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#NIH #SBIR budgets: What you don't know about can hurt your proposal

#NIH #SBIR budgets: What you don’t know about can hurt your proposal

There are several categories of costs that are generally not included in the National Health Institute (NIH) Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) budget allocations. What you don't know can hurt your NIH SBIR proposal ...
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Looking for ways to improve your proposal outcomes?

Looking for ways to improve your proposal outcomes?

We have been collected tips, best practices, and advice based on our experience, feedback from our clients, and reviewers. Here are the top 11 tips to help improve your proposal outcomes ...
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Application Instructions Matter for #NIH #SBIR proposals

Application Instructions Matter for #NIH #SBIR proposals

Did you know that there two sets of instructions for NIH SBIR proposals? Yikes!! Do you know where to find them? Do you know which one to use and when? ...
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Applying for #NIH #SBIR, how hard can it be?

Applying for #NIH #SBIR, how hard can it be?

Just to register to submit your NIH SBIR proposal and be considered, your organizational representatives will have to create profiles on no less than THREE complex government websites ...
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#SBIR: Eligibility Requirements

#SBIR: Eligibility Requirements

Now and again clients ask us about SBIR/STTR eligibility requirements. We thought it would be helpful to put together this quick checklist for you so that you know if you meet the eligibility criteria for SBIR/STTR ...
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Preparing for #SBIR

Preparing for #SBIR

SBIR/STTR proposals require a very meticulous application process. For this reason, once you have decided to apply for an SBIR award, there are several steps you should take to prepare ...
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A.I. vs Algorithms: Your words matter... especially in your proposals

A.I. vs Algorithms: Your words matter… especially in your proposals

A.I. vs Algorithms: Your words matter... especially in your proposals ...
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#SBIR: Contacting Your Agency

#SBIR: Contacting Your Agency

Best Practice Tip: ALWAYS contact any funder or agency by phone and/or email before you consider submitting a proposal ...
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What you need to know about #SBIR solicitations

What you need to know about #SBIR solicitations

While SBIR is a federal grant program, each of the 11 participating federal agencies runs its SBIR program a little differently ...
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#SBIR: Contracts vs. #Grants

#SBIR: Contracts vs. #Grants

When beginning the process of applying for SBIR funding, it is important to know which type of funding each agency offers. All agencies are different, and depending on the agency, you may be applying for either a grant or a contract. Do you know the difference? We do ...
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Want #funding? What does your company's online presence look like?

Want #funding? What does your company’s online presence look like?

You may not want to hear this, but if you want funding you need to take care of your online presence. ALL OF IT ...
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SAM and What it Means for Your #SBIR

SAM and What it Means for Your #SBIR

Did you know that it can take 12-15 days for your SAM registration to become active? ...
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Goals vs. Objectives: Setting Measureable Objectives

Goals vs. Objectives: Setting Measureable Objectives

Goals and objectives form the most important part of a project proposal and one should pay great attention while framing them. Well-drafted goals and objectives facilitate in developing an articulate proposal that has high chances of getting funded ...
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A Common Misconception about #SBIR: Eligibility

A Common Misconception about #SBIR: Eligibility

A Common Misconception about SBIR: Eligibility. Your business must be owned and operated within the United States, and all contributors to the SBIR research and development must be U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents ...
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When to apply for federal #funding (#SBIR #grant)

When to apply for federal #funding (#SBIR #grant)

The Small Business Administration (SBA) provides various eligibility requirements to apply for federal funding. To apply for Small Bussiness Innovative Research (SBIR) funding, your business must qualify as a Small Business Concern (SBC) as defined by SBA regulations ...
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Start your government registrations right away.

Start your government registrations right away.

starting or updating registrations at least 60 days prior to the application deadline will help ensure that your proposal is submitted on time ...
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5 reasons you are NOT ready for a grant

5 reasons you are NOT ready for a grant

If you are part of an organization that is a start-up, that is the organization is in the first three to five years of operation, it is likely that you could always use more funding. We all could ...
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The Blunt, Cold, Hard Truth: Success rate or success ratio is a bad measure

The Blunt, Cold, Hard Truth: Success rate or success ratio is a bad measure

Why "Success Rate" is a bad measure and the answer is not as straightforward as you would like with SBIR/STTR funding and Win Rate or Success Rate or Success Ratio is a misnomer and a misconception ...
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Want to get funded? Start with those government registrations

Want to get funded? Start with those government registrations

Government #funding can be tricky. Small Business Innovation Research (#SBIR) grants, for example, are a great opportunity for small businesses to gain substantial #funding to help their business grow. However, there are a lot of steps a business needs to take to apply for #SBIR and other forms of government #funding, and missing one could set your business back substantially, or eliminate your opportunity to apply altogether. This is why it is critical that you ...
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Is your project in one of the 8,700 #OpportunityZones?

Is your project in one of the 8,700 #OpportunityZones?

#OpportunityZones are a new community development program established by Congress in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 to encourage long-term investments in low-income urban and rural communities nationwide. The #OpportunityZones program provides a tax incentive for investors to re-invest their unrealized capital gains into Opportunity Funds that are dedicated to investing in #OpportunityZones designated by the chief executives of every U.S. state and territory. WHAT ARE OPPORTUNITY ZONES? Opportunity Zones are low-income census ...
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