Pursuit REvision
June 2015
Do You Have a Vision for Your Project?
Over the next few months, many of our readers will be considering and/or busily preparing SBIR/STTR proposals for various agency solicitations that are or will be opening. In preparation for its upcoming SBIR solicitation, the USDA presented a webinar on program basics that included some good advice for those pursuing Phase I SBIR/STTR grants across all the participating agencies. 

We've embellished each point with some added thoughts and advice:

Sell the importance of your project
  • It all starts with the problem to be solved. The world's sexiest technology applied to a trivial problem is not the recipe for a competitive SBIR project.
  • Besides you, who else thinks the problem is important? Support your argument with published studies, expert opinion, statistics, etc.
  • The problem should also map to the target agency's mission and program priorities.
Provide a vision of where you want to be at the end of Phase II
  • All the agencies want to see a solution with IMPACT. New products/technologies often take time to diffuse into widespread use. Adjust the time horizon of your vision accordingly. Don't hesitate to look beyond the end of the Phase II project if necessary.
  • Be realistic in describing what the agency's million dollars will buy. Depending on the problem and the technology a successful Phase I/Phase II might deliver a working prototype.  Read on
2015 HHS SBIR/STTR Omnibus Grant NIH Solicitations Now Live
September 5, 2015 is Next Receipt Date

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has released the 2015 SBIR and STTR Omnibus Grant Solicitations. These solicitations will be used by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Administration for Children and Families (ACF). Note that STTR is only available at NIH. 

The Omnibus Solicitations permit researcher-initiated topics that fall within the HHS mission to be submitted for funding consideration. The 2015 Program Descriptions and Research Topics document explains priority research areas for the agencies.. With any specific idea, you should speak directly with the appropriate HHS SBIR/STTR Program Manager to gauge their interest.

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 standard due dates are 2 days prior to the current AIDS due dates. Accordingly, any AIDS or AIDS-related HHS SBIR/STTR grant applications must also follow the new Standard Due Dates.  

Other important information: 
  • The CDC will now accept applications from small businesses that are majority-owned by multiple venture capital operating companies, hedge funds, private equity firms, or any combination of these.
  • This FOA can accept a Phase II or Phase IIB SBIR submission, where the previous award was an STTR Phase I or II respectively. Contact a program official to discuss this option.
  • This FOA cannot accept a "Direct Phase II" SBIR submission. This option is only available in specific FOAs posted at the NIH Special Announcements for Small Business Research Opportunities website.
  • The following NIH Institutes/Centers will NOT accept applications proposing a clinical trial through this FOA:
    • National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)
    • National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Diseases (NIAMS)
    • National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)
    • National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS)

If your proposed work includes an NIH-defined clinical trial that would be assigned to one of these NIH Institutes/Centers, you should contact relevant program staff to discuss alternatives for support of those studies.


View SBIR PA-15-269       View STTR PA-15-270


Planning to Submit for an Omnibus deadline? Get tips in BBCetc's helper "Where Do I Start?" and learn how we can help. 


Other Funding Opportunities
National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) Worker Training Program
SBIR E-learning for HAZMAT and Emergency Response
RFA-ES-15-008 (R43/R44)
Letter of intent due: June 30, 2015
Application due: July 31, 2015
Application process resources

National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)
Tools and Services for Designing Methodologically Rigorous Animal Studies
SBIR/STTR applications to create and develop tools and services that will guide and assist scientists to properly design animal studies. More information  

National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD)
Open Design Tools for Speech Signal Processing (R43/R44)
Solicits SBIR grant applications to develop and support the use of portable acoustic signal processing tools that provide substantial amounts of computing power and reconfigurable real-time speech enhancement software that operates in real world environments. More information

NASA Two opportunities for public-private partnerships:
Tipping Point Technologies that enable or provide:
  • Robotic, in-space manufacturing and assembly of spacecraft and space structures
  • Low size, weight and power instruments for remote sensing applications
  • Small spacecraft attitude determination and control sensors and actuators
  • Small spacecraft propulsion systems 

Submissions are due by July 23. More information


Emerging Space Technology System Capabilities seeks technologies in the areas of:

  • Suborbital reusable and small satellite launch systems development
  • Wireless power transfer development
  • Thermal protection system materials and systems development
  • Green propellant thruster technology qualification
  • Small, affordable, high performance liquid propellant rocket engine development
Submissions are due by July 30. More information

  training on tap
Onsite Training 
Intro to SBIR/STTR and Proposal Prep for USDA
June 17 - Ottawa Co., MI

SBIR/STTR Commercialization Workshop-Granting vs. Contracting Agencies
July 8 - Chicago, IL

Crash Course: NIH Proposal Prep
July 9 - Plymouth, MI

SBIR/STTR 101: Intro & Overview
July 13 - St. Louis

Proposal Prep for NIH
July 14-15 - St. Louis, MO

Proposal Prep for NSF
July 30 - Houghton, MI

Webinars are 1-2 PM
July 15 - SBIR/STTR Step One: How to Get Registered
USDA and EPA SBIR Solicitations Opening Soon
USDA Topic Areas:
> Forests/related resources
> Plant production/protection-
> Animal production/ 
> Air, water and soils 
> Food science and nutrition 
> Aquaculture
> Biofuels/Biobased Products 
> Rural/community                   
> Plant production/protection -
> Small/medium-size farms

EPA Draft Topic Areas:
> Air and Climate
> Integrated Cookstove-
   Generation-Small Homes
> Manufacturing
> Toxic Chemicals
> Water
> Building Materials
> Homeland Security
More information

Closes June 16
Closes June 18

DoD SBIR 2015.2 and 
DoD STTR.B - Close June 24

HHS/NIH Omnibus
Close Sept. 5, 2015, Jan. 5 and April 5, 2016
  nih resources
Four new video tutorials available on the eRA Videos page to demonstrate the steps for Institution Registration and Account Creation.

1. How to Register an Institution in eRA Commons Reviews the steps to get your institution registered in eRA Commons.

2. How Signing Officials Create Accounts in eRA Commons Goes over the details of creating scientific and administrative accounts by Signing Officials and Account Administrators.

3. How Trainees Get Accounts in eRA Commons Reviews the steps a PI takes to initiate that invitation.

4. How Scholars Register in eRA Commons Scholars are the one exception to the rule and can register themselves with eRA Commons.
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