During this online workshop, our experts will guide you through how to craft a competitive SBIR/STTR proposal that meets the unique requirements of the NIH.
For basic research advancing beyond the academic realm, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) provides non-dilutive federal funding through the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs. The NIH SBIR/STTR programs award over $1.21 billion in R&D funding annually to qualified small businesses developing game-changing technologies.
During this virtual workshop, our expert will guide you through how to craft a competitive SBIR/STTR proposal that meets the unique requirements of the NIH. This workshop is ideal for companies targeting the September 5 submission deadline.
• Strategies for targeting your proposal to meet the reviewers’ expectations
• How to communicate with program officials
• How to approach key sections of the proposal, including commercialization plans
• Detailed review for clinical trail submissions
• Common pitfalls and how to avoid them, and more
The SBIR/STTR Workshop is a four-part course. Please refer to the schedule below for details on each part. Attendees only need to register once to automatically enroll in all four parts of the workshop.
June 20 | 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM ET
NIH SBIR/STTR Proposal Preparation Workshop Part 1
Understanding the NIH review process, writing your Specific AIMS page, research strategy and preparing proposal components for maximum impact.
June 20 | 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM ET
NIH SBIR/STTR Proposal Preparation Workshop Part 2
Other critical details of the proposal; the importance of your team, facilities and other resources, and budgets.
June 22 | 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM ET
NIH SBIR/STTR Clinical Trials
Detailed review of the pre- and post-award requirements for a NIH human subject research proposal submission.
June 22 | 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM ET
Essentials of SBIR/STTR Commercialization
Learn NIH expectations for commercialization plans in your phase I and phase II proposals. Where to find cost effective market research, what to include in your finance plan and revenue stream and what your “commitment letters” should include.
Andrea Johanson, Ph.D.
Andrea is a BBCetc Sr. Principal Consultant with over 25 years of experience in leading international collaborative research projects. Prior to joining BBC in 2006, she was responsible for developing a portfolio of agricultural biotechnology projects at Michigan State University’s Institute of International Agriculture, and for reporting to federal funding agencies about the program. Andrea has also served as an international consultant on a broad range of issues relating to international agricultural development, biotechnology, biosafety, intellectual property rights and technology transfer. She holds a Ph.D. in Plant Pathology from Reading University, UK, a Master’s in plant Pathology from Cornell University, and a Master of Arts in Natural Sciences from Cambridge University, UK.
Megan Varnum, Ph.D. Principal Consultant
Megan joined BBC Entrepreneurial Training & Consulting as a Principal Consultant in 2019 with a wealth of experience in leading biological technologies on the path to commercialization. As CEO of FibrosIX Inc., a Michigan company developing compounds for the treatment or prevention of fibrosis-related disorders, Megan was involved in all aspects of planning and operation of the company. This included writing an SBIR grant proposal, which was awarded from the National Cancer Institute. Her prior experience includes serving as an Entrepreneur in Residence for Michigan State University’s Spartan Innovations where she assisted MSU researchers in translating their technologies into startup businesses. While at MSU, she managed the launch of two startups and assisted in preparation of both NIH and NSF SBIR proposals. A former Research Associate of the Scripps Research Institute, Megan received a B.S degree from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and a PhD from Boston University.
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