September 22 – 23, 2021
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BioGenerator and BBC 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 DoD, NSF and NIH specifics, to help guide your project planning. After a lunch break, we 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, Becky Aistrup, and Jerry Hollister 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 Principal Consultant at BBC, 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. Becky Aistrup, managing partner at BBCetc, was a previous VP and Corporate Officer for a successful SBIR firm, is uniquely able to relate to the issues faced by SBIR/STTR applicants. Her professional background includes over 30 years of experience working within the medical, biotech, advanced materials and electronics industries helping companies successfully win SBIR/STTR funding. Becky also served as SBIR/STTR Program Director for the state of Minnesota. Jerry Hollister, is BBCetc principal consultant with 30 years of leadership experience in government, higher education, non-profit and for-profit enterprises. After earning an engineering degree from the University of Michigan, he served as commissioned Naval Officer in the Civil Engineer Corps and a warranted Contracting Officer for the Dept. of Defense. Before joining BBCetc Jerry was Chief Operating Officer for Michigan-based Niowave, a developer of superconducting electron accelerators, where he worked to build the successful start-up company from 2008-17 and was instrumental in Niowave receiving over 45 SBIR awards that brought over $20 million of non-dilutive funding into the company.
Over the week following the workshop, 1-on-1 assessments will occur through videoconference allowing competitive applications to receive free support for a September 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 May 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.)