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Registration Reminder: Vegetables First, then Dessert

February 27th, 2014 | by Kris Bergman

Whether you’re a first timer or an old pro, the requirements for registering your small business with the various government websites can be as fun as a root canal. Each of the 11 agencies that participate in the SBIR/STTR funding programs has its own registration requirements; some are the same across agencies and some are

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Education is Focus of One Topic in New DoT SBIR Solicitation

February 10th, 2014 | by Michael Kurek

The Department of Transportation (DoT) released its latest Phase I SBIR solicitation on February 4 with a submission deadline of April 4, 2014. The solicitation lists six topics for the Federal Highway Administration (FHA), and three topics for the Federal Railroad Administration. Maximum Phase I awards range from $125,000 to $150,000, depending on the topic,

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Guest Blog: New Strategy Connects The Boeing Company with Innovative Small Businesses

January 6th, 2014 | by Jayne Berkaw

Teaming up with small businesses helps bridge technology gaps.Developing innovative technologies has been a catalyst for growth throughout Boeing’s history. As the company approaches its 100-year anniversary, a cross-functional team is working creatively with small businesses as one way to ensure that growth continues. The team is driving partnerships with companies that receive federal research

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‘Tis the Season…for Contracting Agencies

December 19th, 2013 | by Becky Aistrup

The three largest SBIR contracting agencies (NASA, DoD and DHS) have SBIR solicitations open this month. For those agencies that use a contract mechanism for their SBIR/STTR programs, rather than a grant mechanism (like NSF or NIH), this means you must be strategic in your planning and proposal preparation. For one thing, you can’t count

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Include Commercial Assistance in Your SBIR/STTR Proposal

December 3rd, 2013 | by Michael Kurek

SBIR and STTR funding is intended for R&D funding, but if your SBIR award is to have its maximum impact on your company’s development, the technology/product must be converted into a revenue-generator. Contradiction? Not at all. As it happens, your funding agency has the same goal and, as a result, several agencies (e.g., DOD, HHS,

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Not Just Letters of Support for Your SBIR/STTR Proposal…Letters of Commitment!

November 20th, 2013 | by Andrea Johanson

With the National Institutes of Health (NIH) SBIR deadline drawing near, don’t forget to include the letters from partners who will be included on your SBIR project. Partners include consultants, sub-contractors, key personnel and commercialization resources included in the proposal. Now, although called Letters of Support, these letters are really “Letters of Commitment”! They are

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Strategic Partnering for SBIR/STTR Companies: What motivates large companies to partner?

November 7th, 2013 | by Michael Kurek

Strategic partnering is an important component of the commercialization plans of many SBIR awardees. This is the first in a BBC series of blogs on various aspects of finding, consummating, and maintaining a productive inter-company partnership. From the perspective of the small company, the motivation seems both simple and obvious – the need for funding.

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Which NIH CSR Study Section should I request to review my SBIR/STTR proposal?

October 23rd, 2013 | by Becky Aistrup

You are probably aware that NIH gives you the opportunity to submit an “Optional” cover letter with your SBIR or STTR proposal. Hopefully you know that the cover letter really isn’t “Optional” at all if you want to receive assignment to the most appropriate CSR Study Section to review your proposal. So how do you

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The Upside: Funding Opportunities for Your SBIR Project May Be Higher than You Think!

September 24th, 2013 | by Becky Aistrup

With the 2012 reauthorization of the SBIR/STTR programs, opportunity specific limits were imposed on the dollar amounts that can be awarded for Phase I and Phase II awards. The October 2012 Policy Directives for both SBIR and STTR indicate an award guideline of $150,000 for Phase I proposals and $1 million for Phase II. The

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Consider the Differences Between SBIR/STTR and Venture Funding

September 6th, 2013 | by Michael Kurek

Entrepreneurs often tell us they avoid going after SBIR funding because it’s “too slow” and doesn’t meet the “need-for-speed” in their fast-moving market. Interestingly, a 2008 study from Harvard Business School reports that serial entrepreneurs (that is, those that have previously raised VC funding successfully) require an average of 21 months to fund a subsequent

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