Posts Tagged ‘grant application’

SBIR Budgets: Tips for Applicants

Thursday, December 26th, 2013
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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.

Getting Started with SBIRs

Saturday, October 26th, 2013

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.


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

Wednesday, July 31st, 2013

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.

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

Tuesday, September 18th, 2012

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.

Here is his advice. (more…)

Want Insight into the SBIR Granting Process? Become a Reviewer

Monday, April 30th, 2012

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.


Four More Tips for SBIR/STTR Grant Applicants

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

On the last day of 2011, President Obama rang in the new year by signing the National Defense Authorization Act of 2012 (NDAA) HR.1540 into law. This bill gave the SBIR/STTR program a much-needed (OK, huge) breath of fresh air, extending the program into the second half of 2017.

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The April 5 deadline for the NIH Omnibus solicitation is approaching, so now is the time to start thinking about preparing your application. As a follow-up to a post last year on Five Tips for First-Time SBIR/STTR Grant Applicants, I have compiled four more tips that you should consider when assembling your application. (more…)

Is Your SBIR Grant Proposal Innovative?

Wednesday, May 25th, 2011

“Innovation” is all the buzz these days. It has even made it’s way up to The Oval Office with the launch of Startup America. And recently, the NIH and other granting institutions finally jumped on the innovation bandwagon and made this a point that needs to be specifically addressed in your SBIR grant application. Not surprising: after all, it is the “I” in SBIR!

Many clients of The Isis Group struggle with this section of their SBIR/STTR grant application. This section deserves extra attention, and not only because it is part of your overall score. In a sense, you are really selling yourself, your institution, your know-how and your idea. How does a scientist put on a sales hat and write a compelling innovation section? Here are some tips. (more…)

The Who, What, Where, When, How and Why of a Specific Aim

Friday, January 28th, 2011

The Specific Aims section is one of the most important parts of your SBIR/STTR grant application. You can bet that the reviewer will read this section and refer back to it numerous times while reading your grant.

The SF424 Guide to SBIR/STTR grants states that the applicant must define the specific objectives of the research covered in the application and the technological innovation. Additionally, one must “define the proposed product, process or service to ultimately be developed” (and this is italicized in the instructions- be sure to do this). Milestones must be well-defined and are used in the evaluation process. This section usually consists of a set of summary paragraphs and a list of Specific Aims (usually 2-4 in a 6-12 month Phase I SBIR/STTR grant). This section is limited to one page, so it is important to be succinct.

So the question is: How can a researcher write a few concise statements describing the experiments that will be performed to develop the proposed product?

Here is a tip: for each Specific Aim, simply identify the Who, What, Where, When, How and Why. (more…)