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 award each agency offers. All agencies are different, and depending on the agency, you may be applying for either a grant or a contract. While both are similar, there are critical differences to be aware of. Grants are typically an award used to accomplish a public purpose or a public goal. They are flexible and provide funding for investigators to initiate their own projects. Federal agencies that give awards in the form of grants are the Department of Agriculture (USDA), Department of Energy ...
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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?

Quite often clients come to us looking for our support to help them pursue funding, and more often than not we see a glaring gap in the due diligence of those seeking funding. They have their pitch prepped and are ready to go. They can tell you everything thing you want to know about the product or their idea. They even have the best of the best on their team (e.g. industry subject matter experts, advisors, consultants, and even us...).Yet, somehow they just can't seem to get a funding commitment from an agency or investor. Why? What is it? It ...
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VentureClash

VentureClash

VentureClash is Connecticut’s $5 million global venture challenge focused on promising and high-growth companies. Managed by Connecticut Innovations, VentureClash scans the globe for disruptive fintech, insurtech, industry 4.0 and digital health companies that are looking to land and expand in Connecticut. The first-round application launches in February and after two rounds of outside judging, approximately 10 finalists pitch every October at Yale University for an opportunity to secure a $1.5 million investment. What is VentureClash? VentureClash is Connecticut’s global venture challenge for early-stage digital health and fintech companies. In addition to company investments, VentureClash awardees also benefit from introductions to ...
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SAM and What it Means for Your SBIR

SAM and What it Means for Your SBIR

Applying for any grant, especially government grants, is no simple task. There are a hefty amount of requirements to consider before you even begin the grant writing process. For SBIR especially, it is important to be aware of all of these requirements and get them taken care of in the early stages to ensure you will not run into any roadblocks at the end of the grant-writing journey. One requirement for SBIR that you should be wary of is the SAM registration requirement. SAM, otherwise known as System for Award Management (SAM), is the system that is required by the ...
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Bragging Rights: 100% Success Rate Achieved With NSF SBIR's Required Project Pitch.

Bragging Rights: 100% Success Rate Achieved With NSF SBIR’s Required Project Pitch.

We now know that all of our clients that completed NSF SBIR's newly required Project Pitch received an official invitation from NSF to submit a full proposal because of our efforts. We developed language, recommend modifications for improvement, and advised on specific approach techniques for each of our clients submitting. As a result, each and every single client (7 clients) that came to us for support and guidance for the newly required Project Pitch were invited to submit full proposals. We know that each project pitch met the program’s objectives to support innovative technologies that show promise of commercial and/or ...
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Goals vs. Objectives: Setting Measureable Objectives

Goals vs. Objectives: Setting Measureable Objectives

Setting a goal for your organization is important in all aspects of the business. It is especially critical when preparing a grant proposal. 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. When setting objectives, it is important that those objectives are measurable, and are not confused with your organization’s larger goal. Goals and objectives are often used interchangeably, but the difference is crucial for your grant applications. Goals are general ...
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Tips For Meeting a Deadline

Tips For Meeting a Deadline

In the world of funding, deadlines are one of the biggest drivers of how we spend our time and effort. And yes, deadlines are important for winning grants and other forms of funding to make your business grow, but they are also important for managing your own time, and keeping things organized. While deadlines can be stressful, if managed correctly, they can actually make your life a lot easier. Here are some of the best physical and mental practices for preparing for a deadline: Physical: have a clean space. If your space is cluttered, your mind may be cluttered as ...
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A Common Misconception about SBIR: Eligibility

A Common Misconception about SBIR: Eligibility

The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program is one of the largest funding opportunities offered by the United States government. In all, 11 governmental agencies participate in the highly competitive program. The mission of SBIR is to promote small businesses and encourage innovation within the United States, to grow the national economy, and to meet research and development needs within the government. The program encourages participation from women-led businesses and persons from socially disadvantaged groups. As a small business, an SBIR grant can open a world of opportunities. While SBIR is a highly sought-after program, there are often misconceptions or ...
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EPA’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I Solicitation is Open!

EPA’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I Solicitation is Open!

If you have not started on your required registrations for EPA's SBIR Phase I due July 31st, you might be cutting it close as some registrations take time to approve and validate (e.g. Sam.gov). Learn more and apply. EPA’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program Open Date: June 13, 2019 – July 31, 2019 The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announces the release of its 2019-2020 Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I Solicitation to develop innovative technologies that protect human health and the environment. EPA is calling for small businesses to apply for Phase I awards up to $100,000 ...
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Need help finding funding in Arkansas?

Need help finding funding in Arkansas?

As the state’s premier business assistance provider, the ASBTDC is dedicated to helping small businesses achieve success and promoting economic development throughout the state. The Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center is a university-based economic development program that assists entrepreneurs, both new and seasoned. We help with every aspect of business creation, management, and operation. Through the eight locations around the state, ASBTDC works with all types of for-profit businesses, from home-based to high-tech. You can receive one-to-one confidential consulting and cutting-edge market research at no charge, or expand your expertise by participating in our affordable training. Need help with ...
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AZ Small Business Services

AZ Small Business Services

Looking for funding and business support in Arizona? Being the #1 in the nation for entrepreneurial activity Arizona has all the resources needed to help your small business thrive such as Small Business Services (SBS), SBIR/STTR Resource Center, Venture Madness, and more! START, OPERATE AND GROW A BUSINESS IN ARIZONA Small Business Services (SBS) has a dual focus. First to provide information on business licensing and statewide resources for every stage of business development and second– to serve as an advocate by developing policies and programs addressing the needs of small businesses. SBS works closely with entrepreneurs, government officials, community ...
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AZ Innovation Challange

AZ Innovation Challange

The Arizona Innovation Challenge is Arizona's leading technology commercialization competition awarding up to $3 million – $1.5 million twice yearly – making it one of the most competitive and largest competitions in the nation. All applicants must have or be moving towards commercialization of unique, innovative technology or a scientific solution to a marketplace issue(s) in an industry. Companies may not simply be involved in re-selling or expanding an existing technology. Typically, retail, real estate, or professional services business will not qualify for participation unless their service or product embodies a unique technology solution. All companies must be an existing, ...
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NIH, CDC, FDA increased SBIR/STTR proposal budget limit.

NIH, CDC, FDA increased SBIR/STTR proposal budget limit.

Back in November of 2018, we noted that the SBIR/STTR Statute (15 U.S.C. §638) establishes a cap for the maximum dollar amount of SBIR and STTR awards, above which an agency must request an SBA-approved waiver, AND that as of 11/20/2018, agencies may issue a Phase I award (including modifications) up to $252,131 and a Phase II award (including modifications) up to $1,680,879 without seeking SBA approval. Any award above those levels will require a waiver. Agencies considering this authority should review §7(i)(5) for additional information. With the release of NIH, CDC, and FDA solicitations (PA-19-272), (PA-19-270), (PA-19-273), and (PA-19-271) ...
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Small Business Funding for Veterans

Small Business Funding for Veterans

Finally!!! Veteran-owned businesses are eligible to receive certain small business grants from the government, nonprofits, and some corporations as well. In particular, the SBA owns many programs dedicated to veteran business owners like VA SBA loans. These initiatives seek to give back to our troops for their service and dedication and to support their entrepreneurial contributions. Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Businesses Program:Similar to the 8(a) program, the SBA’s SDVOSBP isn’t a grant, but it helps veterans who own businesses get additional contracting opportunities from the government.Small Business Administration Veteran’s Entrepreneurship Act of 2015:The SBA’s Veteran Entrepreneurship Act removes the borrower fee ...
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Find Funding with Alaska SBDC

Find Funding with Alaska SBDC

For over 25 years, the Alaska Small Business Development Center has been helping businesses start, develop, and grow. The Alaska Small Business Development Center (Alaska SBDC) provides no-cost advising services and low-cost educational programs to entrepreneurs looking to start or grow their small business. Assistance is provided by experienced business advisors and experts through on-site and/or online interactions or training, and at no cost to clients. No other program offers the same reach, resources or opportunities to create an impact to businesses at every stage of development. Think you’re alone in trying to figure out what to do next? Don't ...
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Alabama Launchpad

Alabama Launchpad

Lots of us think we have great ideas. But only the best of the best can walk away with an Alabama Launchpad win and a serious financial boost to their business. The purpose of the Alabama Launchpad startup competition is to promote and reward high-growth, innovative ventures that have the potential to grow and thrive in Alabama. The competition is for ventures in concept or seed stages of growth. Alabama Launchpad will begin accepting applications for the next round of competition cycles starting May 31st, 2019 and the deadline to apply is June 28th, 2019. Not quite ready? Alabama Launchpad ...
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The SBIR/STTR NIH, CDC, and FDA solicitation open

The SBIR/STTR NIH, CDC, and FDA solicitation open

The 2019 SBIR and STTR Omnibus/Parent Grant Solicitations for the NIH, CDC, and FDA was recently released. Wondering what they will fund? Be sure to pay close attention to the slight differences between NIH, CDC, FDA, and between SBIR and STTR, as well as "clinical trial allowed" or "not allowed". Each has specific requirements that are unique to the solicitation line. Need help determining whether you are doing a clinical trial? Please note that all proposals are due by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization on September 5 for Cycle I, January 5 for Cycle II, and April 5 ...
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Small Business Grants from Big Corporations

Small Business Grants from Big Corporations

Government grants are great, but the requirements are often hyper-specific, or the funding amounts aren’t that large. Big corporations will often provide small business grants to contest winners. For you, it’s money to grow your business. For them, it’s a PR win, netting loyal corporate customers and a lot of good will. The difference here is that many corporate-sponsored small business grants involve pitch competitions or something similar. Not all do, of course, but you’ll want to be aware that applying to a corporate grant might involve more work. With that, though, comes the potential for publicity—and for runner-up prizes ...
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DOD's SBIR 19.2/STTR 19.B BAA Released

DOD’s SBIR 19.2/STTR 19.B BAA Released

The Department of Defense issues three SBIR and three STTR Broad Agency Announcements (BAA) for proposals annually. Each BAA has a pre-release, open, and close. During the pre-release period, the government is not accepting proposals, but small businesses can discuss technical questions directly with the topic authors (contact information available in each topic). Once the BAA is open, direct questions with the topic authors are no longer allowed, but technical questions may be submitted anonymously through the SBIR Interactive Topic Information System (SITIS) 2019 BAA SchedulePre-ReleaseOpenCloseDoD SBIR 2019.22 May 201931 May 20191 July 2019DoD STTR 2019.B2 May 201931 May 20191 ...
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New collaborative launched to focus on WNY business owners

New collaborative launched to focus on WNY business owners

Upstate Capital Connect is a collaborative among Excelsior Growth Fund, Launch NY, PathStone Enterprise Center, and Westminster Economic Development Initiative with support from JPMorgan Chase are supporting entrepreneurs in the Western New York Region. Upstate Capital Connect provides a one-stop portal for business owners seeking funding or advice to help their business grow. Upstate Capital Connect is meant to eliminate barriers to accessing capital and ensuring that every business owner is provided the opportunity to start, grow, and thrive. See More HERE http://www.capitalconnectny.org/Upstate Capital Connect provides a one-stop portal for business owners seeking funding or advice to help their business ...
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