Grant Professional Association Code of Ethics

Grant Professional Association Code of Ethics

The Grant Professional Association (GPA) is a nonprofit membership organization of grant writers. Members of the GPA adhere to a specific list of ethical criteria as mandated by the GPA. This code of ethics is recommended to all grant writers. Failure of GPA members to adhere to the stated standards of conduct may lose membership. That being said, whenever working with a GPA member there exists the added security and value in knowing that professional is driven by stringent ethical and professional standards. Ethical Guidelines Two of the hallmarks of the code of ethics are integrity and honesty. This includes ...
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Startup Fund Hub: Coming Summer 2020

Startup Fund Hub: Coming Summer 2020

We are independent. We like empowering ourselves with the knowledge and skills to do what we need to do. We think all small business owners should have the tools to empower themselves, too. This Summer 2020, we will be rolling out a new product that lets small business owners and entrepreneurs find nondilutive funding for themselves using searchable criteria. Search by location, funding amount, industry, funding type, and more. The Startup Fund Hub database will have up to the minute information regarding funding opportunities from federal, state, local, and foundation sources. All geared toward small businesses. Never before have business ...
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Startup Fund Hub: The Definitive Guide

Startup Fund Hub: The Definitive Guide

If you have been looking for Covid-19 related funding opportunities during the past several months, you may have noticed a free searchable database on the scene. You may have noticed it is part of a site called Startup Fund Hub, but that most of the pages say "coming soon". You may have wondered "What's up with that"? With the official release of Startup Fund Hub scheduled for Summer 2020 and the team behind the product incredibly excited about its release, we would like to tell you exactly what's up with that. What is Startup Fund Hub? Startup Fund Hub is ...
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Practical tips and advice for time management for proposal preparation.

Practical tips and advice for time management for proposal preparation.

Practical tips and advice for time management for proposal preparation.Practical tips and advice for time management for proposal preparation. See more at https://www.ebhoward.com/preparing-for-sbir/ ...
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What You Need to Know about USDA Pre-Award Costs

What You Need to Know about USDA Pre-Award Costs

Each of the 11 agencies that participate in the SBIR (Small Business Innovation Research) program have their own individual policy and guidelines regarding all allowable costs, including pre-award costs. Pre-award costs are any cost the company incurred prior to winning an award. This includes services rendered for business consultation or proposal preparation. By examining the clauses of the policy document, it can be determined what kind of professional service costs are allowable. Ā§200.459 Professional service costs.(a) Costs of professional and consultant services rendered by persons who are members of a particular profession or possess a special skill, and who are ...
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Environmental Protection Agency SBIR Phase I

Environmental Protection Agency SBIR Phase I

The Environmental Protection Agency is expected to release its next RFP (request for proposals) for the SBIR Phase I program. This release is anticipated for June of 2020. Here is what you need to know to prepare. What Is Needed to Apply To apply for the Environmental Protection Agency SBIR Phase I, small businesses will need to register with several organizations. DUNS Number - Applicants must obtain a Dun and Bradstreet business ID number to register. This cost-free registration is simple and is generally approved within 30 days. **In order to be eligible to apply for SAM and grants.gov you ...
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GAAP-What it is and why it matters.

GAAP-What it is and why it matters.

What is GAAP? The short answer is it is the set of rules that govern business finance. Generally accepted accounting principles, or GAAP, lay the foundation for approved practices within the realm of corporate accounting. Businesses must adhere to GAAP guidelines to remain in compliance, so GAAP practices are a useful thing to know. By law, businesses in the U.S. are required to release financial statements to the general public and as well as their stakeholders. All companies that engage in stock exchanges and indices must follow the 10 GAAP guidelines listed below: Principle of Regularity: The accountant has adhered ...
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What you need to know about NIH and pre-award costs.

What you need to know about NIH and pre-award costs.

Every agency has guidelines on what is and is not allowable regarding pre-award costs for SBIR. It is important to read and understand the agency's individual guidelines regarding allowable costs before applying for the proposal and creating a project budget. Advertising and public relations, alterations and renovations, child care costs, dues, and membership fees, and countless other expenditures are addressed in the guidelines. There are many aspects of the guidelines, but for the purpose of this post, we will be discussing our role as paid consultants in preparing the proposal. In the NIH table of allowable costs, a subsection clearly ...
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It's time to build a post COVID-19 future

It’s time to build a post COVID-19 future

Now, more than ever, we need entrepreneurs to build our post-COVIDĀ future. Final Admissions Deadline: May 17, 2020 The Founder's Institute is excited to announce that,Ā for the first time ever, their New York Program will be 100% virtual for this Summer 2020 cohort. This means you can: Work directly with the Founder Instituteā€™s New York team to build a great business.Get constant feedback and regular office hours with 50+ top New York Mentors, investors, and entrepreneurs.Make quick progress using our proven, structured process to get to traction and funding.Expand your support network to include startup founders, CEOs, and investors from the ...
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Changes to Small Business Innovation Research Data Rights

Changes to Small Business Innovation Research Data Rights

Small businesses should prepare for new data rights provisions appearing in Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) contracts. TAKEAWAYS The Department of Defense (DoD) class deviation addressing SBIR contracts will cause contracts with the new deviation language to provide SBIR Data Rights protection for 20 years instead of the traditional five years. At the end of the protection period, the DoD will receive Government Purpose Rights, instead of Unlimited Rights. Changes to the FAR for civilian agenciesā€™ SBIR contracts are to come. On March 17, 2020, the DoD issued class deviation 2020-O0007, which has major implications for small businesses seeking DoD ...
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Meet Empowerment Capital-A New Kind of VC

Meet Empowerment Capital-A New Kind of VC

We are proud to introduce you to Empowerment Capital, a VC that is committed to helping startups succeed. Their innovative business model offers more flexibility and is far less dilutive than your typical Venture Capital. Empowerment Capital - Funding for StartupsEMPOWERMENT CAPITAL - Funding for startups. Making investments of $250,000 - $1,000,0000 in growing companies. Empowerment Capital invests in companies that have recurring revenue, and our investments have been used in the past to trigger matching grants. In a typical case, Empowerment invests up to $1,500,000 and the company then pays a small fraction of revenue monthly (often around 3%) ...
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Grant and Loan Scams Target Small Business Owners Affected by Covid-19

Grant and Loan Scams Target Small Business Owners Affected by Covid-19

While there are many legitimate grant and loan programs available to assist small businesses, the Small Business Administration (SBA) and Better Business Bureau (BBB) are warning business owners to guard against fraudulent funding opportunities. Criminals are using social media, text, and phone calls to lure business owners into providing sensitive information under the pretense of providing a grant or a loan. Here is how the scam works and how you can spot a grant scam and stay safe. The Con Messages are being sent to business owners through several channels informing them that they are eligible for a grant. These ...
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Navy SBIR 20.2 Topics Released

Navy SBIR 20.2 Topics Released

Navy SBIR 20.2 SBIR TopicsHome | Announcements | Search Awards Database | Submission | Contacts | Help The Department of Defense Department of the Navy has just released the details of the next window for SBIR (Small Business Innovation Research) Phase I and Phase II solicitations. Proposals may be submitted between June 3, 2020 and July 2, 2020. The maximum Phase I proposal/award amount is$100,000 and the maximum Phase II proposal/award amount is $1,700,000. Topics include: N202-088 Advanced Low-Level Parachute System N202-089 Focused Enhanced Acoustic-Driver Technologies (FEAT) for Long Range Non-Lethal Hail and Warn Capabilities N202-090 Single Amphibious Integrated Precision ...
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E.B. Howard Consulting Founder, Christine E.B. Howard, to Judge the 2020 NYBPC.

E.B. Howard Consulting Founder, Christine E.B. Howard, to Judge the 2020 NYBPC.

New York collegiate students from across the state are preparing to compete in the 11th annual New York Business Plan Competition (NYBPC) Finals. The competition asks students to create a business plan in one of the six focus areas and present their plan to a panel of judges comprised of business and investment professionals from across New York State. The six tracks are Energy & Environment, AgTech & Food, MedTech & Well-Being, Technology & Entertainment, Military & First Responder, and Consumer Products & Services. The regional winners are competing via video pitch and the Final winners of each track are ...
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In Prep for SBIR: Market Size and Noteworthy Trends

In Prep for SBIR: Market Size and Noteworthy Trends

Potential funding is really exciting. It is easy to get swept up in the excitement, forgetting about the careful planning that must take place prior to applying for an SBIR award. In addition to illustrating why your idea is more advanced than the industry standard and how your team is qualified to carry out the program activities, you will also have to complete a significant section on commercialization and market forecasting. This section is both one of the most often overlooked sections of the proposal and one of the most critical. Many applicants underestimate the importance of the commercialization section ...
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NIH, CDC, and FDA SBIR Readiness

NIH, CDC, and FDA SBIR Readiness

If you are thinking about applying for an NIH, CDC, and FDA for SBIR/STTR funding there are a few things you need to be aware of before you apply. In this post, we will focus on key dates, eligibility, and required registrations. 1. Key Dates NIH, CDC, or FDA for SBIR/STTR are accepted annually. Applying is easier than some other organizations because NIH, CDC, or FDA solicitations offer 3 rounds of application deadlines instead of just one. The annual application deadlines for NIH, CDC, or FDA SBIR/STTR funding are noted in the image below and can be found HERE 2 ...
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5G Challenge - Submit by April 24

5G Challenge – Submit by April 24

Join global 5G leadership in Indianapolis for the 5GXConnect Summit and Indiana 5G Zone launch, a unique test platform and facility in partnership with AT&T, Verizon, NineTwelve Institute and many more. Connect with top emerging technologies in 5G as they pitch and test their solutions for smart city, military, industry and investment leadership. TechConnect, in partnership with the Indiana 5G Zone and Smart Cities Connect, is proud to launch two first of their kind linked 5G programs. Ā Join us virtually for the 5GXConnect Virtual Summit and the 5GX Innovation Sprint (Round-1) on May 27, 2020. Ā  Then join us in-person ...
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NIH SBIR: Additional  Innovation Funding Lines

NIH SBIR: Additional Innovation Funding Lines

Have an innovation in the healthcare sector? These NIH SBIR funding opportunities may be just the thing to help you commercialize. Below is a summary of the NIH PHS 2019-02 Omnibus Solicitations plus a fairly lengthy list of various NIH SBIR-focused solicitations broken down by focus/topic line, that may be the perfect fit for you. Total funding support (direct costs, indirect costs, fee) normally may not exceed $252,131 for Phase I awards and $1,680,879 for Phase II awards.NIH PHS 2019-2 Omnibus Solicitation Special Announcements for Small Business Research Opportunities | NIH SBIR/STTRSBIR/STTR Home > Special Announcements for Small Business Research ...
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How To Select An Evaluator

How To Select An Evaluator

Questions to Consider When selecting an evaluator there are two main questions to consider. What is wanted or mandated from an evaluation? What kind of evaluator is needed to complete such an evaluation? Organizations may want an evaluation to Test the efficacy of the programTest the program's adherence to a set of goalsSee how a program can be improvedLearn about the population being servedDue to mandates set forth by the funder All of these are valid reasons to hire an evaluator, however, there are different evaluation styles and methodology to consider before the hire becomes official. It is important to ...
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Contacting the funder? Should you?

Contacting the funder? Should you?

Contacting the funder? Should you?We always recommend contacting the funder before submitting a proposal to a funding opportunity. See more about it here. https://www.ebhoward.com/sbir-contac ...
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