Archive for February 29th, 2012

A Guide to Navigating the “Alphabet Soup” of Logins Required to Submit an SBIR/STTR Grant

Wednesday, February 29th, 2012

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The new SBIR/STTR reauthorization bill has passed and now allows venture capital-backed companies to apply for SBIR/STTR funding (see what the SBA has to say on implementation here). The company’s founders (and your Board) are telling you that the company needs to pursue non-dilutive funding. So, naturally, you are starting to think about SBIR and STTR grants.

First, you must remember that this is the government. Do you realize you need no less than SEVEN logins to apply for a grant to NIH? It is an alphabet soup of sorts – EIN/TID, DUNS, SAM (E-Biz POC), MPIN, AOR (, eRA Commons (PI, SO, AO)…

Here’s a guide to help you make sense of all this.