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July 9th, 2010

As I draft this, the team here at BBC is experiencing the typical  increase in activity that occurs in the 30 day window prior to a grant deadline. Frantic writing.  Requests for immediate feedback.  The scramble to identify people to round out the project team.  For individuals and organizations writing grant proposals in response to

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Write on….

August 19th, 2010

BBC’s consulting team spends countless hours working with individuals and companies to help them develop successful proposals.  We edit, critique and revise.  We help fill out forms.  We nag and cajole to get components drafted well before deadlines.  And we are always looking for resources that can provide additional guidance.  My partner recently passed along

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‘Tis SBIR Season

September 2nd, 2010

This is an especially good time of year for life science companies that are interested in securing SBIR funding to support innovation-based product development.  Three recently released solicitations present a range of funding options that pharmaceutical, biotech, medical device, health care IT and other life science related companies should consider. National Institutes of Health (NIH):

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New Year’s Wishes

December 17th, 2010

To our clients and colleagues: For the 600+ training participants, 125+ companies submitting proposals, 20+ economic development partners, and countless others that worked with us in 2010 to help secure federal funding to drive innovation, we offer our list of wishes for you in the coming year… in rhyme: May your submissions Always be

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SBIR Process is Right on Time

January 29th, 2012

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. Well, a recent 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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When is the April 5 NIH SBIR/STTR Deadline?

March 21st, 2012

That’s not quite a trick question. If you have been preparing a National Institutes of Health (NIH) SBIR/STTR grant submission, you are obviously aware that the deadline is 5 p.m. your local time on Thursday, April 5. However, since January 2011 there have been some important changes in the electronic submission process, so please read the

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No Fooling…Do it Early to Get it Right

March 26th, 2012

With the upcoming April 5 NIH SBIR/STTR submission deadline, in last week’s blog I stressed the importance of submitting early.  Even with our warnings (and pleadings), we still find clients who choose to submit on the last day, and even in the last hour of the last day. As a result, every cycle we see clients

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NIH Revises JIT Policy

April 6th, 2012

In an effort to reduce the time from review to award, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has announced that, effective April 20, 2012, anyone receiving an impact score* of 40 or less on a grant application will receive a notice requesting submission of JIT information.  JIT is an acronym for Just-In-Time and refers to the

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New Department of Energy SBIR/STTR Program (Navigation Required)

August 1st, 2012

In December 2010, the Department of Energy (DOE) hired a new Program Director for their SBIR/STTR Program, Dr. Manny Oliver. Since then, Dr. Oliver and his staff have made some significant revisions to the DOE SBIR program that you need to know about if you are thinking about submitting a Letter of Intent (NOW REQUIRED)

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Submitting to NIH? Get to the Point in Your Project Summary

November 5th, 2012

In a previous post, I advised those preparing SBIR/STTR proposals for NIH to consider the Specific Aims section the most important page in their submission. Also right up there in significance is the Project Summary/Abstract. The Project Summary/Abstract includes a summary of the proposed project activity suitable for dissemination to the public and understandable to

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