Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Training
UPCOMING SBIR/STTR 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. http://grants.nih.gov/grants/funding/sbir.htm
DHHS-NIH, CDC Contracts Now Oct 22. http://grants.nih.gov/grants/funding/sbir.htm
Dept of Agriculture Now Oct 25 https://nifa.usda.gov/program/small-business-innovation-research-program-sbir
Dept. of Defense-18.3, 18.C* Aug 24 Oct 24 http://www.acq.osd.mil/osbp/sbir/
Dept of Energy 19.1* Aug 17. Oct 15. https://science.energy.gov/sbir
Nat’l Science Foundation*. ~Sep 15 ~Dec 5 https://seedfund.nsf.gov/
* Dates for both SBIR and STTR programs
Now, let's talk about those upcoming training events:
1. Phase I & Cost Proposal Preparation Workshops, Sheridan, WY, August 21-22, 2018. 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.
2. Abbreviated Phase I Proposal Preparation Workshop & 1-on-1 Opportunities, Grand Forks, ND, August 28, 2018. 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 ample 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. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or to register.
3. Abbreviated USDA-Focused Phase I Proposal Preparation Workshop & 1-on-1 Opportunities, Lincoln, NE, September 26, 2018. This event is similar to the one in Grand Forks, but will focus on the SBIR grant program at the Dept. of Agriculture. We begin with an overview of SBIR/STTR, and then discuss a comprehensive four-step process for developing a Phase I proposal (again, USDA will be emphasized, but this process is relevant to any SBIR/STTR agency). Then there will be plenty of time in the afternoon to meet 1-on-1 with us to discuss anything related to SBIR/STTR proposal preparation. Contact email@example.com for more information or to register.
4. Abbreviated NSF-Focused Phase I Proposal Preparation Workshop & 1-on-1 Opportunities, Omaha, NE, September 27, 2018. This event is similar to the ones in Grand Forks and Lincoln, but we will put special emphasis on the SBIR/STTR Phase I programs at the National Science Foundation. Materials presented in the morning (overview, 4 step proposal prep process) will be applicable to all SBIR/STTR agencies, but will emphasize NSF and its unique requirements and features. In the afternoon, there will opportunities to meet with us 1-on-1 to talk about anything related to SBIR/STTR proposal preparation: Phase I or II, any agency, technical or cost proposal, schmoozing with the agency when you get an award, etc. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or to register.
5. Abbreviated Phase I & Cost Proposal Preparation Workshop, Orlando, FL, October 10, 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, contact Ricardo.Garcia@ucf.edu.
6. Abbreviated Phase I Proposal Preparation Workshop & 1-on-1 Opportunities, Overland Park, KS, October 11, 2018. Like the events we are leading in Grand Forks, Lincoln and Omaha but have schedule conflicts? Then consider joining us in the greater Kansas City area for this one. 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 email@example.com for more information or to register.
7. National SBIR Conference & Abbreviated Phase I Proposal Preparation Workshop, Tampa, FL, October 23-25, 2018. The fall national conference is being held in Tampa. WARNING: this event is being held on the shores of Tampa Bay, so you will be subjected to distracting scenes of sailboats, yachts, seabirds, and maybe a few white-legged tourists. The conference kicks off with our abbreviated Phase I workshop on the morning of the 23rd. We’ll cover the basics, then go through a recommended process for developing a Phase I proposal. Subsequent sessions on the 23rd 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 https://events.techconnect.org/DTCFall/sbir.html to register as well as see the agenda for the conference.
OTHER UPCOMING SBIR/STTR WORKSHOPS & EVENTS:
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 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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