SBIR/STTR Training & Support for Virginia's Technology Community 
March 2016 Issue 
A set aside for small businesses, over $2.5B is available each year in SBIR/STTR funding from 11 participating federal agencies. This strategic funding provides critical financing for early stage, high risk research projects that have a strong commercial or federal acquisition pathway.  Virginia's SBIR/STTR support program, administered by CIT, provides low cost training and other support for Virginia's technology community to help facilitate successful participation in these programs.  
Upcoming LIVE SBIR/STTR Training in Virginia 

"SBIR/STTR Funding Intro & Proposal Prep Essentials for NIH, NSF and DOD" 
March 22, Blacksburg, VA
March 23, Charlottesville, VA
March 24, Norfolk, VA 

Upcoming SBIR / STTR deadlines include:  
  • April 5 NIH
  • April 14 NIST
  • June 10 NSF
  • June 17 NASA
  • June 22 DOD


The government's Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs make over $2.6 billion in high-risk, non-dilutive capital available to innovative small companies annually. Join SBIR/STTR expert, Becky Aistrup of BBC Entrepreneurial Training & Consulting and learn SBIR/STTR program basics, including eligibility requirements, the difference between SBIR and STTR, participating agencies and tips for success. Then focus in on essential information for crafting a competitive proposal to meet the mission and standards of the NIH, NSF and DoD programs. We'll cover the distinguishing features and technology areas addressed by each of the agencies, getting registered so you can submit, preparing proposal components for maximum impact, what reviewers expect, and more. 

For those short on time, or are primarily targeting NIH, there is an option to register for the morning "SBIR/STTR Intro and NIH SBIR Prep" session only. 

Small fees apply to cover lunch and materials fees. 9AM-4:30PM each session. 
REGISTER for Blacksburg session HERE.
REGISTER for Charlottesville session HERE.
REGISTER for Norfolk session HERE



"Commercialization Planning for SBIR Stage Companies" 

March 25, 2016, Norfolk, VA -- 11AM-1:00PM Eastern   
With commercialization and transition plans being a key differentiator in the SBIR/STTR programs, it is important to know what the agencies are looking for and how to go about developing good plans. This session will discuss the expectations that various agencies have for commercialization plans in your Phase I and Phase II projects, where to find cost effective market research resources, what quality "support & commitment letters" are, and more. COST: Free to attendees of March 24 training session, and just $15 per person for Virginia based firms and university.  $40 all others.  Fees cover lunch and materials fees.  11AM-1:00PM.  

"Best Practices to Increase University Participation in SBIR/STTR:  From Pre-Submission to Post Award"  
March 25, 2016 , Norfolk, VA -- 9AM-10:45AM
Universities are often directly or indirectly involved in the development and execution of SBIR/STTR-funded projects, so it is important that university administrators understand SBIR/STTR requirements and that the small business understands the university's policies. 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 and post-award reporting requirements, and present updated information on SBIR/STTR policies. Virginia based university affiliated personnel only.  This session is ideal for tech transfer personnel, university administrators, office of sponsored program personnel, key university research faculty, VP of Research offices, and university grant administrators. FREE. Advance registration requested. REGISTER.

"Southside R&D Funding/Support & Technology Forum" 
April 21, 2016 , Danville, VA 
This special event is presented in two parts.  Part 1 presents an "SBIR Tips Bootcamp", providing an intro to SBIR/STTR funding, details on how to plan your approach, and tips to improve your chance of award. Part 2 presents a Federal Agency Technology Panel and a State R&D Support Resources panel:

The agency panel will feature reps from the National Science Foundation, NASA, and USDA -- each will discuss technologies they are looking to fund in areas such as unmanned systems, 3D printing, advanced manufacturing, big data, biofuels, bio-based product, chemicals, plant production and protection, animal production & protection, and more.

The State R&D Support Resources panel will feature reps from the CIT GAP Seed fund, the Commonwealth Research Commercialization Fund, the Virginia Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission,and more. 

A networking reception will follow, allowing for one on ones with the agency reps.  Key representatives from the regional business community will be invited to attend the afternoon sessions to encourage collaboration discussions.  

Attendees have the option to register for the full day session or the late afternoon session only

Part 1 SBIR BootCamp:  9AM-2:30PM
Part 2 Resources and Tech Forum:  2:30-7PM

$25 for Part 1 SBIR Bootcamp
$20 for Part 2 R&D Support Resources, Agency Panels, Keynote, Networking Reception
$40 for Part 1&2 COMBO -- attend all sessions

LOCATION:  Institute for Advanced Learning & Research, 150 Slayton Ave., Danville, VA

Advanced SBIR/STTR Commercialization Strategies Forum 
April 21, Herndon, VA 
This session will be ideal for any past or recent SBIR/STTR recipients, helping to guide you through some of the strategies, opportunities, laws, and federal programs related to transition and commercialization of  your technology.  Stay tuned for more info! 

Questions about any of these events: 
Robert Brooke, -- 703-689-3080 
Other Important Events and Programs of Note 
National SBIR Conference, Washington DC Area 
May 23-25, 2016, National Harbor, MD 
SBIR/STTR programs are the nation's largest source of early stage / high risk R&D funding for small business. At this conference you'll learn how to participate and compete for funding in these two programs that encourage small businesses to engage in Federal Research/Research and Development (R/R&D) and to commercialize your technological innovations.  A great opportunity to hear from and meet with reps from all 11 agencies participating in SBIR/STTR.  
This conference is held in conjunction with the National Innovation Summit.  Various registration options available.  SBIR Conference early bird rate of just $395 ends March 18, 2016. Register early and save! More info and to REGISTER:   
New FLC Web Site-Take a look! 
See what the Federal Lab Consortium is all about, how you can work with them, and if there are any Federal Technologies that you may consider licensing to advance your technology development.  They have recently made improvements to their web site! 

26th Annual Procurement Conference 
April 6, 2016, Washington, DC 
The Government Procurement Conference is a national conference fostering business partnerships between the Federal Government, its prime contractors, and small, minority, service-disabled veteran-owned, veteran-owned, HUBZone, and women-owned businesses. Now in its 26th year, the Government Procurement Conference has become the premier event for small businesses throughout the United States. REGISTER 

18th Annual HHS SBIR/STTR Conference
November 15 - 17, 2016, Orlando
The 18th Annual HHS SBIR/STTR Conference will be held in Orlando, Florida on November 15 - 17, 2016.  Over the course of three days, attendees will learn how to develop and win SBIR/STTR awards from the Department of Health and Human Services. Session topics will include: understanding SBIR/STTR funding solicitations; technical assistance options; indirect costs and financial accounting systems; and human subjects and animal research. This conference is relevant to a diverse audience, including biomedical entrepreneurs; principal investigators; grants and contracts administrators; and industry partners and investors. The event hosts are The University of Central Florida, Office of Research and Commercialization, and the State University System of Florida. Representatives from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Administration for Community Living (ACL), and Office of the Inspector General (OIG) will give presentations and answer questions during one-on-one meetings. Stay Tuned - Registration Opening in Spring 2016!    

NIH Summer 2016 I-Corps™ cohort June - August 2016
Apply by March 21, 2016
Funding Opportunity Announcement: PA-16-019 (
The I-Corps at NIH is modeled after the successful I-Corps at NSF and will be leveraged to support biomedical innovation and translation, with the goal of expediting the development, detection, and therapeutic technologies for the leading causes of death and disability in the United States. I-Corps participants will receive capacity-building and entrepreneurial trainings, mentorship opportunities, as well as modest funding to assist them in translating their ideas from the lab into a viable product on the market and to help them avoid common failure points. Following the success of the 2014 pilot cohort, NIH is offering this entrepreneurial training program across 14 Institutes/Centers at the NIH and CDC to support NIH/CDC SBIR/STTR funded academic researchers and small businesses to accelerate the translation of innovations from the lab to clinical practice. To review material from a previous webinar with information about the program, eligibility, benefits, and how to apply, visit:  Small business Phase I grantees of the following NIH/CDC SBIR & STTR Programs are eligible and encouraged to apply by March 21, 2016: NCI, NHLBI, NIA, NIAAA, NIAID, NIDCR, NIDA, NIEHS, NIGMS, NIMH, NINDS, NCATS, NCIPC, IOSH/CDC. View the funding opportunity announcement and call for applications to apply.  For more information or questions on the I-Corps at NIH program, please visit or contact Christie Canaria, NCI SBIR Development

Financial Modeling for Startups
This blog article provides some great tips for early stage startups on how to develop a financial model that can be used in your fundraising, grant proposals, and other business cases. To view article, click HERE. 

Commercial Success for DOD SBIRs? You bet!
Some inspirational Commercial Success Stories for DOD SBIR Projects touching all walks of life: 

Accelerating Innovation by Breaking Up Contracts: SBIR and Beyond:
Pre-Recorded SBIR/STTR Training 

Pre-Recorded SBIR/STTR Training Sessions 
Most of these sessions are FREE for Virginia based companies and Virginia based university researchers.  Details and Registration, click HERE. 
  • SBIR/STTR Intro
  • SBIR/STTR Project Scope & Feasibility
  • Building High Quality Teams for your Startup
  • DOD/NSF Competitive Checklist
  • Quickbooks & Compliance Webinar
  • SBIR/STTR Eligibility Requirements Webinar
  • SBIR/STTR For PostDocs & Grad Students
  • Essentials of Effective SBIR/STTR Commercialization Plans
  • Intellectual Property Protection & Licensing Strategies
  • NIH SBIR/STTR: Writing Research Strategy & Demonstrating Impact
  • NIH SBIR/STTR: Tips on Preparing Biosketches and Facilities Sections for NIH Proposals (small fee)
  • NIH SBIR/STTR: Developing your NIH SBIR/STTR Commercialization Strategy (small fee)
  • NIH SBIR/STTR: Forms, Submission and Tracking (small fee)
  • NSF Session 1: SBIR/STTR Program Intro
  • NSF Session 2: SBIR/STTR Program Details & Project Planning
  • NSF Session 3: SBIR/STTR Proposal Prep Essentials
  • NSF Session 4: SBIR/STTR Forms, Budget and submission Tips
Questions about any of these events: 
Robert Brooke, -- 703-689-3080 

SBIR/STTR Solicitations & Links 

DOD SBIR & STTR 2016.2, Pre Solicitation to open Approx. April 22, Opens May 23, Close Approx June 22.  Use Pre-solicitation to view topics and contact TPOC. Register for DOD SBIR Listserv to be notified of open, close, and topic changes!   

National Science Foundation SBIR & STTR, To be Posted in March, Closes June 2016. Register for NSF Listserv to be notified! 

NIH SBIR/STTR Omnibus Solicitation, Closes April 5, Sept. 5, 2016 

Homeland Security -- Closed Jan. 20, 2016  
NASA SBIR/STTR Solicitation, Opens May 6, 2016, Closes June 17, 2016  

Dept. of Energy SBIR/STTR,  Topics issued July 18, 2016, Opens August 15, Letter of Intent Due Sept. 6, Closes Oct. 17, 2016. 

Dept. of Education  -- Priority Topics Interest  

Dept. of Transportation, Closed Dec. 16, 2015 

NIST SBIR, Opened Feb. 2, Closes April 14, 2016 



USDA: Opens June 2016 

CIT Supports Virginia's SBIR/STTR Community 

CIT's Federal Funding Assistance Program works with Virginia 
based tech 
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firms and university researchers to support SBIR and STTR efforts.  Services include:
  • Low cost training across the Commonwealth
  • Webinars (Live and Recorded)
  • Mentoring services
  • Consultant referrals and discounts
  • Grants to support SBIR/STTR consultant hires
  • Introductions to CIT GAP Investment Fund
  • SBIR/STTR Matching Grants (via CRCF program)
  • More

Robert Brooke, Director, Federal Funding Program, CIT 
2214 Rock Hill Rd., #600 
Herndon, VA  20170 


Federal Funding Assistance Program
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