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After Six Years of SBIR/STTR Blogging, Our 24 Faves

January 6th, 2016 | by Jayne Berkaw

At BBCetc, we are constantly challenging ourselves to develop blog content that will be useful and instructive to look againour clients and readers. In pondering new topics we thought it might be interesting to see what we’ve posted over the past nearly six years (our first post was March 8, 2010!), and after taking a look, we decided to start 2016 with a list and links to 24 of our favorites.

The information provided in these blogs is current, though some of the dates mentioned have passed. Our advice is to always read the entire solicitation for the most up-to-date information (read #3 of our Top 10 Tips).

General
1.     A Late New Year’s Resolution: Get Registered!
2.    Fraud, Waste and Abuse – Small Problem, Big Consequences
3.    Build Your Team to Build Your Company
4.    SBIR Process is Right on Time
6.    Think Your Company is Too Big for SBIR Funding? Think Again.
7.    Telling Your Story: Formatting and Readability Tips for SBIR/STTR Proposals

NIH
8.    Submitting an NIH SBIR/STTR Proposal? Tell Your Story in “Specific Aims”
9.    Submitting to NIH? Get to the Point in Your Project Summary
10.  What do you mean, NIH didn’t like my idea!@#%$%

11.   When is the April 5 NIH SBIR/STTR Deadline?
12.  No Award, but Reasonable Impact Score? Take a Second Look.

Budgets and Grant Management 
13.  Five Tips for Preparing Your SBIR/STTR Budget
14.  As NIH and NSF Deadlines Loom: Tips to Kickstart Your SBIR/STTR Budget Plan
15.  Budget Justification an Important, yet Underutilized Part of Proposals
16.  Policies & Procedures are a Must, So Buckle Down and Get it Done
17.  Start Now to Be “Just in Time”

Commercialization
18.  Market Research is Key to Commercialization Success
19.  If You Build it, will They REALLY Come?
20. Strategic Partnering for SBIR/STTR Companies: What motivates large companies to partner?
21.  Strategic Partnering for SBIR-Stage Companies: Types of Strategic Alliances
22. Strategic Partnering for SBIR-Stage Companies: Finding Your Strategic Partner

DOD
23.  What to Do — and Not Do — to Get Your Technology in Front of DOD
24.  The 30-Day Window is Open. Talk to Your TPOC Now

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Our TOP 10 Tips for SBIR/STTR Success

December 28th, 2015 | by Jayne Berkaw

As we look forward to 2016, the time seems right to once again share our Top 10 Tips for SBIR/STTR success. We arrived at these tips through long experience with the proposal preparation and submission hick ups that we see regularly and that can lead to great consternation (or worse) for SBIR/STTR applicants.  So start the new

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Technical Advisory Board Can Lend Insight and Credibility

December 1st, 2015 | by Becky Aistrup

A Technical Advisory Board (also known as a Scientific Advisory Board) can provide significant advantages to your start-up business when you are in the process of seeking funding from equity investment or non-dilutive funding such as SBIR/STTR grants. Most businesses create advisory boards when there are subject areas where objective expert outsiders can enhance the

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How do I know if NIH is interested in funding my project?

November 12th, 2015 | by Andrea Johanson

The NIH is one of the ‘easier’ federal agencies to apply to because every year it issues an Omnibus Solicitation, requesting investigator-initiated topics. This means that rather than telling you exactly which projects they will fund, the NIH asks you, the investigator, to come up with the ideas. As long as these ideas are related

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What do a federal grant and robot cockroaches have in common?

October 14th, 2015 | by Lisa Kurek

A recent essay by Lisa Kurek, BBCetc Managing Partner, NPR affiliate Michigan Radio’s “The Next Idea.” All it takes is one new innovation or one new successful company to change the economic fortunes of an entire city or region. More often though, it’s the cumulative effect of many new innovations and successful companies that create

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Build Your Team to Build Your Company

September 11th, 2015 | by Lisa Kurek

At BBCetc, we love the passion and intensity of entrepreneurs who are developing amazing technologies even as we try to harness their enthusiasm and keep their feet planted on the ground. Part of our job is helping them understand that participating SBIR/STTR agencies are seeking more than a great idea; they want to see a

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Start Now to Be “Just in Time”

July 15th, 2015 | by Kris Bergman

There is always a flurry of questions from our clients who submit SBIR/STTR proposals and then receive “Just-in-Time” (JIT) requests. Just-in-time refers to information an agency asks you to send after your application goes through the initial review process and is being considered for possible funding. This procedure reduces the time to award while ensuring

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Be sure to have a vision for your project

June 18th, 2015 | by Michael Kurek

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

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If You Build it, will They REALLY Come?

May 29th, 2015 | by Michael Kurek

The review criteria for successful SBIR/STTR proposals typically emphasize an innovative technology solving a significant problem in the market. What this means is that, to be successful, companies must present: A sound technical approach, in tandem with, A credible commercialization strategy Too often, entrepreneurs and scientists involved with early-stage companies focus their proposal development energies

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THE 30-DAY WINDOW IS OPEN. TALK TO YOUR TPOC NOW!

April 27th, 2015 | by Becky Aistrup

(Re-running this timely post that bears repeating…) The Dept. of Defense issued its 2015.2 SBIR pre-solicitation on April 24, opening a 30-window during which you can talk directly to its Technical Points of Contact (TPOCs), before proposals may be submitted beginning on May 26. Why bother talking to a TPOC? Here’s why: The TPOC is

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