January 19 - 20, 2022
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 2:45 p.m.
Location: The training will be conducted virtual. Details will be emailed to those who register.
BioGenerator and BBCetc bring this workshop to cover all aspects of writing an SBIR/STTR proposal focused on life science technologies. After an introduction of the BioGenerator program by Harry Arader, this day and a half training will begin by reviewing the SBIR/STTR program basics including what they fund, which federal agencies participate, how the money can be used and the differences between the SBIR and STTR programs. The first session will conclude with an overview of NSF and NIH specifics, to help guide your project planning. Then will take a deep dive into NIH proposal preparation, with a detailed explanation of each section of your proposal.
Day two begins with developing the key components of a commercialization plan with emphasis on NIH requirements. The final session of the day will be a review of the NIH Assistance programs and ending with how to construct a strong budget.
The workshop will be conducted by Shannon Bass and Megan Varnum from BBC Entrepreneurial Training & Consulting (BBCetc - www.bbcetc.com), which is nationally recognized for its expertise in helping emerging companies win federal funding through the SBIR and STTR programs. Shannon Bass is an NIH SBIR/STTR expert and Senior Principal Consultant at BBCetc, with a background of management in the biotechnology industry. Shannon has assisted numerous start-ups in developing competitive NIH grant submissions, post-award management, commercialization, and project management.
Megan Varnum is a BBCetc Principal Consultant with a wealth of experience in leading biological technologies on the path to commercialization. Formerly, at Michigan State University, she assisted researchers in translating their technologies into startup business, managed the launch of two startups and assisted in preparation of both NIH and NSF SBIR/STTR proposals. As CEO of a small business, she was involved in all aspects of writing a SBIR grant proposal, which was awarded from the National Cancer Institute (NCI).
Over the week following the workshop, 1-on-1 assessments will occur through videoconference allowing competitive applications to receive free support for an April 5 submission. If you have an idea you would like to share with us during such an assessment, please fill out the assessment form by January 18.
"Great overview with highly relevant guidance on key sections to focus on and nice breakdown of important aspects within each section. Really helpful 2 days!" - PhD Scientist from Pharma Industry
"Great information, appreciate your efforts to help St. Louis move forward with grant submissions and funding needs." - Medical Device Company Co-Founder
"Fantastic session. Even though I've been writing grants (successfully) for 30+ years, I still learned a great deal." - Audiology Company Founder
(This workshop is a part of Grants2Business, a highly successful program with an average NIH SBIR success rate of 58% (18% national average, 2018) for Phase I and 76% (45% national average, 2018) for Phase II submissions.)