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New Now Posted: 2015 Omnibus NIH/CDC SBIR Contract Solicitation PHS 2015-1

August 15, 2014

The 2015 Omnibus NIH/CDC SBIR Contract Solicitation PHS 2015-1 (http://grants.nih.gov/grants/funding/SBIRContract/PHS2015-1.pdf) has been posted.

Please see the NIH SBIR website (http://sbir.nih.gov) for details and solicitation. The solicitation is also posted in FedBizOpps at https://www.fbo.gov/spg/HHS/NIH/NIAID/PHS-2015-1/listing.html.

A NIH Guide Notice NOT-OD-14-120 (http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-14-120.html) was also released today, which describes the solicitation and also provides the necessary links and information.

The deadline for contract proposal submissions is Wednesday, November 5, 2014, at 4:30 p.m. ET and submissions must be on paper (not electronic, not through Grants.gov). Please follow the directions in the solicitation very carefully. You must respond exactly to a topic in the solicitation.

We still have our Omnibus SBIR (http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-14-071.html) and STTR (http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-14-072.html) grant solicitations open for the next receipt date of December 5, 2014.  If you plan on an investigator-initiated submission, use these.

 


New One Week Left for the Early Bird Registration Discount for the NIH SBIR/STTR Conference

August 15, 2014

Interested in interactive workshops and one-on-one meetings with NIH SBIR/STTR subject matter experts?

Don’t miss the NIH SBIR/STTR Conference in Albuquerque, NM

Take advantage of the early bird registration rate by registering now for the 16th Annual NIH SBIR/STTR conference (www.sbir2014.comexit disclaimer icon) that will be held in Albuquerque, NM on October 21 – 23, 2014.  

Hosted by the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center (http://hsc.unm.edu/exit disclaimer icon), this three day event is a great opportunity for entrepreneurs, researchers and private sector representatives to learn more about the NIH SBIR/STTR programs and ways to obtain funding for commercially viable research.

Check out the NIH Institutes and Centers that are planning to take part in the one-on-one meetings (http://sbir2014.com/agencies/exit disclaimer icon), and the 2014 conference website (www.sbir2014.comexit disclaimer icon) for more specifics about the agenda, speakers and session offerings.  

Attend this Conference to:

  • Understand NIH SBIR/STTR programs and funding opportunities, including recent changes to the program as a result of the 2011 SBIR/STTR Reauthorization. 
  • Network with NIH staff representing most NIH Institutes and Centers through one-on-one meetings.
  • Learn about the NIH application, review and award process through interactive sessions.
  • Discover how effective public and private partnerships help accelerate innovations.
  • Find out effective strategies for pitching to investors and developing strategic partnerships with healthcare organizations and corporations.

Register Today Before the Early Bird Discount Ends!(https://www.regonline.com/Register/Checkin.aspx?EventID=1562157exit disclaimer icon)

Early-bird registration rate of $350 is available until August 22, 2014.

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New Register Today for NIAID's Small Business SBIR/STTR Workshop

August 15, 2014

Does your small business have a research idea related to infectious, immunologic, and allergic diseases?

Don’t miss the NIAID SBIR/STTR Workshop!

The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) at NIH will have their 2014 Small Business Workshop in Cambridge, Massachusetts on September 4 – 5, 2014.

The purpose of the NIAID Small Business Workshop is to bring together and inform small business concerns (SBCs) about federal and non-federal resources available, with a special emphasis on the commercialization and development of technologies related to infectious, immunologic, and allergic diseases.

The workshop will give SBCs the knowledge and tools they need to fully comply with the NIH SBIR and STTR policies and regulations. The workshop will be a great opportunity for SBCs to learn more about the NIAID SBIR/STTR programs, including new updates and procedures. It will also allow SBCs an opportunity to network and have one-on-one discussions with NIAID program officers. The researchers will benefit significantly from the provided guidance, which will help them write successful SBIR/STTR proposals relevant to technology commercialization. 

Who: Anyone interested in learning more about NIAID’s SBIR and STTR programs, including small business owners, researchers, state and local government representatives, small business development centers, and academics

What: NIAID Small Business Workshop

When: September 4 – 5, 2014

Where: Boston Marriott Cambridge hotel: Two Cambridge Center, 50 Broadway  Cambridge Massachusetts 02142 USAexit disclaimer icon

Why: Learn about federal non-dilutive research opportunities for your small business, including updates to NIAID’s SBIR and STTR programs.

Register Today: https://respond.niaid.nih.gov/conferences/SmallBusiness

Please note: There are no registration fees for this workshop.

 


NIH Launches the Commercialization Assistance Program for Phase II SBIR and STTR Awardees

August 4, 2014

The National Institutes of Health Launches the 10th Year of the Commercialization Assistance Program (CAP) for NIH, CDC, and FDA Phase II SBIR and STTR Awardees.

Application Deadline:   September 2, 2014 Selection to Program:   September 15, 2014

Apply Today: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/funding/cap/application.htm

The NIH Commercialization Assistance Program (CAP) is a nationwide program funded by NIH’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Innovation Technology Transfer (STTR) Program Office.  Assisting U.S. small businesses is a top priority for the NIH in ensuring the success of the SBIR/STTR programs and maximizing the agency's investment. CAP is a specialized technical assistance program designed to help promising small life science and health care companies develop their commercial businesses and transition their SBIR/STTR developed technologies into the marketplace. Services are provided by Larta Inc. (http://www.larta.org/exit disclaimer icon) of Los Angeles, CA.

Beginning in September 2014, CAP will provide eighty (80) selected companies with individualized business assistance by Larta Inc. Eligible companies must have an active NIH, CDC, or FDA SBIR/STTR Phase II, Phase IIB or Fast-track award in its second Phase or have an NIH, CDC or FDA SBIR/STTR Phase II, Phase IIB, or Fast-tract that has not ended before August 2009. 

How Does CAP Work?

To provide assistance that is appropriate to each participant’s needs, three parallel tracks are offered:

  • Commercialization Training Track (CTT) is appropriate for the majority of NIH SBIR/STTR Phase II companies. CTT is aimed at assisting participants with evaluating their commercialization options based on their specific technologies (including the need and prospect for investment, strategic partnerships or licensing) and to develop a solid market-entry plan covering an 18-month period.  It also assists participants in the development of market-appropriate tools to accomplish these objectives. The CTT runs for nine months affording each participant the opportunity to receive critiques from industry experts during a feedback session on their commercialization strategy. The CTT culminates with an 18-month strategic action plan presentation.  
  • Accelerated Commercialization Track (ACT) applies to a select group of NIH SBIR/STTR Phase II companies who have successfully commercialized (or sold) products and/or services, generated revenue, established partnerships and/or otherwise achieved a level of market development that is sustainable over a definitive period.  However, they may be lacking in a specific, applicable issue (such as a solid regulatory plan, a license-focused IP strategy or a term sheet for investors), whose resolution is key to their continued growth.  This track uses industry experts to help participants achieve these outcomes.
  • Regulatory Training Track (RTT) – This track will apply to a selected group of NIH-funded companies whose technologies require regulation by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). These companies are either preparing for initial engagement with and submission to the FDA or have already done so but may need to address specific applicable issues related to their application, developing a solid regulatory plan, or addressing feedback from the FDA in order to move their technology development along toward achieving regulatory milestones and approval. This track specifically deploys regulatory business experts to help participants achieve these outcomes.

What Should Participants Expect?

  • One-on-one business mentoring with a principal adviser focusing on concrete deliverables.
  • Practical and action-oriented advice from industry experts on regulatory, licensing issues, business strategy, investor and partnership pitches, and more.
  • The ability to fully articulate a compelling case for market channels relevant to your business and to develop a clear understanding of your potential customers, partners, investors and competitors. 
  • To work individually at your own pace with an assigned industry expert called the Principal Adviser (PA) and other current industry experts. The CAP is a 9-month mentoring and training program. It is not a curriculum-based approach and should not be perceived as continuous 9 months of engagement.
  • To involve the company CEO, whose participation is highly encouraged and expected in this program. The commitment of time and resources with management support is vital.
  • Great networking opportunities, which you can leverage well into the future.
  • To participate in three separate program outcomes tracking over an 18 month period after the CAP concludes in June 2015.

Note:  CAP participation is free of charge; however, participants are responsible for travel and lodging expenses associated with attending workshops. NOTE: NIH will not provide additional funding for this purpose; but, participants with a currently active Phase II SBIR/STTR award may rebudget funds within the total costs awarded to cover allowable travel expenses for CAP events without NIH prior approval unless the rebudgeting action constitutes a change in scope or if the terms of award prohibit the use of funds for this purpose. Companies should contact their grants management officer with related inquiries.  

For more information about the program and how to apply, please visit the CAP website (http://grants.nih.gov/grants/funding/cap/index.htm) and the NIH Notice NOT-OD-14-110(http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-14-110.html) published on August 4, 2014.

Inquiries:

For program questions, please contact:

Lenka Fedorkova, Ph.D.
CAP Manager

SBIR/STTR Assistant Manager
Office of Extramural Programs
National Institutes of Health
Phone:  (301) 435-0921
sbir@od.nih.gov

For technical assistance with CAP application, please contact:

Judy Hsieh
Senior Program Manager
Larta, Inc.
Phone:  (213) 538-1444
jhsieh@larta.orgexit disclaimer icon

 


Top 5 NIH SBIR/STTR Application Submission Errors

July 7, 2014

Did you know…

These top five eRA Commons errors account for approximately 80% of the total errors for SBIR/STTR grant submissions?

Developing an NIH SBIR or STTR grant application requires a lot of hard work and multiple steps. Once you’ve written your application, you must be able to successfully submit it electronically and error-free so NIH can review it.

Take some time to review these top five eRA Commons Submission errors in advance of the next NIH SBIR/STTR deadline on April 7, 2014. Doing so will help save precious time and ensure your application moves forward for review.

Please use the Annotated SF424 Form set for SBIR/STTR applications along with these tips to guide you during the electronic submission process. The annotated form set provides step-by-step instructions of which fields to complete and aligns with the information below.

Top 5 eRA Commons Submission Errors:

Error #1: Each Senior/Key Person listed must include effort of value > 0 in calendar months, or academic and summer months

  • NOT 0 effort.
  • Be sure to describe the source of key personnel funding in the Budget Justification if $0 salary is listed.

Error #2: All application attachments must be in PDF format

  • Use simple PDF-formatted files (no Word files)
    • Do not use Portfolio or similar feature to bundle multiple files into a single PDF
    • Disable security features such as password protection 
  • Keep file names to 50 characters or less and use only letters, numbers, underscore, hyphen, space and period
  • Use meaningful filenames and follow guidelines for fonts and margins
  • Do not include headers or footers

Error #3: eRA Commons username must be supplied in the Credential field of Senior/Key Person Page

  • For multiple PD/PI applications, select the PD/PI role for each PI and provide their eRA Commons username in the Credential field of Senior/Key Person Page
  • This field is required for NIH grant submissions.

Error #4: NIH requires the Organization name for all Senior/Key listed. The application pre-populates for PI, but NOT other key personnel

Error #5: The Federal Identifier on the Cover Page should include only the IC and serial number of the prior grant number

  • Federal Identifier: If box 1=Application and box 8=New, then leave blank
  • If box 1=Changed/Corrected and box 8=New, then enter previous Grants.gov tracking number
  • Otherwise, use Institute and serial # of previous NIH grant/app (e.g., use CA987654 from 1R01CA987654-01)

Other helpful tips to remember:

  • Corrective submissions must be made BEFORE the submission deadline and overwrite previous submissions.
    • Errors stop application processing and must be corrected
    • Warnings do not stop application processing and are corrected at the discretion of the applicant
  • Talk to an NIH Program Officer about your application and SUBMIT EARLY (days not hours and minutes)!
  • If you have questions, please contact the eRA Commons Help Desk:
    • Toll-free: 1-866-504-9552
    • Phone: 301-402-7469
    • Hours : Mon-Fri, 7a.m. to 8 p.m. ET

Don’t wait until the last minute to try and submit your application electronically. Registration itself can take between 6-8 weeks, and any application submission error can keep your application from processing. Plan ahead to ensure your application moves forward successfully and reduce last minute submission stress.  Good luck! 

 


Save the Date for the NICHD SBIR/STTR Workshop on September 22nd in Washington, DC

July 2, 2014

Has your small business thought about applying your scientific expertise, technical capacity and manufacturing capability to address research ideas related to improving the health of children, women and persons with disabilities?

Don’t miss the 2014 NICHD SBIR/STTR Workshop – Registration Opens on July 21st

The Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) will conduct their 2014 Small Business Workshop in Washington, DC on Monday, September 22, 2014.

The purpose of the NICHD Small Business Workshop is to bring together and inform small business concerns (SBCs) about the new and emerging priorities of the Branches at the Institute.

Anyone interested in learning more about NICHD’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Programs, including small business owners, researchers, state and local government representatives, small business development centers and academics are welcome.

Attend this Workshop to:

  • Learn about the topics of interest to NICHD’s SBIR/STTR programs.
  • Stay updated on recent NICHD changes and procedures.
  • Network with NICHD program officers during one-on-one meetings.

Registration Opens on July 21, 2014!

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Please note: There are no registration fees for this workshop.

The workshop will be held at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park2660 Woodley Road, NW Washington, DC, 20008.

For further information, please contact:

Louis Quatrano, Ph.D., NICHD SBIR Program Coordinator; quatranol@mail.nih.gov,

Or visit NICHD’s SBIR/STTR website: http://www.nichd.nih.gov/grants-funding/opportunities-mechanisms/mechanisms-types/small-business-mechanisms/Pages/default.aspx

 


Register Today for the 2014 NIH SBIR/STTR Annual Conference in Albuquerque, NM

June 24, 2014

The NIH SBIR/STTR Conference Website Has Launched - www.sbir2014.com

Join us for the 16th Annual NIH Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Conference that will be held in Albuquerque, NM on October 21 – 23, 2014. This year's three day conference, "Land of Achievement: Extending the Reach of Science with the SBIR/STTR Programs," will be hosted by the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center (http://hsc.unm.edu/).

At this event, you will hear presentations from NIH program staff and other experts, gain opportunities for one-on-one meetings with staff representing most NIH Institutes and Centers, and be invited to a "Pitch Fest" networking reception. This conference will feature workshops and interactive sessions that will assist you in the funding process.

Check out the 2014 conference website (www.sbir2014.comexit disclaimer icon) for more specifics about the agenda, speakers and session offerings. The conference will include three tracks "Navigating through SBIR/STTRs," "Circumventing the Hurdles" and "Path to Commercialization."

Attend this Conference to:

  • Understand NIH SBIR/STTR program and funding opportunities, including recent changes to the program as a result of the 2011 SBIR/STTR Reauthorization.
  • Network with NIH staff representing most NIH Institutes and Centers through one-on-one meetings.
  • Learn about the NIH application, review and award process.
  • Find out effective strategies for pitching to investors and developing strategic partnerships with healthcare organizations and corporations.

Register Today! (https://www.regonline.com/Register/Checkin.aspx?EventID=1562157)exit disclaimer icon

Early-bird registration rate of $350 is available until August 22, 2014.

Connect with Us on Twitter: #SBIRConf, @NIHsbir

The wide variety of topics offered make this conference ideal for SBIR newcomers, Phase I companies looking to advance to Phase II, and Phase II companies looking for commercial assistance, strategic partnership and investors.

 


Submit Your Comments to NIDCR to Improve the SBIR and STTR Programs

June 13, 2014

NIDCR Wants Your Input to Improve the SBIR/STTR Programs

The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) is the Federal Government's lead agency for supporting scientific research on oral, dental and craniofacial health and disease. NIDCR's mission is to improve oral, dental and craniofacial health through research and research training, and by sharing science-based health information with the public and health care professionals.

NIDCR has issued a request for information from a broad pool of stakeholders in the dental, oral and craniofacial research and business communities that may assist NIDCR staff with enriching the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) research programs.

NIDCR would like public comment on the below topics and ask the responses be directed specifically to the dental, craniofacial and oral health product market space.

Please note that the comments can include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Impediments to innovation and commercialization of dental products, therapeutics and services and comments for enhancement;
  • Perceived barriers to securing SBIR/STTR grants;
  • Comments relating to the dental practitioner, other health care professional or distributor of dental products and services.

You can find a more detailed list and additional information in the NOT-DE-14-006 (http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-DE-14-006.html).

All responses must be submitted via email to NIDCRsmallbusiness@mail.nih.gov by July 31, 2014.  Please include the Notice number NOT-DE-14-006 in the subject line. Response to this RFI is voluntary.

Please direct all inquiries to: R. Dwayne Lunsford, PhD National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) Telephone: 301-594-2421 Email: lunsfordr@nidcr.nih.gov

 


REACH Webinar Materials Now Available Online

May 20, 2014

We are glad to announce that resources from the REACH Awards Webinar have been posted online (http://grants.nih.gov/grants/webinar_docs/webinar_20140514.htm).  We had over 320 people participate in the webinar and want to thank everyone for your support.

You may find the webinar resources on our NIH SBIR/STTR website (http://sbir.nih.gov) under the News Flash, and on the NIH Office of Extramural Research’s webinars page (http://grants.nih.gov/grants/upcoming_webinars.htm).

The following webinar resources are available:

Thank you for everyone that attended the webinar! Please send any questions you have to Kurt Marek, Ph.D. at kurt.marek@nih.gov

 


Registration for NIAID's Small Business Workshop is Now Open

May 19, 2014

Does your small business have a research idea related to infectious, immunologic, and allergic diseases?

Don’t miss the NIAID SBIR/STTR Workshop!

The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) at NIH will have their 2014 Small Business Workshop in Cambridge, Massachusetts on September 4 – 5, 2014.

The purpose of the NIAID Small Business Workshop is to bring together and inform small business concerns (SBCs) about federal and non-federal resources available, with a special emphasis on the commercialization and development of technologies related to infectious, immunologic, and allergic diseases.

The workshop will give SBCs the knowledge and tools they need to fully comply with the NIH SBIR and STTR policies and regulations. The workshop will be a great opportunity for SBCs to learn more about the NIAID SBIR/STTR program, including new updates and procedures. It will also allow SBCs an opportunity to network and have one-on-one discussions with NIAID program officers. The researchers will benefit significantly from the provided guidance, which will help them write successful SBIR/STTR proposals relevant to technology commercialization. 

Who: Anyone interested in learning more about NIAID’s SBIR and STTR Programs, including small business owners, researchers, state and local government representatives, small business development centers, academics, etc.

What: NIAID Small Business Workshop

When: September 4 – 5, 2014

Where: Boston Marriott Cambridge hotel

Two Cambridge Center, 50 Broadway Cambridge  Massachusetts  02142 USAexit disclaimer icon

Why: Learn about federal non-dilutive research opportunities for your small business, including updates to NIAID’s SBIR and STTR programs.

Registration website is open https://respond.niaid.nih.gov/conferences/SmallBusiness!

Please note: There are no registration fees for this workshop.

 


New SBIR/STTR Application Forms Now Mandatory for August 5 Due Date and Beyond

May 13, 2014

SBIR/STTR Applicants Now Required to Use FORMS-C for August 5 Receipt Date and Beyond

NIH has recently updated the SBIR/STTR grant application forms (http://grants.nih.gov/grants/funding/424/index.htm) to remain current with the Grants.gov form sets and the requirements of the Office of Management and Budget. Application form sets contain the set of forms or data that the applicant must complete and submit to apply for an FOA.

NIH refers to the updated forms as 'FORMS-C', and they are required for SBIR/STTR applications submitted to due dates on or after August 5, 2014. The updated forms will be available in all active SBIR/STTR Funding Opportunity Announcements by May 16, 2014. Please read NOT-OD-14-089 (http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-14-089.html) for details.

To see a description of all of the changes to FORMS-C, please click here:http://grants.nih.gov/grants/ElectronicReceipt/files/FORMS-C_Changes.pdf.

To learn more about choosing the correct application form packages, please read:http://grants.nih.gov/grants/ElectronicReceipt/files/right_forms.pdf.

SBIR/STTR Application Guide and Supplemental Grant Application Instructions

The SBIR/STTR SF424 (R&R) Application Guide has also been updated to accommodate the FORMS-C changes. Applicants should read the “Forms Version C” SBIR/STTR Application Guide and Supplemental Grant Application Instructions (http://grants.nih.gov/grants/funding/424/index.htm) before getting started on an application.

If you have any questions about any of these changes, please email sbir@od.nih.gov, or contact the eRA Commons Help Desk: http://grants.nih.gov/support/index.html

 


Important Changes to NIH’s Resubmission Policy – Learn How It Affects Your SBIR/STTR Application

April 21, 2014

On April 17, 2014, NIH released their new resubmission policy that may affect SBIR and STTR applicants. Before April 16, 2014, NIH permitted one resubmission (A1) of an unfunded application (see NOT-OD-09-016).  The extension on the NIH grant number could follow the pattern (A0, A1).  A first-time submission is informally referred to as an A0, and the first resubmission is known as an A1.  Any virtual A2s would be flagged by the NIH Center for Scientific Review.

For all application due dates after April 16, 2014, following an unsuccessful resubmission (A1) application, applicants may submit the same idea as a new (A0) application for the next appropriate new application due date (see NOT-OD-14-082).

Resubmissions (A1) must be submitted within 37 months of the new (A0) application (see NOT-OD-10-140).  For more details on the Resubmission Policy, visit the Resubmissions webpage and the Resubmissions of NIH Applications FAQs

How does NIH’s current resubmission policy affect SBIR/STTR Applicants?

Please review the four case studies for Phase I, Phase II/Phase IIB, Fast-Track, and Direct Phase II to understand how the current NIH resubmission policy relates to SBIR/STTR applicants.

  • Phase I
    • A Phase I application is a 'Type 1' or "New" application.  When the applicant submits a New Phase I application (A0) and it is not funded, the applicant can address reviewer comments and submit as a Resubmission A1 for the next appropriate application due date, or they can submit a New application (A0).
  • Fast-Track
    • A Fast-track application is also a “Type 1” or “New” application and follows the same rules as a Phase I.  If a New Fast-track (A0) is not funded, the applicant can address reviewer comments and submit as a Resubmission Fast-track A1, or they can submit a New Fast-track (A0) for the next appropriate application due date.
    • If the Fast-track (A0 or A1) was not funded, the applicant can also revise down the scope of their application and submit as a New Phase I (A0).
  • Phase II/Phase IIB
    • A Phase II and Phase IIB are considered “Type 2” or “Renewal” applications.  If an applicant does not get funded on the first submission (A0), they can re-submit an A1 for a Phase II/IIB.
    • If a Phase II or Phase IIB resubmission (Type 2, A1) is not funded, the applicant may submit a New Phase I, Fast-track, or SBIR Direct Phase II (Type 1, A0). However, the project will lose any association with the previously funded grant, and the New project must be substantially different than the previous project to avoid duplicative funding. If the applicant decides to submit a SBIR Direct Phase II, they must also have previously completed the Phase I equivalent work without any SBIR/STTR funds.
  • Direct Phase II
    • A Direct Phase II application is considered a “Type 1” or “New” application, but in order to be eligible for a Direct Phase II, the small business applicant must demonstrate the Phase I equivalence of their preliminary data in their Direct Phase II application.  If a New SBIR Direct Phase II (A0) is not funded, the applicant can address reviewer comments and submit as a Resubmission SBIR Direct Phase II A1, or they can submit a SBIR New Direct Phase II (A0) for the next appropriate application due date. The small business applicant is not able to apply for a new Phase I or Fast-track (A0) unless they substantially change their project scope to prevent funding for a Phase I-like work already completed by the applicant.

For more information, check out the NIH SBIR/STTR FAQ webpage specifically about how the revised resubmission policy affects SBIR/STTR applicants. 

 


Meet SBIR Program Officers from all 11 SBIR Agencies at the #NatlSBIR Conference!

April 16, 2014

The Spring National SBIR/STTR Conferenceexit disclaimer iconwill take place June 16-18, 2014, at the Gaylord Hotel and Convention Center at Washington DC National Harbor.  At this conference, attendees will learn from senior SBIR/STTR leaders and program experts on how to participate and compete for funding in each of the government's SBIR/STTR programs, which focus specifically on commercializing technological innovations.

This conference will be the year's largest gathering of SBIR/STTR Agencies, industry leaders, veteran SBIR/STTR awardees, and aspiring entrepreneurs, with emphasis on opening the SBIR/STTR pipeline to newcomers. 

The NIH SBIR/STTR Program Office and 15 NIH SBIR/STTR Institute and Center (IC) representatives and the Center for Scientific Review (CSR) personnel will be available for one-on-ones. We will have an NIH SBIR/STTR booth and be speaking throughout the conference – more details to come!

Highlights include:

  • 1 on 1 meetings with 25+ SBIR Agencies
  • 20+ sessions featuring  Agencies, SBIR/STTR Awardees, Industry partners, and Program experts
  • Pre-Conference Courses on Must-Know Small Business Basics for SBIR/STTR pursuit
  • Exhibit Hall featuring SBIR/STTR Agency Pavilion, F1000 Companies, Universities, and SBIR/STTR-Funded Companies.

Early bird registration rate of $395 until April 18 –Register todayexit disclaimer icon!

The Gaylord Hotel is also offeringGaylord Hotel discounted room ratesexit disclaimer iconfor SBIR/STTR Conference Attendees.

The SBIR/STTR Conference is co-located with the National Innovation Summit and TechConnect World Conference & Expo, which features hundreds of business and scientific presentations from around the world. Those interested in attending all 3 conferences can register using the discount code 14SBA100 to receive $100 off the full conference rate.

Please share this information with your networks.  We look forward to seeing you at The Gaylord - National Harbor this June!

 


Top 5 NIH SBIR/STTR Application Submission Errors

March 24, 2014

Did you know…

These top five eRA Commons errors account for approximately 80% of the total errors for SBIR/STTR grant submissions?

Developing an NIH SBIR or STTR grant application requires a lot of hard work and multiple steps. Once you’ve written your application, you must be able to successfully submit it electronically and error-free so NIH can review it.  

Take some time to review these top five eRA Commons Submission errors in advance of the next NIH SBIR/STTR deadline on April 7, 2014. Doing so will help save precious time and ensure your application moves forward for review.

Please use the Annotated SF424 Form set for SBIR/STTR applications along with these tips to guide you during the electronic submission process. The annotated form set provides step-by-step instructions of which fields to complete and aligns with the information below.

Top 5 eRA Commons Submission Errors:

Error #1: Each Senior/Key Person listed must include effort of value > 0 in calendar months, or academic and summer months

  • It’s okay to put 0 dollars (no salary), but NOT 0 effort.
  • Be sure to describe the source of key personnel funding in the Budget Justification if $0 salary is listed.

Error #2: All application attachments must be in PDF format

  • Use simple PDF-formatted files (no Word files)
    • Do not use Portfolio or similar feature to bundle multiple files into a single PDF
    • Disable security features such as password protection 
  • Keep file names to 50 characters or less and use only letters, numbers, underscore, hyphen, space and period
  • Use meaningful filenames and follow guidelines for fonts and margins
  • Do not include headers or footers

Error #3: eRA Commons username must be supplied in the Credential field of Senior/Key Person Page

  • For multiple PD/PI applications, select the PD/PI role for each PI and provide their eRA Commons username in the Credential field of Senior/Key Person Page
  • This field is required for NIH grant submissions.

Error #4: NIH requires the Organization name for all Senior/Key listed. The application pre-populates for PI, but NOT other key personnel

Error #5: The Federal Identifier on the Cover Page should include only the IC and serial number of the prior grant number

  • Federal Identifier: If box 1=Application and box 8=New, then leave blank
  • If box 1=Changed/Corrected and box 8=New, then enter previous Grants.gov tracking number
  • Otherwise, use Institute and serial # of previous NIH grant/app (e.g., use CA987654 from 1R01CA987654-01)

Other helpful tips to remember:

  • Corrective submissions must be made BEFORE the submission deadline and overwrite previous submissions.
    • Errors stop application processing and must be corrected
    • Warnings do not stop application processing and are corrected at the discretion of the applicant
  • Talk to an NIH Program Officer about your application and SUBMIT EARLY (days not hours and minutes)!
  • If you have questions, please contact the eRA Commons Help Desk:
    • Toll-free: 1-866-504-9552
    • Phone: 301-402-7469
    • Hours : Mon-Fri, 7a.m. to 8 p.m. ET

Don’t wait until the last minute to try and submit your application electronically. Registration itself can take between 6-8 weeks, and any application submission error can keep your application from processing. Plan ahead to ensure your application moves forward successfully and reduce last minute submission stress.  Good luck! 

 


Save the Date: NIAID SBIR/STTR Workshop in Cambridge, MA on 9/4 and 9/5

March 24, 2014

Does your small business have a research idea related to infectious diseases?

Don’t miss the NIAID SBIR/STTR Workshop! 

The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) at NIH will have their 2014 NIAID Small BusinessWorkshop in Cambridge, Massachusetts on September 4 – 5, 2014.

The purpose of the NIAID Small Business Workshop is to bring together and inform small business concerns (SBCs) about federal and non-federal resources available, with a special emphasis on the

commercialization and development of technologies related to infectious, immunologic, and allergic diseases.

The workshop will give SBCs the knowledge and tools they need to fully comply with the NIH SBIR and STTR policies and regulations. The workshop will be a great opportunity for SBCs to learn more about the NIAID SBIR/STTR programs, including new updates and procedures. It will also allow SBCs an opportunity to network and have one-on-one discussions with NIAID program officers. The researchers will benefit significantly from the provided guidance, which will help them write successful SBIR/STTR proposals relevant to technology commercialization.

Who: Anyone interested in learning more about NIAID’s SBIR and STTR Programs, including small business owners, researchers, state and local government representatives, small business development centers, academics, etc.

What: NIAID Small Business Workshop

When: September 4 – 5, 2014

Where: Cambridge, Massachusetts

Why: Learn about federal non-dilutive research opportunities for your small business, including updates to NIAID’s SBIR and STTR programs.

Please stay tuned for more information, including the agenda and registration website.

 


NIH SBIR/STTR Presubmission Update Webinar Resources Now Available

March 14, 2014

We are glad to announce that resources from the NIH SBIR/STTR Presubmission Update Webinar have been posted online. We had over 980 people participate in the webinar and want to thank everyone for your support. 

The following webinar resources are available

  • Webinar Recording, which includes the Question and Answer Session;
  • PowerPoint Slides;
  • Transcript. 

Please click here to access them:

Thank you for everyone that attended the webinar and has filled out the feedback questionnaire. We received a lot of helpful suggestions, including ideas about future webinars – everyone please stay tuned! 

 


Save the Date: 16th Annual NIH SBIR/STTR Conference on Oct 21 – 23, 2014

March 13, 2014

Mark your calendars for the 16th Annual NIH SBIR/STTR Conference that will be held on Tuesday, October 21 – Thursday, October 23, 2014, in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

We are excited to announce that this year’s hosts will be theUniversity of New Mexico Health Science Centerexit disclaimer icon(UNM HSC), which is the largest academic health complex in the state.  The UNM HSC is located on the University of New Mexico campus in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Who should come?

Three different tracks will be offered on a variety of topics, making it idea for SBIR/STTR newcomers, early-stage life science small businesses, and businesses that are looking for their next commercialization step, including follow-on Phase IIB funding, strategic partnerships and outside investors.

We also welcome undergraduate and graduate students, women-owned small business and small disadvantaged businesses!  There will be sessions and workshops specifically designed to help you prepare and submit an application to the NIH.

Get ready for sunshine and SBIR and STTR – stay tuned for details! We expect registration to open around May. 

 


Important Information for the NIH SBIR/STTR Presubmission Update Webinar

March 5, 2014

Thank you to everyone that has shown interest and registered for our upcoming NIH SBIR/STTR Presubmission Update Webinar to be held tomorrow, March 6, from 1 – 2:30 ET.

We have had an overwhelming amount of interest in this webinar and want to send an important note about joining tomorrow. The GotoWebinar technology cannot accommodate over 1,000 attendees, and due to the high number of registrations, everyone that registered may not be able to join.

Here are important things to remember:

  • Join early - We recommend logging-on up to 15 minutes before the start of the webinar. This will increase your likelihood of getting a seat.
  • If you are not able to log-in tomorrow due to high attendance numbers, we will be posting the webinar recording, PowerPoint slide deck and the transcript in a week or so on http://sbir.nih.gov.

We are looking very forward to the webinar! If you have any questions, please email us at sbir@od.nih.gov

 


Attend the Upcoming NIH SBIR/STTR Webinar on Pre-Submission Updates

February 21, 2014

Attend the NIH SBIR/STTR Pre-Submission Update Webinar on March 6, 2014, from 1 – 2:30 pm ET to learn how the recent Reauthorization changes to NIH's SBIR and STTR programs can affect your small business' application in advance of the next receipt date that’s on April 7, 2014. 

NIH's SBIR/STTR Program Coordinator Dr. Matthew Portnoy will discuss the registration and submission process for the SBIR and STTR programs, common submission errors, eligibility requirements for small businesses including new changes, SBIR Direct Phase II, switching between SBIR and STTR, and other relevant updates. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions at the end of the webinar.

Attend this webinar to:

Register Today!

Did You Know….The upcoming SBIR and STTR application deadline is Monday, April 7, 2014, at 5 p.m. local time (since April 5, 2014, falls on a Saturday). 

 


New SBIR/STTR Reauth Provisions Launched: SBIR and STTR Switching & Pilot Direct SBIR Phase II

February 6, 2014

NIH has implemented two additional measures as a result of the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Reauthorization Act of 2011.

1. NIH SBIR and STTR applicants may now switch programs at Phase II or Phase IIB.

Effective February 1, 2014, applicants may ‘switch’ programs at Phase II or Phase IIB to any active and open NIH SBIR or STTR solicitation, including the 2014 SBIR (PA-14-071) and STTR (PA-14-072) Omnibus, and anytargeted funding opportunity. This means that:

  • Phase I STTR Awardees may apply for NIH SBIR or STTR Phase II.
  • Phase I SBIR Awardees may apply for NIH SBIR or STTR Phase II.
  • Phase II STTR Awardees may apply for NIH SBIR or STTR Phase IIB.
  • Phase II SBIR Awardees may apply for NIH SBIR or STTR Phase IIB.

Please note that not all NIH Institutes and Centers accept Phase IIB applications. Applicants must follow the all the rules and policies for the program and solicitation for which they are applying.  The employment status of the PI, sub-contracting rules, etc., must be adhered to for the Phase II or IIB application to the opposite program.

Applicants are also strongly advised to discuss this option with their program officer well in advance of any due date. For more information, please see Guide Notice NOT-14-048

2. NIH has issued a Pilot SBIR Direct to Phase II solicitation, PAR-14-088.

NIH has also issued a pilot SBIR Direct to Phase II solicitation PAR-14-088, which permits small businesses to receive a Phase II award even if they have not previously received a Phase I award for the research/research and development of their technology. In order to be eligible for the Pilot SBIR Direct Phase II award, the small business must have performed the Phase I stage-type of research through other funding sources.

The Direct-to-Phase II authority is not available to the STTR program and not available for the CDC, FDA, and ACF SBIR programs. Only the NIH Institutes and Centers listed in Components of Participating Organizations within the solicitation will accept Direct-to-Phase II SBIR submissions.

Please read the solicitation carefully, paying particular attention to instructions specific to this program.  Applicants are strongly advised to discuss this option with their program officer well in advance of any due date.

For additional questions about the SBIR/STTR Reauthorization Act of 2011 or any of these recent provisions, please email sbir@od.nih.gov.

 


HHS 2014 SBIR/STTR Omnibus Grant Solicitations Now Available

January 17, 2014

The 2014 Omnibus Grant Solicitations of the NIH, CDC, FDA and ACF are now available for the SBIR and STTR programs (NIH only).

Please note that applicants may now switch between the SBIR and STTR programs for the Omnibus solicitation and all NIH SBIR/STTR funding opportunity announcements (FOAs). An FOA for a Direct SBIR Phase II will be coming soon – stay tuned to the NIH SBIR homepagefor details.

Please find the 2014 SBIR/STTR Omnibus solicitations and accompanying resources below:

Standard Application Due Dates: April 5, August 5, and December 5, 2014. AIDS and AIDS-related Application Due Dates: May 7 2014, September 7 2014, January 7, 2015.

Details are located in the Funding Opportunity Table of our NIH SBIR website. Small business concerns (SBCs) may also check the Special Announcements Table on the NIH SBIR website for targeted NIH SBIR/STTR FOAs issued by individual Institutes and Centers (ICs). 

 

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