SBIR and STTR training and solicitation news for Virginia's technology community. 
Upcoming SBIR/STTR Training 

  • NIH SBIR Webinar Training Series: Five-Part Webinar Series in July & August to prep for Sept. 8 & Jan. 5 Deadlines.
  • NSF SBIR/STTR Workshops: Sept. 14-16 Hampton and Norfolk, VA to prep for December NSF deadlines
  • DOD SBIR/STTR Workshop: December 15, Herndon, VA to prep for February 12, 2016 deadline.

NIH SBIR/STTR Webinar Series Announced! 
WEBINARS on July 14, 21, 28, and Aug. 14, 18 

CIT is pleased to announce a 5 part NIH SBIR/STTR Webinar series to help those who are planning a submission to NIH for Sept. 7 (2015) or January 5 (2016) omnibus solicitations.  Low cost for each session, and discounts if registered for all five.  All sessions to be recorded in case you register after the series starts.  

July 14 - Contacting NIH and Writing Your Specific Aims 

The Specific Aims section is the most important page in your proposal. This is where you tell your story, concisely stating the goals of the proposed research and summarizing the expected outcomes.  This session covers tips on how to approach your Aims, what to include and what to avoid, what reviewers are looking, etc. We will also review when and how to touch base with NIH.


July 21 - Writing Research Strategy and Demonstrating Impact

The Research Strategy explains the Significance of the problem or critical barrier your project addresses its technological Innovation (how does it move the field forward?) and the Approach you will take to prove its feasibility. This session will delve into these areas and making sure your project has IMPACT.


July 28 - Developing Your Commercialization Strategy  

To be eligible for SBIR/STTR funding your state-of-the-art of technology must have commercial potential.  Applicants must know their market size, characteristics, customers and competitors and how their innovation will address an unmet market need. This session deals with how to approach these topics and what information you'll need to determine financial projections and the impact of your product. 


August 14 - Tips on Preparing the Biosketches and Facilities Sections 

This session will help you identify who comprises your key personnel, what to include in a personal statement, who needs to provide letters of support and what the letters should include, and more. In addition, we will review key aspects of the Facilities and Resources section (not just a cut and paste list!).


August 18 - Formidable Forms, Pushing the Button and Tracking Your Submission 

This webinar provides important information about identifying and completing the required forms for an SBIR/STTR submission to the National Institutes of Health as well as how to navigate the electronic submission process.  You will learn how to avoid common mistakes and make corrections, formatting pointers, and how to track your submission. 

All sessions presented by BBC ETC.  
Questions, contact or 703-689-3080. 
Cost:  $15 for Virginia firms for each session. $50 for all five.  Higher for all others. 


SBIR/STTR All Agency Overview & NSF Proposal Prep 
Sept. 14 Hampton University or Sept. 15 Old Dominion University 

Commercialization Planning  
Sept. 16, at ODU in Norfolk (No Extra Cost to attend!)   


CIT is proud to partner with Hampton University and Old Dominion University to present these  specially designed SBIR/STTR training sessions taking place at each university.    


Sessions on September 14 (Hampton University) and Sept. 15 (ODU) will consist of a detailed 4 hour Multi-Agency SBIR/STTR Intro in the morning

followed by special 4 hour detailed proposal preparation instruction to the  

National Science Foundations' SBIR and STTR programs.  Attend the full day session that is convenient  to you.    


The September 16 session will be located at ODU in Norfolk and presents a half day morning session on commercialization planning. Attendees from either of the first two days can attend this ? day morning session at no extra cost.  Available to those who want to attend the Sept. 16 session only for a small fee.  DETAILS BELOW


Sept. 14 & 15 Sessions:  "SBIR/STTR Program Intro and NSF Proposal Preparation"

- Hampton University on Sept. 14

- Old Dominion Univ. on Sept. 15

8:30AM-Noon:  SBIR Program Intro.  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.

12:00PM-12:30PM: Networking LUNCH provided  -- Special Guests include Tizoc Loza of Northrop Grumman (Sept. 14) and Kimberly Graupner of NASA SBIR Programs (Sept. 15). 

12:30PM-4:00PM:  NSF SBIR/STTR Proposal Preparation:  The NSF SBIR and STTR programs provide over $160M each year in SBIR/STTR funding.  10 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.


September 16:  SBIR/STTR Commercialization Planning (Half Day only)

- Old Dominion Univ. on Sept. 16

8:30AM-12:30PM:  Commercialization planning is the key to good proposal writing, but is often  overlooked in the early stages of technology development. This can have long term negative consequences.  Plan your commercialization early and improve your chances of success.  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 SBIR/STTR Commercialization plan. This session is available as no-cost add-on to the above sessions or as a standalone session for a small fee.   



-Sept. 14 Session:  Hampton University Business Incubator, 6 W. County Street, Hampton, VA  23663

-Sept. 15 & 16 Sessions:  ODU Business Gateway, 4111 Monarch Way, Norfolk, VA 23529 



  • Virginia Based University PostDocs/Researchers/Personnel: $35 per person
  • Virginia based Small Technology Firms: $70 per person
  • Sept. 16 Commercialization Session ONLY:  $25 per person (no cost if attending either of first two days)

Space is limited.

Advance Registration REQUIRED.


Questions:, 703-689-3080 




These sessions are sponsored in part through a grant award with the U.S. Small Business  Administration.   



DOD SBIR/STTR Proposal Prep Workshop  
December 15, 2015
Herndon, VA 

This workshop is ideal for those targeting the February 17 SBIR/STTR deadline at DOD.  


SBIR grants (Small Business Innovation Research) and it's sister STTR grant program (Small Business Technology Transfer) provide $150K - $1M 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.  


This workshop will focus on the Dept. of Defense SBIR/STTR programs, the largest SBIR/STTR program with over $1.2B available each year. The 2016.1 DOD SBIR and STTR solicitation will open on August 25 and close on December 11 in Pre-Solicitation, and will officially open January 11 and will close on February 17, 2016. 


This session will be led by Mr. John Davis of The SBIR Resource Center, one of the leading SBIR consultants in the country.  Learn how the DOD SBIR/STTR programs work, how to reach out to the agency to discuss your approach, how to plan your approach, and how to write a winning proposal.     


8:30AM-12:15PM: SBIR/STTR Policy & Strategy (Morning)

Understanding SBIR from the Applicant's Perspective; Background and Requirements; Why? / Why Not?; Agency Differences (these matter -- a lot); Why Should You Decline To Pursue SBIR?; The Bid/No Bid Statistics; SBIR/STTR Projects Should Offer Discussion; General Principals and Advice.


12:15-12:30PM -- Meet the DOD SBIR Program Manager -- TBA 


1:30PM-5:30PM: The SBIR/STTR Application Process (Afternoon) 

Proposal/Grant Writing Basics ("ground truth"); SBIR/STTR Proposals Are Different;  Before You Write (doing the homework); Crafting SBIR/STTR Proposals: Evaluation Criteria; Reviewers (decision making in review panels); Common Proposal Elements; Varying Proposal Elements; Summary/Abstract; Specific Aims/Objectives; Project Plans (research design & methods); Qualifications to Perform; Commercialization Plans; Finishing & Publishing Applications; Why Many Proposals Fail; Improving Your Chances; Placing Topics Into Solicitations; An Ordered Process / Checklist; When You Don't Win / When You Do; Phase II (what Phase I applicants need to know);  Principals of Winning.


Instructor:  SBIR Resource Center 
LOCATION:  CIT Building, 2214 Rock Hill Road, Herndon, VA  20170 (Classrooms 1&2, Lower Level) 
Questions, contact or 703-689-3080. 
Cost:  $75 for Virginia based small technology firms.  $250 per person all others.  Attendance is limited. Register early. 

Pre-Recorded SBIR/STTR Webinars  

Pre-Recorded SBIR/STTR Training Sessions on various topics -- Low cost.  Click HERE for info.

SBIR & STTR Solicitation News & Deadlines 
Upcoming SBIR/STTR Solicitation News & Deadlines 
    • Next NIH Omnibus Deadline is September 5, 2015.
      • SUBMIT EARLY if POSSIBLE to avoid last minute rush and to allow yourself a chance to address any mistakes that may come back a few days later.
      • Consult the ERA Commons HelpDesk.
    • Helpful WEBINARS from NIH 
    • View top 5 NIH NIH Application submission errors HERE.
    • Electronic Submissions powerpoint and other info for pending applicants HERE.
    • New NIH Omnibus Deadlines Announced:  September 5, 2015, January 5, 2016, April 5, 2016.  INFO
  • National Science Foundation SBIR/STTR: 
    • NSF SBIR solicitation close date is December 16, 2015.
    • NSF STTR solicitation close date is December 18, 2015. 
    • NEW NSF Topic Area Announced:  Internet of Things.  INFO
    • Helpful resources from NSF available HERE.
    • Register for Listserv HERE to be informed of the FALL SBIR/STTR solicitations and any solicitation changes, approaching deadlines, and other key information about the solicitations. 
    • Opened June 9 and Close Oct. 2, 2015.
    • Solicitation available for review HERE
    • Set to Open July 10 and Close Sept. 9, 2015.
    • Draft topics available for review.
  • Dept. of Energy SBIR/STTR
    • Estimated release of July 20, Closing date of Sept. 9.
    • Join the DOE listserv to receive updates.
    • View their 2015 solicitation webinar
SBIR/STTR Support for Virginia Researchers 
CIT's Federal Funding Assistance Program supports Virginia based small technology firms, university researchers, PostDocs and Graduate students in their efforts to learn about, understand, and apply for federal SBIR and STTR funding.  A suite of workshops and webinars (LIVE and RECORDED) are available to assist with the important steps of learning how to plan for and write proposals.  A mentoring support program and other assistance is also available to potential applicants.  

To learn more about CIT's support for Virginia based SBIR/STTR applicants, click HERE or contact Robert Brooke, Director, Federal Funding Programs at the Center for Innovative Technology, 703-689-3080 or 

To view any of our Pre-recorded SBIR/STTR webinar training series, click HERE. 

To view a listing of our UPCOMING SBIR/STTR live training workshops and webinars, click HERE.