SBIR Budgets: Tips for Applicants

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December came and went in a whirlwind here at The Isis Group – SBIR/STTR applications from the NSF and NIH were due in the same week! This cycle, we had several applicants ask about how to set up their budget to make the most of their SBIR dollars. Here are some tips.
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Getting Started with SBIRs

Unfamiliar with the SBIR program and don’t know where to start? Here are some tips on how to prepare your company for your first SBIR/STTR submission.

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Tales from the Front: Advice from SBIR-funded Entrepreneurs (4)

In this blog post, the fourth in my series titled “Tales from the Front: Advice from SBIR-funded Entrepreneurs”, I summarize advice from an interview I had with Magdalena Leszczyniecka, Ph.D., Founder and CEO of STC Biologics. Here are her insights.
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Developing Relationships with Program Managers

3d_little_handshake_picture_165409Developing relationships with program managers is essential to SBIR success. These relationships become even more important after your company receives an award. In this blog post, I talk about some of the ways that you can initiate, develop and maintain a solid working relationship with your program manager.


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Resources for Performing Solicitation Searches

Your company has made the decision to pursue non-dilutive funding. Locating agencies and choosing proposal topics is an important first step down the road to winning SBIR funding.

I group solicitations into two buckets: investigator-initiated, and agency-initiated. For example, NIH has both, NSF solicitations are agency-initiated but are broad topics, and DoD are strictly defined agency-initiated contracts.

Here are some resources that can assist you in identifying solicitations.

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Tales From the Front – Advice From SBIR-funded Entrepreneurs (3)

The SBIR journeyIn the third post of the blog series titled “Tales From the Front: Advice From SBIR-funded Entrepreneurs”, I share with you Rick Weiss’ tips for companies seeking to grow their business with SBIR funding. Rick is the Founder and President of Viocare, Inc.  Viocare has a platform of solutions that enable companies, communities and clinicians to improve the wellness and productivity of their respective employees, members or patients. Recently, I had the pleasure of hearing Rick speak as a guest at an SBIR workshop given by Jim Greenwood and sponsored by the New Jersey Small Business Development Center

Here are his eight tips for SBIR success.

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The Latest From NCI’s Weingarten: A Summary of Recent SBIR Workshops

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Michael Weingarten

I had the privilege of hearing NCI’s SBIR guru Michael Weingarten speak at two local events recently. One was the NCI SBIR conference sponsored by the Massachusetts Technology Transfer Center (MTTC), and the other was at a panel on Alternative Sources of Funding for Life Science Startups sponsored by Harvard innovation lab.  Here are some of the highlights. Read the rest of this entry »

Tales From the Front: Advice From SBIR-funded Entrepreneurs (2)

Write a Winning SBIR grant!In the second post of the “Tales From the Front: Advice From SBIR-funded Entrepreneurs” series, I share with you Ron Oglevie’s “Winning Strategies”. Ron is a self-described “80-year-old technology junky”. He has a BS in Engineering from UCLA and an MS in Aerospace Engineering from USC. He spent his first career as an “intrapreneur” at a large aerospace company (now Boeing), before forming the Irvine Innovation Institute (III). The mission of III is to create high-tech businesses with strong growth potential. He has a 100% win ratio on the last 8 technology contracts that he managed, including 4 SBIR contracts in the aviation and aerospace fields.

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Tales From the Front: Advice From SBIR-funded Entrepreneurs

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The path to SBIR success may be grueling at times, so there are certainly benefits to hearing any lessons learned. I recently sought out SBIR-funded entrepreneurs who could speak candidly about their journey and provide some tips for companies who are embarking on that path. This post summarizes a conversation I had with Jonathan Pearl, founder and President of Perceptral LLC, and recipient of four SBIR awards.

Here are his thoughts and tips on how to obtain SBIR funding.

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Want Insight into the SBIR Granting Process? Become a Reviewer

The peer review process is the fundamental way that NIH, NSF and other granting agencies assess the merit of submitted proposals.

The agencies solicit peer reviewers by either contacting the Principal Investigators of funded grants, or by self-nomination.

If you are an applicant seeking funding and want insight into the review process to increase your own chances of success, go ahead and nominate yourself as a reviewer! Here are the details.

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