Notarized Letter. This can extend the registration process by days/weeks. Please take this into consideration and start the process as soon as possible.

At this point we think we have seen almost every mistake that can be made in this process and have shared in many of our clients' stress and disappointment when at the last minute they find they are unable to submit their proposals. Read on

DARPA Pilots Out-of-Cycle SBIR/STTR Opportunities
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has changed how it is conducting its SBIR/STTR Program. To keep pace with discovery in science and technology worldwide, DARPA now intends to release SBIR/STTR opportunities on an out-of-cycle basis, separate from the three pre-determined announcements traditionally issued directly through the Department of Defense (DoD). 

The change is expected to reduce the overall time from opportunity announcement to contract award. Under the terms of the pilot program, DARPA will institute time-saving measures to speed program integration, such as Direct to Phase II authority, which allows the agency to bypass Phase I research requirements once performers provide satisfactory documentation of feasibility, and/or proof of scientific merit, technical merit, and commercialization potential.

Full details regarding DARPA's SBIR/STTR programs and associated Broad Agency Announcements are available. DARPA's mission is to make strategic, early investments in science and technology that will have long-term positive impact on our nation's national security.

NASA Seeks Proposals for "Tipping Point" Technologies
NASA is currently soliciting proposals to develop/demonstrate "tipping point" technologies from the following topics:
  • Cryogenic Propellant Production and Management
  • Sustainable Energy Generation, Storage, and Distribution
  • Efficient and Affordable Propulsion Systems
  • Other Capabilities needed for Exploration: Of particular interest are autonomous operations, rover mobility, precision landing, and advanced avionics
Through "Tipping Point" solicitations, NASA seeks industry-developed space technologies that can foster the development of commercial space capabilities and benefit future NASA missions. A technology is considered at a "tipping point" if investment in a ground or flight demonstration will significantly mature the technology and improve the company's ability to bring it to market. 

One significant change in the current solicitation is that the industry contribution requirement for small businesses has been decreased to 10%.  Proposals will be accepted through August 8, 2019 with a mandatory preliminary proposal due April 4, 2019.

From NIH: eRA Commons to Increase Enforcement on Filename Rules
The NIH Format Attachment guidance on the How to Apply - Application Guide page has included the same rules for filenames for many years. Filenames used for grant application attachments must be:
  • Descriptive
  • Unique within an application (or within a component of a multi-project application);
  • Comprised of the following characters: A-Z, a-z, 0-9, underscore, hyphen, space, period, parenthesis, curly braces, square brackets, tilde, exclamation point, comma, semi colon, apostrophe, at sign, number sign, dollar sign, percent sign, plus sign, and equal sign; and
  • 50 characters or less (including spaces).
eRA systems now enforce the 50-character limit for filenames used for attachments in grant applications. As a point of reference This is 50 characters with spaces and punctuation. Read on

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Preparing for Your Phase II SBIR/STTR Proposal: Part 1
Apr 10 - E. Lansing, MI

Preparing for Your Phase II SBIR/STTR Proposal: Part 2
Apr 17 -  E. Lansing, MI

SBIR/STTR Proposal Prep for NIH & NSF 
Apr 24 - Falls Church, VA
Apr 25 - Charlottesville, VA

SBIR/STTR Proposal Prep for NSF
Apr 25 - Detroit, MI

NDIA Small Business Quarterly Round Table
Apr 26 - Arlington, VA

Proposal Prep for DOD
Apr 30 - Southfield, MI

SBIS/STTR Proposal Prep for NIH
May 2 - Seattle, WA
May 29 - St. Louis, MO

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