Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Training

 

UPCOMING SBIR/STTR TRAINING

 

Miraculously, the Lame Duck Congress at the end of 2016 reauthorized the SBIR and STTR programs through FY2022, so you can no longer use the excuse about “near term uncertainty” for not jumping into these great funding opportunities for small and start-up businesses. Now is the time to learn more about these programs, and how to write competitive, credible, and financially sound proposals so that you can get your piece of the $2.5 billion SBIR/STTR pie. LUCKY FOR YOU, we have an upcoming series of workshops to teach you what you need to know to do so. 

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

NIST                                                     Now.                             Mar 30                    http://nist.gov/tpo/sbir/index.cfm

DHHS-NIH, CDC Grants*.          Now.                             April 5.                    http://grants.nih.gov/grants/funding/sbir.htm

Dept. of Defense-SBIR 17.2.        Apr 21                           Jun 21.                   http://www.acq.osd.mil/osbp/sbir/

Dept. of Defense-STTR 17.B.       Apr 21                          Jun 21                     http://www.acq.osd.mil/osbp/sbir/

National Science Foundation*   ~Apr 15.                    ~Jun 15.                    http://www.nsf.gov/eng/iip/sbir  

              * Dates for both SBIR and STTR programs

 

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

 

1. Phase II Proposal Preparation Workshop, Tampa, FL, February 16, 2017.  Geared for those who already have a Phase I award and want to learn how to advance to Phase II, this is an intensive all-day workshop. We cover the basics of Phase II and differences in the Phase II programs across the agencies, and then jump into a comprehensive process for developing a competitive Phase II proposal. The day concludes with a discussion of Commercialization of SBIR/STTR technology, including examples of how other companies are doing it, and a brief discussion of cost proposal and audit considerations in your Phase II proposal. Contact maya4@usf.edu for more information or to register.

 

2.  Phase I Proposal Preparation Workshop with Agency Representatives, Stillwater, OK, March 9, 2017.  This information packed event starts with an overview of the SBIR/STTR programs, including important changes that have occurred recently including the unexpected reauthorization legislation in December 2016. The workshop then focuses on a four-step process for developing a competitive Phase 1 proposal. Representatives of several SBIR/STTR agencies will be present, both to present and to meet 1-on-1 with attendees. The training will be relevant to all SBIR/STTR participating agencies. To register, or for more information, contact Casey.Harness@ocast.ok.gov.

 

3. SBIR Phase I Proposal Preparation Workshop with Agency Representatives, Wichita, KS, March 10, 2017.  This event will look a lot like the Stillwater workshop on March 9th, with representatives of several SBIR/STTR agencies joining us to discuss their programs and meet 1-on-1 with attendees. We will be presenting an overview of SBIR/STTR, and a process for developing a competitive Phase I proposal. For more information, or to register, contact Sherry.Gegen@wichita.edu.   

 

4. Phase I & II Proposal Preparation Workshop, including Cost Proposal Tips, Shreveport, LA, March 22, 2017. If you want a 1 day overview of everything from Phase I to Phase II to the Cost proposal, then this is the workshop for you. We start with the basics of SBIR/STTR, then give an overview of a comprehensive process for developing a Phase I proposal. We then cover the basics of Phase II, before closing out the day with some basic concepts and advice regarding the all-important cost proposal. We’re going to throw so much helpful information at you that your head’s gonna hurt after this workshop!  Contact kwyatt@cloud.latech.edu or rkeller@lsu.edu for more information or to register.

 

5.  NSF Phase I Proposal Preparation Workshop, Ames, IA, March 23, 2017.  This is our most popular workshop, but with special emphasis on the SBIR/STTR programs of the National Science Foundation (NSF). It starts with an overview of the SBIR/STTR programs, covering important changes that have occurred recently including the unexpected reauthorization legislation in December 2016. The workshop then focuses on a four-step process for developing a competitive Phase I proposal, emphasizing the NSF format and instructions. While the emphasis will be on NSF, this training still will be relevant to all SBIR/STTR participating agencies. To register, or for more information, contact jordan.hobfoll@iicorp.com.  

 

6. NYU Critique of Sample Phase I Proposal, & Cost Proposal Basics, New York City, NY, April 5, 2017. This unique event will begin with a review of an agency’s Phase I instructions, followed by a group evaluation of a sample Phase I proposal in terms of how well it complied with those instructions and its effectiveness. We then transition, in this busy half-day event, into the basics of the SBIR/STTR cost proposal. This event is open to New York University faculty, staff and students; other interested parties should contact the host to ascertain if they can be accommodated. Contact maibach@nyu.edu for more information or to register.

 

7. Phase I & Phase II Proposal Preparation Workshops, Daytona, FL, April 26-27, 2017Like the idea of getting some Phase I and Phase II training but don’t want it all crammed in just one day? Then consider this event, where we devote a full day on Phase I proposal prep and a second full day on Phase II proposal preparation. More time means more depth, so we will address both topics thoroughly. For more information, or to register, contact Ricardo.Garcia@ucf.edu.  

 

8. Cost Proposal Workshop, Orlando, FL, May 11, 2017. Do you know that Federal government accounting and the SBIR/STTR cost proposal are perplexing and counterintuitive? And do you know that most SBIR/STTR competitors don’t understand this stuff, and even those who think they do usually don’t understand it very well. We routinely see SBIR/STTR competitors who are losing $thousands$ because they don’t know what they are doing with their cost proposal. Avoid losing money by learning how to do the cost proposal in an accurate and defensible way. You don’t have to be a CPA or even know your debits from your credits to benefit immensely from this workshop. To register, or for more information, contact Ricardo.Garcia@ucf.edu.

 

9. National SBIR Conference, Washington, DC area, May 15-17, 2017. This is an important event for anyone who is serious about competing in the SBIR/STTR programs. It is a great opportunity to meet one-on-one with representatives of the 11 agencies that participate in the SBIR program (of which 5 also have STTR programs). We will be there, offering our half-day, abbreviated Phase I proposal preparation workshop as part of the preconference events on May 15th. Other important pre-conference workshops will cover Phase II proposal prep, and cost proposal/government accounting; all will be half day and repeated, so you can join us for our Phase I workshop in the morning and then go for the Phase II or cost workshop in the afternoon. Contact wenning@techconnect.org for more information or to register.

OTHER UPCOMING SBIR/STTR WORKSHOPS & EVENTS:

Phase I & Phase II Proposal Preparation Workshops, Orlando, FL, September 13-14, 2017

 

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 www.g-jgreenwood.com, 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.

Until next time, we wish you the best of luck in your business endeavors, and hope to see you at one of our upcoming training events!

 

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 Business Incubator Training

 

THE INBIA ANNUAL CONFERENCE, Seattle, wa,  March 27-29, 2017

Join us for our presentation on “Advice on Developing an RFP for Your Incubator Feasibility Study.” We’ll explain what needs to be in a request for proposals to ensure you get a credible and high quality assessment of your proposed incubator's feasibility.

Go to www.inbia.org 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 www.inbia.org to view a recording of that session

 

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