May your SBIR submissions
Be always error free
May you find keys to your lab space
Underneath your tree
May all your brilliant scientists
Find peace with your PI
May your budget reconciliations
Never go awry
May you never lose hope
And never procrastinate
May you never get rejected
Because you submitted late
May all your grant proposals
Leave reviewers filled with awe
May you always receive your funding
Which is the very best gift of all

Here's your guide to making sure that
NSF SBIR/STTR registrations are done right.
This step-by-step process is designed to help you make sure everything in your registration is done properly and correctly — all “i’s” dotted and “t’s” crossed.
National Science Foundation has extended the SBIR/STTR submission window for Phase I and Phase II proposals from December 2, 2021 to January 6, 2022. 

Apparently there have been some problems with the site NOT recognizing recently activated SAM registrations (since October 21, 2021). NSF is providing some grace to everyone, not just those affected by this mix-up.

Here is how BBCetc advises you to proceed:
  • Check TODAY to make sure your account recognizes your SAM registration. Things are OK if you can get into Fastlane (from If you cannot get into Fastlane, then contact the NSF Help Desk at and include your DUNS ID as a reference. They will issue a Help Ticket Number and intend to resolve the issue in ~2 days.

  • Once you access Fastlane, proceed with your submission as soon as you can. We do NOT advise major re-writes of the proposal at this time (or even just tinkering around). Submit your proposal in the next week or so – and enjoy the holidays!
Register for December DOD Training

DOD Proposal Development
December 15 @ 10:00 am – 3:30 pm EST
Monique Branham, BBCetc DOD SBIR/STTR expert

Get detailed instructions on how to prepare a proposal to meet the specific requirements of the Department of Defense, including creating technical and commercialization plans, and navigating the submission process.

You really can exceed NIH guidelines.

NIH has increased budget guidelines to $275,766 for Phase I and $1,838,436 for Phase II if your project falls within a topic where NIH has a budget waiver from the Small Business Administration (SBA). Here’s a list of SBA approved waiver eligible topics.

Note: SBA increased budget caps effective November 2021. Be sure to check the specifics of the solicitation you’re responding to because different agencies may use different caps for awards.

No, not holiday letters. (Well, yes...those too.) But make sure you request letters of support from consultants, collaborators and any other partners who will be included on your SBIR/STTR project — and send them to the appropriate agency in plenty of time. Remember – they’re called “Letters of Support” but they’re really Letters of Commitment. Need help with your letters? We have templates and other ways to help you get them done right and on time.
Learn how to submit a notarized letter online.
We can help you get it right the first time with step-by-step instructions that guide you through the process. It's really not all that complicated, but you it's important to know where you're going and what you're doing.
Schedule communications with DOD personnel ASAP!

DOD SBIR/STTR Pre-Release period is when you can directly contact a Technical Point of Contact (TPOC) or Topic Author, prior to submitting your proposal. The 22.1/22.A DOD SBIR/STTR Pre-Release Period began December 1st, 2021 and runs until January 12, 2022. If you try to contact DOD personnel, you may experience a delay in connecting with someone. Schedule conversations with TPOCs and topic authors as early as possible in the Pre-Release period to avoid critical delays.
Upcoming BBCetc Training and Events
Most training is currently being done virtually. Check the BBCetc Training Calendar for updates.
Funding Opportunities

Multiple Institutes
HEAL Initiative: Development of Therapies and Technologies Directed at Enhanced Pain Management
RFA-NS-20-008,STTR R41/R42- Phase I, Phase II, and Fast Track (Clinical Trial Required)

RFA-NS-20-009, STTR R41/R42- Phase I, Phase II, and Fast Track (Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
RFA-NS-20-010,SBIR R43/R44 - Phase I, Phase II, and Fast Track (Clinical Trial Required)

RFA-NS-20-011,SBIR R43/R44 - Phase I, Phase II, and Fast Track (Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
Expiration Dates: January 6, 2022, April 6, 2022, and September 8, 2022 

NIH Omnibus FOAs
PA-21-259 SBIR Omnibus/Parent Clinical Trial Not Allowed Funding Opportunity Announcement 

PA-21-262 STTR Omnibus/Parent Clinical Trial Not Allowed Funding Opportunity Announcement 

PA-21-260 SBIR Omnibus/Parent Clinical Trial Required Funding Opportunity Announcement 

PA-21-261 STTR Omnibus/Parent Clinical Trial Required Funding Opportunity Announcement 

Expiration Date:
April 06, 2022


Phase I, Release II
Letters of Intent due:
Monday, January 3, 2022 5:00pm ET
Full applications due:
Tuesday, February 22, 2022 11:59pm ET

V: Life Cycle Assessment for Carbon Negative Building

Full Application Deadline: 
1/10/2022 9:30 a.m. ET

See Targeted Topics Table in the FOA for the latest topics and their corresponding application due dates as they are announced.

FY22 NOAA SBIR Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) Now Open
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has issued its Fiscal Year (FY) 22 Phase I 
for the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program. 
Closing Date for Applications:
Feb 18, 2022 


FY22 Solicitations:

NSF allows rolling submissions and reviews proposals after the close of four submission windows each year. For FY21, submission windows are:
February 12 to March 4, 2021
March 5 to June 3, 2021
June 4 to Sept 2, 2021
Sept 3 to January 6, 2022 (this window has been extended)
FY22 solicitations have not yet been released, but the anticipated windows will close in FY22 on the first Thursday of March, June, September and December. Check here regularly to get the latest information.


The Department of Education (ED) has released their annual SBIR solicitations.

Proposals due February 1, 2022 at 11am ET

8 months, $250,000 (up from $200,000)

2 years, $1,000,000

Pre-release document: 70RSAT22R00000005P
Presolicitation period starts: 
Nov 16, 2021

Solicitation release: 
December 15, 2021

Proposals due: 
Wednesday, January 19, 2022 1pm ET


DOD 22.1/22.A 
Open date: 1/12/2022
Close date: 2/10/22

SpaceWERX Orbital Prime
ARMY SBIR 2021.4
Open: 11/30/2021
Open: 11/30/2021

Open: 11/30/2021

Open: 11/30/2021

Open: 11/30/2021

Open: 11/30/2021

Open: 11/30/2021
Close: 01/04/2022

“The Biological Construction Materials SBIR Program”
SBIR Topic HR001121S0007-32
“The Innovative Nutritional Formulations SBIR Program”

Note: DARPA is requiring a white paper and slide deck. Currently in pre-release so you can speak with the Topic Authors as the Technical Point of Contact (TPOC).


About BBCetc
BBC Entrepreneurial Training & Consulting, LLC (BBCetc) works with technology-based entrepreneurs and companies across the U.S. on strategies to advance their R&D efforts to commercialization. The BBCetc team is nationally recognized for its success in helping clients secure federal funding through the SBIR and STTR programs. BBCetc services include research grant assistance, SBIR/STTR training and proposal development assistance, and grants and contract management.

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