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

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 

 

 

HHS Commercialization Readiness Pilot Program (CRP) Informational Webinar Materials Now Available! 

December 4, 2015

The HHS Commercialization Readiness Pilot Program (CRP) Informational Webinar was held on December 2, 2015, and discussed both CRP solicitations:

The webinar resources are now available online:

You can find the CRP solicitations on our HHS SBIR/STTR Funding page. The CRP follows the Standard Due Dates and the next deadline is on Tuesday, January 5, 2016.

The CRP may fund work that is not typically supported through SBIR/STTR Phase II or Phase IIB awards, including:

  • Preparation of documents for a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) submission
  • Development of an intellectual property strategy
  • Investigational New Drug (IND)-enabling studies
  • Clinical studies
  • Manufacturing costs
  • Regulatory assistance
  • Subcontracted work to other institutions, including contract research organizations (CRO)
  • A combination of services.

Please send any questions about the Commercialization Readiness Pilot Program to sbir@od.nih.gov.

 

 

ASSIST for Electronic Submission – Webinar Materials Now Available

November 20, 2015

ASSIST Webinar Materials Now Available Online!

ASSIST (Application Submission System & Interface for Submission Tracking) is NIH's online system for the preparation, submission, and tracking of grant applications through Grants.gov to NIH. 

The ASSIST webinar was held on November 4, 2015, to help small businesses learn how ASSIST can help streamline the HHS SBIR/STTR electronic submission process. The resources below are now available online

For more information, please see NOT-OD-15-156. As a reminder, ASSIST provides: 

  • Secure web-based data entry
  • Collaboration of multiple user
  • Pre-submission validation of many NIH and Grants.gov business rules
  • Pre-population of data from eRA Commons profiles
  • Pre-submission print/preview of application in NIH format
  • Submission status tracking for both Grants.gov and eRA Commons within a single system
  • Ability to import subaward budget data from external sources
  • Ability to copy application data (excluding attachments) from one announcement to another

Funding opportunity announcements posted in the NIH Guide for Grants & Contracts that allow ASSIST as an option contain an "Apply Online Using ASSIST" button in addition to the "Apply Using Downloadable Forms" button.

The following resources are available to help applicants prepare their applications using ASSIST:

Direct all notice inquiries to: 

NIH Grants Information

Email: grantsinfo@od.nih.gov

Telephone: 301-435-0714

Direct requests for ASSIST support to:

eRA Service Desk

Submit a web ticket

Toll-free: 1-866-504-9552

 

I-Corps at NIH – Webinar Materials Now Available

November 18, 2015

I-Corps™ at NIH Webinar Materials Now Available!

We recently hosted an informational webinar on I-Corps™ at NIH on Thursday, November 12, 2015. If you missed the presentation or would like to review the materials, the recording, slides, and transcript are now available online.

You may also view the videos referenced in the presentation at the following links:

Answers to Questions submitted during the webinar will be posted in the upcoming weeks.

Remember: 

Phase I grantees of the following NIH/CDC SBIR & STTR Programs are eligible and encouraged to apply to PA-16-019. Apply by December 10, 2015 (1st cohort) or March 21, 2016 (2nd cohort)! 

  • 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) 

 

If you have additional questions, please contact the NIH/CDC Agency Contact listed in Section VII of PA-16-019.

 

 

 

SBIR/STTR Intellectual Property Webinar Series from USPTO

November 16, 2015

"Patents, Trademarks, and Copyrights" for SBIR/STTR Participants exit disclaimer icon

Register today! exit disclaimer icon

For small businesses participating in the SBIR/STTR program, understanding Intellectual Property (IP) - Patents, Trade Secrets, Trademarks, and Copyrights exit disclaimer icon - 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 75 people per webinar!

Webinars will be offered at 1 P.M. Eastern on the days below. A detailed webinar description for each webinar can be found here exit disclaimer icon.

December 7

Overview: US Intellectual Property Rights and the SBIR-STTR Stakeholders

Henry Wixon (Chief Counsel for NIST)

December 8

Basic US Patent Practice for the SBIR-STTR Stakeholders

Anthony Knight (Associate Commissioner for Innovation Development (Acting), USPTO)

December 9

Trademarks in the U.S.

Craig Morris (Managing Attorney for Trademark Outreach, USPTO)

December 10

Copyright (Domestic and International)

Susan Anthony (Director (Acting), Global Intellectual Property Academy, USPTO)

December 14

Intermediate/Advanced US Patent Practice for the SBIR-STTR Stakeholders

Oleg Asanbayev (Patent Examiner, USPTO and on detail to SBA)

December 15

Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) and Hague Agreement Strategies for Filing Abroad

Charles Pearson (Director of International Patent Legal Administration, USPTO)

December 16

The International Trademark Portfolio

Susan Anthony (Director (Acting), Global Intellectual Property Academy, USPTO)

 

Register before the slots fill up! exit disclaimer icon

 

 

 

HHS Commercialization Readiness Pilot Program (CRP) Register for the Informational Webinar!

November 13, 2015

Wednesday, December 2nd

2:00 PM – 3:30 PM EST

HHS can now provide up to $3 million in additional funding for your Phase II SBIR/STTR project through the Commercialization Readiness Pilot Program (CRP). The CRP may fund work that is not typically supported through SBIR/STTR Phase II or Phase IIB awards, including:

  • Preparation of documents for a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) submission
  • Development of an intellectual property strategy
  • Investigational New Drug (IND)-enabling studies
  • Clinical studies
  • Manufacturing costs
  • Regulatory assistance
  • Subcontracted work to other institutions, including contract research organizations (CRO)
  • A combination of services.

Attend this webinar to learn more about this program and the eligibility requirements. Register now! exit disclaimer icon

You can find the newly released Commercialization Readiness Pilot Program (CRP) solicitations on our HHS SBIR/STTR Funding page. There are two solicitations: SBIR/STTR Commercialization Readiness Pilot (CRP) Program: Technical Assistance (SB1), PAR-16-026 and SBIR/STTR Commercialization Readiness Pilot (CRP) Program: Technical Assistance and Late Stage Development (SB1), PAR-16-027.

The CRP follows the Standard Due Dates, and the next deadline is on Tuesday, January 5, 2015. The webinar will discuss the differences between the two solicitations, and give you a chance to ask questions.

Speakers:

Matthew Portnoy, Ph.D.

HHS SBIR/STTR Program Coordinator

Stephanie Fertig, MBA

SBIR/STTR Program Manager

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)

Register Today! exit disclaimer icon

Please send any questions about the Commercialization Readiness Pilot Program in advance of the webinar to sbir@od.nih.gov.

 

 

Deadline Extension for the HHS SBIR Contract Solicitation PHS 2016-1 

October 20, 2015

October 22, 2015 at 5:00 PM EDT is the new HHS SBIR Contract PHS 2016-1 Deadline

The PHS 2016-1 SBIR Contract Solicitation has a new amendment that extends the deadline until October 22, 2015 at 5:00 PM EDT.

Older amendments: 

Please find details on our NIH SBIR/STTR Funding page and on FedBizOpps. All contract proposal submissions are due on October 22, 2015 at 5:00 PM EDT.

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.

SBIR Contract Webinar Materials: You may find the HHS SBIR Contract RFP Informational Webinar (PHS 2016-1) materials online!

HHS SBIR/STTR Grants: Investigator-initiated research ideas are encouraged through the PHS small business research GRANT programs. Please use SBIR (PA-15-269) and STTR (PA-15-270) Omnibus solicitations, found on our Funding page

To understand better the differences between grants and contracts, visit our Apply page.

 

 

The Niche Assessment Program for NIH SBIR/STTR Phase I Awardees Has Launched – Apply Now 

October 16, 2015

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.

Technology Niche Analyses® (TNA®) are provided by Foresight Science & Technology of Providence, RI, for one hundred seventy seven (177), HHS SBIR/STTR Phase I awardees and Phase I Fast-Track awardees. Each viable application 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. This information from Niche helps small businesses develop their commercialization plans for their Phase II application, and be exposed to potential partners.

For more information, see Notice NOT-OD-16-013 that was issued in the NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts on October 16, 2015.

If you are an eligible HHS SBIR/STTR Phase I awardee or a Phase I Fast-Track awardee, complete the online registration form available below to participate in the program:

Apply Today exit disclaimer icon - Registration is on a first come, first serve basis! 

 

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

 

 

 

NIDA Topic Amendment in the HHS SBIR Contract Solicitation PHS 2016-1 

October 9, 2015

National Institutes of Drug Abuse (NIDA) Topic Amendment in the HHS SBIR Contract Solicitation PHS 2016-1

The PHS 2016-1 SBIR Contract Solicitation has a new amendment: 

Older amendments: 

Please find details on our NIH SBIR/STTR Funding page and on FedBizOpps exit disclaimer icon . All contract proposal submissions are due on October 16, 2015 at 5:00 pm EDT.

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.

SBIR Contract Webinar Materials: You may find the HHS SBIR Contract RFP Informational Webinar (PHS 2016-1) materials online!

HHS SBIR/STTR Grants: Investigator-initiated research ideas are encouraged through the PHS small business research GRANT programs. Please use SBIR (PA-15-269) and STTR (PA-15-270) Omnibus solicitations, found on our Funding page

To understand better the differences between grants and contracts, visit our Apply page.

 

 

 

“ASSIST” – A New Option for Small Business Grant Electronic Submission

September 24, 2015

Learn how ASSIST can help streamline the HHS SBIR/STTR electronic submission process.

Have you ever wanted a system that checks your NIH SBIR/STTR grant application for errors BEFORE you submit it?

ASSIST (Application Submission System & Interface for Submission Tracking) is NIH's online system for the preparation, submission, and tracking of grant applications through Grants.gov to NIH. Small businesses may now use ASSIST to submit SBIR and STTR grant applications. ASSIST is not required, so small businesses can still apply using the Grants.gov’s downloadable forms method.

To learn more about using ASSIST to submit your SBIR or STTR grant application, attend the webinar on November 4, 2015 from 2:00 to 3:30 pm Eastern Time.

During the SBIR/STTR ASSIST webinar, you will learn how to:

  • Populate application data from eRA Commons profiles
  • Validate your application against NIH business rules prior to submission
  • Preview your application images in the NIH format prior to submission
  • Track your applications through to eRA Commons to verify agency receipt

Register Now! exit disclaimer icon

ASSIST provides:

  • Secure web-based data entry
  • Collaboration of multiple user
  • Pre-submission validation of many NIH and Grants.gov business rules
  • Pre-population of data from eRA Commons profiles
  • Pre-submission print/preview of application in NIH format
  • Submission status tracking for both Grants.gov and eRA Commons within a single system
  • Ability to import subaward budget data from external sources
  • Ability to copy application data (excluding attachments) from one announcement to another

Funding opportunity announcements posted in the NIH Guide for Grants & Contracts that allow ASSIST as an option contain an "Apply Online Using ASSIST" button in addition to the "Apply Using Downloadable Forms" button.

The following resources are available to help applicants prepare their applications using ASSIST:

For more information, see NOT-OD-15-156. There will also be a session at the NIH SBIR/STTR Conference on using ASSIST for small business applicants. View the conference agenda! exit disclaimer icon

Direct all notice inquiries to: 

NIH Grants Information

Email: grantsinfo@od.nih.gov

Telephone: 301-435-0714

Direct requests for ASSIST support to:

eRA Service Desk

Submit a web ticket

Toll-free: 1-866-504-9552

 

 

The HHS SBIR Contract Solicitation PHS 2016-1 Has Been Amended

September 17, 2015

The HHS SBIR Contract Solicitation has been amended!

The PHS 2016-1 SBIR Contract Solicitation has two amendments: 

Please find details on our NIH SBIR/STTR Funding page and on FedBizOpps exit disclaimer icon . All contract proposal submissions are due on October 16, 2015 at 5:00 pm EDT.

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.

SBIR Contract Webinar Materials: You may find the HHS SBIR Contract RFP Informational Webinar (PHS 2016-1) materials online!

HHS SBIR/STTR Grants: Investigator-initiated research ideas are encouraged through the PHS small business research GRANT programs. Please use SBIR (PA-15-269) and STTR (PA-15-270) Omnibus solicitations, found on our Funding page

To understand better the differences between grants and contracts, visit our Apply page.

 

 

CAP Application Deadline Extended until September 18th for Phase II Awardees 

September 9, 2015

Deadline Extended: Submit your CAP Application by September 18th 

The NIH Commercialization Accelerator Program (CAP) (previously known as the Commercialization Assistance Program) can help you achieve commercial success! CAP helps you develop a market-entry plan covering an 18-month period that is tailored to meet the needs of your specific technology. The assistance provided includes strategies for securing additional investment, strategic partnerships and/or licensing opportunities. 

The deadline for applications to the 2015-2016 NIH Commercialization Accelerator Program (CAP) has been extended to September 18, 2015.  If you have received your HHS SBIR Phase II award on or before September 18, 2015, or your HHS award has been active within the last 5 years, you may apply to CAP exit disclaimer icon to be considered for the 2015-2016 year. 

The CAP is administered through a contract with Larta Inc. exit disclaimer icon of Los Angeles, California. More details can be found in NOT-OD-15-144.

CAP is divided into three distinct tracks: the Commercialization Transition Track (CTT); the Advanced Commercialization Track (ACT); and the Regulatory Training Track (RTT). To find out which track best meets your needs, read the CAP Program Description.

Apply Now!

All applications will be competitively reviewed, and participants will be notified the week of October 5, 2015. This year we expect to accept 80 companies into the program. The assistance through CAP begins in October 2015 and spans nine (9) months, ending in June 2015. 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: September 18, 2015

Selection to Program: Week of October 5, 2015

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

Who is Eligible to Participate?

  • Companies whose NIH SBIR and STTR Phase II, Phase IIB or Phase II portion of Fast-track award is or was active in the past 5 fiscal years. Projects that ended before August 2010 are not eligible. Awardees from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) can also apply.
  • Companies that meet the current SBIR/STTR small business eligibility criteria as described in the NIH SBIR/STTR Omnibus solicitation. The solicitation and its parent funding opportunity announcements are available from the NIH Small Business Funding Opportunities website
  • Previous NIH CAP participants with a different Phase II award that participated no more than two (2) times before. Please note that first time applicants to the CAP will be given priority due to the limited number of slots.

Additional Information 

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 HHS SBIR/STTR Deadline is Tuesday, September 8  

September 4, 2015

The next HHS SBIR/STTR Standard Due Date is Tuesday, September 8 by 5 pm your local time (since September 5 is a weekend, and Monday, September 7 is a Federal holiday). 

If you have SBIR/STTR questions, please send an email to sbir@od.nih.gov if you have not already. 

For questions or technical issues for the SBA Company Registry

If you have questions about grant submission or having difficulties, please contact the NIH eRA Service Desk at:

Toll-free: 1-866-504-9552

Phone: 301-402-7469

TTY: 301-451-5939

Email: commons@od.nih.gov

Note that eRA Service Desk is NOT open on federal holidays! 

  

 

Now Posted: HHS SBIR Contract RFP Informational Webinar (PHS 2016-1) Materials  

August 25, 2015

The HHS SBIR Contract RFP Informational Webinar (PHS 2016-1) materials are now posted! The HHS SBIR Contract Solicitation and accompanying documents are located on our Funding page. You may find the webinar resources on our Engage and Connect page, News page and the NIH Office of Extramural Research’s webinars page

Thanks to everyone that joined the webinar! 

  

 

Early Bird Registration has been extended until September 9th  

August 24, 2015

Don’t miss the largest NIH SBIR/STTR event of the year!

You are invited to the 17th Annual NIH SBIR/STTR Conference that will be held in Seattle, Washington on October 27 – 29, 2015. Due to overwhelming demand, the Early Bird Registration Rate of $350 has been extended to Wednesday, September 9th.

Highlights of this year’s conference include a:

  • SBIR/STTR Peer Review Mock Study Section. Led by the Center for Scientific Review, this SBIR/STTR Peer Review Mock Study Session will give you a chance to see a small business peer review study section meeting in action. You will hear common questions asked by reviewers and learn mistakes that small business applicants frequently make. This session will discuss a Phase I and a Phase II SBIR or STTR application. Each application will be focused on a different biomedical technology area. A peer-review question and answer session will be included at the end. SBIR/STTR Mock Peer Review Study Section Meeting. Led by the Center for Scientific Review, this SBIR/STTR Mock Study Session will give you a chance to see a small business study section meeting in action. You will hear common questions asked by reviewers and learn mistakes that small business applicants frequently make. This session will discuss a Phase I and a Phase II SBIR or STTR application. Each application will be focused on a different biomedical technology area. A peer-review question and answer session will be included at the end. 

  • Half-day Human Subjects Workshop. Does your research include human subjects? This session will provide you with the knowledge and information necessary to get your NIH grant application or research protocols to pass reviews for human research protections. It will focus on clarifying confusion about federal requirements and will provide practical tips and solutions to problems and difficulties commonly encountered during such reviews. 

  • Women-Owned and Socially, Economically Disadvantaged Business Applicant Workshop. Join NIH SBIR/STTR program staff, successful applicants, and potential partners for this interactive half-day workshop on ways to develop a successful application and build a sustainable business. The workshop is broken into three sections: 

    Lessons Learned from Successful Applicants: Navigating the Application Process 

    Advice from Potential Funding Partners

    Lessons Learned from Successful Companies: Navigating Commercialization

  • Phase I and Phase II Application Proposal Development Workshops. You’ve got a great idea. It will change the world! All you need to do is write the proposal to get your project launched with SBIR/STTR funding. But writing the proposal is pretty difficult. Or is it? Join Lisa Kurek with BBC in this interactive workshop to help you develop an award-winning application. 

Don’t take our word for it – check out the agenda for yourself exit disclaimer icon: The conference is broken into three tracks to meet the needs of varying levels of experience with SBIR/STTR: Track 1: Navigating through SBIR/STTR; Track 2: Circumventing the Hurdles, and Track 3: Path to Commercialization. The wide variety of topics offered make this conference ideal for SBIR/STTR newcomers, Phase I companies looking to advance to Phase II, and Phase II companies looking for commercial assistance, strategic partnership and investors. 

Register Today! exit disclaimer icon

Early-bird registration rate of $350 is available until September 9, 2015.

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

August 18, 2015

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. 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-15-144.

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 2015 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: September 11, 2015

Selection to Program: Week of October 5, 2015

 

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 Tuesday, September 1, 2015 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-15-144 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

  

 

 

NIH Wants Your Help to Simplify the SBIR/STTR Grant Application Instructions  

August 13, 2015

Help NIH Make the Grant Application Process Easier!

NIH is seeking suggestions for ways to restructure the NIH grant application instructions, including the SBIR/STTR application guide. This guide can be found on our NIH SBIR/STTR website and on the Office of Extramural Research Forms page. NIH supplements the information in the application guides with instructions in policy notices announced in the NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts and funding opportunity announcements. More information can be found in NOT-OD-15-134.

NIH’s Goals for Restructuring the Application Instructions Include to:

  • Keep information as current as possible;
  • Reduce the administrative burden; and
  • Clarify and simplify information on what is required to submit an application.

Approaches NIH is considering, include:

  • A single, consolidated NIH application guide in PDF and in HTML format, with more interactive web-based content in the HTML version;
  • An HTML version that can filter instructions based on the funding mechanism or specific funding opportunity announcement (FOA), and other areas; and
  • An “Instructions Wizard” to tailor the instructions to needs of applicants—this could guide applicants through specific selections and application criteria, and show only the needed sections and instructions, etc.

How You Can Help

Please submit any ideas you have on how to present this material to applicants in a more concise, helpful way. Your comments can include but are not limited to the following areas:

  1. The specific information most important to you in the current NIH application guides, missing information that would be helpful, and information that could be eliminated.
  2. Your current access to application instructions, including sources used and where they are located (e.g. Grants.gov, NIH Grants website, FAQs, NIH Application Guide, help desk, web searches, and others).
  3. The most useful and most challenging aspects of the current application instructions.
  4. Insights and suggestions on how the information in the NIH application instructions could be presented more effectively.
  5. Feedback on what sections are the most important to use in printed copy, as well as suggestions on how to customize a print function for application instructions (i.e. one full version, individual sections, etc.). This can include ideas for either a PDF or web version.
  6. Feedback on proposed approaches to presenting NIH application instructions (described in background) and other ideas that NIH should consider.

How to Submit a Response

Responses are voluntary and must be submitted electronically on the submission website by September 25, 2015.

For more information, please read NOT-OD-15-134.

Inquiries

Please direct all inquiries to:

Office of Policy for Extramural Research Administration (OPERA)

Office of Extramural Research (OER)

National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Email: OPERAAll@mail.nih.gov

 

 
 

The NIH/CDC SBIR Contract Solicitation PHS 2016-1 Has Been Released  

July 24, 2015

The HHS SBIR Contract Now Requires Electronic Submission!

The NIH and CDC SBIR Contract (PHS 2016-1)has been released! All proposals are due by October 16, 2015, 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 13, 2015 at 2:00 PM EDT. This informational webinar will discuss the PHS 2016-1 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-15-130 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-15-269) and STTR (PA-15-270) Omnibus solicitations. You can find solicitation links on our Funding page. To understand better the differences between grants and contracts, view the Apply page.

 

 

 

Less than One Month Left to Receive the Early Bird Registration Rate for the NIH SBIR/STTR Conference  

July 23, 2015

Register Today & Save: 

Early Bird Registration Rate is Available until August 20

The 17th Annual NIH SBIR/STTR Conference is 95 days away! This action-packed, three-day conference provides an exclusive opportunity to meet one-on-one with HHS SBIR/STTR program staff, including representatives from 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). 

Highlights of this year’s conference include a:

  • SBIR/STTR Mock Peer Review Study Section Meeting. Led by the Center for Scientific Review, this SBIR/STTR Mock Study Session will give you a chance to see a small business study section meeting in action. You will hear common questions asked by reviewers and learn mistakes that small business applicants frequently make. This session will discuss a Phase I and a Phase II SBIR or STTR application. Each application will be focused on a different biomedical technology area. A peer-review question and answer session will be included at the end. SBIR/STTR Mock Peer Review Study Section Meeting. Led by the Center for Scientific Review, this SBIR/STTR Mock Study Session will give you a chance to see a small business study section meeting in action. You will hear common questions asked by reviewers and learn mistakes that small business applicants frequently make. This session will discuss a Phase I and a Phase II SBIR or STTR application. Each application will be focused on a different biomedical technology area. A peer-review question and answer session will be included at the end. 

  • Half-day Human Subjects Workshop. Does your research include human subjects? This session will provide you with the knowledge and information necessary to get your NIH grant application or research protocols to pass reviews for human research protections. It will focus on clarifying confusion about federal requirements and will provide practical tips and solutions to problems and difficulties commonly encountered during such reviews. 

  • Women-Owned and Socially, Economically Disadvantaged Business Applicant Workshop. Join NIH SBIR/STTR program staff, successful applicants, and potential partners for this interactive half-day workshop on ways to develop a successful application and build a sustainable business. The workshop is broken into three sections: 

    Lessons Learned from Successful Applicants: Navigating the Application Process 

    Advice from Potential Funding Partners

    Lessons Learned from Successful Companies: Navigating Commercialization

  • Phase I and Phase II Application Proposal Development Workshops. You’ve got a great idea. It will change the world! All you need to do is write the proposal to get your project launched with SBIR/STTR funding. But writing the proposal is pretty difficult. Or is it? Join Lisa Kurek with BBC in this interactive workshop to help you develop an award-winning application. 

Don’t take our word for it – check out the agenda for yourself exit disclaimer icon: The conference is broken into three tracks to meet the needs of varying levels of experience with SBIR/STTR: Track 1: Navigating through SBIR/STTRs; Track 2: Circumventing the Hurdles, and Track 3: Path to Commercialization. The wide variety of topics offered make this conference ideal for SBIR/STTR newcomers, Phase I companies looking to advance to Phase II, and Phase II companies looking for commercial assistance, strategic partnership and investors. 

Register Today! exit disclaimer icon

Early-bird registration rate of $350 is available until August 20, 2015.

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Don’t let the HHS SBIR/STTR application deadline sneak up on you! Start the 5-step registration process now to ensure timely submission.  

July 9, 2015

The next HHS/NIH SBIR/STTR application deadline is less than two months away on Tuesday, September 8, 2015 at 5 pm local time. (Note that since September 5th falls on a weekend, and Monday, September 7th is a federal holiday, the deadline has been pushed back until Tuesday, September 8th). 

There is no longer an August 5, 2015 standard receipt date. The standard due dates now fall on September 5, January 5, and April 5. If these happen to fall on weekends or federal holiday days, the deadline is moved to the next business day. The standard due dates apply to all SBIR/STTR Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOAs) that use the Standard Due Dates – not only the SBIR/STTR Omnibus solicitations. Please see details in the NOT-OD-15-038

Review these helpful tips and reminders to ensure timely and error free application submission. 

Make sure you’re 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. Learn more about the five required registrations, and review the Electronic Submission presentation located on the Resources page. Small businesses can submit their application through Grants.gov one month before the standard due date.  

Find the SBIR/STTR solicitations. The SBIR & STTR Omnibus solicitations are intended to support small business investigator-initiated research ideas across a broad spectrum of topic areas. The targeted SBIR/STTR solicitations are more focused around specific research areas, and the Direct Phase II solicitations allow small businesses to bypass applying for a Phase I award if they already have completed the Phase I stage research.  Find the SBIR (PA-15-269) and STTR (PA-15-270) Omnibus Solicitations and the other SBIR/STTR solicitations in the Funding table

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 very helpful. All resources can be found on our Resources page

Remember – we encourage all applicants to speak with the appropriate NIH Institute or Center (IC) program SBIR/STTR program manager before submitting an application. If you are wondering who to contact for specific questions, please email us at sbir@od.nih.gov. Good luck!

 

 

 

Join Us in Seattle, WA for the 2015 NIH SBIR/STTR Conference – Register Today!  

June 26, 2015

Registration is now open for the NIH SBIR/STTR Conference!exit disclaimer icon

#SeattleNIHconf

You are invited to the 17th Annual NIH SBIR/STTR Conference that will be held in Seattle, Washington on October 27 – 29, 2015. This interactive, three-day conference is the largest NIH SBIR/STTR event of the year! 

You will have an unparalleled opportunity to learn more about NIH SBIR/STTR funding, and to receive application-specific advice from key Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) SBIR/STTR program staff, including representatives from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Administration for Community Living (ACL), and the Office of the Inspector General (OIG). The conference is being hosted by the Washington State Department of Commerceexit disclaimer icon and the Washington Life Science and Global Health Centerexit disclaimer icon.

View the 2015 conference websiteexit disclaimer icon for details about the agenda and travel information. The agenda is broken into three tracks to meet the needs of varying levels of experience with SBIR/STTR: Track 1: Navigating through SBIR/STTRs; Track 2: Circumventing the Hurdles, and Track 3: Path to Commercialization. The wide variety of topics offered make this conference ideal for SBIR newcomers, Phase I companies looking to advance to Phase II, and Phase II companies looking for commercial assistance, strategic partnership and investors.  

Attend this conference to:

  • Understand the HHS SBIR/STTR programs and various funding opportunities, including the Fast-track, Direct Phase II and contract solicitations 
  • Learn about the NIH application review process through an interactive mock-study section led by the Center for Scientific Review (CSR) 
  • Network with HHS SBIR/STTR staff representing NIH, CDC, FDA, ACL, and OIG through one-on-one meetings
  • Gain expert advice on writing a competitive application, including strategies for developing your Phase II Commercialization Plan 
  • Receive tips from successful SBIR/STTR funded companies that have leveraged NIH’s technical assistance programs to achieve major commercialization outcomes
  • Find out effective strategies for pitching to investors and developing strategic partnerships through tailored and interactive sessions and workshops 

Register Today!exit disclaimer icon

Early-bird registration rate of $350 is available until August 20, 2015.

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Just Released - HHS 2015 SBIR/STTR Omnibus Grant Solicitations 

June 4, 2015

The 2015 HHS SBIR/STTR Omnibus Grant Solicitations are now live!

September 5, 2015 is the Next Receipt Date 

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has just released the 2015 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-15-101

The HHS SBIR/STTR Omnibus Solicitations permit researcher-initiated topics to be submitted for funding consideration as long as they fall within the mission of HHS. The 2015 Program Descriptions and Research Topics document explains priority research areas for the agencies, and Appendix A includes the list of SBA approved topics for budgets that exceed the hard caps. With any specific idea, you should speak directly with the appropriate HHS SBIR/STTR Program Manager to gauge their interest. 

The 2015 SBIR/STTR Omnibus solicitations and accompanying resources can be found below:

Standard Application Due Dates: September 5, 2015; January 5, 2016; and April 5, 2016.

Please note that HHS recently changed the Standard Due Dates for ALL HHS SBIR/STTR grant applications. This change affects all SBIR/STTR Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOAs) using Standard Due Dates, including these Omnibus FOAs. Applications for Request for Applications (RFAs) and Program Announcements (PAs, PARs, PASs) with special receipt dates continue to be due on the specified dates listed in the FOA. 

Additionally effective September 5, 2015, HHS SBIR/STTR grant applications will no longer be accepted on AIDS and AIDS-related Due Dates (May 7, September 7, and January 7), as two of the three new standard due dates are 2 days prior to the current AIDS due dates.  Accordingly, any AIDS or AIDS-related HHS SBIR/STTR grant applications must also follow the new Standard Due Dates.  Please see NOT-OD-15-038

With this issuance, small business concerns that are majority-owned by multiple venture capital operating companies (VCOCs), hedge funds and/or private equity firms ARE NOW ELIGIBLE to apply to the CDC SBIR program and compete for up to 15% of CDC's SBIR set-aside.  This option is still available to applicants of the NIH SBIR program as well.

You can find the HHS SBIR/STTR Omnibus Solicitations, and all of our other SBIR/STTR FOAs on the Funding page. 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

 

 

 

$2500 Prize for New SBIR/STTR Logo Design - Deadline May 29th 

May 15, 2015

SBA wants YOUR new SBIR/STTR logo design ideas!

To match the innovative spirit of American entrepreneurs, the Small Business Administration (SBA) is launching a competition to create the next Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) logo! 

Artists, designers, small businesses, and technologists are invited to create a thoughtful and imaginative visual representation of the government’s largest effort focused on research-driven, innovative and cutting-edge small businesses through the SBIR and STTR programs. SBIR/STTR’s tag line is 12 Agencies…1 Vision: Seed The Future.

The competition will run pursuant to the America Competes Act, and all details, rules, and submission instructions are available here. The deadline to submit is May 29, 2015. 

The winning submission will serve as the official logo for the SBIR/STTR programs and will be used for promotional and educational information, including but not limited to, SBA’s websites including www.sba.gov and www.sbir.gov, participating federal agency websites, conferences, events, television, print, and other traditional and digital media outlets.  The winning logo will also be recognized at the 2015 Tibbetts Awards Ceremony in the White House and be featured at the National SBIR/STTR Conference during the week of June 15, 2015. There is also a $2,500 prize for the winner!

Check it out:  https://www.challenge.gov/challenge/americas-seed-fund-logo-design-competition-for-the-sbirsttr-programs/. Also view the new and improved www.sbir.gov that has been designed to meet the needs of technology savvy innovators. Find resources about SBIR/STTR, including funding solicitations and state-based resources. 

#SBIR #SeedtheFuture #SubmitNow

 

 

 

HHS Welcomes NIDILRR as a new HHS SBIR Agency – Now Accepting Applications for FY 15 

March 17, 2015 

HHS welcomes the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR) to the SBIR Program! 

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is happy to announce that the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR) will be transferring from the Department of Education to the HHS Administration for Community Living (ACL) as a result of the Workforce Innovation Opportunity Act (WIOA) signed into law by President Obama on July 22, 2014. NIDRR's name was changed to the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR). 

NIDILRR’s mission is to generate new knowledge and promote its effective use to improve the abilities of people with disabilities to perform activities of their choice in the community, and also to expand society's capacity to provide full opportunities and accommodations for its citizens with disabilities. Toward this end, NIDILRR sponsors comprehensive and coordinated programs of research and related activities to maximize the full inclusion, social integration, employment and independent living of individuals of all ages with disabilities. NIDILRR’s focus includes research in areas such as employment, health and function, technology for access and function, independent living and community integration, and other associated disability research areas.

What does this mean for the HHS SBIR Program?

There are now 5 HHS SBIR awarding agencies, including the National Institutes of Health (NIH) (http://sbir.nih.gov), the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) and the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR). On average, NIDILRR annually makes around 10 SBIR Phase I awards (up to $75,000 for six months) and 5 SBIR Phase II awards (approximately $200,000−$300,000 per year for two years). 

Now Accepting Applications! During the transition period, NIDILRR will have separate funding solicitations and will not be included on the current HHS SBIR (PA-14-071) and STTR (PA-14-072) Omnibus solicitation

ACL and NIDILRR have just published a Notice Inviting Applications for its Small Business and Innovation Research (SBIR) Program for FY15 funding.  NIDILRR is planning to make 10 Phase I awards for up to $75,000 each with a six-month performance period.  Read the full text of the Phase I announcement exit disclaimer icon. The application deadline is May 12, 2015. 

For FY 2015, all NIDILRR priority notices will be published as ACL notices, and ACL will make all NIDILRR awards. During this transition period, however, NIDILRR will continue to review grant applications using Department of Education tools. NIDILRR will post previously-approved application kits to Grants.gov, and NIDILRR applications submitted to Grants.gov will be forwarded to the Department of Education's G-5 system for peer review. NIDILRR is using Department of Education application kits and peer review systems during this transition year in order to provide for a smooth and orderly process for our applicants. Please contact Brian Bard at brian.bard@acl.hhs.gov or 202-245-7345 if you have any questions or if you would like to be a peer reviewer.

FY 2016 will be a transition period as NIDILRR integrates into HHS, so stay tuned for details and additional SBIR funding opportunity announcements! 

 

 

HHS is Participating in the SBIR Road Tour, Seeding America’s Future Innovations 

February 24, 2015 SBIR Road Tour - Seeding Americas Future Innovations

Small Technology Firms and Innovators, 

America's Largest Seed Fund is Coming to a City Near You

HHS SBIR/STTR is packing our bags for the SBIR Road Tour, which is a national outreach effort to convey the non-dilutive technology funding opportunity provided through the SBIR and STTR programs. 

Over the course of this year individual program managers from the 11 participating agencies representing $2.5 billion in early stage funding will embark on a 20 state road tour, participating in a series of events alongside technology entrepreneurs and innovation supporters from across the United States. If you’re an innovator, entrepreneur, researcher, or small technology firm, don’t miss this opportunity. Every SBIR Road Tour stop provides an in-depth understanding of agency technology funding priorities, and one-on-one meetings with high level decision makers. 

 

Register Now!

Info at: http://www.sbirroadtour.com/exit disclaimer icon

 

South East Tour – March 24 – 27, 2015

Louisville, KY - Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Nashville, TN - Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Atlanta, GA - Thursday, March 26, 2015

Columbia, SC - Friday, March 27, 2015

Register Soon!

South Central Tour – April 27 – May 1, 2015

Long Beach, MS – Monday, April 27, 2015

Ruston, LA -Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Oklahoma City, OK - Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Wichita, KS - Thursday, April 30, 2015

Columbia, MO - Friday, May 1, 2015

North Central Tour – the week of July 13th

Indianapolis, IN

Chicago, IL

Iowa City, IA

Omaha, NE

Sioux Falls, SD (HHS can’t attend this city) 

Pacific Northwest – the week of August 17th

(HHS can’t attend this trip)

Seattle, WA

Portland, OR 

Boise, ID

Missoula, MT

Save the Date: Meet HHS on October 27 – 29, 2015 in Seattle, WA for our NIH SBIR/STTR conference! More details to come soon. 

Learn more by visiting http://www.sbirroadtour.com/exit disclaimer icon

Follow SBA on Twitter via @sbagovexit disclaimer icon #SBIRRoadTour #SeedtheFuture #InnovatorsAreRockStars

 

SBA is Now Accepting Nominations for the Tibbetts and SBIR Hall of Fame Awards  

February 23, 2015

2015 Tibbetts and SBIR Hall of Fame Awards Call for Nominations

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is seeking nominations for the highly prestigious annual Tibbetts and SBIR Hall of Fame Awards.  SBA administers the SBIR and the STTR programs for small businesses seeking to advance their technological inventions in the commercial marketplace. Specific details on the nomination process can be found here. The deadline is 11:59 p.m. EDT, April 10, 2015. Please note that for the first time, there is an option for nominations to be made by video presentation. 

Tibbetts Awards: 

These are presented to those small businesses, support organizations and/or individuals who are judged to exemplify the best in the SBIR program. The award is named for Roland Tibbetts, acknowledged as the father of the SBIR program, and is presented to a company or individual that has leveraged the SBIR/STTR investment in a way that has generated a measurable return in value to small business innovation and the national economy.  

There are two types of Tibbetts awards. One prize goes to businesses that have participated in the SBIR or STTR award programs. Another award goes to organizations and/or individuals who have not received SBIR/STTR funding, but who have contributed significantly in implementing the programs or in supporting program participants.

SBIR Hall of Fame: 

Started in 2011, recognizes previous SBIR awardees with a long period of extraordinary success in research, innovation, and commercialization within the SBIR program. Past SBIR Hall of Fame winners include Intuitive Surgical, UltraScan Corporation, iRobot, Qualcomm, and Symantec.

All Tibbetts and SBIR Hall of Fame award winners will be selected by the SBA based on the recommendations of a panel of judges. The winners will be invited to an awards program held in June during the annual SBIR National Conference at the National Harbor. 

For any additional inquiries please contact:

Louis Cupp

U.S. Small Business Administration

Office of Investment and Innovation

409 Third Street, SW, 6th Floor

Washington, DC 20416

Louis.Cupp@sba.gov

In the meantime please visit http://www.sbir.gov for more exciting information, and follow us on Twitter via @NIHsbirexit disclaimer icon and @sbagovexit disclaimer icon #Tibbetts2015 #SBIR #SeedtheFuture

 

 

 

The Niche Assessment Program is Now Closed 

February 11, 2015

The Niche Assessment Program for Phase I awardees is now closed. We expect to reopen the program in the fall of 2015. Stay tuned for details!

 

We’re Heading to Seattle for the 17th Annual NIH SBIR/STTR Conference! 

February 10, 2015

17th Annual NIH SBIR/STTR Conference

October 27 – 29, 2015

Seattle, Washington

We are pleased to announce our 17th Annual NIH SBIR/STTR Conference will be held on Tuesday, October 27 – Thursday, October 29, 2015, in Seattle, Washington. Hosted by the Washington State Department of Commerce (WSDC), this event will be the largest annual gathering of HHS SBIR/STTR federal experts in the country, including representatives from NIH, CDC, FDA and others.

Washington State has a vibrant life science ecosystem making it an ideal location for our conference. The event will take place at Seattle’s Destination Waterfront Venue, the Bell Harbor International Conference Centerexit disclaimer icon.

Small businesses at any stage of the commercialization process are welcome to attend – whether you are an SBIR/STTR newcomer or have already reached commercial milestones and seeking outside investors, strategic partners or follow-on funding. We also welcome undergraduate and graduate students, women-owned small businesses and small disadvantaged businesses. There will be sessions and workshops specifically designed to help you prepare and submit an application to HHS. 

Stay tuned for details! We expect registration to open around May. 

 

HHS-NIH SBIR Webinar, hosted by NCET2 Now Posted 

February 9, 2015

View the latest HHS/NIH SBIR/STTR webinar resourcesexit disclaimer icon on the NCET2 webinar archive. 

 

 

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