Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Training
UPCOMING SBIR/STTR TRAINING
We hope you didn’t twist your ankle making the “jump forward” into Daylight Savings Time over the weekend. That bit of exercise should have prepared you to now leap into the world of SBIR/STTR, where you can get funding to develop technically risky, innovative ideas that you can then commercialize to generate long terms sales revenues. We have a series of training events to help you, so let’s hop to it.
But you know the drill—before getting into our training schedule, we always 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
Dept of Education Now Mar 20 http://www.ed.gov/programs/sbir/applicant.html
NASA* Now Mar 29 http://sbir.nasa.gov/
DHHS-NIH, CDC Grants* Now Apr 5 http://grants.nih.gov/grants/funding/sbir.htm
NIST Now Apr 19 www.ni st.gov/tpo/small-business-innovation-research-program
Dept of Transportation Now Apr 22 http://www.volpe.dot.gov/sbir/
Nat’l Science Foundation* Now Jun 13 https://seedfund.nsf.gov/
Dept. of Defense-19.2, 19.B* Apr 19 Jun 19 http://www.acq.osd.mil/osbp/sbir/
* Dates for both SBIR and STTR programs
Now, let's talk about those upcoming training events:
1. Abbreviated Phase I Proposal Preparation Workshop & 1-on-1 Opportunities, Tampa, FL, March 21, 2019. This unique event will begin with a half-day Phase I proposal preparation workshop that covers the basics of SBIR/STTR, and an overview of a comprehensive approach to creating a competitive Phase I proposal. There will be opportunities afterwards to meet 1-on-1 with us to discuss anything related to SBIR/STTR proposal prep, ranging from deciding whether to submit a Phase I and to what agency, to interpreting proposal reviewer feedback and deciding whether to resubmit an unfunded proposal, to strategy on an upcoming Phase II proposal. NIH and NSF will be emphasized, but materials will be relevant to all SBIR/STTR agencies. Go to usfconnectsbir2019.eventbrite.com to register.
2. Abbreviated Phase I Proposal Preparation Workshop & 1-on-1 Opportunities, New York City, NY, April 23, 2019. Very similar to the event in Tampa, including the NIH/NSF emphasis. However, this event is restricted to NYU faculty, staff and students. If you qualify and are interested, contact email@example.com.
3. Phase I Proposal Preparation Workshop, Bozeman, MT, April 30, 2019. This comprehensive workshop begins by covering the basics of SBIR/STTR, including recent changes in both programs. It then transitions into a recommended four-step process for developing a competitive Phase I proposal. Although the Dept of Defense will be emphasized, the materials will be relevant to all agencies participating in SBIR and STTR. For more information or to register, go to http://bit.ly/MTIPSBIRZN or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
4. Phase I Proposal Preparation Workshop, Missoula, MT, May 1, 2019. Basically the same workshop as the Bozeman one, but the National Institutes of Health SBIR/STTR programs will be emphasized. Once again, the materials will be relevant to all agencies participating in SBIR and STTR. For more information or to register, go to http://bit.ly/MTIPSBIRMSO or contact email@example.com.
5. Abbreviated Phase I & Cost Proposal Preparation Workshop, Niceville, FL, May 16, 2019. 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 https://doolittleinstitute.org/events/thnk-sbir-event/ or contact firstname.lastname@example.org. .
6. Phase I & Cost Proposal Preparation Workshops, Jackson Hole, WY, May 21-22, 2019. This is a very powerful pair of workshops for newcomers to SBIR/STTR as well as veterans wanting to sharpen their skills. Day 1 covers the basics of SBIR/STTR, as well as an extensive discussion of a simple but effective 4 step process for developing a competitive Phase I proposal for submission to any agency. On Day 2, we delve into the strange world of government accounting and the SBIR/STTR cost proposal. We cover everything from basic concepts and terminology to walking you through creating your Indirect Rate (aka F&A) and preparing your cost proposal. If you don’t understand the cost proposal (and 95% of SBIR/STTR applicants don’t), YOU WILL LOSE MONEY which obviously is counter to building a successful and sustainable business. For more information or to register, contact Haigler@uwyo.edu.
7. National SBIR Conference & Abbreviated Phase I Proposal Preparation Workshop, Boston, MA, June 17-19, 2019. The spring national conference is being held in Boston this year. The conference kicks off with our abbreviated Phase I workshop on the morning of the 17th. We’ll cover the basics, then go through a recommended process for developing a Phase I proposal. Subsequent sessions on the 17th will cover the 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 https://techconnectworld.com/SBIRSpring2019/ to register as well as see the agenda for the conference.
OTHER UPCOMING SBIR/STTR WORKSHOPS & EVENTS:
Phase I & Cost Proposal Workshops, Laramie, WY, Fall 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 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.
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 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 listen to a recording of that session.
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