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July 2014
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Upcoming SBIR/STTR Deadlines
Pre-Recorded SBIR Webinar Training
National NIH SBIR Conference in Albuquerque, NM
National SBIR Conference In Austin, TX
Solicitation News
MACH37 Fall Cohort Applications
CIT's SBIR / STTR Support
CIT's GAP Funds
Helpful Web Sites
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Plan for your FALL SBIR/STTR Submissions NOW! 


Summer is finally here!  As work loads get a bit lighter, and vacation plans are made, we look towards the fall as we plan for future SBIR/STTR opportunities.  For those who want to get a leg up on the competition, we'll have plenty of workshops and webinars to pick from, so stay tuned!  

The next NIH SBIR/STTR Proposal Prep Workshop is already set for Charlottesville, VA, Sept. 16-18 -- this will be the only NIH focused session that will help those planning to submit to the December 5 NIH deadlines.  A three day session that has three, half day sessions given twice each day to accommodate busy schedules.  Ideal for university researchers with daily commitments.  Full event details below.

Stay cool, enjoy the summer, and  I hope to see you out there soon!


Robert Brooke
Director, Federal Funding Programs
Center for Innovative Technology

Upcoming SBIR/STTR Solicitation Deadlines


NIH SBIR/STTR Proposal Prep Workshop -- Charlottesville, VA 

September 16-18, 2014 
Charlottesville, VA
Three Half-Day Sessions!  
This special three day NIH SBIR/STTR workshop is delivered in three half-day sessions, with each session delivered twice each day to accommodate busy schedules.  You pick which times you attend!  Especially ideal for university PosDocs, graduate students, and entrepreneurial researchers.  Open to small tech firms as well!  

Instruction by BBC ETC, one of the PREMIERE NIH SBIR Consulting firms in the US.  

  • Sept. 16: NIH SBIR/STTR Proposal Planning
  • Sept. 17: NIH SBIR/STTR Proposal Prep
  • Sept. 18: NIH SBIR/STTR Budgeting & Commercialization Plans

Special Lunch Presentations will feature:
  • NIH SBIR/STTR Success Panel -- Successful NIH SBIR/STTR companies share their tips for success
  • Tech Transfer Options for PostDocs & Graduate Students
  • University Resources, Policies & Procedures for Technology Licensing   

Time:  Attend Morning OR Afternoon session, plus Lunch Session  

   -Daily Morning Session: 8:30AM-Noon

   -LUNCH Training for both Sessions:  Noon-1PM

   -Daily Afternoon Session:  1:00PM-5:00PM 


Location:  Omni Hotel, 212 Ridge McIntire Road, Charlottesville, VA




    - Virginia University Researchers/Personnel: $75 per person 
    - Virgina based Small Tech Firms:  $125 per person 
    - All others:  $200 per person

REGISTER:  Click HERE to register 

Questions:  Robert Brooke,, 703-689-3080

SBIR/STTR Webinar Training

Pre-Recorded SBIR/STTR Webinars
Available for Viewing

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 Background and Overview--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:



National NIH SBIR Conference,  In DC Area June 16-18, 2014

National NIH SBIR Conference

Albuquerque, NM 

Oct. 21-23, 2014

The 16th Annual NIH Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Conference will be held in Albuquerque, NM on October 21 - 23, 2014. This year's three day conference, "Land of Achievement: Extending the Reach of Science with the SBIR/STTR Programs," will be hosted by the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center 
(   At this event, you will hear presentations from NIH program staff and other experts, gain opportunities for one-on-one meetings with staff representing most NIH Institutes and Centers, and be invited to a "Pitch Fest" networking reception.  This conference will feature workshops and interactive sessions that will assist you in the funding process. Check out the 2014 conference website ( for more specifics about the agenda, speakers and session offerings. The conference will include three tracks "Navigating through SBIR/STTRs," "Circumventing the Hurdles," and "Path to Commercialization."   
Click HERE to Register 
Early-bird registration rate of $350 is available until August 22, 2014.


National SBIR Conference, Nov. 11-13, 2014 Austin, TX

Save the Date

National SBIR Conference

In conjunction with the Defense Energy Conference

Austin, TX 

Nov. 11-13, 2014

A chance to meet with SBIR program managers from all 11 participating agencies and hear discussions about proposal writing, agency missions, tips for success, and more. One on one meetings available. Early bird rates end Sept. 15 - be sure to register early if you plan to attend. Special discount for companies less than three years old and pre-revenue: Stay tuned to for more info. 



Solicitation News


Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Pre-solicitation Announcement

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced that it plans to release it's FY-15 SBIR solicitation on or about July 9, 2014 with a closing date of September 8, 2014. The topics scheduled for this solicitation will be: Air and Climate; Manufacturing; Toxic Chemicals; Water; Building Materials; Food Waste; Homeland Security.   There is something different in the air for EPA this year. EPA has been using their own SBIR web site to list the opportunities, and accepted proposals in CD and hard copy only. This Pre-solicitation announcement indicates that EPA will be using the FedConnect web portal for the solicitation and receipt of proposals.  Those of you with DOE experience will be used to FedConnect, but those of you used to EPAs hard copy method better prepare to learn some new tricks in order to submit.  To use FedConnect effectively you must register on their site at The pre-solicitation announcement is available on FedBizOpps



NIH's National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) Opens 1 Topic SBIR

In an unusual situation for SBIR and the NIH, the NIH's National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) opened a 1 topic contracts solicitation (on their own), officially titled "156 Development of a Standardized Electronic Cigarette for Clinical Research." which opened June 23, 2014 and closes September 30, 2014, 4:30PM Eastern Time.   Those of you familiar with the NIH's annual SBIR Contracts solicitation (scheduled this year for mid-August and due mid November), know that NIH's Contracts solicitation is very different from their omnibus Grants solicitation that is open all year (with 3 receipt dates). Amongst the differences to note is the submission method for NIDA's (and the NIH's contracts solicitation). It is via hard copy only, not electronically via and eRA commons. NOTE: Although there is no electronic submission for this SBIR opportunity, you still MUST register first with the SBA's SBIR company registry at

The solicitation is available on FedBizOpps HERE.


USDA Opens FY-2015 SBIR 

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) via their National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) has opened its FY-2015 SBIR solicitation (funding No. USDA-NIFA-SBIR-004553).  Solicitation opened  on June 20, 2014, and modified on June 25, 2014, with a closing date of October 2, 2014. This FY-2015 solicitation is very similar to last year.   The USDA SBIR program is grants based and utilizes for the submission process. The USDA's two program priority areas are: 1) Agriculturally-related Manufacturing Technology; 2) Energy Efficiency and Alternative and Renewable Energy.

The NIFA Societal Challenge Areas are: 1) Global Food Security and Hunger; 2) Climate Change; 3) Sustainable Bioenergy; 4) Childhood Obesity; and 5) Food Safety. Special consideration will be given to applications that address one of these priorities under the Project Narrative, item (2) under subsection 3.3.3.-Field 8, Responsiveness to USDA SBIR Program Priorities and Societal Challenge Areas.

USDA Topics Areas Are:  8.1-Forests and Related Resources; 8.2-Plant Production and Protection - Biology; 8.3-Animal Production and Protection; 8.4-Air, Water and Soils; 8.5-Food Science and Nutrition; 8.6-Rural and Community Development; 8.7-Aquaculture; 8.8- Biofuels and Biobased Products; 8.12-Small and Mid-Size Farms; 8.13-Plant Production and Protection - Engineering.  The USDA solicitation provides guidance to the relationship of Societal Challenge Areas to the actual Technical Topics. 

The solicitation is available from the USDA SBIR web site  The funding announcement and provisions for proposal submissions are on



Fall Cohort of MACH37 Cyber Accelerator Now Accepting Applications


MACH37 Cyber Accelerator Accepting Applications for Fall Cohort


The fall cohort of MACH37 is scheduled to begin Sept. 2. Up to eight selected companies will participate in an intensive 90-day program, and receive a $50,000 investment in exchange for a small amount of equity to help develop and launch their ideas. Upon completion, the CIT GAP Funds will match up to $100,000 in investments for companies headquartered in Virginia. Evaluation of applications, which are available at the link below, will begin in June, with final selections announced in August. For more information, and to apply, vist 



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, 
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:  

Helpful SBIR websites for review:



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