Pursuit REvision
 topJanuary 2015
BBCetc's Launches New Pursuit Webinar Library 
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BBCetc has just unveiled its new Pursuit Webinar Library, a broad range of SBIR/STTR-related recorded webinars. The Pursuit Webinar Library includes topics ranging from general information, like how to get registered and selecting the right agency, to agency-specific sessions on program details, planning a project and developing a competitive proposal. The library also includes grants and contracts management and commercialization selections. Webinars are $30 ea.

NIH Plan to Shorten Grant Cycle Takes Effect
NIH has taken action to shorten the time period between application deadline and award issuance for small business grants. The table below lists the changes in SBIR/STTR receipt dates:

In a nutshell: The current 2014 Omnibus has been extended through next proposal due date of April 5, 2015. The new 2015 Omnibus solicitation will be issued in June, 2015. The next Standard Due Date after April 5, 2015 is September 5, 2015.
Beginning with the 2015 Omnibus solicitation, new due dates will now be:
Cycle 1: September 5
Cycle 2: January 5
Cycle 3: April 5
Additionally, effective September 5, 2015, HHS SBIR/STTR grant applications will no longer be accepted on AIDS and AIDS-related Due Dates (May 7, September 7, and January 7), as two of the three new due dates are 2 days prior to the current AIDS due dates. View Notice


NIH Late Policy for Application Submission Simplified
Sometimes, despite good intentions, circumstances simply prevent the on-time submission of a grant application, but a new NIH policy is making the process of requesting permission to submit late much simpler. Though permission to submit late is still not provided in advance, under the new policy NIH will now consider accepting applications within the two-week window following the application due date if an acceptable reason is provided in a cover letter submitted with the late application. See NOT-OD-15-039 for exceptions, steps that must be taken for an application to be considered under the late policy and examples of reasons why late application will or will not be accepted.

Solicitation News
The Dept. of Homeland Security SBIR program is comprised of the Science and Technology Directorate's (S&T) SBIR Program and the Domestic Nuclear Detection Office's (DNDO) SBIR Program. Historically, the S&T SBIR program issued two solicitations per year, while the DNDO SBIR program issued one solicitation per year. Beginning in FY15 as a pilot, the S&T SBIR Program will issue only one solicitation, which will be issued jointly with DNDO. Instead of a second solicitation, the S&T SBIR Program Office will seek solutions previously funded by other SBIR agencies in order to leverage efforts suitable for DHS needs. The DHS SBIR Program FY15.1 solicitation deadline is Jan. 21.

The Dept. of Transportation's 15.1 SBIR solicitation is now open and closes on March 9. This is a contract solicitation with topics offered under the Federal Highway Admin. (FHA), Federal Railroad Admin. (FRA), Federal Transit Admin. (FTA), and National Highway Traffic Safety Admin. (NHTSA). Technical or administrative questions can be submitted by email on or before 11:59 p.m. EST on Friday, February 20, 2015. View solicitation

FY-2015A DoD STTR Solicitation Partnering Project 
The DoD FY-2015A STTR solicitation was released on December 12, 2014, and began accepting proposals on January 15 with a due date of February 18.  This SBIR Gateway project is meant to help applicants find a partner for one or more DoD FY-15A STTR topics. Small businesses, universities, federally funded R&D centers, and other non-profit research institutions can easily select topics to let potential partners know of their interest in specific topics. This is an independent and FREE service of the SBIR Gateway and is not affiliated with any government agency. 

Other Funding Opportunities
NIH RFA-AA-15-008 Alcohol Biosensors
Due April 7
Seeks SBIR applications proposing to design and produce a wearable device to monitor blood alcohol levels in real time. Learn more

DARPA BAA-15-06 Electrical Prescriptions (ElectRx)
Due February 25
Seeks innovative research proposals for creating closed-loop neuromodulation systems that utilize innate neurophysiological circuits to achieve therapeutic benefits. Eligibility is unrestricted--this is not a small business set aside. Email questions must be submitted by 2/13/15, and proposals are due 2/25/15. Learn more

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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. BBCetc capabilities include:
    • Commercialization Planning
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  training on tap
SBIR 101: Introduction & Overview
Jan 20 - Kalamazoo, MI
Feb 2 - New York, NY
Mar 4 - Sterling Hts., MI
Mar 11 - Holland, MI
Commercialization for SBIR-Stage Cos.
Jan 21 - Ann Arbor, MI
Proposal Prep for NIH
Jan 21-22 - Chicago, IL
Jan 28 - Minneapolis, MN
Feb 4-5 - Plymouth, MI
Proposal Prep for NSF
Feb 3-4 - Lawrence, KS
March 12 - E. Lansing, MI

Feb 5 - Budget Prep for SBIR/STTR (general)
Feb 12 - What You Need to Know about Gov't. Audits
Feb 19 - Practical Strategies for Indirect Rates
Feb 25 - ABC's of SBIR/STTR Funding
Feb 26 - QuickBooks & Compliance for SBIR/STTR Awardees
 NEW! @BBC_etc 
For some time now, BBCetc has been tweeting as @lisa_kurek. However, recently, at a secret offsite meeting, the staff decided we'd had it with that and we all needed to have our tweets. So we've put up a new @BBC_etc Twitter account and we're all having at it. We hope you'll follow, favorite and retweet us. Don't get confused. @BBC_etc looks a little like @lisa_kurek. The hope is that Lisa won't be able to tell the difference. Shhh!

HHS (NIH, FDA, CDC, ACF) PHS 2014-2 Omnibus (extended)
- Closes Apr 5

DHS FY 15.1 SBIR Closes 

Jan 21

NASA SBIR/STTR 2015 Ph I and SBIR Select 2015 Ph I
- Close Jan 28

DoD SBIR 2015.1 and STTR 2015.A - Closes Feb 18

DoE FY 2015 SBIR/ STTR Ph I Release 2 - Closes Feb 3 

DoT SBIR 15.1 - Closes Mar 9
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 "A sincere thank you for the (SBIR) training and support... There were grins and high-fives all around when we got that proposal submitted. We pulled out all the stops and focused effort as a team to get the pieces pulled together and it worked out really well...I was so well prepared by your Q&A sessions and webinars to fill out the electronic application forms...I don't know how I could have completed those forms without the familiarization your training provided. I was elated when our application went through with no errors!"

Lindsay Young, SilkTears
SilkTears was part of the inaugural cohort of companies that received Minnesota's LifeScience Alley's SBIR Submissions Program. BBCetc provided training and guidance to the cohort companies.