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

January 6th, 2016 | by Jayne Berkaw

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

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Our TOP 10 Tips for SBIR/STTR Success

December 28th, 2015 | by Jayne Berkaw

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

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Technical Advisory Board Can Lend Insight and Credibility

December 1st, 2015 | by Becky Aistrup

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

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

November 12th, 2015 | by Andrea Johanson

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

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

October 14th, 2015 | by Lisa Kurek

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

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Build Your Team to Build Your Company

September 11th, 2015 | by Lisa Kurek

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

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Start Now to Be “Just in Time”

July 15th, 2015 | by Kris Bergman

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

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Be sure to have a vision for your project

June 18th, 2015 | by Michael Kurek

Over the next few months, many of our readers will be considering and/or busily preparing SBIR/STTR proposals for various agency solicitations that are or will be opening. In preparation for its upcoming SBIR solicitation, the USDA presented a webinar on program basics that included some good advice for those pursuing Phase I SBIR/STTR grants across all the

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If You Build it, will They REALLY Come?

May 29th, 2015 | by Michael Kurek

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

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

April 27th, 2015 | by Becky Aistrup

The Dept. of Defense issued its 2017.2 SBIR and 2017.B STTR pre-solicitation on April 21, opening a 30-window during which you can talk directly to its Technical Points of Contact (TPOCs), before proposals may be submitted beginning on May 23. Why bother talking to a TPOC? Here’s why: The TPOC is often the author of

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