‘Tis SBIR Season
Tags: Entrepreneur, federal funding, grants, innovation, NIH, NSF, proposals, SBIR, STTR
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):
- PHS 2011-1 SBIR Contract Solicitation: Note that this is a contract solicitation as opposed to a grant solicitation. As such, applicants must respond to a specific topic so it is critical to review the list of topics as soon as possible and then initiate contact with the relevant program director at NIH. Proposals are due November 8, 2010.
- 2010 SBIR and STTR Omnibus Solicitations of the NIH, CDC, FDA and ACF: December 5, 2010 is the third of three deadlines for NIH’s Parent Announcements for SBIR and STTR grant awards. In contrast to the SBIR contract solicitation, these solicitations call for “investigator initiated” ideas. Contact with relevant NIH program staff is also strongly encouraged and provides an opportunity to discuss the applicants’ ideas and their relevance to NIH interests and initiatives.
- National Science Foundation (NSF):
- SBIR Phase I Solicitation FY-2011 (Release 2): NSF’s SBIR program covers a broad range of scientific and technical topic areas. This current solicitation has four broad topics including biotechnology with subtopic areas that range from tissue engineering and drug delivery to nanotechnology for biological and medical applications. Proposals are due December 3, 2010. Applicants are encouraged to communicate with the relevant program manager via email including providing a 1-2 page executive summary.
Note that a common theme is communication with the relevant program staff at the agency. So a few key pieces of advice to get you started:
- Don’t delay! It takes time to prepare a responsive and competitive proposal.
- Read the solicitation carefully. Then read it again.
- Contact program staff as soon as possible, but only after you have done your homework, so refer to item #2
Lastly, watch this space as we add more content over the coming months designed to help navigate the world of SBIR/STTR funding.
Lisa M. Kurek, Managing Partner, BBC