Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Training





It’s exciting times in the SBIR/STTR world, with changes being made to increase the chances of Phase III sales to Federal agencies, re-institute the Direct to Phase II program, and restarting agency initiatives like DOE’s Phase 0 program that helps minority- and women-owned businesses participate in SBIR/STTR. With all that’s happening, now is a good time to submitting SBIR/STTR proposals to advance your innovative ideas and generate long term revenues from Phase III commercialization. To polish those proposal preparation skills, or kick-start them if you are a newbie, we have scheduled the following training events during the late summer and fall of 2018.  

But you know the drill—before getting into our training schedule, we want to remind you of the Phase I solicitations that are open now or will be in the not-so-distant future: 

Agency                                Date Open.     Proposals Due.                      URL

DHHS-NIH, CDC Grants*.    Now.                    Sep 5.

DHHS-NIH, CDC Contracts  Now                     Oct 22.

Dept of Agriculture                 Now                      Oct 25

Dept. of Defense-18.3, 18.C* Aug 24                 Oct 24

Dept of Energy 19.1*               Aug 17.                Oct 15.

Nat’l Science Foundation*.  ~Sep 15               ~Dec 5

              * Dates for both SBIR and STTR programs


Now, let's talk about those upcoming training events: 


1. Abbreviated Phase I & Cost Proposal Preparation Workshop, West Palm Beach, FL, December 4, 2018.  During the first part of the day, we will cover the basics of SBIR/STTR, as well as a simple but effective 4 step process for developing a competitive Phase I proposal for submission to any agency. Later in the afternoon, we’ll segue into the mysterious world of Government accounting and the Phase I cost proposal. Not only will you hear terms like allowability, indirect cost, F&A, and fee, but you will understand what they mean and why they are so important to NOT LOSING MONEY on your SBIR/STTR project. For more information or to register, go to or contact                   .


2. Abbreviated Phase I Proposal Preparation Workshop & 1-on-1 Opportunities, Wichita, KS, December 12, 2018. The morning will consist of an overview of SBIR/STTR and a recommended process for developing a competitive Phase I proposal to any agency. We’ll then hold office hours in the afternoon, giving you the chance to talk with us 1-on-1 about anything related to SBIR/STTR proposal preparation. Contact for more information or to register.


3 Phase I Proposal Preparation Workshop, Gainesville, FL, February 20, 2019.  This is a very powerful workshop for newcomers to SBIR/STTR as well as veterans wanting to sharpen their proposal skills. We start with the basics of SBIR/STTR, and then move into an extensive discussion of a simple but effective 4 step process for developing a competitive Phase I proposal. NIH and NSF will be emphasized in the workshop, but the information and concepts are relevant for submission to any SBIR/STTR agency. For more information or to register, go to


4. National SBIR Conference & Abbreviated Phase I Proposal Preparation Workshop, Boston, MA, June 16-19, 2019.  The spring national conference is being held in Bean Town. The conference kicks off with our abbreviated Phase I workshop on the morning of the 16th. We’ll cover the basics, then go through a recommended process for developing a Phase I proposal. Subsequent sessions on the 16th will cover SBIR/STTR cost proposal and accounting, and Phase II proposal prep. The conference then provides excellent opportunities to meet 1-on-1 with reps of all the SBIR/STTR agencies, and to get briefed on all the interesting changes that are occurring right now to SBIR/STTR.  Check out the conference website at to register as well as see the agenda for the conference.


National SBIR/STTR Conference, Boston, MA, June 16-19, 2019


Remember that if you attend one of our full day workshops, you are eligible for a free critique of your SBIR or STTR proposal. The idea is to give you the training you need to be able to write a very good draft, and then provide the feedback to allow you to refine the draft into an even more competitive proposal. We've reviewed hundreds of SBIR/STTR proposals, and have always found some things that could be improved upon to increase the proposer's chances of success.

Check out our website at, where we list our training events and have copies of our SBIR/STTR proposal preparation tips that we’ve been publishing monthly since “the turn of the century” (i.e., 1999).

ATTENTION POTENTIAL WORKSHOP SPONSORS:  We continually receive requests for SBIR/STTR workshops from prospective attendees.  SBIR/STTR continue to be very competitive programs, so your clients need help getting an advantage over other small firms—that’s where our training and free proposal reviews come into play. If you would like to sponsor a workshop, please let us know.







 Business Incubator Training


THE INBIA ANNUAL CONFERENCE, Dallas, Texas,  April 22-25, 2018

We’ve been invited to present at 27 of the last 28 annual INBIA/NBIA conferences, so chances are we’ll be doing a session in the Big D. Stay tuned for updates as sessions are finalized. Go to for more information or to register for the conference.


INBIA WEBINAR SERIES, Spring-Summer 2016

GCGI was pleased to be a presenter in this series on various incubator topics. We spoke on the topic “Content and Cost of a Feasibility Study.” Go to to listen to a recording of that session.



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