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   DECEMBER 2013
topBest Wishes from the BBCetc Team
While pondering our holiday message for 2014, we stumbled upon our 2010 greeting.  We all thought it was worth a repeat (and, naturally, we also want to butter up the boss, who wrote it). So, here it is again for 2013's hundreds of training participants and consulting clients, our numerous and much appreciated institutional and economic development partners, and countless others that worked with us this year to help secure federal funding to drive innovation... 
Our list of wishes for you in the coming year... 
in rhyme:
May your grants.gov submissions
Always be error free 
May you find the keys to new lab space 
Under your holiday tree 
May your team of brilliant scientists 
Get along with your PI 
And here's hoping that your budget negotiations 
Never go awry 
May you find the inner fortitude 
To never procrastinate 
And may you never get rejected 
Because you submitted late 
May all your grant proposals 
Leave reviewers filled with awe 
That then leads to getting funded 
The very best gift of all! 


From all of us at BBCetc: May you have a healthy and prosperous New Year!
'Tis the Season...for Contracting Agencies
The three largest SBIR contracting agencies (NASA, DoD and DHS) have SBIR solicitations open this month. For those agencies that use a contract mechanism for their SBIR/STTR programs, rather than a grant mechanism (like NSF or NIH), this means you must be strategic in your planning and proposal preparation.

For one thing, you can't count on the same topics being repeated in a future solicitation, so if you see a topic that your technology can address in this round you need to be prepared to submit now. And, while granting agencies allow you to directly contact the Topic Authors or Program Managers at any time during the process, contracting agencies have strict rules about when you can and cannot talk to these agency people. As of the first day a solicitation is formally released, direct contact is no longer allowed with the Topic Authors/TPOCs (Technical Points of Contact) for any contracting agency.

To allow time for questions and discussion, DoD and DHS issue a Pre-Solicitation with topics, and then release the formal Solicitation about a month later. During the Pre-Solicitation or "open" period, companies are welcome to talk directly by phone and/or email with the Topic Author or TPOC.

This table provides an overview of important dates you need to know if you are considering submitting a proposal to NASA, DoD or DHS for their released solicitations:

Please contact BBC if you have any questions about preparing and writing SBIR/STTR proposals for either contracting or granting agencies.

New strategy connects The Boeing Company with innovative small businesses
Teaming up with small businesses helps bridge technology gaps
Developing innovative technologies has been a catalyst for growth throughout Boeing's history. As the company approaches its 100-year anniversary, a cross-functional team is working creatively with small businesses as one way to ensure that growth continues.

The team is driving partnerships with companies that receive federal research and development funding through the Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) program. The program enables small businesses to develop new technologies, then partner with prime contractors - such as Boeing - that have the experience and ability to bring those technologies to market.

The new strategic approach establishes a pipeline of partnerships with SBIR/STTR (Small Business Technology Transfer) companies working on technologies that align with Boeing's core product and service offerings, and encourages proposal teams to look beyond the traditional small businesses with which Boeing ha
Adriana Ocampo says Boeing is looking for ways to engage with 
small businesses.
s collaborated.

According to Adriana Ocampo, Boeing SBIR/STTR and Mentor Protégé Program Manager, "Boeing strongly believes in bringing the best of industry solutions to satisfy customer needs and small businesses and specifically SBIR's are important to this effort".

A thorough analysis of Boeing's technology gaps, merger and acquisition opportunities, and technology roadmap identifies the technology focus areas, according to Ocampo. "When we're deciding which small businesses to engage with, we look at many factors, including how their research could potentially fill Boeing's technology and capability gaps," she said. "Partnering with SBIR companies during Phase II government funding enhances our customer intimacy while enabling transition opportunities that support our Long Range Business Plan."

For additional information on how Boeing is utilizing the Small Business Innovative Research program, please contact Adriana Ocampo (adriana.s.ocampo@boeing.com).

From NIH Extramural Nexus 
New Tool Improves Biosketch Entries for Applications...and More
NIH invites you to test the beta version of a new tool, called the Science Experts network or SciEncv, which is intended to facilitate the compilation of biosketch information and enable researchers to easily maintain and generate biosketches for federal grant applications and progress reports. NIH has worked closely with six other agencies (DOD, DOE, EPA, NSF, USDA, and the Smithsonian), the Federal Demonstration Partnership, and the extramural research community to develop the system to provide comprehensive curriculum vita information, while also reducing the burden associated with applying for research support. 

Researchers can use SciENcv to link their biographical information with publication records in PubMed and myBibliography. Researchers who already have an eRA Commons account can use it to create a usable NIH biosketch within a few minutes. It also provides a convenient portal to ORCID allowing users to generate and associate a unique international ID with the information in their SciENcv.

NIH's National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) is planning to enhance the capability of the system and allow users to import data from other profile systems and to create NSF biosketches during the 2014 fiscal year. When fully implemented, SciENcv will provide a structured, digital view of biosketch information for grant applications for all participating federal science agencies. 
To sign up for the beta version, visit myNBCI. 
who we are
BBCetc is nationally recognized for its expertise in helping technology-based entrepreneurs win federal funding through the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs and use it strategically to propel growth.  Its Michigan clients have been awarded over $120 million in funding since 2002.  BBCetc capabilities include:
  • Technology Assessment  
  • Commercialization Planning
  • SBIR/STTR/Other Research Grant Assistance
  • Entrepreneurial Training
  • Grants/Contracts Management   
  training on tap

SBIR/STTR 101: Introduction & Overview

Jan 8 - Detroit, MI

Jan 28 - New York, NY

Feb 12 - Manchester, NH

Mar 11 - Lansing, MI


Agency Overview and Proposal Prep Workshop

Jan 14 - Cleveland, OH


Commercialize Your Technology!

Jan 29 - Ann Arbor, MI


SBIR/STTR Grant Writing Workshop/NIH Focus

Feb 4-5 - Chicago, IL


Proposal Prep for NIH

Feb 5-6 - Plymouth, MI


Proposal Prep for DoD

Feb 10 - Nashua, NH


Commercialization in Detail

Feb 11 - Manchester, NH


Agency Similarities & Differences

Feb 12 - Manchester, NH



Feb 12 - ABC's of SBIR/STTR
NEW!  Feb 20 - SBIR/STTR Registrations: Get Ready to Submit!
Mar 12 - Essentials of Commercialization Planning
Mar 19 - NIH: Forms & Electronic Submission


  heads up 
Open Solicitations

Dept. of Defense (DoD) SBIR 2014.1 - closes Jan. 22, 2014


National Oceanic & Atmospheric Admin.(NOAA)  2014 SBIR Phase I - closes Jan. 29, 2014


National Aeronautics and Space Admin. (NASA)  2014 SBIR/STTR Phase I Research Development - closes Jan. 29, 2014


National Aeronautics and Space Admin. (NASA) 2014 SBIR Select Phase I Research Development -closes Jan. 29, 2014 

Dept. of Energy (DoE) FY 2014 SBIR/STTR Ph I/Release 2 - closes Feb. 4, 2014


The Nat'l. Institute on Disability & Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR) SBIR Phase I Competition is now open. The application deadline is Feb. 14, 2014. 


More Solicitation Dates


NYCThe New York City Economic Development Corp. has announced Year 2 of the SBIR Impact NYC program. Managed by BBCetc, the program provides 20 select companies with intensive SBIR training through a series of advanced workshops and 20 hrs. each of one-on-one grant-development assistance. New York-based companies interested in applying for the first 2014 cohort should complete and submit the application form by Jan. 10. Notifications will be made by Jan. 22


In addition, the program offers a series of introductory programs for prospective applicants and the public. The first public session will be held on Jan. 28 at NYU. Please check the website for more information. 


Save the Date 
National SBIR/STTR Conference June 16-18, 2014 in Washington DC.  More information
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"We successfully submitted our SBIR to NSF yesterday ... and could not have done this without the SBIR Impact NYU program!...We were very impressed with the quality of feedback and support we received and hope to hire BBCetc to review future SBIR proposals."
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