DECEMBER 2015top
DOD's Biggest Solicitation Set for Pre-Release on Dec 11
The Dept. of Defense will pre-release its SBIR 2016.1 and STTR 2016.A solicitations on Dec. 11, opening the one-month period, ending Jan. 10, during which we recommend that you talk to your relevant Technical Point of Contact (Why? Read our blog). The solicitation opens on Jan. 11 and closes on Feb. 17. This solicitation features hundreds of topics offered by the Air Force, Army, Navy, Defense Advanced Research Projects Admin. (DARPA), Chemical & Biological Defense (CBD), Defense Health Program (DHP), Defense Logistics Agency (DLA), Special Operartions Command (SOCOM) and Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA). We've gathered the topics into an At-a-Glance Summary for preview in advance of the actual pre-solicitation. Click here to view the summary. (Note: Be sure to check the solicitation when released on Dec. 11 as topics may have been added, deleted or modified. 
When pre-released, the solicitation will be available at:

More SBIR/STTR Solicitations  
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
The EPA's 2015 SBIR Phase I is currently open with a Jan. 7 deadline. Research topics for this solicitation are: 
  • Air and Climate
  • Integrated Cookstove-Heating-Electricity Generation for Small Homes
  • Manufacturing 
  • Toxic Chemicals
  • Water 
  • Building Materials
  • Homeland Security

Dept. of Homeland Security (DHS)
The DHS issued its FY16.1 SBIR Pre-Solicitation notification on Dec. 1, and there is still time to contact the Technical Program Managers to ask questions regarding their topic areas before the pre-solicitation period ends on Dec. 15. The solicitation opens on Dec. 16 with a Jan. 20 deadline.

The pre-solicitation includes 13 topics which are summarized here.

Nat'l. Aeronautics & Space Administration (NASA)
NASA's SBIR/STTR is currently open with a deadline of Feb. 1. nasa NASA has a wide variety of SBIR topics in the following topic areas:
  • Aeronautics Research
  • Human Exploration and Operations
  • Science
  • Space Technology
  • Lightweight Structures and Materials
  • Robotics and Autonomour Systems
  • Wireless Technology
STTR topic areas include:
  • Launch Propulsion Systems
  • In-Space Propulsion Technologies
  • Space Power and Energy Storage
  • Robotics, Tele-Robotics and Autonomous Systems
  • Autonomous Ka-band Spacecraft Terminals
  • Human Health, Life Support and Habitation Systems
  • Human Exploration Destination Systems
  • Science Instruments, Observatories and Sensor Systems
Click here for a a list of topics, or here for full topic descriptions. View solicitation

Lockheed Martin has released a listing of SBIR NASA 2016 solicitation topics along with LM personnel interested in particular SBIR topics. The listing helps connect companies with the appropriate Lockheed Martin technical points of contact to explore opportunities for partnership and innovation. If your firm has interest in a topic, is considering submitting a proposal and would like to seek LM's support through an endorsement, sponsorship and/or partnership opportunity, contact the individuals listed next to the appropriate topic as soon as possible to ensure adequate time for letter approvals. View list

Dept. of Energy (DOE)
Topics for DOE's current solicitation were released on Nov 1 with a DOE logo submission deadline of Feb 9.  Importantly, letters of intent are due by 5 PM on Dec. 21.  A Letter of Intent (LOI) is a document that you submit in advance of your Phase I application to the DOE SBIR/STTR programs. It contains important information about your application, such as a technical abstract, that will assist DOE in identifying reviewers in advance of receiving your application. Your technical abstract should contain sufficient technical information so that reviewers with appropriate technical backgrounds can be identified for your application.  However, your LOI should not include any proprietary information.

A full list of topics and descriptions can be found at this link.
Tips from NIH as the Jan. 5 Deadline Nears
Before you submit your NIH proposal, here are a few things to be sure to check so your application moves problem-free from submission to processing:
  • Does the topic of the application fit NIH's mission?
  • Does the application include all critical sections? NIH systems can tell if you attached a pdf document in a certain spot in the application, but can't assess the content of that attachment so make sure to attach the correct document.
  • Does the application include information in inappropriate places to get around page limits? NIH refers to the use of appendices and other non-page limited sections to augment information in page-limited sections as "overstuffing". Page limits provide a fair and level playing field to convey information, and they are taken seriously by reviewers.
  • Do you already have an application with essentially the same content under review?  Even under current NIH submission rules, which allow you to submit the same application again, you can't have overlapping applications under review at the same time (NOT-OD-14-074).
  • If reference letters apply, were the correct number of reference letters received by the due date?
  • Did you follow font and margin guidelines documented in the application guide when preparing all your attachments? (Read our blog)
  • If requesting over $500K in direct costs in any budget period, did you have institute permission to submit?
When submitting your application, don't just think about getting through electronic submission. Think about how your application will hold up to the scrutiny of humans!
  training on tap
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Proposal Prep for DoD
Dec 16 - Southfield, MI

Proposal Prep for NIH
Jan 21 - Ann Arbor, MI

Grant Writing Workshop
1/26-27 - Chicago, IL
1/27-28 - Vail, CO

SBIR/STTR 101: Into & Overview
Jan 28 - Ann Arbor, MI

Webinars are 1-2 PM
Jan 6 - Policies & Procedures for SBIR/STTR Awardees

HHS/NIH Omnibus
Closes Jan 5

Opens Nov 11; closes Dec 11 

Closes Dec 16

Closes Jan 7

Closes Jan 14

Closes Jan 20

DoEd (IES) SBIR 2016 Ph I
Closes Jan 21

Closes Feb 1

Closes Feb 9

Releases Dec 11; opens Jan 11; closes Feb 17
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