Applying for April 5th NIH Deadline?
Do Your Homework!

National Institutes of Health has issued its Omnibus SBIR and STTR solicitations for 2012 with deadlines for receipt of applications on April 5th, August 5th and December 5th (** see footnote below!)
If you are a small business interested in applying for an NIH SBIR/STTR grant, what do you do first? YOUR HOMEWORK! Here's how to get started:
1. Visit NIH RePORTER:
  • Look for SBIR/STTR projects with clinical, technical and/or
    product relevant keywords of interest:
  • Identify the Institutes and Centers that funded the projects (both Phase I and Phase II)
2. Correspond with the program manager. You can find the list of program contacts for each participating Institutes in the Program Descriptions and Research Topics component of the solicitation (which you should also read as part of your homework!).
  • Identify the program managers at relevant the Institutes and Centers
  • Write an email to the Program Managers introducing your Company and the project you are planning to seek SBIR/STTR funding for.
  • Get valuable feedback on the project's fit within the target Institute or Center.
These two critical pieces will help get you off on a positive foot as you prepare your application for submission. For serious proposal preparation assistance, please consider attending BBC's intensive 1 and 2-day agency specific workshops found, along with other handy tips, on our website. We are also available by phone at 734-930-9741 and email at info@bioconsultants.com. Contact us - we can help.
(** NEVER EVER submit your proposal on the day it is due! Make sure your submission dates are no later than April 1, August 1 and December 1 so that you can survive electronic submission!)
NIH 2012 SBIR/STTR OMNIBUS Solicitation: What's Changed....??
Not much!  Were you thinking that the new provisions of the recent SBIR/STTR Reauthorization would impact the 2012 NIH SBIR/STTR solicitation?  There are changes afoot, but it will be at least 6 months and possibly 12 months, or longer, before we expect to see any changes integrated into the agencies' solicitations. In fact, the new HHS solicitation uses the Application Guide published in July of 2011. So stay tuned....There are changes coming, just not yet. And remember - with or without changes, it is critical that you read, read, read the instructions if you plan to submit a competitive proposal!!
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Why is the Government Giving $$$$ to For-Profit Companies? 
Join BBC Managing Partner, Lisa Kurek, on Feb. 28 and get the scoop on the government's recently reauthorized SBIR/STTR Programs, which award 2.5 billion in R&D to innovative small companies annually.  Lisa will also present detailed information on how Michigan based companies can receive assistance through BBC's MSF-funded SBIR/STTR Assistance Program. Plenty of time for Q&A!


Tuesday, February 28
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SBIR/STTR 101: Introduction & Overview
Mar 1 - Akron, OH
Mar 8 - Detroit, MI
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Apr 12 - Lansing, MI
SBIR/STTR Proposal Prep - NIH Focus
Feb 21-22 - Richmond, VA 
SBIR/STTR Proposal Prep - NSF Focus
Feb 23 - Herndon, VA
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Mar 15 - Tips on Electronic Submission to NIH
Mar 29 - SBIR/STTR Program Overview
admin alert
from Kris Bergman, BBC Administrative Manager
Here's a quick heads up for those of you have an account at NIH eRA Commons and haven't used it lately.  eRA Commons is establishing a new NIH/Agency Log-in process, and you have until February 22 to change your password. If you have a submission in progress or are planning a submission in the near future, you'll want to make the change pronto! If you're new to eRA Commons or have changed your password since October 8, you don't need to change your password. 
Coffee Cup Wisdom
"One of life's most painful moments comes when we
must admit that we didn't do our homework, that we are
not prepared."
- Merlin Olsen