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NIH Natural Disaster Policy Notice - Hurricane Harvey New

August 30, 2017

NIH has published a Notice reminding the community of the NIH Natural Disaster Policy, considering the effects Hurricane Harvey may have on organizations and small businesses in the affected areas. In light of the SBIR/STTR deadline of 9/5/17, all small businesses in the affected region should read the below carefully.

The Notice is here: https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-17-106.html

Reminder: NIH Natural Disaster Policy - Hurricane Harvey

Notice Number: NOT-OD-17-106

Key Dates
Release Date:
August 28, 2017

Related Announcements
None

Issued by
National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Purpose
It is highly likely that Hurricane/Tropical-Storm Harvey will adversely affect some NIH-applicants’ and recipients’ ability to submit applications or reports on time. When delays occur because the applicant or recipient organization is officially closed due to a natural disaster or other emergency, the NIH will consider accepting applications late, on a case-by-case basis, under the following circumstances:

  • Institutions must submit applications or reports as soon as possible after reopening, not to exceed the number of days the institution was officially closed.
  • Institutions must submit a cover letter with the application, with enough detail about the delay so that NIH staff can make a determination whether circumstances justify accepting the application late.
  • Institutions need not request advance permission to submit late due to a disaster-related delay.

NIH will provide information (including reporting guidance) to grantees whose research has been affected by the storm, and will proceed with additional NIH-Guide Notices once the initial period of emergency has passed. 

The NIH has a web page about the NIH Extramural Response to Natural Disasters that provides information on a variety of topics.

Inquiries
Please direct all inquiries to:
Division of Receipt and Referral
Center for Scientific Review
Telephone: 301-435-0715
Email: csrdrr@mail.nih.gov

 

 

Early Bird Registration for the 19th Annual HHS SBIR/STTR Conference in Milwaukee, WI ending soon!

August 29, 2017

19th Annual HHS SBIR/STTR Conference - In the Heartland of BioHealth Innovation

Only 1 Month left to save $100, Early Bird Registration ends September 28th
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Register now to receive a discounted rate to attend the 19th Annual HHS SBIR/STTR Conference in Milwaukee on November 7 – 9, 2017. This conference is relevant to a diverse audience, including biomedical entrepreneurs; principal investigators; grants and contracts administrators; and industry partners and investors.

 

Top 3 Reasons to Attend

1) Meet one-on-one with HHS SBIR/STTR program managers
Over 100 federal staff, including representatives from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Small Business Administration (SBA), Administration for Community Living (ACL), and HHS Office of the Inspector General (OIG) will be holding one-on-one meetings and giving presentations.

2) Learn from successful HHS SBIR/STTR awardees
You will have the chance to hear tips from successful applicants, potential funding partners and companies during interactive workshops and sessions. These sessions include a diverse group of successful awardees, including women-owned small businesses and socially and economically disadvantaged small businesses.

3) Learn how to develop a competitive application
Many sessions focus on how to develop and submit your SBIR/STTR application. Topics include:

  • How to submit your SBIR/STTR grant proposal electronically via ASSIST
  • FDA regulatory requirements for drugs and devices
  • Important considerations to protect your intellectual property
  • What you need to know about human subjects and animal research
  • View the agenda exit disclaimer icon for a full listing

19th Annual HHS SBIR/STTR Conference

November 7-9, 2017, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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CAP APPLICATION DEADLINE EXTENDED TO AUGUST 31, 2017 11:59pm (PDT)

August 24, 2017

The NIH Commercialization Accelerator Program (CAP) provides customized business support for Phase II SBIR/STTR awardees.

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Breeding success, one company at a time.

Extended Application Deadline: August 31, 2017 11:59pm (PDT)

Selection to Program: September 2017

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Does your small business need assistance in commercializing its HHS SBIR/STTR-funded technology?

Was that technology developed with a Phase II HHS SBIR/STTR award that was active at any time between August 2012 and August 2017? (Your company does not need to have a currently active award as any HHS Phase II SBIR/STTR award active in the last 5 years would qualify.)

If your answers to both these questions is “Yes,” then your company should read below and consider applying to the NIH Commercialization Accelerator Program (CAP). Companies are invited to apply online exit disclaimer icon. The deadline for submissions has now been extended to August 31, 2017 11:59pm (PDT). Selected companies will be notified in September 2017.

The CAP helps small businesses evaluate their commercialization options based on their specific technologies (including the need and prospect for investment, strategic partnerships, or licensing) and helps them develop a solid market-entry plan covering an 18-month period.

CAP is customized to meet the needs of participating companies in three distinct tracks:

  • The Commercialization Transition Track (CTT) for emerging companies
  • The Advanced Commercialization Track (ACT)
  • The Regulatory/Reimbursement Training Track (RTT) for “seasoned” companies.

The CAP's eighty (80) available slots will be distributed between the three tracks.

Eligible companies may now apply to participate by completing a short online application that should take an average of no more than 60-90 minutes to fill-out.

Extended Deadline: August 31, 2017

Program Selection: Late September 2017

Phase II SBIR/STTR Companies - Apply Now exit disclaimer icon

Have Questions about the CAP?

  • Instructions on how to watch the recording of the Information Session Webinar about the NIH CAP HERE.
  • Find detailed program information and application instructions on the NIH SBIR/STTR CAP website.
  • Read NOT-OD-17-097 for details. (NOTE: This Guide Notice was released August 3 2017 and does not reflect the newly extended duedate of August 31, 2017. All other information is unchanged.)

Please direct all inquiries to:
J.P. Kim, J.D., M.B.A., M.P.P., M.Sc., M.A.
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
Telephone: 301-435-0189
Email: sbir@od.nih.gov

Please direct inquiries related to submission of the web application to:
Judy Hsieh
Larta, Inc.
Telephone: 213-538-1444
Email: jhsieh@larta.org

 

 

CAP Information Session Webinar Recording and Presentation Now Available

August 21, 2017

Watch and/or listen to the recording and review the slides on the Larta Portal exit disclaimer icon. You must register your account exit disclaimer icon in order to access the Portal.

On Thursday, August 17, 2017, Rohit Shukla, CEO of Larta Institute, Judy Heish, Program Director at Larta, and JP Kim, SBIR-STTR Program Manager at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), hosted an informational webinar on the Commercialization Accelerator Program (CAP).

This program is designed to assist HHS SBIR/STTR Phase II awardees in evaluating their commercialization options based on their specific technologies (including the need and prospect for investment, strategic partnerships, or licensing), and help them develop a solid market-entry plan covering an 18-month period.

Topics discussed included:

  • Commercialization Accelerator Program (CAP) Overview
  • About Larta
  • 2017-2018 Commercialization Accelerator Program (CAP) information
  • Program Contacts
  • Live Questions & Answers

The application deadline for the 2017-2018 CAP selection process is August 24, 2017, 11:59pm PDT.

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Have more questions about the CAP?

Please direct all inquiries to:

J.P. Kim, J.D., M.B.A., M.P.P., M.Sc., M.A.
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
Telephone: 301-435-0189
Email: sbir@od.nih.gov

Please direct inquiries related to submission of the web application to:
Judy Hsieh
Larta, Inc.
Telephone: 213-538-1444
Email: jhsieh@larta.org

 

 

NIH/CDC SBIR Contract Solicitation PHS 2018-1 Webinar Recording, Transcript, and Slides Now Available

August 18, 2017

On Tuesday, August 15, 2017 the NIH SBIR/STTR Program office hosted a webinar to explain and discuss the release of the NIH and CDC SBIR Contract Solicitation (PHS 2018-1).

The difference between contracts and grant solicitations, iCorps at NIH, the eCPS submission process, and specific topics with Program Managers from NCI, NHLBI, NIAID, NIDA, and CDC were addressed. A live Question & Answer session with host, Matt Portnoy, concluded the webinar.

The slide presentation, webinar recording exit disclaimer icon, and transcript are now available for your reference.

*Please be advised, an automated transcription service was used, and there may be grammatical errors and typos in the transcript. The webinar went over the allotted time, causing transcription services to stop at 3:30 PM. We have done our best to correct as many errors as possible, but you are encouraged to reach out to us by email at sbir@od.nih.gov if anything remains unclear.

The contract submission deadline is October 20, 2017, 5:00 PM EDT. Please follow the directions in the solicitation very carefully. You must respond exactly to a topic in the solicitation. As always, we encourage you to start the registration and application process early, and reach out the central office or the funding Institute or Center of your choice for assistance.

Please check NOT-OD-17-089 or topics, contracting officer contact information and other details. You can also find the SBIR contract solicitation link on our Funding page and on FedBizOpps.

Those interested in the PHS small business research GRANT programs, where investigator-initiated research ideas are encouraged, should use the SBIR (PA-17-302) and STTR (PA-17-303) Omnibus solicitations. You can find solicitation links on our Funding page. To understand better the differences between grants and contracts, view the Apply page.

 

 

One Day Left to Register for the CAP Informational Webinar this Thursday, 8/17!

August 15, 2017

The Commercialization Accelerator Program (CAP) is accepting applications until August 24, 2017. To learn more about CAP, Secure your webinar registration today (CLICK HERE) exit disclaimer icon!

If you are an SBIR/STTR Phase II Awardee with interest and questions regarding the NIH CAP, join us Thursday, August 17th from 2pm-3:30pm, as Rohit Shukla, CEO of Larta Institute exit disclaimer icon, and JP Kim, SBIR-STTR Program Manager at NIH, host an informational webinar on the NIH Commercialization Accelerator Program (CAP).

This program is designed to assist HHS SBIR/STTR Phase II awardees in evaluating their commercialization options based on their specific technologies (including the need and prospect for investment, strategic partnerships, or licensing), and help them develop a solid market-entry plan covering an 18-month period.

CAP is customized to meet the needs of participating companies in three distinct tracks:

  • The Commercialization Transition Track (CTT) for emerging companies
  • The Advanced Commercialization Track (ACT)
  • The Regulatory/Reimbursement Training Track (RTT) for “seasoned” companies.

There are eighty (80) available slots that will be distributed throughout these tracks.

Questions about the CAP?

  • Attend the Information Session Webinar about the NIH CAP on Thursday, August 17, 2017 at 10:00am PDT (1:00pm EDT). The session is free, but pre-registration is required here exit disclaimer icon.
  • Find detailed program information and application instructions on the NIH SBIR/STTR CAP website.
  • Read NOT-OD-17-097 for details.

Please direct all inquiries to:

J.P. Kim, J.D., M.B.A., M.P.P., M.Sc., M.A.
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
Telephone: 301-435-0189
Email: sbir@od.nih.gov

 

 

Don’t Miss the NIH/CDC Contract Solicitation PHS 2018-1 Informational Webinar – Tuesday, 8/15

August 10, 2017

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If you are an interested applicant and have questions about:

  • The difference between an SBIR/STTR Grant Solicitation and the NIH/CDC Contract Solicitation
  • Using the electronic Contract Proposal Submission (eCPS) system
  • The HHS SBIR contract submission deadline and review process

We will host a pre-proposal conference webinar, on August 15, 2017 at 2:00 PM EDT. The webinar is free but pre-registration is required. Register here! exit disclaimer icon

The NIH and CDC SBIR Contract (PHS 2018-1) was released on July 17, 2017 for review and is accepting submissions. The deadline for all proposals is October 20, 2017, 5:00 PM EDT. Please follow the directions in the solicitation very carefully. You must respond exactly to a topic in the solicitation.

Be advised, there is a new electronic submission process for all proposals. Applicants must use the Contract Proposal Submission (eCPS) website to submit their proposal. Instructions for electronic submission are provided in the solicitation, and no other method of proposal submission is permitted.

Those interested in the PHS small business research GRANT programs, where investigator-initiated research ideas are encouraged, should use the SBIR (PA-16-302) and STTR (PA-16-303) Omnibus solicitations. You can find solicitation links on our Funding Page. To understand better the differences between grants and contracts, view the Apply page.

 

 

The NIH CAP is Now Accepting Applications from HHS SBIR/STTR Phase II Awardees

August 3, 2017

Learn How the NIH Commercialization Accelerator Program (CAP) Can Help Your Small Business Achieve Commercial Success

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Breeding success, one company at a time.

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The NIH Commercialization Accelerator Program (CAP) (previously known as the Commercialization Assistance Program) is designed to help HHS SBIR and STTR Phase II awardees transition their SBIR and STTR developed products into the marketplace. Through a contract with Larta Inc.  of Los Angeles, California, the CAP will provide early stage companies with individualized assistance toward accomplishing their commercialization goals. More details can be found in NOT-OD-17-097.

The CAP helps small businesses evaluate their commercialization options based on their specific technologies (including the need and prospect for investment, strategic partnerships, or licensing) and helps them develop a solid market-entry plan covering an 18-month period.

CAP is customized to meet the needs of participating companies in three distinct tracks:

  • The Commercialization Transition Track (CTT) for emerging companies
  • The Advanced Commercialization Track (ACT)
  • The Regulatory/Reimbursement Training Track (RTT) for “seasoned” companies.

The CAP's eighty (80) available slots will be distributed between the three tracks.

The 2017-2018 CAP Application Portal has just launched, and eligible companies may now apply to participate by completing a short online application that should take an average of no more than 30-60 minutes to fill-out.

Application Deadline: August 24, 2017

Program Selection: Late September 2017

Phase II SBIR/STTR Companies - Apply Now

Have Questions about the CAP?

  • Attend the Information Session Webinar about the NIH CAP on Thursday, August 17, 2017 at 10:00am PDT (1:00pm EDT). The session is free, but pre-registration is required here.
  • Find detailed program information and application instructions on the NIH SBIR/STTR CAP website.
  • Read NOT-OD-17-097 for details.

 

Please direct all inquiries to:
J.P. Kim, J.D., M.B.A., M.P.P., M.Sc., M.A.
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
Telephone: 301-435-0189
Email: sbir@od.nih.gov

Please direct inquiries related to submission of the web application to:
Judy Hsieh
Larta, Inc.
Telephone: 213-538-1444
Email: jhsieh@larta.org

 

 

The NIH/CDC SBIR Contract Solicitation PHS 2018-1 Has Been Released

July 18, 2017

The HHS SBIR Contract Now Requires Electronic Submission!

The NIH and CDC SBIR Contract (PHS 2018-1) has been released! All proposals are due by October 20, 2017, 5:00 PM EDT. Please follow the directions in the solicitation very carefully. You must respond exactly to a topic in the solicitation.

Submission Process: There is a new electronic submission process for all proposals. Applicants must use the Contract Proposal Submission (eCPS) website to submit their proposal. No other method of proposal submission is permitted. Instructions for electronic submission are provided in the solicitation.

Pre-proposal webinar: We will also have a pre-proposal conference, via webinar, on August 15, 2017 at 2:00 PM EDT. This informational webinar will discuss the PHS 2018-1 solicitation, electronic contract proposal submission (eCPS) website, and topics. Register for the webinar! exit disclaimer icon

Please check NOT-OD-17-089 or topics, contracting officer contact information and other details. You can also find the SBIR contract solicitation link on our Funding page and on FedBizOpps.

Those interested in the PHS small business research GRANT programs, where investigator-initiated research ideas are encouraged, should use the SBIR (PA-17-302) and STTR (PA-17-303) Omnibus solicitations. You can find solicitation links on our Funding page. To understand better the differences between grants and contracts, view the Apply page.

 

 

Guide Notice: NOT-OD-17-085 - NIH Implementation of Final Research Performance Progress Reports (Final RPPR) for SBIR and STTR Grants and Cooperative Agreements

July 12, 2017

The National Institutes of Health will replace the SBIR/STTR Phase II Final Progress Report (FPR) with the Final Research Performance Progress Report (F-RPPR) through a new eRA Commons module effective June 30, 2017.

The Research Performance Progress Report (RPPR) is used by grantees to submit progress reports to NIH on their grant awards. In 2012, NIH implemented the annual RPPR, based on a policy memorandum from the Office of Management and Budget and Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) to the heads of executive departments and agencies establishing the uniform RPPR for use by agencies supporting research and research-related activities. The RPPR replaced previous interim performance reporting formats used by NIH and other agencies.

NIH introduced the Final Research Performance Progress Report (F-RPPR) for grant closeout effective January 1, 2017 for many mechanisms. The F-RPPR is used as part of the grant closeout process to submit project outcomes in addition to the information submitted on the annual RPPR, except budget and plans for the upcoming year. However, the F-RPPR was not implemented for SBIR/STTR grants and cooperative agreements as NIH continued technical work to incorporate SBIR/STTR Phase II reporting requirements into F-RPPR format at that time.

Effective June 30, 2017, all SBIR/STTR Phase II final reports must be submitted using the F-RPPR through the NIH eRA Commons.  On or after that date, NIH will no longer accept FPRs for SBIR/STTR grants and cooperative agreements.

Read more about the Annual, Final, and Interim RPPR’s, the detailed guide notice, and review the scenarios where the F-RPPR will apply at https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-17-085.html.

Please direct all inquiries to:
Division of Grants Policy
Office of Policy for Extramural Research Administration
Office of Extramural Research
Email: grantspolicy@od.nih.gov

 

 

HHS SBIR/STTR PHS 2017-2 Omnibus Grant Webinar - Recording, Transcript, and Slides Now Available

July 7, 2017

On Thursday, June 29, 2017 the NIH SBIR/STTR Program office hosted an annual webinar to explain and discuss various aspects of the NIH SBIR/STTR Program.

The 2017 Omnibus Grant Solicitations, SBIR 101, Reauthorizations, and Deadlines were addressed, with a live Question & Answer session to conclude the webinar. The slide presentation, webinar recording, and transcript are now available for your reference. Please be advised, an automated transcription service was used, and there may be grammatical errors and typos in the transcript. We have done our best to correct as many errors as possible, but you are encouraged to reach out to us by email at sbir@od.nih.gov if anything remains unclear.

The next submission deadline is September 5, 2017. As always, we encourage you to start the registration and application process early, and reach out the central office or the funding Institute or Center of your choice for assistance.

 

 

Registration Open for the 19th Annual Health and Human Services SBIR/STTR Conference:
In the Heartland of BioHealth Innovation – Milwaukee, WI

June 8, 2017

Join us in Milwaukee, WI for the 19th Annual HHS SBIR/STTR Conference on November 7-9, 2017. View the agenda and register by September 28, 2017 exit disclaimer icon to receive the early bird discount rate.

This national, three-day event is designed to educate attendees about America’s Largest Seed Fund and how to access federal resources, develop competitive proposals, and secure awards. Over $920 million dollars of annual HHS funding, this is one of the largest sources of early-stage capital for technology commercialization in the United States.

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Walter Koroshetz, Director, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), NIH, HHS

You will have the opportunity to:

  • Meet one-on-one with over 100 HHS representatives and discuss research opportunities
  • Understand HHS SBIR/STTR programs and funding opportunities
  • Learn about HHS assistance programs offered to awardees
  • Learn about the HHS SBIR/STTR application, review and award process
  • Discuss specific questions with HHS SBIR/STTR subject-matter experts
  • Build relationships with potential partners and investors
  • Network with like-minded innovators

This conference is relevant to a diverse audience, including biomedical entrepreneurs; principal investigators; grants and contracts administrators; and industry partners and investors.

Representatives from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Small Business Administration (SBA), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Administration for Community Living (ACL), and HHS Office of the Inspector General (OIG) will give presentations and answer questions during one-on-one meetings.

Location & Accommodations:

Hilton Milwaukee City Center
509 W. Wisconsin Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53203

A room block is available for conference attendees using group code "MCWD". Click here exit disclaimer icon to reserve your room now (or call 414.271.7250).

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Just Released - 2017 HHS SBIR and STTR Omnibus Grant Solicitations New

June 6, 2017

2017 SBIR/STTR Omnibus grant solicitations for the NIH, CDC, and FDA are now available! The next submission deadline is September 5, 2017.

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has just released the 2017 Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Omnibus Grant Solicitations! These solicitations will be used by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Note STTR is only available at NIH. You can read more in NOT-OD-17-070.

The HHS SBIR and STTR Omnibus grant solicitations permit researcher-initiated topics around health, medicine and life science to be submitted for funding consideration. With any specific idea, you should speak directly with a HHS SBIR/STTR program manager around a month BEFORE the deadline to gauge their interest (https://sbir.nih.gov/engage/ic-contacts).

NIH Matchmaker can be used to conduct keyword searches of a particular topic area to identify NIH Institutes or Centers (ICs) that have previously funded research in that area. Applicants can also search the 2017 Program Descriptions and Research Topics document to identify priority research areas of ICs, or email sbir@od.nih.gov for an SBIR/STTR program manager referral.

The 2017 SBIR/STTR Omnibus solicitations and accompanying resources can be found below:

Standard Application Due Dates: September 5, 2017 and January 5, 2018*

*This FOA is being issued with limited due dates to accommodate the transition from FORMS-D to FORMS-E application packages. This FOA will be reissued for additional due date(s) on or after January 25, 2018.*

HHS expects to re-issue these Omnibus after the January 5, 2018 due date.

Small business concerns that are majority-owned by multiple venture capital operating companies (VCOCs), hedge funds and/or private equity firms CONTINUE TO BE ELIGIBLE to apply to the CDC and NIH SBIR program and compete for up to 15% and 25% respectively of each agency's SBIR set-aside.

An informational webinar will occur on Thursday June 29, 2017 at 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM EDT.

Please register for HHS SBIR/STTR PHS 2017-2 Grant Omnibus Webinar on June 29, 2017 2:00 PM EDT at: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2480751502776227075 exit disclaimer icon

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

You can find the HHS SBIR/STTR Omnibus Solicitations, and all of our other SBIR/STTR solicitations on the Funding page of our website. Be sure to also check the targeted funding announcements page. NIH Institutes and Centers will issue targeted SBIR/STTR grant solicitations around specific, high-priority research areas.

For specific questions about the HHS SBIR/STTR programs, please contact sbir@od.nih.gov.

 

 

Meet with SBIR Funding Experts at BIO 2017

May 26, 2017

Engage with various institutes across the National Institutes of Health at BIO 2017 from June 19 – 22, 2017 at San Diego Convention Center, San Diego, CA.

You can find NIH representatives at booth #5107, and network with the experts at networking booth #5207 across the hallway from the main booth. Don’t forget to mark your calendars for NIH panel sessions on funding opportunities and other resources for up-and-coming biotechs!

NIH Panel Session:
The Changing Landscape for Funding Small Biotech Businesses: Benefits and Returns for Leveraging Federal Resources with Private Funding

Date: Monday, June 19, 2017 1:00 PM

Location: Room 8

Speakers:
Matthew Portnoy, Director, NIH SBIR
Christie Canaria, Program Director, NCI SBIR Development Center
Sam Mazin, Co-founder, RefleXion Medical
Ari Nowacek, Principal, ARCH Venture Partners

Session Information
Join the session to learn about funding opportunities available through the SBIR/STTR programs. Take this opportunity to hear from program directors, a grantee’s point of view on how the company leveraged SBIR resources to advance their cancer research, and an investor’s experience with SBIR-funded company.

For more information, visit: https://sbir.cancer.gov/newsevents/events/BIO2017

 

 

National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR) SBIR Phase II is Accepting Applications

April 27, 2017

NIDILRR’s SBIR Phase II is now open and not restricted to NIDILRR grantees only.

This year, the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR) SBIR program’s Phase II competition is open to all SBIR Phase I grantees from all federal agencies. There will be an Informational Pre-Application Meeting on May 4, 2017, which you can email Patricia.Barrett@acl.hhs.gov to attend. The final deadline for applications is June 12, 2017, and NIDILRR will fund up to four Phase II awards for up to $575,000 each (total for two years).

NIDILRR’s SBIR program focuses solely on the development of knowledge, products and services that benefit the lives of people with disabilities.

Please visit: http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=292270, or go to www.Grants.gov and search for “NIDILRR SBIR”.

If you are interested in evaluating applications, you may apply to be a reviewer by emailing your resume to brian.bard@acl.hhs.gov.

For more information please contact:
Brian Bard

brian.bard@acl.hhs.gov
(202) 795-7298

 

 

New Funding Priorities for the NIH SPARC Program

April 10, 2017

The NIH Stimulating Peripheral Activity to Relieve Conditions (SPARC) program seeks to advance understanding of the neural control of organ function, laying a mechanistic foundation for the next generation of therapeutic closed-loop neuromodulation devices. The SPARC team has released a new funding announcement, soliciting applications to develop new tools to support this mission.

Please note, small businesses are eligible to apply, but these are not SBIR/STTR funding opportunities, and you should contact the listed contacts in each FOA with questions.

RFA-RM-17-009, Technologies to Understand the Control of Organ Function by the Peripheral Nervous System:

Develop new and/or enhance existing tools and technologies to facilitate high-resolution mapping of peripheral neural circuits. Pre-applications will be accepted on a regular basis, beginning May 1, 2017. Specific priorities for the current receipt date are posted at https://commonfund.nih.gov/sparc/FOApriorities -- future receipt dates will have different priorities based on program needs.

Current priorities include:

  • Quantitative imaging and analysis techniques for PNS and/or organ tissue
  • Contrast agents to identify variability due to individual subject differences in either neuroanatomy or neurophysiology
  • Whole-body imaging of neural tracts (in vivo or ex vivo); the ex-vivo approaches may be destructive or non-destructive to the tissue
  • Fascicular tracing/targeting (biochemical, surgical, and/or viral)
  • Fiber type targeting (biochemical, surgical, and/or viral); this includes plexi, unbundled nerves, and/or vascular nerves
  • Methods to assess blood flow within microvasculature of nerves and ganglia. Of particular interest are methods that can observe blood flow under electrodes.
  • Non-invasive imaging tools to locate and characterize isolated ganglia and/or nerve branches
  • Organ preparation and/or methods to image neural junctions/terminals in an organ of interest
  • Phantoms to support development of new imaging technologies for neuroanatomy
  • Computational models to assess safety limits of stimulation and/or blocking of neural activity (e.g. biophysics and regulatory science for neural interfaces)
  • Computational models of neuromodulation that incorporate variability due to individual subject differences
  • Biophysical models of electrical, infrared, or ultrasonic neuromodulation that predict methods for selectively activating or blocking specific fiber types and locations. These computational models should be predictive of side effects (i.e. other fibers that may be activated or blocked).
  • Surgical tools to safely find and/or access nerves, fascicles, and or ganglia/plexi (e.g. imaging, protocols, etc)
  • Surgical phantoms
  • Real-time in-vivo methods to determine if the PNS is damaged during surgery
  • Methods to repair PNS damage after implant of a neural interface
  • Adaptation and safety testing of existing systems to neuromodulate the PNS or for assessment of end-organ function in large animal models. Must be on a translational pathway towards human use
  • Biosensors to detect end-organ function biomarkers. Applicants are strongly encouraged to develop their concept in conjunction with a currently funded SPARC investigator
  • Methods to identify and understand chronic PNS tissue damage after implant of a neural interface
  • New approaches to neuromodulate the PNS that are inherently safe, have high specificity (temporal, spatial, fiber type), and are minimally or non-invasive. Blocking must be reversible. Potential approaches might include biologically derived methods to interface with the PNS in vivo, such as artificial biologic constructs, hydrogel-encapsulated cells, or engineered tissue grafts.
  • Multi-modal (e.g. optogenetic and electrical) neural interfaces that provide greater specificity than a single-mode interface.

The SPARC team will be holding virtual office hours for potential applicants. We strongly encourage using these as an opportunity to ask questions and discuss your ideas with the SPARC team. Visit http://nihsparc.setmore.com to sign up. We will also hold a webinar at a date to be determined soon.

This announcement solicits applications under the Other Transactions mechanism. Applications will be considered from higher education institutions, small and large corporations, foreign organizations, non-profits, other federal and state agencies, as well as individuals not affiliated with an organization. Potential applicants are encouraged to learn more about Other Transactions, which are not grants, contracts, or cooperative agreements: https://commonfund.nih.gov/sparc/othertransactions.

All questions and requests for information should be addressed to: SPARC_NextGen-Tools@mail.nih.gov.

 

 

Coming Up: National SBIR Conference - May 15-17, 2017

March 22, 2017

We’re only two months away from the 2017 National SBIR Conference at the Gaylord Hotel and Conference Center at Washington, DC, National Harbor!

NOTE: Special registration rates will go up after Advance Registration Deadline on Friday, April 21, 2017.

Program Agenda: http://nationalinnovationsummit.com/program/program2017_sbir.html exit disclaimer icon

About: National SBIR/STTR conferences are typically the largest and most important conferences specializing in helping small businesses learn about participating in SBIR/STTR programs. At this Conference, representatives from all 11 federal agencies with SBIR programs will attend, in addition to other SBIR/STTR experts and trainers. Over $2.5 Billion in funding will be represented. It's a great opportunity for young companies, and incubators to come meet with these agencies 1-on-1, and to learn how to apply for funding.

Speakers to Include:

John Williams
SBA

Thomas Piazza
SOCOM

Matt Portnoy
National Institutes of Health

Manny Oliver
US Department of Energy

Vince Garcia
NOAA

Bob Smith
US Navy

David Sikora
Department of Defense

Joseph Grant
NASA

Larry Pollack
Defense Threat Reduction Agency

April Richards
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Jim Greenwood
Greenwood Consulting Group, Inc.

Scott Dockum
U.S. Department of Agriculture

Charles Cleland
U.S. Department of Agriculture

Becky Aistrup
BBC Entrepreneurial Training & Consulting

Mary Clague
National Institute of Standards and Technology

Ed Jameson
Jameson & Company LLC

Additional Information: http://www.nationalsbirconference.com/exit disclaimer icon

 

 

Jazz Up Your Knowledge of NIH at the Spring 2017 NIH Regional Seminar in New Orleans

February 24, 2017

 

Don’t miss Early Registration and Trainee discounts, ending March 3rd!

Are you a new investigator or research administrator new to working with the NIH grants process? If so, registration is underway for the 2017 NIH Regional Seminar on Program Funding & Grants Administration in New Orleans, LA (May 3-5). (If this date doesn’t work for you, consider the Fall seminar in Baltimore, MD (October 25-27).

  • Interact with 60-70 NIH and HHS experts representing NIH program, policy, review, and grants management. Three “Tracks” of concurrent sessions offer over 45 different topics for Administrators, New Investigators, and All Interests.
  • Participate in sessions offered in the New Investigators Track, offering a step-by-step guide to mapping your career with NIH and assistance with understanding the process. Examples of topics include: Grant Writing for Success, NIH Peer Review Process, Budget Building Blocks, and Understanding Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOAs).
  • Join your peers in the Administrators Track to hear the latest updates on NIH grants processes and policies direct from NIH grants managers and policy officers. Sessions of interest might be Current Issues at NIH, Advanced Administrative Topics, Budget Basics, All About Costs, or After the Award is Made…Then What?
  • Check out some of our special topic sessions such as Rigor and Reproducibility, Clinical Trials, Research Integrity, Compliance Pitfalls, SBIR/STTR, Humans and Animals in Research, NIH Loan Repayment Program, and Diversity in the Biomedical Research Workforce.
  • Attend the plenary and engaging “Open Mike” sessions, provided by the NIH Deputy Director for Extramural Research, Dr. Michael Lauer.
  • Consider the optional pre-seminar workshops (half day and full day options) for more in-depth information on topics such as Intellectual Property, Human Subject Research Protections, Intellectual Property and iEdison, electronic Research Administration (eRA), or our Administrator’s Boot Camp for those brand new to working with NIH.
  • …And so much more!

Additional opportunities for those new to the NIH grants process:

  • Attendees new to the NIH grants process will receive valuable information, guidance and have access to all of the seminar PPTs, as well as obtain NIH contacts for the future.
  • ALL attendees will have access to NIH and HHS experts during breaks, as well as during our very popular 1:1 Meet the Expert discussions (15 minute conversations between you and an NIH or HHS expert of your choice – choose to meet one or as many as your schedule will allow.)

Registration Rates & Trainee Discount!

ALL potential attendees can save with the Early Registration Rate – but don’t delay because this rate ends March 3 (Hotel rooms are also available at a reduced rate but are filling fast!) In addition, Grad students, Predocs and Postdocs can take advantage of a special $50 trainee discount throughout the registration period – as long as space is available!

Don’t miss your chance to participate in the NIH Regional Seminars this year…and the opportunity to get your questions answered from NIH & HHS Program, Review, Grants Management, & Policy Officials. For more information and agendas, visit the New Orleans and Baltimore seminar websites, or the NIH Regional Seminars on Program Funding and Grants Administration home page for Listserv information. You can also watch updated Notices in the NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts. Twitter hashtag: #NIHsem.

 

 

Join USPTO for an SBIR/STTR Intellectual Property Webinar Series

January 26, 2017

 

US Patent and Trademark Office Intellectual Property Educational Webinar Series for SBIR/STTR Small Business Grantees – Register today!

For small businesses participating in the SBIR/STTR program understanding Intellectual Property (IP) - Patents, Trade Secrets, Trademarks, and Copyrights - is necessary to protect your ideas, products and product names in today's knowledge economy.

These 90-minute webinars have been designed specifically to address the most common IP issues facing small businesses funded by the SBIR/STTR program. They will cover all aspects of Intellectual Property protection as well as help you understand your IP Data Rights under the SBIR/STTR grant/contract. Space is limited to 200 people per webinar, be sure to register early!

Webinars will be offered at 1 pm Eastern on the following days:

  • March 6: Overview: US Intellectual Property Rights and the SBIR-STTR Stakeholders
    Presenter: Henry Wixon
  • March 7: Trademarks in the U.S.
    Presenter: Scott Baldwin
  • March 8: The International Trademark Portfolio
    Presenter: Susan Anthony
  • March 9: Copyright (Domestic and International)
    Presenter: Susan Anthony
  • March 13: Basic US Patent Practice for the SBIR-STTR Stakeholders
    Presenter: Michael Razavi
  • March 14: Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) and Hague Strategies for Filing Abroad
    Presenter: Layla Lauchman
  • March 15: Intermediate/Advanced US Patent Practice for the SBIR-STTR Stakeholders
    Presenter: Oleg Asanbayev

Register Today!

For webinar questions, please contact Oleg Asanbayev at USPTO.

 

 

The Illuminating the Druggable Genome (IDG) Program is now Accepting Applications!

January 5, 2017

New Funding Opportunities for the IDG Implementation Phase!

 

Launched in 2014, the NIH Common Fund’s Illuminating the Druggable Genome (IDG) Program enables researchers to explore understudied proteins with the potential to be modified by medicines. IDG aims to catalyze the discovery of novel biology, with a particular focus on understudied members of the protein kinase, ion channel, and non-olfactory G-protein-coupled receptor (GPCR) families. The program is funded by National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS), and National Cancer Institute (NCI): https://commonfund.nih.gov/idg/index.

IDG is now soliciting applications to be part of the IDG consortium. Note these are not SBIR/STTR solicitations, but small businesses are eligible and encouraged to apply. The program plans to allocate $54 million to advance research through the development, broad dissemination, and use of community scientific resources to study human proteins for which publicly available information or active research is lacking. Applications are due March 14, 2017. The protein targets that will be the initial focus of the IDG consortium can be found here.

For questions, please contact:
Jenna L. Baker, Ph.D.
Program Manager, Illuminating the Druggable Genome
National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases
Building 2DEM, Room 6076
6707 Democracy Boulevard, Bethesda, MD 20892
Tel: 301-827-7090
Email: jennifer.baker@nih.gov

 

 

I-Corps at NIH Webinar Materials Now Available

December 15, 2016

I-Corps from the Trenches Conversations with I-Corps Alum Webinar Resources Now Available!
Find them here!

The materials from the I-Corps from the Trenches – Conversations with I-Corps Alum webinar, held December 8, 2016, are now online! This presentation brought together leading I-Corps at NIH instructors and participations, and encouraged eligible small businesses to apply for the PA-16-414, I-Corps at NIH Administrative Supplement.

I-Corps at NIH Program

NIH is offering this entrepreneurial training program across the NIH and CDC to support SBIR/STTR funded academic researchers and small businesses to accelerate the translation of innovations from the lab to clinical practice.

The I-Corps™ at NIH is modeled after the successful I-Corps™ at NSF and will be leveraged to support biomedical innovation and translation, with the goal of expediting the development, detection, and therapeutic technologies for the leading causes of death and disability in the United States. I-Corps™ participants will receive capacity building and entrepreneurial trainings, mentorship opportunities, as well as modest funding to assist them in translating their ideas from the lab into a viable product on the market and to help them avoid common failure points.

Small business Phase I grantees of the following NIH/CDC SBIR & STTR Programs are eligible and encouraged to apply by January 9, 2016.

  • National Cancer Institute (NCI)
  • National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI)
  • National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI)
  • National Institute on Aging (NIA)
  • National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA)
  • National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)
  • Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD)
  • National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD)
  • National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR)
  • National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)
  • National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS)
  • National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
  • National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)
  • National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS)
  • National Center for Emerging Zoonotic and Infectious Diseases (NCEZID/CDC)
  • National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH/CDC)
  • National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH)

View the funding opportunity announcement and call for applications to apply. For more information or questions on the I-Corps™ at NIH program, please visit http://sbir.cancer.gov/icorps/ or contact Christie Canaria at NCI SBIR Development Center.

 

 

Developing a technology to improve lives of people with disabilities? SBIR can help.

December 12, 2016

Ever heard of NIDILRR - the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research?

NIDILRR is a small HHS agency with an important mission – to improve the lives of people with disabilities. NIDILRR focuses on generating new disability and rehabilitation knowledge and promoting its use and adoption. NIDILRR is located within the Administration for Community Living (ACL) in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

NIDILRR is now accepting SBIR Phase I applications! If you are developing a device or service that can improve the lives of people with disabilities, learn how NIDILRR SBIR funding can help.

Each year, NIDILRR’s SBIR program funds up to ten Phase I feasibility (or proof-of-concept) projects. This year the Phase I funding is for approximately six months (for up to $100,000 each). After completion of the Phase I stage, most of these businesses can compete for Phase II awards. Phase II awards can last up to 24 months for a total of up to $575,000.

NIDILRR’s SBIR program is unique among all other SBIR programs in that it focuses solely on products and services that benefit the lives of people with disabilities. This program funds research and development projects that propose a sound approach to the investigation of an important education, assistive technology, science, or engineering question or problem.

Please go to www.Grants.gov and search for “NIDILRR SBIR”
or “HHS-2017-ACL-NIDILRR-BISA-0194”

Please go to www.Grants.gov and search for “NIDILRR SBIR” or “HHS-2017-ACL-NIDILRR-BISA-0194”
Opening Date: Dec 09, 2016
Closing Date: Feb 07, 2017

http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/search-grants.html?keywords=HHS-2017-ACL-NIDILRR-BISA-0194

For more information please contact: Brian Bard, email: brian.bard@acl.hhs.gov, phone: 202-795-7298

 

 

NCATS SBIR Twitter Chat: Dec. 12, 2:00 p.m. ET

December 8, 2016

NCATS SBIR/STTR Twitter Chat

Presented by NCATS and SCBIO
Monday, Dec. 12, 2016 | 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. ET
#NCATSsbirChat

Participate in an NCATS Twitter Chat about SBIR/STTR Funding

Through Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) funding opportunities, the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) supports entrepreneurs aiming to commercialize new tools and technologies that can improve translational research and patient health. NCATS SBIR/STTR Program Director Lili Portilla, M.P.A., and SCBIO (South Carolina BIO) exit disclaimer icon representatives will answer questions about NCATS’ funding opportunities, and share tips for applying and other advice for those in emerging biotech communities.

To participate, sign on to Twitter exit disclaimer icon Monday, Dec. 12, 2:00 p.m. ET, and follow #NCATSsbirChat. Be sure to include the hashtag to tweet questions or responses.

All are welcome, particularly representatives of the following:

  • Women-owned and socially and economically disadvantaged small businesses
  • Small biotech and/or healthcare technology businesses
  • Research institutions and technology transfer organizations
  • Multiple venture-backed small businesses

In addition, note there are several NCATS SBIR and STTR grant and contract funding opportunities open now. Stay connected with us via NCATS Small Business!

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NCATS’ SBIR and STTR programs are engines of innovation for developing and commercializing tools, technologies and intervention platforms to support the creation of new therapeutics and diagnostics. SBIR and STTR are government set-aside programs for domestic small businesses to engage in research and development that has the potential for commercialization and public benefit.

 

 

The January 5, 2017 SBIR/STTR Deadline is One Month Away!

December 5, 2016

We’re Accepting HHS SBIR/STTR Applications for the January 5, 2017 Deadline!

The next HHS SBIR/STTR application deadline is one month away on Thursday, January 5, 2017 at 5 pm local time. Plan to submit your application several days before the deadline to ensure electronic submission errors do not keep you from being funded. Read more about the process on our Electronic Submission Page.

The Direct Phase II and Commercialization Readiness Pilot (CRP) Program will expire soon!
Many of the NIH SBIR Direct to Phase II Pilot Solicitation(s) and the Commercialization Readiness Pilot (CRP) Program Solicitation(s) will stop accepting applications after January 5, 2017 as the Congressional authority to offer these pilots expires. Please see the deadline below for specific deadlines.

NIH SBIR Direct to Phase II Pilot Solicitations

FOA Last Due Date

PAR-14-088

January 5, 2017

PAR-14-265
(NINDS only)

January 5, 2017

PAR-15-288

April 5, 2017

PAR-16-017

Jan 11, 2017 (AIDS only)

Commercialization Readiness Pilot (CRP) Program Solicitation(s)
The last due date for both CRP solicitations (PAR-16-026 & PAR-16-027) will be April 5, 2017.

Check the WOSB and/or SDB Box if Applicable.
One of the major goals of the SBIR/STTR programs is to foster the participation of women-owned small businesses (WSOB) and Socially and Economically Disadvantaged (SDB) small businesses. If you fall into either or both of these categories, please let us know! We use this information for reporting purposes only! It will not be evaluated during the peer review process. You can view the definitions of WOSB/SDB here.

Submit via ASSIST
ASSIST helps streamline the electronic submission process, and reduce applicant errors. Try submitting with ASSIST before the January 5 deadline! Have questions? View the ASSIST webinar materials for details.

Applicants still have the option of using the Downloadable Forms method. Please select the "Apply Online Using ASSIST" button, or the "Apply Using Downloadable Forms" button within the SBIR/STTR solicitation.

Use the SBIR/STTR Application Instructions.
Be sure to use the Annotated SF424 SBIR/STTR Form Set in conjunction with the SF424 R&R SBIR/STTR Application Guide (FORMS-D) to guide you step-by-step through the application process. Applicants also find the Top 5 Most Common eRA Commons Errors and the SBIR Sample Application from NIAID helpful. All resources can be found on our Resources page.

Contact the eRA Service Desk for electronic submission questions.
Toll-free: 1-866-504-9552
Phone: 301-402-7469
Hours: Mon-Fri, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Eastern Time (closed on federal holidays)

Remember – The standard due dates occur on January 5, April 5 and September 5. The standard due dates apply to all SBIR/STTR solicitations that follow the Standard Due Dates, including the SBIR/STTR Omnibus solicitations. You can find all solicitations here.

 

 

I-Corps at NIH Info Webinar – December 8, 2016

November 29, 2016

NCI SBIR Development Center cordially invites to the I-Corps at NIH informational webinar on December 8, 2016 from 12:30 to 1:30 PMexit disclaimer icon. Join I-Corps at NIH alum, instructors, and program staff to learn about the how the program is structured, what benefits SBIR companies have received from participating, and how to apply for the upcoming cohort. For more information about the I-Corps at NIH program, visit our website.

I-Corps™ at NIH Informational Webinar

Thursday, December 8, 2016, 12:30 - 1:30 PM Eastern Time

SIGN UP NOW!

I-Corps™ at NIH Program is an entrepreneurial training program for SBIR and STTR companies from the NIH and CDC. The program is taught by seasoned industry experts to help accelerate the translation of innovations from lab to market.

The I-Corps™ at NIH is modeled after the successful I-Corps™ at NSF and will be leveraged to support biomedical innovation and translation, with the goal of expediting technologies to address the leading causes of death and disability in the United States. I-Corps™ participants will receive capacity building and entrepreneurial trainings, mentorship opportunities, as well as modest funding to assist them in translating their ideas from the lab into a viable product on the market and to help them avoid common failure points.

Small business Phase I grantees of the following NIH/CDC SBIR & STTR Programs are eligible and encouraged to apply by January 9, 2017 to Funding Opportunity Announcement PA-16-414.

Participating ICs include:

  • National Cancer Institute (NCI)
  • National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI)
  • National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI)
  • National Institute on Aging (NIA)
  • National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA)
  • National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)
  • Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD)
  • National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD)
  • National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR)
  • National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)
  • National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS)
  • National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
  • National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)
  • National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS)
  • National Center for Emerging Zoonotic and Infectious Diseases (NCEZID/CDC)
  • National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH/CDC)
  • National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH)

View the funding opportunity announcement and call for applications to apply. For more information or questions on the I-Corps™ at NIH program, please visit http://sbir.cancer.gov/icorps/ or contact Christie Canaria at NCI SBIR Development Center.

 

 

I-Corps at NIH Webinar and Open Air Q&A on Oct 18

October 11, 2016

I-Corps at NIH Webinar Materials Now Available!

NCI recently hosted an informational webinar on I-Corps™ at NIH on September 28, 2016 with Lead Instructor Edmund Pendleton and Jan Biotech CEO Jennifer Nichols.

The archived webinar materials are now available online for downloading and viewing.

  • Recorded webinar viewable here
  • PDF slides viewable here
  • Webinar transcript viewable here

Additional resources, including sample application Research Plan and Finale Videos, are also available.

If you still have questions and would like to speak with I-Corps program staff, NCI will hold a second “Open-air” Q&A session. Register here exit disclaimer icon to join the conversation!

Tuesday, October 18, 2016
1-2PM ET
Register here! exit disclaimer icon

 

 

Join USPTO for an SBIR/STTR Intellectual Property Webinar Series New

October 7, 2016

USPTO Intellectual Property Webinar Series for Small Businesses
Patents, Trademarks, and Copyrights!
Register Today!exit disclaimer icon

For small businesses participating in the SBIR/STTR programs, understanding Intellectual Property (IP) - Patents, Trade Secrets, Trademarks, and Copyrights - is necessary to protect ideas, products and product names in today's knowledge economy.

Hosted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), these 90-minute webinars have been designed specifically to address the most common IP issues facing small businesses funded by the SBIR/STTR programs. They will cover all aspects of Intellectual Property protection, as well as help you understand your IP Data Rights under the SBIR/STTR grant/contract. Space is limited to 200 people per webinar! Register early!

Webinars will be offered at 1 P.M. Eastern on the following days:

Monday, November 7
Overview: U.S. Intellectual Property Rights and the SBIR-STTR Stakeholders
- Henry Wixon (Chief Counsel for NIST)

Tuesday, November 8
Basics US Patent Practice for the SBIR-STTR Stakeholders
- Office on Innovation Development, USPTO

Wednesday, November 9
Trademarks in the US
- Scott Baldwin (Trademark, USPTO)

Thursday, November 10
Copyright (Domestic and International)
- Susan Anthony (Director (Acting), Global Intellectual Property Academy, USPTO

Monday, November 14
The International Trademark Portfolio
- Susan Anthony (Director (Acting), Global Intellectual Property Academy, USPTO

Tuesday, November 15
Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) and Hague Strategies for Filing Abroad
- International Patent Legal Administration, USPTO

Wednesday, November 16
Intermediate/Advanced US Patent Practice for the SBIR/STTR Stakeholders
- Oleg Asanbayev (Patent Examiner, USPTO)

Register Today!exit disclaimer icon

For webinar questions, please contact Oleg Asanbayev at USPTO

 

 

The Niche Assessment Program for HHS SBIR/STTR Phase I Awardees Has Launched

October 3, 2016

Looking for tailored market research for your technology?
Apply for the Niche Assessment Program.

HHS is proud to announce the launch of the Niche Assessment Program that is designed to help small businesses strategically position their technology in the marketplace through an in-depth report on potential applications of a technology. All active HHS (NIH, CDC, FDA) SBIR/STTR Phase I awardees and Phase I Fast-Track awardees (by grant or contract) are eligible to apply. Registration is on a first come, first serve basis!

The Niche Assessment Program provides market insight and data that can be used to help small businesses strategically position their technology in the marketplace. The results of this program can help small businesses develop their commercialization plan for their Phase II application, and be exposed to potential partners. Services are provided by Foresight Science & Technology of Providence, RI.

Technology Niche Analyses® (TNA®) are provided by Foresight, for one hundred and fifty (150), HHS SBIR/STTR Phase I awardees. These analyses assess potential applications for a technology and then for one viable application, it provides an assessment of the:

  1. Needs and concerns of end-users;
  2. Competing technologies and competing products;
  3. Competitive advantage of the SBIR/STTR-developed technology;
  4. Market size and potential market share (may include national and/or global markets);
  5. Barriers to market entry (may include, but is not limited to pricing, competition, government regulations, manufacturing challenges, capital requirements, etc.);
  6. Market drivers;
  7. Status of market and industry trends;
  8. Potential customers, licensees, investors, or other commercialization partners; and,
  9. The price customers are likely to pay.

Each participant receives an in-depth report of Foresight's findings. The small business can often use this information in their commercialization plan, which is part of their Phase II SBIR/STTR application.

For more information, see Notice NOT-OD-16-144 that was issued in the NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts on October 3, 2016.

Apply Today!exit disclaimer icon

 

Inquiries:

For assistance regarding the online set-up form, please contact:
Ms. Paula Williams
Project Coordinator
Foresight Science & Technology
Telephone: (401) 273-4844, ext. 4001
Fax:  (401) 354-1301
Email:  Paula.Williams@foresightst.com

Specific questions about TNA's may be directed to:
Konstantin Izvolsky, PhD.
Director of Assessments and Training
Foresight Science & Technology
Telephone: (401) 273-4844, ext. 4003
Fax: (401) 354-1301
Email:  konstantin.izvolsky@foresightst.com

General questions about Niche Assessment Program may be directed to:
Robert Vinson, Jr. 
Program Manager
NIH SBIR/STTR Program
Office of Extramural Programs
Phone: (301) 435-2713
Email:  sbir@od.nih.gov

 

 

Learn How to Finance Your Startup at the HHS SBIR/STTR Conference!

September 26, 2016

Learn how to win SBIR/STTR funding for your health or medical technology.
Register todayexit disclaimer icon and save!

Register now to receive a discounted rate to attend the 18th Annual HHS SBIR/STTR Conference in Orlando on November 15 – 17, 2016. The extended early bird deadline is available until Fri., Sept. 30th! This conference is relevant to a diverse audience, including biomedical entrepreneurs; principal investigators; grants and contracts administrators; and industry partners and investors.

NIMHD Director Dr. Pérez-Stable will be the HHS SBIR/STTR Conference Keynote!

Don’t miss the chance to hear the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) Director, Dr. Pérez-Stable discuss how entrepreneurs and small businesses can help reduce health disparities and support innovation through technology commercialization. A diverse group of successful awardees, including women-owned small businesses and socially and economically disadvantaged small businesses, will be prominently featured in interactive sessions and panels throughout the conference.

Meet one-on-one with HHS SBIR/STTR program managers

Over 100 federal staff, including representatives from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Small Business Administration (SBA), Administration for Community Living (ACL), HHS Office of the Inspector General (OIG), and HHS Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (HHS ONC) will be holding one-on-one meetings and giving presentations. You will have the chance to get one-on-one feedback about your SBIR/STTR proposal!

Learn how to develop a competitive application

Many sessions focus on how to develop and submit your SBIR/STTR application. Topics include:

  • How to submit your SBIR/STTR grant proposal electronically via ASSIST
  • FDA regulatory requirements for drugs and devices
  • Important considerations to protect your intellectual property
  • Top 10 Dos and Don’ts for SBIR/STTR proposal development
  • Understanding indirect costs and financial accounting systems
  • What you need to know about human subjects and animal research
  • The differences between SBIR grants and contracts
  • View the agenda for a full listingexit disclaimer icon

18th Annual HHS SBIR/STTR Conference

November 15 – 17, 2016, Orlando, Florida
Register now! exit disclaimer icon

 

 

Q&A Amendment for the HHS SBIR Contract PHS 2017-1 Now Available

September 22, 2016

Q&A Amendment Now Available for the HHS SBIR Contract, PHS 2017-1

All NIH and CDC SBIR Contract (PHS 2017-1) proposals are due by October 21, 2016, 5:00 PM EDT. The Questions and Answers (Q&A) amendment is now available, and includes questions from the HHS SBIR Contract webinar and questions that were submitted to the HHS SBIR contracting officers.

Please find details on our NIH SBIR/STTR Funding page, and on FedBizOpps. Please check NOT-OD-16-123 for topics, contracting officer contact information and other details.

HHS SBIR Contract Webinar Materials: The HHS SBIR Contract Webinar held on August, 24, 2016, discussed the PHS 2017-1 solicitation, including the electronic contract proposal submission (eCPS) website and topic overview. The webinar resources are now available online here.

Electronic Submission Process: You must submit your proposal electronically using the Contract Proposal Submission (eCPS) website. No other method of proposal submission is permitted. Instructions for electronic submission are provided in the solicitation. Please follow the directions in the solicitation very carefully. You must respond exactly to a topic in the solicitation.

HHS SBIR/STTR Grants: Those interested in the PHS small business research GRANT programs, where investigator-initiated research ideas are encouraged, should use the SBIR (PA-16-302) and STTR (PA-16-303) Omnibus solicitations. You can find solicitation links on our Funding page. To understand better the differences between grants and contracts, read more here.

 

 

I-Corps at NIH – Learn more during the Informational Webinar on Sept 28

September 21, 2016

I-Corps at NIH – Apply by November 1, 2016!
FOA: PA-16-414

Join us for the I-Corps at NIH informational webinar with I-Corps staff on Wednesday, September 28, 2016 at 1:30 – 2:30 pm ET. If you would like to get your I-Corps questions answered, please register and join usexit disclaimer icon.

To review material from our previous webinar with information about the program, eligibility, benefits, how to apply, and FAQs visit our website.

 

I-Corps at NIH Program

NIH is offering this entrepreneurial training program across the NIH and CDC to support SBIR/STTR funded academic researchers and small businesses to accelerate the translation of innovations from the lab to clinical practice.

The I-Corps™ at NIH is modeled after the successful I-Corps™ at NSF and will be leveraged to support biomedical innovation and translation, with the goal of expediting the development, detection, and therapeutic technologies for the leading causes of death and disability in the United States. I-Corps™ participants will receive capacity building and entrepreneurial trainings, mentorship opportunities, as well as modest funding to assist them in translating their ideas from the lab into a viable product on the market and to help them avoid common failure points.

Small business Phase I grantees of the following NIH/CDC SBIR & STTR Programs are eligible and encouraged to apply by November 1, 2016.

  • National Cancer Institute (NCI)
  • National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI)
  • National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI)
  • National Institute on Aging (NIA)
  • National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA)
  • National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)
  • Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD)
  • National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD)
  • National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR)
  • National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)
  • National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS)
  • National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
  • National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)
  • National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS)
  • National Center for Emerging Zoonotic and Infectious Diseases (NCEZID/CDC)
  • National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH/CDC)
  • National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH)

View the funding opportunity announcement and call for applications to apply. For more information or questions on the I-Corps™ at NIH program, please visit http://sbir.cancer.gov/icorps/ or contact Christie Canaria at NCI SBIR Development Center

 

 

Early Bird Registration Deadline has been Extended – Register Now and Save!

September 1, 2016

Receive the discounted registration rate until September 30th
Register today & Save exit disclaimer icon

Don’t miss the chance to learn how to access federal seed funding to develop your technology!

Register now to receive a discounted rate to attend the 18th Annual HHS SBIR/STTR Conference in Orlando on November 15 – 17, 2016. The extended early bird deadline is available until Fri., Sept. 30th! This conference is relevant to a diverse audience, including biomedical entrepreneurs; principal investigators; grants and contracts administrators; and industry partners and investors.

Top 3 Reasons to Attend:

1) Meet one-on-one with HHS SBIR/STTR program managers

Over 100 federal staff, including representatives from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Small Business Administration (SBA), Administration for Community Living (ACL), and HHS Office of the Inspector General (OIG) will be holding one-on-one meetings and giving presentations.

2) Learn from successful HHS SBIR/STTR awardees

You will have the chance to hear tips from successful applicants, potential funding partners and companies during interactive workshops and sessions. These sessions include a diverse group of successful awardees, including women-owned small businesses and socially and economically disadvantaged small businesses.

3) Learn how to develop a competitive application

Many sessions focus on how to develop and submit your SBIR/STTR application. Topics include:

  • How to submit your SBIR/STTR grant proposal electronically via ASSIST
  • FDA regulatory requirements for drugs and devices
  • Important considerations to protect your intellectual property
  • Top 10 Dos and Don’ts for SBIR/STTR proposal development
  • Understanding indirect costs and financial accounting systems
  • What you need to know about human subjects and animal research
  • The differences between SBIR grants and contracts
  • View the agenda exit disclaimer icon for a full listing

18th Annual HHS SBIR/STTR Conference

November 15 – 17, 2016, Orlando, Florida
Register now! exit disclaimer icon

 

 

Deadline Extended until September 9, 2016 for CAP Application

August 31, 2016

The NIH Commercialization Accelerator Program (CAP) provides customized business support for Phase II SBIR/STTR awardees. Apply today!

Commercialization Assistance Program (CAP) Logo

Breeding success, one company at a time.

Extended Application Deadline: September 9, 2016 11:59pm (PDT)

Selection to Program: Late September 2016

Apply Now exit disclaimer icon

Does your small business need assistance in commercializing its HHS SBIR/STTR-funded technology?

Was that technology developed with a Phase II HHS SBIR/STTR award that was active at any time between August 2011 and September 9, 2016? (Your company does not need to have a currently active award as any HHS Phase II SBIR/STTR award active in the last 5 years would qualify.)

If your answers to both these questions is “Yes,” then your company should read below and consider applying to the NIH Commercialization Accelerator Program (CAP). Companies are invited to apply online exit disclaimer icon. The deadline for submissions has now been extended to September 9, 2016 11:59pm (PDT). Selected companies will be notified in late September 2016.

The NIH Commercialization Accelerator Program (CAP) (previously known as the Commercialization Assistance Program) is designed to help HHS SBIR and STTR Phase II awardees transition their SBIR and STTR developed products into the marketplace. Through a contract with Larta Inc. of Los Angeles, California exit disclaimer icon, the CAP will provide early stage companies with individualized assistance toward accomplishing their commercialization goals. More details can be found in NOT-OD-16-172. (Please note the newly extended due date of September 9, 2016 is not noted in NOT-OD-16-172).

The CAP helps small businesses evaluate their commercialization options based on their specific technologies (including the need and prospect for investment, strategic partnerships, or licensing) and helps them develop a solid market-entry plan covering an 18-month period.

CAP is customized to meet the needs of participating companies in three distinct tracks: the Commercialization Transition Track (CTT) for emerging companies; and the Advanced Commercialization Track (ACT) and the Regulatory Training Track (RTT) for seasoned companies. The CAP's eighty (80) available slots will be distributed between the three tracks.

The 2016-2017 CAP Application Portal has just launched, and eligible companies may now apply to participate by completing a short online application that should take an average of no more than 30-60 minutes to fill-out.

Extended Application Deadline: September 9, 2016 11:59pm (PDT)

Selection to Program: Late September 2016

Phase II SBIR/STTR Companies - Apply Now exit disclaimer icon

Have Questions about the CAP?

Inquiries

Please direct all program inquiries to:
J.P. Kim, J.D., M.B.A., M.P.P., M.Sc., M.A.
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
Telephone: 301-435-0189
Email: sbir@od.nih.gov

Please direct inquiries related to submission of the web application to:
Judy Hsieh
Larta, Inc.
Telephone: 213-538-1444
Email: jhsieh@larta.org

 

 

HHS SBIR Contract Webinar Resources Now Available

August 31, 2016

HHS SBIR Contract Webinar Resources Now Available!

The HHS SBIR Contract Webinar held on August, 24, 2016, discussed the PHS 2017-1 solicitation, including the electronic contract proposal submission (eCPS) website and topic overview. The webinar resources are now available online.

All NIH and CDC SBIR Contract (PHS 2017-1) proposals are due by October 21, 2016, 5:00 PM EDT. Please follow the directions in the solicitation very carefully. You must respond exactly to a topic in the solicitation.

Electronic Submission Process: You must submit your proposal electronically using the Contract Proposal Submission (eCPS) website. No other method of proposal submission is permitted. Instructions for electronic submission are provided in the solicitation.

Please check NOT-OD-16-123 for topics, contracting officer contact information and other details. You can also find the SBIR contract solicitation link on our Funding page and on FedBizOpps.

Those interested in the PHS small business research GRANT programs, where investigator-initiated research ideas are encouraged, should use the SBIR (PA-16-302) and STTR (PA-16-303) Omnibus solicitations. You can find solicitation links on our Funding page. To understand better the differences between grants and contracts, see https://sbir.nih.gov/apply.

 

 

Early Bird Deadline Next Week! Don’t Miss the HHS SBIR/STTR Conference in Orlando

August 24, 2016

Don’t miss the early bird deadline on August 31.

Join us in Orlando for the 18th Annual HHS SBIR/STTR Conference on November 15 – 17, 2016. View the agenda and register by August 31, 2016 to receive the early bird discount rate exit disclaimer icon. This conference is relevant to a diverse audience, including biomedical entrepreneurs; principal investigators; grants and contracts administrators; and industry partners and investors.

Top 3 Reasons to Attend:

1) Meet one-on-one with HHS SBIR/STTR program managers

Over 100 federal staff, including representatives from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Small Business Administration (SBA), Administration for Community Living (ACL), and HHS Office of the Inspector General (OIG) will be holding one-on-one meetings and giving presentations.

2) Learn from successful HHS SBIR/STTR awardees

You will have the chance to hear tips from successful applicants, potential funding partners and companies during interactive workshops and sessions. These sessions include a diverse group of successful awardees, including women-owned small businesses and socially and economically disadvantaged small businesses.

3) Learn how to develop a competitive application

Many sessions focus on how to develop and submit your SBIR/STTR application. Topics include:

  • How to submit your SBIR/STTR grant proposal electronically via ASSIST
  • FDA regulatory requirements for drugs and devices
  • Important considerations to protect your intellectual property
  • Top 10 Dos and Don’ts for SBIR/STTR proposal development
  • Understanding indirect costs and financial accounting systems
  • What you need to know about human subjects and animal research
  • The differences between SBIR grants and contracts
  • View the agenda exit disclaimer icon for a full listing

18th Annual HHS SBIR/STTR Conference

November 15 – 17, 2016, Orlando, Florida
Register now! exit disclaimer icon

 

 

Don’t Miss the HHS SBIR Contract Live Webinar this Wednesday, 8/24

August 22, 2016

Register Today exit disclaimer icon - HHS SBIR Contract Informational Webinar

Register to attend the HHS SBIR Contract Pre-proposal webinar on Wednesday, August 24, 2016 at 2:00 PM EDT! Reasons to attend:

  • Watch a live demo to learn how to electronically submit your proposal, using the electronic Contract Proposal Submission (eCPS) system
  • Hear HHS SBIR program managers at NCI, NCATS, NHLBI, NIAID and CDC review their contract topics
  • Understand how the HHS SBIR contract is different than HHS SBIR grant solicitations
  • Learn about the HHS SBIR contract submission process and deadline

This informational webinar will discuss the PHS 2017-1 solicitation, particularly the electronic contract proposal submission (eCPS) website. Register for the webinar here exit disclaimer icon.

All NIH and CDC SBIR Contract (PHS 2017-1) proposals are due by October 21, 2016, 5:00 PM EDT. Please follow the directions in the solicitation very carefully. You must respond exactly to a topic in the solicitation.

Electronic Submission Process: You must submit your proposal electronically using the Contract Proposal Submission (eCPS) website. No other method of proposal submission is permitted. Instructions for electronic submission are provided in the solicitation.

Please check NOT-OD-16-123 for topics, contracting officer contact information and other details. You can also find the SBIR contract solicitation link on our Funding page and on FedBizOpps.

Those interested in the PHS small business research GRANT programs, where investigator-initiated research ideas are encouraged, should use the SBIR (PA-16-302) and STTR (PA-16-303) Omnibus solicitations. You can find solicitation links on our Funding page. To understand better the differences between grants and contracts, see https://sbir.nih.gov/apply.

 

 

Early Bird Deadline Rapidly Approaching! Register today for the HHS SBIR/STTR Conference

August 10, 2016

The Early Bird deadline is on August 31. Register today for the HHS SBIR/STTR Conference!

Join us in Orlando for the 18th Annual HHS SBIR/STTR Conference on November 15 – 17, 2016. View the agenda and register by August 31, 2016 exit disclaimer icon to receive the early bird discount rate.

At this event, you will learn how to develop and win SBIR/STTR awards from the Department of Health and Human Services during a three-day conference. Session topics will include:

  • Interactive workshops featuring successful SBIR funded entrepreneurs & funding partners
  • Top 10 Dos and Don’ts for SBIR/STTR proposal development
  • Understanding indirect costs and financial accounting systems
  • What you need to know about human subjects and animal research

This conference is relevant to a diverse audience, including biomedical entrepreneurs; principal investigators; grants and contracts administrators; and industry partners and investors. Representatives from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Small Business Administration (SBA), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Administration for Community Living (ACL), and HHS Office of the Inspector General (OIG) will give presentations and answer questions during one-on-one meetings.

18th Annual HHS SBIR/STTR Conference
November 15 – 17, 2016, Orlando, Florida
Register now! exit disclaimer icon

 

 

The September 6th SBIR/STTR Deadline is less than One Month Away 

August 9, 2016

We’re Accepting HHS SBIR/STTR Applications for the September 6th Deadline!

The next HHS SBIR/STTR application deadline is less than one month away on Tuesday, September 6, 2016, at 5 pm local time. Plan to submit your application several days before the deadline to ensure electronic submission errors do not keep you from being funded. Read more about the process on our Electronic Submission Page. Note the standard SBIR/STTR deadline of September 5th falls on a Federal holiday, so the deadline is shifted to September 6th.

Submit via ASSIST

ASSIST helps streamline the electronic submission process, and reduce applicant errors. Try submitting with ASSIST before the September 6th deadline! Have questions? View the ASSIST webinar materials for details.

Applicants still have the option of using the Downloadable Forms method. Please select the "Apply Online Using ASSIST" button, or the "Apply Using Downloadable Forms" button within the SBIR/STTR solicitation.

Use the SBIR/STTR Application Instructions

Be sure to use the Annotated SF424 SBIR/STTR Form Set in conjunction with the SF424 R&R SBIR/STTR Application Guide (FORMS-D) to guide you step-by-step through the application process. Applicants also find the Top 5 Most Common eRA Commons Errors and the SBIR Sample Application from NIAID helpful. All resources can be found on our Resources page.

Contact the eRA Service Desk for electronic submission questions.
Toll-free: 1-866-504-9552
Phone: 301-402-7469
Hours: Mon-Fri, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Eastern Time (closed on federal holidays)

Remember – The standard due dates occur on September 5, January 5, and April 5.The standard due dates apply to all SBIR/STTR solicitations that follow the Standard Due Dates, including the SBIR/STTR Omnibus solicitations and the Commercialization Readiness Pilot Program solicitations. You can find all solicitations here.

 

 

The NIH CAP Is Now Accepting Applications from HHS SBIR/STTR Phase II Awardees

August 5, 2016

Learn How the NIH Commercialization Accelerator Program (CAP) Can Help Your Small Business Achieve Commercial Success

The NIH Commercialization Accelerator Program (CAP) (previously known as the Commercialization Assistance Program) is designed to help HHS SBIR and STTR Phase II awardees transition their SBIR and STTR developed products into the marketplace. Through a contract with Larta Inc. exit disclaimer icon of Los Angeles, California, the CAP will provide early stage companies with individualized assistance toward accomplishing their commercialization goals. More details can be found in NOT-OD-16-127.

The CAP helps small businesses evaluate their commercialization options based on their specific technologies (including the need and prospect for investment, strategic partnerships, or licensing) and helps them develop a solid market-entry plan covering an 18-month period.

CAP is customized to meet the needs of participating companies in three distinct tracks: the Commercialization Transition Track (CTT) for emerging companies; the Advanced Commercialization Track (ACT); and the Regulatory/Reimbursement Training Track (RTT) for “seasoned” companies. The CAP's eighty (80) available slots will be distributed between the three tracks.

The 2016-2017 CAP Application Portal has just launched, and eligible companies may now apply to participate by completing a short online application that should take an average of no more than 30-60 minutes to fill-out.

Application Deadline: August 30, 2016

Program Selection: Late September 2016

Phase II SBIR/STTR Companies - Apply Now exit disclaimer icon

Have Questions about the CAP?

  • Attend the Information Session Webinar about the NIH CAP on Thursday, August 18, 2016 at 2:00pm EDT (11:00am PDT). The session is free, but pre-registration is required here exit disclaimer icon.
  • Find detailed program information and application instructions on the NIH SBIR/STTR CAP website.
  • Read NOT-OD-16-127 for details.

Inquiries

Please direct all inquiries to:
J.P. Kim, J.D., M.B.A., M.P.P., M.Sc., M.A.
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
Telephone: 301-435-0189
Email: sbir@od.nih.gov

Please direct inquiries related to submission of the web application to:
Judy Hsieh
Larta, Inc.
Telephone: 213-538-1444
Email: jhsieh@larta.org

 

 

The NIH/CDC SBIR Contract Solicitation PHS 2017-1 Has Been Released

August 1, 2016

The HHS SBIR Contract Now Requires Electronic Submission!

The NIH and CDC SBIR Contract (PHS 2017-1) has been released! All proposals are due by October 21, 2016, 5:00 PM EDT. Please follow the directions in the solicitation very carefully. You must respond exactly to a topic in the solicitation.

New Submission Process: There is a new electronic submission process for all proposals. Applicants must use the Contract Proposal Submission (eCPS) website to submit their proposal. No other method of proposal submission is permitted. Instructions for electronic submission are provided in the solicitation.

Pre-proposal webinar: We will also have a pre-proposal conference, via webinar, on August 24, 2016 at 2:00 PM EDT. This informational webinar will discuss the PHS 2017-1 solicitation, and in particular will discuss the new electronic contract proposal submission (eCPS) website. Register for the webinar! exit disclaimer icon

Please check NOT-OD-16-123 or topics, contracting officer contact information and other details. You can also find the SBIR contract solicitation link on our Funding page and on FedBizOpps.

Those interested in the PHS small business research GRANT programs, where investigator-initiated research ideas are encouraged, should use the SBIR (PA-16-302) and STTR (PA-16-303) Omnibus solicitations. You can find solicitation links on our Funding page. To understand better the differences between grants and contracts, view the Apply page.

 

 

Interested in SBIR/STTR? Attend the Multi Institute Workshop in San Antonio

July 15, 2016

Don’t miss the SBIR/STTR Workshop in San Antonio!

The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) is partnering with the University of Texas San Antonio (UTSA) and the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (UTHSCSA) to organize a regional NIH multi-Institutes (NIAID/NCI/NIBIB/NIGMS) SBIR/STTR small business workshop in the south-central region of Texas (September 7 & 8, 2016).

The purpose is to prepare current and next-generation of biomedical entrepreneurs to compete in the SBIR/STTR programs. Representatives from these Institutes will attend:

  • National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)
  • National Cancer Institute (NCI)
  • National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB)
  • National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS)

In addition to informing the attendees about the NIH SBIR/STTR programs as a unique career opportunity in biomedical entrepreneurship and commercialization, the workshop will provide the knowledge and guidance needed to apply for SBIR/STTR grants. It will also address NIH SBIR/STTR policies and regulations.

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

What: NIH multi-Institutes (NIAID/NCI/NIBIB/NIGMS) SBIR/STTR small business workshop

When: September 7 – 8, 2016

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

Where: The University of Texas San Antonio (UTSA) main campus, JPL Assembly room (4.04.22)

Registration and workshop agenda: https://respond.niaid.nih.gov/conferences/GrantsDayWS2016/Pages/default.aspx#

Please note: There are no registration fees for this workshop. If you have any questions or issues with the registration process please contact Aeleen Fiestas

Visit the NIAID SBIR/STTR web page

 

 

Need Seed Funding? Register Now for the Early Bird Discount for the HHS SBIR/STTR Conference

July 13, 2016

It’s time to take your health or medical technology to the next level. Attend the HHS SBIR/STTR Conference to get #SBIRfunded

Need funding for your life science, medical device, or other health-related technology start-up or small business?

Don’t miss the 18th Annual HHS SBIR/STTR Conference in Orlando, Florida on November 15 – 17, 2016 to learn how to win SBIR/STTR awards for technology development. View the agenda and register by August 31, 2016 to receive the early bird discount rate exit disclaimer icon.

Don’t miss the flagship HHS SBIR/STTR event of the year where you will learn how to develop and win SBIR/STTR awards from the Department of Health and Human Services during a three-day conference.

Reasons to attend this conference:

  • One-on-One Meetings with HHS SBIR/STTR program managers are consistently ranked one of the best parts of our conference! Seek personalized advice from over 100+ federal representatives that manage or support the HHS SBIR/STTR programs. A list of participating agencies can be found online exit disclaimer icon
  • Interactive sessions that explain the Top 10 Dos and Don’ts for SBIR/STTR proposal development and other relevant topics. View the agenda here exit disclaimer icon.
  • Meet Successful SBIR/STTR funded entrepreneurs, including women and minorities in the Applicant Workshop on DAY 1, TRACK 3.

This conference is relevant to a diverse audience, including biomedical entrepreneurs; principal investigators; grants and contracts administrators; and industry partners and investors. Representatives from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Small Business Administration (SBA), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Administration for Community Living (ACL), and HHS Office of the Inspector General (OIG) will give presentations and answer questions during one-on-one meetings.

18th Annual HHS SBIR/STTR Conference

November 15 – 17, 2016, Orlando, Florida
Register now! exit disclaimer icon

 

 

Invitation to July 14 NCATS & BIO Webinar for Women in Biotech: Securing SBIR/STTR Funding

July 11, 2016

Register Today for a Free Webinar
Securing SBIR and STTR Funding: Support for Women Entrepreneurs and Researchers in Biotech

Thursday, July 14, 2016, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. ET | 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. PT

The National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS), National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), and the National Cancer Institute (NCI) support biotechnology and healthcare small businesses owned by women and individuals from socially and economically disadvantaged backgrounds. There are a number of open funding opportunities available through the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs to support emerging companies.

Register today exit disclaimer icon to join NIH and the Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO) exit disclaimer icon for a webinar on July 14, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. ET, about programs and funding opportunities available to support small businesses.

The event will feature:

  • An overview of SBIR and STTR programs and funding opportunities
  • Examples and case studies of women founders of bio- and healthcare-technology early-stage businesses
  • Tips and tools for applying for funding and resources available for women entrepreneurs and researchers from socially and economically disadvantaged backgrounds

Representatives of the following are encouraged to attend:

  • Women-owned businesses and socially and economically disadvantaged small businesses
  • Small biotech and/or healthcare technology businesses
  • Research institutions and technology transfer organizations
  • Multiple venture-backed small businesses

Featured Speakers:

  • Cartier Esham, Ph.D., Executive Vice President, Emerging Companies, Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO)
  • Lili M. Portilla, M.P.A., Director, Strategic Alliances, NCATS, NIH, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
  • Stephanie Fertig, M.B.A., Director, NINDS Small Business Programs, NIH, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
  • Kory Hallett, Ph.D., Program Staff, NCI, NIH, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

 

 

Speak to an HHS SBIR/STTR program manager today about your application!

July 8, 2016

September 6 is the next HHS SBIR/STTR standard deadline!

Talk to an HHS SBIR/STTR program manager today for advice.

The next HHS SBIR/STTR application deadline is less than two months away on The next HHS SBIR/STTR application deadline is less than two months away on Tuesday, September 6, 2016 at 5 pm local time. (Note – the standard deadline falls on September 5, a federal holiday, so the revised deadline is September 6).

Make sure you are registered! The 5-step registration process may take 6 – 8 weeks, so it is important to start now. All registrations must be completed prior to the application being submitted, and the System for Awards Management (SAM) registration must be updated annually. Learn more about the five required registrations, here.

Don’t be shy - speak to an HHS SBIR/STTR Program Manager! It is critical for success that all applicants speak to a program manager before submitting! You should send the program manager a non-confidential abstract or executive summary of your research topic, including a description of your technology, which may include your specific aims. After you connect via email, you and the program manager may decide to set up a call to discuss your application in more detail. For questions about who to contact, please email sbir@od.nih.gov.

ASSIST vs. Downloadable Forms. You may submit your application using ASSIST or the Downloadable Forms method, starting on March 5, 2016. Please select the "Apply Online Using ASSIST" button, or the "Apply Using Downloadable Forms" button within the SBIR/STTR solicitation. View the ASSIST webinar materials here.

Be sure to use the Annotated SF424 SBIR/STTR Form Set in conjunction with the SF424 R&R SBIR/STTR Application Guide (FORMS-D) to guide you step-by-step through the application process. Applicants also find the Top 5 Most Common eRA Commons Errors and the SBIR Sample Application from NIAID helpful. All resources can be found on our Resources page.

Remember – The standard due dates occur on September 5, January 5, and April 5. The standard due dates apply to all SBIR/STTR solicitations that follow the Standard Due Dates, including the SBIR/STTR Omnibus solicitations and the Commercialization Readiness Pilot Program solicitations. You can find all solicitations here.

 

 

Attend the “NIH SBIR/STTR Day” at one of Kentucky’s Innovation Centers

July 7, 2016

July 11, 2016 – “NIH SBIR/STTR Day”
Visit one of Kentucky’s Innovation Centers to View the Live SBIR/STTR Broadcast

Kentucky Science & Engineering Foundation (http://ksef.kstc.com/) is hosting an NIH SBIR/STTR live broadcast on July 11, 2016. Participants must visit one of Kentucky’s Innovation Centers exit disclaimer icon in-person to attend the live broadcast. Everyone is invited, but participants must attend in-person and may not join virtually.

Attendees will hear from NIH Program Managers as they discuss the SBIR/STTR programs, and will have the opportunity to meet with program managers during one-on-one meetings. Registrants are eligible to schedule 15-minute one-on-one meetings on a “first come, first serve” basis. REGISTER NOW!

NIH webinar speakers include:

  • NIH SBIR Program Office
  • National Cancer Institute (NCI)
  • National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI)
  • National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)
  • National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK)
  • National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)
  • Division of Grants Compliance and Oversight – NIH OD
  • Division of Financial Advisory Services (DFAS) – NIH OD

This free “NIH SBIR/STTR Day” event will be broadcast live at the many offices of the Kentucky Innovation Network. Pick your nearest location exit disclaimer icon when you register.

  • 9:00 AM – 12:30 PM Live Broadcast (webinar)
  • 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM One-on-One Sessions

Don’t miss this NIH SBIR/STTR opportunity! Remember the upcoming free SBIR Connect events in Lexington and Louisville. See “News and Events” on KSEF’s website exit disclaimer icon.

Contact the KSEF Team for questions:
Kentucky Science and Engineering Foundation
http://ksef.kstc.com exit disclaimer icon
Twitter: @KSEF_Team

 

 

Attend the Flagship HHS SBIR/STTR Event of the Year!

June 24, 2016

Join us in Orlando for the HHS SBIR/STTR Conference!
Learn how to win SBIR/STTR funding for your health or medical technology.

The 18th Annual HHS SBIR/STTR Conference will be held in Orlando, Florida on November 15 – 17, 2016. View the agenda and register exit disclaimer icon by August 31, 2016 to receive the early bird discount rate.

At this event, you will learn how to develop and win SBIR/STTR awards from the Department of Health and Human Services during a three-day conference. Session topics will include:

  • Interactive workshops featuring successful SBIR funded entrepreneurs & funding partners
  • Top 10 Dos and Don’ts for SBIR/STTR proposal development
  • Understanding indirect costs and financial accounting systems
  • What you need to know about human subjects and animal research

This conference is relevant to a diverse audience, including biomedical entrepreneurs; principal investigators; grants and contracts administrators; and industry partners and investors. Representatives from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Small Business Administration (SBA), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Administration for Community Living (ACL), and HHS Office of the Inspector General (OIG) will give presentations and answer questions during one-on-one meetings.

18th Annual HHS SBIR/STTR Conference
November 15 – 17, 2016, Orlando, Florida
Register now! exit disclaimer icon

 

 

Join USPTO for an SBIR/STTR Intellectual Property Webinar Series

June 16, 2016

USPTO Intellectual Property Webinar Series for Small Businesses
Patents, Trademarks, and Copyrights!
REGISTER TODAY

For small businesses participating in the SBIR/STTR programs, understanding Intellectual Property (IP) - Patents, Trade Secrets, Trademarks, and Copyrights - is necessary to protect ideas, products and product names in today's knowledge economy.

Hosted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), these 90-minute webinars have been designed specifically to address the most common IP issues facing small businesses funded by the SBIR/STTR programs. They will cover all aspects of Intellectual Property protection, as well as help you understand your IP Data Rights under the SBIR/STTR grant/contract. Space is limited to 200 people per webinar! Register early!

Monday, July 11 at 1 pm ET
Overview: U.S. Intellectual Property Rights and the SBIR-STTR Stakeholders
– Presenter Henry Wixon (Chief Counsel for NIST)

Tuesday, July 12 at 1 pm ET
Basics US Patent Practice for the SBIR-STTR Stakeholders
– Presenter Michael Razavi (Office on Innovation Development, USPTO)

Wednesday, July 13 at 1 pm ET
Trademarks in the US
– Presenter Scott Baldwin (Trademark Attorney, USPTO)

Thursday, July 14 at 1 pm ET
Copyright (Domestic and International)
– Presenter Susan Anthony (Copyright Attorney, USPTO)

Monday, July 18 at 1 pm ET
The International Trademark Portfolio
– Presenter Susan Anthony (Copyright Attorney, USPTO)

Tuesday, July 19, at 1 pm ET
Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) and Hague Strategies for Filing Abroad
– Presenter Michael Neas (Deputy Director, International Patent Legal Administration, USPTO)

Wednesday, July 20, at 1 pm ET
Intermediate/Advanced US Patent Practice for the SBIR/STTR Stakeholders
–Presenter Oleg Asanbayev (Patent Examiner, USPTO)

REGISTER TODAY

For webinar questions, please contact Oleg Asanbayev at USPTO

 

 

Demystify the Small Business Review Process – Join the NHLBI Google Hangout

June 15, 2016

Demystifying Small Business Review
Tuesday June 21, 2 pm EST
REGISTER HERE

Hear from Scientific Review Officers from the NIH Center for Scientific Review, and National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) Office of Scientific Review to learn about the NIH peer review process, differences between types of funding opportunities and where they are reviewed, how you can participate as a reviewer yourself, and more. Though this Small Biz Hangout has an NHLBI focus, the information will be relevant to other research areas as well.

Presenters:
Margaret P. Chandler, PhD
Scientific Review Officer
Center for Scientific Review
National Institutes of Health

Kristin Goltry, PhD
Scientific Review Officer
Office of Scientific Review
National Heart Lung and Blood Institute

Moderator:
Jennifer Shieh, PhD
Small Business Coordinator & Program Director
Office of Translational Alliances and Coordination
National Heart Lung and Blood Institute

To view previous NHLBI Small Biz Hangouts, visit our YouTube playlist exit disclaimer icon.

 

 

Sunshine & SBIR – Register now for the HHS SBIR/STTR Conference in Orlando!

June 13, 2016

Need funding for your health or medical technology idea? Don’t miss the HHS SBIR/STTR Conference in Orlando!

Pack your bags and join us for the 18th Annual HHS SBIR/STTR Conference! This year’s conference will be held in Orlando, Florida on November 15 – 17, 2016. View the agenda and register now exit disclaimer icon now to receive the early bird discount rate.

At this event, you will learn how to develop and win SBIR/STTR awards from the Department of Health and Human Services during an interactive three-day conference. Session topics will include:

  • Strategies for developing competitive SBIR/STTR applications
  • Understanding indirect costs and financial accounting systems
  • What you need to know about human subjects and animal research
  • Leveraging NIH’s Business Assistance Programs to support commercialization

This conference is relevant to a diverse audience, including biomedical entrepreneurs; principal investigators; grants and contracts administrators; and industry partners and investors. Representatives from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Small Business Administration (SBA), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Administration for Community Living (ACL), and HHS Office of the Inspector General (OIG) will give presentations and answer questions during one-on-one meetings.

18th Annual HHS SBIR/STTR Conference

November 15 – 17, 2016, Orlando, Fl.
Register now! exit disclaimer icon

View our Events Page! Our 2016 travel schedule is packed with SBIR outreach events. View our NIH SBIR/STTR Events Page to see when we’re coming to a city near you!

 

 

Just Released - HHS 2016 SBIR and STTR Omnibus Grant Solicitations

June 6, 2016

2016 HHS SBIR and STTR Omnibus grant solicitations are now available!
September 6, 2016 is the next deadline.

Note: the standard SBIR/STTR due date of September 5th falls on a Federal holiday, so the deadline for SBIR/STTR will be September 6th at 5 pm, your local time.

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has just released the 2016 Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (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 STTR is only available at NIH. You can read more in NOT-OD-16-103.

The HHS SBIR and STTR Omnibus grant solicitations permit researcher-initiated topics around health, medicine and life science to be submitted for funding consideration. With any specific idea, you should speak directly with a HHS SBIR/STTR program manager around a month BEFORE the deadline to gauge their interest.

NIH Matchmaker can be used to conduct keyword searches of a particular topic area to identify NIH Institutes or Centers (ICs) that have previously funded research in that area. Applicants can also search the 2016 Program Descriptions and Research Topics document to identify priority research areas of ICs, or email for an SBIR/STTR program manager referral.

The 2016 SBIR/STTR Omnibus solicitations and accompanying resources can be found below:

Standard Application Due Dates: September 6, 2016; January 5, 2017; and April 5, 2017.

You can find the HHS SBIR/STTR Omnibus Solicitations, and all of our other SBIR/STTR solicitations on the Funding page of our website. Be sure to also check the targeted funding announcements page. NIH Institutes and Centers will issue targeted SBIR/STTR grant solicitations around specific, high-priority research areas.

For any general questions, please email the HHS SBIR/STTR Program Office at sbir@od.nih.gov.

 

 

Meet us in Person on the SBIR Road Tour this Summer

June 1, 2016

View our events page, and meet us at a city near you!

Our summer travel schedule is packed with SBIR outreach events – including a multiple-state SBIR Road Tour exit disclaimer icon. Meet us in person to get answers to your questions about SBIR funding. We are delighted to help you determine if SBIR would be appropriate for your technology, discuss application requirements, and many other aspects of the program.

Our SBIR outreach events, including the Road Tour, will help prepare you to submit a competitive application. View our schedule below, and obtain more details on our events page.

  • BIO Innovation Zone exit disclaimer icon at the BIO Convention
    San Francisco, California | June 6 – 9
  • West Central SBIR Road Tour
    Laramie, Wyoming |June 27
    Omaha, Nebraska | June 29
    Wichita, Kansas | June 30
    Oklahoma City, Oklahoma| July 1
  • West Virginia SBIR Event
    Morgantown, West Virginia | July 19
  • Midwest SBIR Road Tour
    Grand Forks, North Dakota | August 15
    Sioux Falls, South Dakota | August 16
    Ames, Iowa | August 17
    St. Louis, Missouri | August 18
    Indianapolis, Indiana | August 19
  • Multi-NIH Institutes Small Business Workshop 2016
    San Antonio, Texas | September 7 – 8
  • Northeast SBIR/STTR Event
    Boston, Massachusetts | October 5 - 6
  • NIH Regional Seminar on Program Funding and Grants Administration
    Chicago, Illinois | October 26 – 28
    Register Now! exit disclaimer icon
  • 18th Annual HHS SBIR/STTR Conference
    Orlando, Florida | November 15 – 17
    Register Now! exit disclaimer icon

Register Now for our HHS SBIR/STTR Conference – Orlando, Florida!

Tuesday, November 15, 2016 - Thursday, November 17, 2016
Join us for our flagship HHS-focused SBIR event of the year! Register today to receive the early bird registration rate.
View the draft agenda and register! exit disclaimer icon

 

 

Join us Next Week for the National SBIR/STTR Conference near Washington, DC

May 17, 2016

The National SBIR/STTR Conference* is next week!
May 23 – 25, 2016
Register Today! exit disclaimer icon

Don’t miss the chance to meet with over 12 different SBIR agencies, including HHS, about the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs. These programs are the nation’s largest source of early stage R&D funding for small businesses.

One-on-one registration to meet with SBIR subject matter experts is open! Schedule your meeting today!

*Note that the HHS SBIR/STTR Conference, which is solely focused on NIH, CDC, FDA and ACL, will happen in Orlando, Florida on November 15 – 17, 2016. This three-day event will include 100+ HHS SBIR/STTR program managers. Find more information on our Events Page

National SBIR/STTR Conference Keynote Speakers Include:

  • Stephen Gold: CMO & VP for Investments and Partnering of IBM
  • Jenny Lawton: COO of LittleBits Electronics Inc.
  • Mark Walsh: Associate Administrator of SBA's Office of Investment & Innovation
  • Nina Tandon: CEO & Co-Founder of EpiBone
  • Kara Carpenter: CEO & Founder of Teachley
  • Anthony Mulligan: CEO of Hydronalix
  • Samir Mayekar: CEO & Co-Founder of SiNode Systems
  • Vinod Veedu: Director of Strategic Initiatives of OceanIt & 2015 AAAS-Lemelson Invention Ambassador

See more about the Conference Speakers. exit disclaimer icon

Highlights Include:

  • Meetings with 12 SBIR agencies, including HHS
  • Sessions featuring agency leadership, industry partners, and investment leaders
  • Pre-conference workshops on small business basics for SBIR/STTR applicants and awardees, including SBIR 101, Phase I, Phase II, and accounting
  • Showcase hall featuring SBIR/STTR agencies, SBIR/STTR funded companies, leading universities, and Federal Labs

Co-located Events:

The National SBIR/STTR Conference and the 4th annual National Innovation Summit and Showcase will be held in parallel with the 18th annual TechConnect World Conference, at the Gaylord Convention Center, May 22-25, 2016. The combined events will attract 3,000+ attendees and feature hundreds of business and scientific presentations, including an Innovation Showcase Hall.

Register Today!

SBIR/STTR Participating Agencies Include:

  • Small Business Administration (SBA)
  • National Institutes of Health (NIH)
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
  • National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR)
  • National Science Foundation (NSF)
  • Department of Energy (DOE)
  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NASA)
  • US Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO)
  • Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
  • Department of Transportation (DOT)
  • National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
  • Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
  • Department of Defense (DOD), including:
    • Air Force
    • Army
    • Navy
    • Defense Health Program
    • Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)
    • Defense Micro Electronics Activity (DMEA)
    • Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA)
    • National Geospatial Intelligence Agency (NGA)
    • Research & Engineering (ASD(R&E))
    • Special Operations Command (SOCOM)
    • Defense Logistics Agency
    • Missile Defense Agency (MDA)
    • Chemical and Biological Defense

 

 

Life Science Incubator Funding Available via the Growth Accelerator Fund
Competition!

May 5, 2016

Prize funding is available for life science and health focused incubators with an SBIR/STTR focus.
Learn more and apply for the Growth Accelerator Fund Competition!

The U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) is pleased to work with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) to announce a third round of the Growth Accelerator Fund competition. In 2016, winners of the contest will receive $50,000 prizes to support their accelerator. Funding will be available to support new and existing life science and health focused incubators with an SBIR/STTR focus. Special consideration will be given to accelerators that support women-owned and/or minority-owned small businesses.

The competition is managed by SBA and judges will give particular attention to applicants that fill geographic, industry, and economic gaps in the accelerator and entrepreneurial ecosystem space (ie: fewer conventional sources of capital like venture capital and other investors). The winners of this year's contest must demonstrate the ability to raise (or have plans to raise) a 4 to 1 match (1 to 1 for Native American accelerators) of prizes awarded. This match can be in the form of cash, in-kind donations, or sponsorships.

For this contest, "accelerators" are defined as: organizations which provide networking opportunities, mentorship, space (can be physical or virtual) and sometimes equity to start-ups. All models are expected to have a prescribed timeline after which start-ups "exit" or "graduate" their organization to function independently in the small business economy. Award prizes are to be used to fund operating budgets, not for investing in start-ups.

For questions, please contact SBA’s Nareg Sagherian at nareg.sagherian@sba.gov.

APPLICATION DEADLINE IS JUNE 3, 2016.
Apply today exit disclaimer icon

 

 

Sunshine & SBIR – Registration has launched for the HHS SBIR/STTR Conference in Orlando

March 28, 2016

18th Annual HHS SBIR/STTR Conference
November 15 – 17, 2016, Orlando, Florida
Register Now! exit disclaimer icon

Pack your bags and join us for the 18th Annual HHS SBIR/STTR Conference! This year’s conference will be held in Orlando, Florida on November 15 – 17, 2016. You may now register and view a draft agenda here exit disclaimer icon.

You will learn how to develop and win SBIR/STTR awards from the Department of Health and Human Services during an interactive three-day conference. Session topics will include: understanding SBIR/STTR funding solicitations; technical assistance options; indirect costs and financial accounting systems; and human subjects and animal research.

This conference is relevant to a diverse audience, including biomedical entrepreneurs; principal investigators; grants and contracts administrators; and industry partners and investors. Representatives from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Administration for Community Living (ACL), and Office of the Inspector General (OIG) will give presentations and answer questions during one-on-one meetings.

Register Now! exit disclaimer icon

View our Events Page! Our 2016 travel schedule is packed with SBIR outreach events. View our NIH SBIR/STTR Events Page to see when we’re coming to a city near you!

 

 

Meet HHS SBIR/STTR Experts, and Learn More about the HHS Grants Process in 2016

March 11, 2016

Throughout 2016, there are numerous opportunities to meet HHS SBIR/STTR experts, and the events below will also help you understand the HHS grants process!

18th Annual SBIR/STTR Conference (November 15-17, 2016) – Orlando, Florida: This year's HHS SBIR/STTR conference will provide attendees an opportunity to learn more about the $870 million dollars of annual NIH funding available exclusively for small businesses to perform innovative research and build new businesses based on their technologies. Attendees will have the opportunity to:

  • Understand the HHS SBIR/STTR programs and funding opportunities
  • Learn about the HHS application, review, and award process
  • Take advantage of one-on-one opportunities with HHS SBIR/STTR program managers
  • Discuss with the NIH, CDC, FDA, and ACL opportunities for small businesses to pursue research opportunities to commercialize health technologies

Registration opens in Spring 2016….Watch for more information on the HHS SBIR/STTR Events page.

Not able to attend the HHS SBIR/STTR Annual Conference? Consider these opportunities…

NIH Regional Seminars on Program Funding and Grants Administration

You may participate in our HHS SBIR/STTR session and meet us at our booth, as well as:

  • Learn about the NIH application process, including electronic submission, the peer review process, and managing an award;
  • Participate in sessions provided by over 50 NIH grants, review, policy and program officials, as well as HHS experts;
  • Choose from over 45 different session topics in tracks designed for research administrators and/or investigators, as well as anyone new to the NIH grants process;
  • Sign up to meet our experts 1:1 for a more personal discussion; and
  • Take advantage of special pre-seminar workshops on Human Subject Research Protections, Intellectual Property, electronic Research Administration (eRA), or in an Administrator’s Boot Camp.

Check out the NIH Regional Seminar agenda for your location of choice and make plans to join us (see the individual website links noted above). Additional questions related to this event may be addressed to NIHRegionalSeminars@mail.nih.gov.

We hope to see you at one of these valuable and unique opportunities with the NIH!

 

Now Accepting HHS SBIR/STTR Applications for the April 5 Deadline

March 8, 2016

Smart SBIR and STTR Applicants Submit Early.  

The next HHS SBIR/STTR application deadline is less than one month away on Tuesday, April 5, 2016, at 5 pm local time. Plan to submit your application several days before the deadline to ensure successful electronic submission. Read more about the process on our Electronic Submission Page

HHS will reissue the SBIR/STTR Omnibus solicitations after they expire on April 6, 2016. The new SBIR/STTR Omnibus Solicitations for FY 16 will be reissued well before the next deadline on September 5, 2016. 

Submit via ASSIST. 
ASSIST helps streamline the electronic submission process, and reduce applicant errors. Try submitting with ASSIST before the April 5th deadline! Have questions? View the ASSIST webinar materials for details. 

Applicants still have the option of using the Downloadable Forms method as well. Please select the "Apply Online Using ASSIST" button, or the "Apply Using Downloadable Forms" button within the SBIR/STTR solicitation.

Use the SBIR/STTR Application Instructions.

Be sure to use the Annotated SF424 SBIR/STTR Form Set in conjunction with the SF424 R&R SBIR/STTR Application Guide (FORMS-C) to guide you step-by-step through the application process. Applicants also find the Top 5 Most Common eRA Commons Errors and the SBIR Sample Application from NIAID helpful. All resources can be found on our Resources page

Contact the eRA Service Desk for electronic submission questions.

Toll-free: 1-866-504-9552
Phone: 301-402-7469
Hours: Mon-Fri, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Eastern Time (closed on federal holidays)

Remember – The standard due dates occur on September 5, January 5, and April 5. The standard due dates apply to all SBIR/STTR solicitations that follow the Standard Due Dates, including the SBIR/STTR Omnibus solicitations and the Commercialization Readiness Pilot Program solicitations. You can find all solicitations here

 

SBIR/STTR Intellectual Property Webinar Series – Hosted by USPTO  New

March 7, 2016

SBIR/STTR Grantees – Intellectual Property Webinar Series for Small Businesses
Patents, Trademarks, and Copyrights just for you!
Register Today! 

For participants in the SBIR/STTR program, understanding Intellectual Property (IP) Data Rights and U.S. and International rules and regulations concerning Patents, Trademarks, and Copyrights is crucial in order to protect your ideas and brand name recognition.  These 90 minute webinar modules (hosted by USPTO) will cover all aspects of Intellectual Property protections, as well as help you understand your IP Data Rights under the SBIR/STTR grant/contract.

Monday, March 21 at 1 pm ET
Overview: U.S. Intellectual Property Rights and the SBIR-STTR Stakeholders
– Presenter Henry Wixon (Hosted by USPTO) 

Tuesday, March 22 at 1 pm ET
Basics U.S. Patent Practice for the SBIR-STTR Stakeholders 
– Presenter Michael Razavi (Hosted by USPTO)

Wednesday, March 23 at 1 pm ET
Trademarks in the U.S. 
– Presenter Scott Baldwin (Hosted by USPTO)

Thursday, March 24 at 1 pm ET
Copyright 
– Presenter Susan Anthony (Hosted by USPTO)

Monday, March 28 at 1 pm ET
Intermediate & Advanced Practice 
– Presenter Oleg Asanbayev (Hosted by USPTO)

Tuesday, March 29, at 1 pm ET
Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) and Hague Strategies for Filing Abroad
– Presenter Shane Thomas (Hosted by USPTO)

Wednesday, March 30, at 1 pm ET
International Trademark Portfolio 
– Presenter Susan Anthony (Hosted by USPTO)

Register Today!

For webinar questions, please contact USPTO.

 

 

Developing a technology to improve the lives of people with disabilities?
NIDILRR can help 

February 29, 2016

Ever heard of NIDILRR - the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research? 

NIDILRR is a small HHS agency with an important mission – to improve the lives of people with disabilities. NIDILRR focuses on generating new disability and rehabilitation knowledge and promoting its use and adoption. NIDILRR is located within the Administration for Community Living (ACL) in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. 

NIDILRR is now accepting SBIR Phase I applications! If you are developing a device or service that can improve the lives of people with disabilities, learn how NIDILRR SBIR funding can help.  

Each year, NIDILRR’s SBIR program funds up to ten Phase I feasibility (or proof-of-concept) projects for approximately six months (for up to $75,000 each). After completion of the Phase I stage, most of these businesses can compete for Phase II awards. Phase II awards can last up to 24 months for a total of up to $575,000.

NIDILRR’s SBIR program is unique among all other SBIR programs in that it focuses solely on products and services that benefit the lives of people with disabilities.  This program funds research and development projects that propose a sound approach to the investigation of an important education, assistive technology, science, or engineering question or problem. 

Please go to www.Grants.gov and search for “NIDILRR SBIR” or “HHS-2016-ACL-NIDILRR-BI-0142”

For more information please contact:  Brian Bard, email: brian.bard@acl.hhs.gov, phone: 202-795-7298

 

 

March 2 NCATS SBIR/STTR, AWIS Webinar on Funding for Women Entrepreneurs 

February 25, 2016

Register Today for a Free Webinar
“Accelerating Innovation: Funding for Women Entrepreneurs in Biotechnology and Healthcare”

Presented by NCATS, NHLBI, NCI & AWIS
Wednesday, March 2, 2016, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. ET | 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. PT

NCATS, NHLBI and NCI support biotechnology and healthcare companies owned by women and individuals from socially and economically disadvantaged backgrounds through open funding opportunities available through the NIH’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs.

Register today exit disclaimer icon to join NCATS and its NIH co-hosts, along with the Association for Women in Science (AWIS) exit disclaimer iconon March 2, 2016, for a webinar about programs and funding opportunities that support women-owned small businesses and women in research and technology transfer organizations. The event will feature:

  • An overview of SBIR and STTR programs and funding opportunities
  • Examples and case studies of women founders of bio- and healthcare-technology early-stage businesses
  • Tips and tools for applying for funding and resources available for women entrepreneurs and researchers from socially and economically disadvantaged backgrounds

Register today! exit disclaimer icon

Representatives of the following are encouraged to attend:

  • Women-owned and socially and economically disadvantaged small businesses
  • Small biotech and/or healthcare technology businesses
  • Research institutions and technology transfer organizations
  • Multiple venture-backed small businesses

Featured Speakers

  • Heather Metcalf, Ph.D., Director of Research and Analysis for the Association for Women in Science 
  • Lili M. Portilla, M.P.A., Director, Strategic Alliances, NCATS, NIH, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
  • Chris Sasiela, Ph.D., R.A.C. Regulatory Support Specialist, NHLBI, NIH, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
  • Kory Hallett, Ph.D., Program Staff, AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellow, NCI, NIH, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

The NIH SBIR and STTR programs are engines of innovation for developing and commercializing tools, technologies and intervention platforms to support the creation of new therapeutics and diagnostics. SBIR and STTR are government set-aside programs for domestic small businesses to engage in research and development that has the potential for commercialization and public benefit.

For more information and to stay connected, visit:
NCATS Small Business
NHLBI SBIR Program
NCI SBIR Development Center

 

 

 

Speak to an HHS SBIR/STTR program manager today about your application

February 9, 2016

April 5 is the next HHS SBIR/STTR standard deadline! 
Talk to an HHS SBIR/STTR program manager today for advice.

The next HHS SBIR/STTR application deadline is less than two months away on Tuesday, April 5, 2016 at 5 pm local time. 

Make sure you are registered! The 5-step registration process may take 6 – 8 weeks, so it is important to start now. All registrations must be completed prior to the application being submitted, and the System for Awards Management (SAM) registration must be updated annually. Learn more about the five required registrations, here.

Speak to an HHS SBIR/STTR Program Manager. As the deadline approaches, program managers get extremely busy. Applicants should plan to reach out to program managers now to ensure they can speak with them before submitting. You should send the program manager a non-confidential abstract or executive summary of your research topic, including a description of your technology, which may include your specific aims. After you connect via email, you and the program manager may decide to set up a call to discuss your application in more detail. For questions about who to contact, please email sbir@od.nih.gov

ASSIST vs. Downloadable Forms. You may submit your application using ASSIST or the Downloadable Forms method, starting on March 5, 2016. Please select the "Apply Online Using ASSIST" button, or the "Apply Using Downloadable Forms" button within the SBIR/STTR solicitation. View the ASSIST webinar materials here.
 
Over 350 small businesses submitted via ASSIST on the January 5, 2016 receipt date. NIH received positive feedback that the system helped reduce the number of submission errors.  

Be sure to use the Annotated SF424 SBIR/STTR Form Set in conjunction with the SF424 R&R SBIR/STTR Application Guide (FORMS-C) to guide you step-by-step through the application process. Applicants also find the Top 5 Most Common eRA Commons Errors and the SBIR Sample Application from NIAID helpful. All resources can be found on our Resources page.

Remember – The standard due dates occur on September 5, January 5, and April 5. The standard due dates apply to all SBIR/STTR solicitations that follow the Standard Due Dates, including the SBIR/STTR Omnibus solicitations and the Commercialization Readiness Pilot Program solicitations. You can find all solicitations here.

 

 

 

Sunshine & SBIR – Mark your calendars for the 2016 HHS SBIR/STTR Conference in Orlando, Florida 

February 4, 2016 

18th Annual HHS SBIR/STTR Conference - November 15 – 17, 2016, Orlando 

Pack your bags and join us for the 18th Annual HHS SBIR/STTR Conference! This year’s conference will be held in Orlando, Florida on November 15 – 17, 2016

Over the course of three days, attendees will learn how to develop and win SBIR/STTR awards from the Department of Health and Human Services. Session topics will include: understanding SBIR/STTR funding solicitations; technical assistance options; indirect costs and financial accounting systems; and human subjects and animal research. 

This conference is relevant to a diverse audience, including biomedical entrepreneurs; principal investigators; grants and contracts administrators; and industry partners and investors. The event hosts are The University of Central Florida, Office of Research and Commercialization, and the State University System of Florida. Representatives from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Administration for Community Living (ACL), and Office of the Inspector General (OIG) will give presentations and answer questions during one-on-one meetings.

Stay Tuned – Registration Opening in Spring 2016!

Prepare for Orlando by viewing attendee feedback about the 17th Annual HHS SBIR/STTR Conference exit disclaimer iconin Seattle:

Over 75% of 2015 NIH SBIR/STTR Conference participants indicated they would consider attending the conference again in the future. 

“Extremely helpful sessions! The presenters were also entertaining, engaging and succinct. Excellent talks and I learned A LOT to help me in my job as a new grants and contracts administrator!” 

“Terrific! Clear, informative – excellent presentations.” 

“Outstanding conference!” 

View our Events Page! Our 2016 travel schedule is packed with SBIR/STTR outreach events. View our NIH SBIR/STTR Events Page to see when we’re coming to a city near you! 

 

 

Save the Date: 2016 National SBIR/STTR Conference near Washington, DC 

January 29, 2016

Submit your Innovations for Potential Partnership Opportunities - Innovations Due: February 5

Save the Date – National SBIR/STTR Conference! The TechConnect World & National Innovation Summit, and National SBIR/STTR Conference, will be held May 23-25, 2016 at the Gaylord National Convention Center in National Harbor, MD, adjacent to Washington DC. For more information go to www.nationalsbirconference.com exit disclaimer icon

The TechConnect World & National Innovation Summit offers an excellent platform to help small firms present their innovative technologies to potential corporate partners and funders. Top-ranked innovations will be featured in the Innovation Summit program; all Innovation Showcase technologies will be included in TechConnect's Corporate & Investment Matching program. 

Innovation Showcase for SBIR/STTR Firms Seeking Partners: To be considered for this opportunity, submit a description of your innovation online by Friday, February 5th at http://bit.ly/TechConnect_Innovation_Challenge exit disclaimer icon. Check out the Corporate Acceleration Partners on the website as well.  

A 10% showcase package discount is available only to SBIR/STTR companies; this includes a 3-day registration for both TechConnect World and the National SBIR/STTR Conference and a one day booth space in the Innovation Showcase Expo.  The registration also gives access to the one-on-one SBIR/STTR meeting system.  If you are interested in this package, go online to submit your innovation by Feb. 5th and contact Derek Mayer at 512.800.9796 or dmayer@techconnect.org to receive the discounted showcase package rate.

 

 

I-Corps at NIH: Hear from companies that went through the program 

January 11, 2016

I-Corps from the Trenches: Hear from companies that went through the program

Thursday, February 4, 2016, 1:00pm – 2:00pm ET

Register for this interactive webinar exit disclaimer icon!

The NIH and CDC are pleased to offer small businesses the opportunity to participate in I-Corps™ at NIH in 2016.

Apply by March 21, 2016 (2nd cohort)

The NIH will host a webinar with companies who have already gone through this entrepreneurial immersion course. Course participants will be available to answer your questions in this interactive webinar event.

Following the success of the 2014 pilot cohort, NIH is offering this entrepreneurial training program across 14 Institutes/Centers at the NIH and CDC to support NIH and CDC SBIR/STTR funded small businesses to accelerate the translation of innovations from the lab to clinical practice. To register for this webinar, please click here. exit disclaimer icon For a deeper review of I-Corps™ programmatic information from our November 12, 2015 webinar, please visit the archived material here.

The I-Corps™ at NIH, part of President Obama’s Strategy for Innovation, is modeled after the successful I-Corps™ at NSF, and will be leveraged to support biomedical innovation and translation, with the goal of expediting the development and commercialization of a range of technologies to address the leading causes of death and disability in the United States. I-Corps™ participants will receive lessons on how to build a scalable business model, as well as entrepreneurial trainings, and mentorship opportunities. In addition, modest funding will be provided to teams to assist them in translating their ideas from the lab into a viable product on the market and to help them avoid common failure points.

Register for this interactive webinar! exit disclaimer icon
Thursday, February 4, 2016, 1:00pm – 2:00pm ET

Phase I grantees of the following NIH/CDC SBIR STTR Programs are eligible and encouraged to apply to PA-16-019 by March 21, 2016.

  • National Cancer Institute (NCI)
  • National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI)
  • National Institute on Aging (NIA)
  • National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA)
  • National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)
  • National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR)
  • National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)
  • National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS)
  • National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS)
  • National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
  • National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)
  • National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS)
  • CDC/National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (NCIPC)
  • CDC/ National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) 

View the funding opportunity announcement to apply: PA-16-019For more information or questions on the I-Corps™ at NIH program, please visit http://sbir.cancer.gov/icorps/ exit disclaimer iconor contact: 

Christie Canaria
NCI SBIR Development Center
christie.canaria@nih.gov 

 

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