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General SBIR STTR Information (FREE)
ABC’s of SBIR/STTRLearn what it takes to be eligible for SBIR/STTR funding and which of the 11 participating agencies is the best fit for your technology.
SBIR/STTR for Faculty, Post-Docs and Grad Students and University ParticipationInformation on commercializing research discoveries, starting a company and taking your technology with you using SBIR/STTR funding.
SBIR/STTR Registrations: Getting Ready to Submit Your ProposalA critical detail in preparing SBIR and STTR proposals has nothing to do with writing the proposal – it’s getting registered so that you can submit (usually electronically) before the deadline. This webinar takes the mystery out of registrations.
Formatting and Readability Tips for SBIR/STTR ProposalsA compelling, competitive SBIR/STTR proposal is made better by writing and formatting that enhances readability by reviewers and showcases your technology to its best advantage.
Using the Solicitation to Write Your ProposalThis webinar helps take the mystery out of the solicitation document by describing the differences between granting and contracting agencies and explaining how to decipher what they are looking for from you.
How to Protect Your SBIR/STTR Technology’s Data RightsLearn what constitutes SBIR/STTR data (and what does not), how to protect it, and how all of this information can be critical in your efforts to move your technology to Phase III commercialization.
National Institutes of Health
NIH Part 1: Program OverviewOverview of the NIH SBIR/STTR program, including finding a solicitation, deciding which Institute or Center best fits your project, talking to NIH and understanding the review process, including how to begin planning for your submission.
NIH Part 2: Proposal Preparation BasicsThis webinar covers proposal prep for the NIH SBIR/STTR program including planning the project, review criteria specifics, components of the proposal, commercial plan elements, formatting tips, and more.
NIH Part 3: Developing the BudgetThis session walks you through the development of an NIH project budget. Items discussed include what costs need to be included (direct, indirect, unallowable), understanding the different roles on a project, how to write a budget justification, and budget best practices.
NIH Part 4: How to Use ASSIST to Submit Your ProposalApplication Submission System & Interface for Submission Tracking (ASSIST) is NIH’s web-based service for preparation, submission, and tracking of grant applications using Grants.gov’s downloadable Adobe forms. Learn about the benefits and get step-by-step instructions on using this streamlined means of electronically submitting your NIH proposal.
NIH Part 5: Preparing to Receive NIH SBIR/STTR Funding: How Do I Get the Money?This webinar provides details on what you’ll need to present to your NIH program officer, when and how you actually get the money and common errors to avoid once you have the funding.
Dept. of Defense
DoD Part 1: Overview of Program and ComponentsDoes your project have an application in the Dept. of Defense SBIR/STTR program? Get an overview of the various DOD components and how their programs differ, and learn how to find the right solicitation for your technology, how to contact the Technical Point of Contact (TPOC) as well as how to influence future topics.
DoD Part 2: Tips on SBIR/STTR Proposal PreparationThe webinar that will take you through DoD’s rules and inform you not only of the steps to preparing a DoD proposal, but how to make each section succinct and compelling. Includes many practical tips and advice on pitfalls to avoid.
DoD Part 3: Commercialization PlanningLearn how to prepare a commercialization plan tailored for the specific requirements of a DoD SBIR/STTR proposal. Webinar covers how to dissect topic information and identify DoD acquisition programs as well as elements of a plan, collecting and presenting the information, commercialization challenges, using market research, building finance plans and more.
DoD Part 4: How to Prepare a Budget for Your DoD SBIR/STTR ProposalDeveloping a credible budget for your DoD proposal should not be overlooked. A proper budget can be an effective tool in driving the project from start to finish. Be sure not to leave money on the table. This session walks you through the development of a project budget. Items covered will include: what costs need to be included, how to write a budget justification, can the company afford to pursue this project, what indirect rate should be used and more.
National Science Foundation
NSF Part 1: Overview of ProgramFind out if your R&D project qualifies for funding through the National Science Foundation’s SBIR or STTR programs. This webinar covers basics of the NSF programs including goals and eligibility, what NSF funds and its funding rates, application components and proposal scoring.
NSF Part 2: Program Details and Planning the ProjectLearn how to lay the groundwork for your NSF SBIR/STTR project with this discussion of steps to getting your proposal started, how to communicate with the Program Manager, best practices for preparing an Executive Summary and developing your preliminary project plan and budget.
NSF Part 3: Proposal Preparation EssentialsYou’ve thoroughly read the solicitation and planned your NSF SBIR or STTR project; now it’s time to prepare the actual application. This webinar takes you through necessary steps for collecting the application information and completing the proposal components. In addition, it provides practical tips on formatting and style as well as advice on pitfalls to avoid.
NSF Part 4: Forms, Budgets & Electronic SubmissionThis webinar provides important information about identifying and completing the required forms for an SBIR/STTR submission to the National Science Foundation as well as an overview of the key components of a credible budget and how to navigate the electronic submission process. You will learn how to avoid common mistakes and make corrections, formatting pointers, and how to track your submission.
Dept. of Energy
Program OverviewThe mission of the Energy Department is to ensure America’s security and prosperity by addressing its energy, environmental and nuclear challenges through transformative science and technology solutions. This webinar provides an overview of DoE’s SBIR and STTR programs, including how the two programs differ and what technologies and topics are of interest to DoE.
Proposal Prep EssentialsLearn about the structure, policies, and procedures of DOE’s SBIR/STTR programs, how to plan your project, collect necessary documents and write your proposal to meet reviewer expectations. Includes information on R&D and commercialization planning.
Grants Contract Management
How to Prepare a Budget for Your SBIR/STTR ProposalA proper budget can be an effective tool in driving your project from start to finish. This session will walk you through the development of a project budget, including: costs to include, writing a budget justification, what indirect rate should be used, and more.
What You Need to Know About Government AuditsWhen is an audit required? How do you prepare? Who performs the audit? This session answers those and other questions and also covers types of audits, company financial policies and procedures, contracts and agreements, equipment logs; required reporting, audit alerts, and more.
Practical Strategies for Indirect Rate DevelopmentLearn indirect cost treatment and how to prepare an indirect cost proposal: one-tier or two-tier indirect cost calculations; what costs are included; fringe benefit treatment; process for negotiation; different types of rates – provisional/final, and more.
QuickBooks & Compliance for SBIR/STTR AwardeesLearn how to use QuickBooks accounting software to manage accounting requirements, including managing funds from DoD, NIH, NSF, or DoE, as well as reporting requirements and close-out procedures.
Policies & Procedures for SBIR/STTR AwardeesHow to manage the funds you’ve received, stay in compliance with government regulations, and direct your business in an organized manner. Learn how to set up and manage procurement policies, payroll, employee leave and other internal controls necessary for success.
Essentials of SBIR/STTR Commercialization PlanningGet tips on developing the components of a credible commercialization plan from demonstrating market opportunity to product/technology considerations, developing business strategy and building your team. Reviewer exceptions are covered throughout along with agency requirements and much more.
Delivering an Elevator PitchDiscover how to prepare by knowing your audience, your goal, and the features of a successful pitch. Several “formulas” are presented with strategies for testing your approach.
Patent Law for Academics and New EntrepreneursThe presenter will walk through patent application preparation and prosecution, describing the effect of dates, documents, and discourse with the patent office to improve your general understanding of the patent process and increase your efficiency in working with technology managers and patent counsel.