Center for Innovative Technology
CIT's SBIR/STTR Funding News
Supporting Virginia's Small Technology Business Community
January 2015
 
In This Issue
Upcoming SBIR/STTR Deadlines
SBIR/STTR Announcements
QuickBooks/Compliance Webinar
Increasing University Participation
SBIR Lunch & Learns
NIH SBIR Workshop
NSF SBIR Workshop, Fairfax
NSF SBIR/STTR Workshop, Blacksburg
Pre-Recorded SBIR Webinar Training
CIT's SBIR / STTR Support
CIT's GAP Funds
Helpful Web Sites
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Six Month SBIR/STTR Training Forecast 

CIT is pleased to announce a robust SBIR/STTR training schedule over the next 6 months across the Commonwealth of Virginia.  This includes:
  • Feb. 27 Webinar on QuickBooks/Compliance
  • March 3 & 4 Increasing University Participation in SBIR/STTR Workshops at Virginia Tech and UVA (open to all Virginia Universities)
  • March 3 & 4 SBIR/STTR Lunch & Learns at Virginia Tech & UVA.
  • March 16 NIH SBIR/STTR Workshop at George Mason University in Manassas, VA
  • March 17 NSF SBIR/STTR Workshop at George Mason University in Fairfax, VA
  • April 14-16 NSF SBIR/STTR Workshop & Commercialization Plan session at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, VA. 
And the National SBIR Conference will once again take place in DC region on June 15-17 in National Harbor. 
  
Complete Details Below.  Hope to see you out there!
  
Robert Brooke
Director, Federal Funding Programs
Center for Innovative Technology
 

Upcoming SBIR/STTR Solicitation Deadlines

DOD SBIR/STTR -- Close February 18, 2015. 

Dept. of Transportation SBIR
 -- Opened 1/6/15, Closes March 9, 2015.  ClickHERE To view a recent webinar that discussed this solicitation and recent DOT changes. 

NIH SBIR/STTR -- Next Omnibus Deadline April 5, 2015 -- Attend April 14 NIH SBIR/STTR workshop in Manassas, VA. Details in this newsletter. 

NASA SBIR/STTR -- Closes Jan. 28, 2015

DOE SBIR/STTR -- Closes Feb. 3, 2015


 

SBIR/STTR ANNOUNCEMENTS 

Dept. of Energy Phase 0 SBIR/STTR Assistance Program:
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has officially launched its first ever SBIR/STTRPhase 0 Assistance program, aimed helping eligible small R&D businesses apply for SBIR/STTR federal funding from DOE.  These services are
at no cost to participants. Geared towards women, minorities, and companies in states with low DOE SBIR/STTR success. For more info and eligibility, click HERE.     

 

Change in NIH Omnibus Deadlines Announced: 

The next SBIR/STTR Omnibus Solicitation Deadline for non-AIDS applications is April 5, 2015.  There will not be an August 5, 2015 due date. From then on, SBIR/STTR due dates will fall on September 5, January 5, and April 5, as described in the NIH Guide.  For details, click HERE

 

National SBIR Confernece
June 15-17, National Harbor, MD
Click HERE for complete info and updates
 

QuickBooks & Compliance WEBINAR  

  
QuickBooks & Compliance for SBIR/STTR Award Recipients -- WEBINAR
February 27, 2015, 1:00-2:30PM Eastern

This WEBINAR is for SBIR/STTR award winners who want to better manage their projects through best practices and the use of QuickBooks. Webinar will discuss how to manage your SBIR/STTR grant or contract to improve your odds of moving from Phase I to Phase II, and Phase II to Phase III (transition and/or commercialization). We will review the various sources for managing funds from DoD, NIH, NSF, or DoE, as well as reporting requirements and close-out procedures. Learn how to use QuickBooks accounting software to manage accounting requirements. Topics will include: setting up a chart of accounts; time and effort reporting; creating a budget; reporting by project; separation of costs by project.

Presented by Kris Bergman of BBC ETC.

COST: Virginia Based Companies $20/person; Non-Virginia Based Companies $40/person

TIME: 1:00-2:30PM, Eastern

QUESTIONS:Robert.brooke@cit.org,703-689-3080 

 

Register: Click HERE

      

Increasing University SBIR/STTR 

Best Practices to Increase University Participation in SBIR/STTR  
For key university administration, grants administrators, Tech Transfer and Intellectual Property Offices  
March 3, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA
March 4, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA  

 

This session is for key university personnel, university grants administrators, university tech transfer offices, and university Intellectual Property offices who want to increase university revenues via the SBIR and STTR programs. This session covers issues that need to be addressed both as the proposal is being developed and after it is awarded looking specifically from the university's perspective. We explore budgets, participation by researchers, conflict of interest, post-award reporting requirements, letters of support, personnel and percent effort, the differences between SBIR and STTR, and SBIR/STTR requirements vs. what is flexible. We'll also present updated information on SBIR/STTR policies since the 2012 reauthorization as well as discuss best practices to use SBIR/STTR as a way to produce more positive tech transfer results. Only Virginia based universities are invited to attend.

 

LOCATIONS:

March 3: Virginia Tech, ICTAS 310 (Kelly Hall), Room 310, Blacksburg, VA

March 4: University of Virginia, MR5 (Medical Research Building), Room 3005 (200 15th St.), Charlottesville, VA

 

Times: 9AM-11:30AM

Instructor: Lisa Kurek, BBC Entrepreneurial Training & Consulting

Cost: FREE. Advance registration requested.


Info and Registration:
Click HERE for more info and to REGISTER for March 3 Session in Blacksburg.
Click HERE for more info an to REGISTER for March 4 Session in Charlottesville. 
 

SBIR/STTR Lunch & Learns 

SBIR/STTR Lunch & Learns  
March 3, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA
March 4, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA  

 

These Lunch & Learns are for any Virginia based university researcher, postdoc, grad student or local small business interested in learning the benefits of the SBIR and STTR programs. SBIR grants (Small Business Innovation Research) and STTR grant program (Small Business Technology Transfer) provide $150K - $1.5M in early stage R&D funding for high risk, new technology development. 11 participating federal agencies use this program to fund early stage technology development that will help them meet their missions. Over $2.3 Billion is available each year in this program.  

 

Each session will discuss the purpose of the programs, basic qualifications, participating agencies, funding amounts, and how to start to plan your approach to writing a winning proposal. We'll also provide a brief discussion on how university PosDocs and Graduate students can participate in these programs. Lunch will be provided. Details on how CIT supports Virginia based applicants will also be discussed.  

 

Locations:

March 3: Virginia Tech, ICTAS 310 (Kelly Hall), Room 310, Blacksburg, VA

March 4: University of Virginia, MR5 (Medical Research Building), Room 3005 (200 15th St.), Charlottesville, VA

 

Times: Noon-1:30PM

Instructor: Lisa Kurek, BBC Entrepreneurial Training & Consulting

Cost: Virginia based University Researchers/PostDocs/Grad Students FREE:  Virginia based small tech firms $15 per person; All others $50 per person. Advance registration requested. Space is limited. 

QUESTIONS:  Robert.brooke@cit.org 703-689-3080 


Info and Registration:
Click HERE for more info and to REGISTER for March 3 Session in Blacksburg.
Click HERE for more info an to REGISTER for March 4 Session in Charlottesville. 
 

NIH SBIR/STTR Workshop, Manassas, VA   

How To Win NIH SBIR/STTR Funding   
March 16, GMU Manassas Campus, Manassas, VA 

 

In partnership with George Mason University, this SBIR/STTR proposal prep workshop discusses a "How to Win" approach to the process. We'll cover the background and basics in the morning, and detailed proposal development techniques focused on the National Institutes of Health SBIR/STTR programs.  

 

Registrants may attend a ½ day Commercialization Planning & Budgeting session on March 18 in Fairfax VA at no additional charge.  

 

The NIH SBIR/STTR programs provide over $600M each year for early stage research. Find out how the NIH program works, how to plan your approach, and how to write a winning NIH SBIR/STTR proposal to the upcoming April and September NIH deadlines.

 

Location: GMU, 10945 University Circle, Beacon Hall, Manassas, VA

Time: 9AM-5PM

Cost: Virginia based university $40 per person; Virginia based small tech firms $75 per person; All Others $250 per person.

QUESTIONS:  robert.brooke@cit.org, 703-689-3080 

 

REGISTER: Click HERE for more info and to REGISTER

  

NSF SBIR/STTR Workshop, Fairfax, VA   

How To Win National Science Foundation SBIR/STTR Funding   
March 17, GMU Fairfax Campus, Fairfax, VA 

In partnership with GMU, this SBIR/STTR proposal prep workshop discusses a "How to Win" approach to the process. We'll cover the background and basics in the morning, and detailed proposal development techniques focused on the National Science Foundation SBIR/STTR programs.  

 

Registrants may attend a ½ day Commercialization Planning & Budgeting session on March 18 in Fairfax VA at no additional charge.  

 

The NSF SBIR/STTR programs provide over $160M each year for early stage high risk research. Their solicitations include 9 broad topic areas that allow for most compelling research to find a home.  Find out how the NSF program works, how to plan your approach, and how to write a winning NSF SBIR/STTR proposal to the upcoming June NSF deadlines.

 

Location: George Mason University, Mason Enterprise Center, 4031 University Dr., Fairfax, VA 22030.

Time: 9AM-5PM

Cost: Virginia based university $40 per person; Virginia based small tech firms $75 per person; All Others $250 per person.

QUESTIONS:  robert.brooke@cit.org, 703-689-3080 

 

REGISTER: Click HERE for more info and to REGISTER

  

NSF SBIR/STTR Proposal Prep, Blacksburg, VA    

NSF SBIR/STTR Proposal Prep Workshop   
April 14-16, Blacksburg, VA

CIT is proud to partner with Virginia Tech to present this special SBIR/STTR workshop designed with the busy researcher in mind. Attend all or part of this low cost, two and a half day session. The first two days are presented in morning and afternoon sessions - attend the morning or afternoon session each day that fits your schedule best. The third day presents a half day commercialization planning workshop (morning session only).

 

April 14: SBIR/STTR Program Details

This session will be delivered as a morning session and afternoon session - attend the session that fits your schedule. Topics covered include: A basic intro to SBIR/STTR; compare/contrast various agencies, including NSF, DOD and NIH; A look at what is new in SBIR/STTR; tips to compete more effectively; resources available to Virginia based firms to support your SBIR and STTR submissions.

 

April 15: NSF Proposal Preparation

This session will be delivered as a morning session and afternoon session - attend the session that fits your schedule. The NSF SBIR and STTR programs provide over $160M each year in SBIR/STTR funding. 9 broad topic areas provide a breadth of opportunities for early stage researchers who need funding to show proof of concept and funding to build out the technology for commercial use. Topics covered at this session include: Details of putting together an NSF proposal; Doing your homework; A section by section look at writing your proposal; NSF SBIR/STTR budget preparation.

 

April 16: SBIR/STTR Commercialization Planning

This session is offered as a morning session only. Topics covered include: SBIR/STTR Commercialization - what this means at various agencies, including NSF, NIH and DOD; Tips for credible commercialization plans; An in depth look at the NSF Commercialization plan.

 

Location:

Inn at Virginia Tech & Skelton Conference Center, 901 Prices Fork Road, Blacksburg, VA 24060

Price:  Virginia based university $45; Virginia based small tech firms $85 per person; All others $250 per person. 

 

Time:

April 14 & 15: 8AM-Noon or 1PM-5PM

April 16: 8AM-Noon

NOTE: Registrants will be contacted by the event organizer to determine which sessions you plan to attend.

 

QUESTIONS: Robert.brooke@cit.org, 703-689-3080

REGISTER: Click HERE for more info and to REGISTER

  

SBIR/STTR Webinar Training

Pre-Recorded SBIR/STTR Webinars
Available for Viewing
  

SBIR/STTR Eligibility Requirements--Recorded Webinar

Price: Virginia University FREE, Virginia small business $10, all others $25

 

SBIR/STTR for PostDocs & Graduate Students 

Price: Virginia University FREE, All others $20 

 

DOD/NSF Submission Checklist--Recorded Webinar 

Price:  Virginia Firms/Researchers:  $15, $35 all others 

 

SBIR/STTR Background and Overview--Recorded Webinar

Price:  Virginia Firms/Researchers FREE, $25 all others.

 

SBIR/STTR Phase I Project Scope (What do Phase I projects look like?) --Recorded Webinar

Price:  Virginia Firms/Researchers FREE, $25 all others.

 

"Building a Lean High Quality Team for Your Start-up"-- Recorded Webinar

Learn How to Make Your Small Team More Compelling in your Grant

Price:  Virginia Firms/Researchers $15, $35 all others.

 

"Essentials of Effective SBIR/STTR Commercialization Plans"

Price:   Virginia Firms/Researchers $15, $35 all others

 

For More Info on Each Session or to Register:

REGISTER 

 

CIT Supports Virginia's SBIR/STTR Community:

CIT provides valuable assistance to Virginia companies submitting Phase I and Phase II SBIR/STTR proposals, including:

  • SBIR strategy consultation
  • Low cost Phase I, Phase II, and Phase III proposal training and review courses
  • Discounts with proposal consultants (proposal prep & proposal review)
  • Discounts on proposal preparation software
  • Referral to law firm for free IP and patent consultation
  • VC/Angel Capital "Readiness" review
  • Discounts and referrals for federal cost accounting solutions and CPA services
  • Funding assistance for select companies seeking their first Phase I and/or Phase II award (to help pay for some of the above services) -- pending application approval and availability of funds.  Six week lead time before deadline is required so PLAN AHEAD!
  • Pre-Recorded SBIR Webinars are available HERE.
For more information, or to request a
SBIR/STTR propposal assistance application form, contact: 
Robert Brooke of CIT at 703-689-3080, robert.brooke@cit.org 
CIT GAP Funds:

 

CIT's GAP Funds helps close the funding gap between "friends and family" and early-stage equity investment for Virginia-based technology companies. CIT's GAP Fund identifies and makes funds available to seed-stage technology firms with a high potential for commercialization, rapid growth and downstream private-equity financing.  Companies who have received SBIR financing may be strong candidates for CIT's GAP fund and/or other 3rd party financing. 

 

For more information, visit: http://www.citgapfunds.org/  

Helpful SBIR websites for review:
 

 

 

Robert Brooke
Director, Federal Funding Programs
Center for Innovative Technology
2214 Rock Hill Rd., #600
Herndon, VA 20170
703-689-3080