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SBIR Intro

Intro to SBIR/STTR (8/10/23)
This one hour recorded session presents an overview of the SBIR/STTR programs at the 11 participating federal agencies, providing details on the programs purpose, participating agencies, funding available, and how the agencies vary in their missions.

Funded in part through a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Hosted by: Virginia Innovation Partnership Corporation
Special collaboration with the Virginia MBCA Business Center
Duration: 1.5 hours
Register: https://airtable.com/app8hTrqj2yJM07AZ/shrsgB7vhEuR3vBXa

National Science Foundation (NSF)

Essentials of NSF SBIR/STTR Proposal Prep (1/11/24)
This session provides viewers an overview of the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) SBIR/STTR grant programs and how to plan and write a competitive NSF SBIR/STTR.

Funded in part through a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Instructor: BBC ETC
Duration: 4.5 hours
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Department of Defense (DoD)

Market Research Tips to Improve your DOD SBIR Win Rate (4/16/24)
This special webinar session provides a brief overview of the DOD SBIR/STTR program and recent release specifics, provide a discussion of commercialization and TABA (commercialization) funding at DOD, what to do between topic release and the Open Date, and discuss market research essentials you should conduct in advance of submitting a DOD SBIR/STTR proposal.

Funded in part through a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Presented by: TechOpp Consulting
Duration: 1.5 hours
Register: https://airtable.com/app8hTrqj2yJM07AZ/shrdL1DoZ0K325mXA

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DOD SBIR Proposal Preparation WEBINAR (4/20/23)
This Department of Defense-focused workshop provides detailed instruction on preparing a proposal to meet the requirements of the DOD, including both technical and commercialization plans, and navigating the submission process. 

Funded in part through a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Presented by: Monique Branham, BBC ETC.
Duration: 5 hours
Registerhttps://airtable.com/app8hTrqj2yJM07AZ/shrOydb4vULVroNBx

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DOD SBIR/STTR Proposal Planning & Prep Tips (12/7/23)
The Department of Defense and its participating components award over $2B annually in SBIR/STTR funding. This comprehensive three and a half hour webinar recording presents proposal preparation tips for those targeting a DOD SBIR/STTR submission. 

Funded in part through a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Presented by: Randy Simpson, TechOpp Consulting. 
Duration: 3 hours
Register: https://airtable.com/app8hTrqj2yJM07AZ/shrwm7eRiQfHsnV4b

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The Business of Phase III at DOD (3/11/21)
Just exactly what is a SBIR/STTR Phase III and what does it take to get there? Does the SBIR/STTR program fund Phase III? Answer: no. Join us in this webinar to understand who funds DoD Phase III and how you can access those funds.

Funded in part through a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Presented by: Randy Simpson of TechOpp Consulting
Duration: 1 hour
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Bridging DOD Funded Work to Commercial Markets (4/21/22)
The DOD is focused on technology to enable the warfighter and uses the SBIR/STTR program to find new and promising research that will create products and services that give us the edge on the battlefield. But often there are other markets that can benefit from the technology with modifications to address their specific requirements. These commercial opportunities can dwarf the military one as small businesses pivot from military to civilian requirements. Learn how to discover these parallel markets, make the connections, and start the conversations that can lead to significant revenue for the small business. 

Funded in part through a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Hosted by: Virginia Innovation Partnership Corporation
Presented by: Randy Simpson, TechOpp Consulting
Duration: 1.5 Hours
Register: https://airtable.com/app8hTrqj2yJM07AZ/shrmnqW0j16VjOV88

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Building Strategic Partners for DOD & NASA SBIR/STTR Projects  (1/12/23)
This session will provide tips on how to acquire a strategic partner and discuss how to allocate tasks and budget to your partners.

Funded in part through a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Presented by: TechOpp Consulting. 
Duration: 2 Hours
Register: https://airtable.com/app8hTrqj2yJM07AZ/shrrUggwYG9cjswi

Budgeting

How to Prepare an SBIR/STTR Budget (2/9/23)
Developing a proper budget for a grant or contract proposal should not be overlooked. A proper budget can be an effective tool in driving the project from start to finish. Be sure not to leave money on the table. This session will walk through the development of a project budget. Items covered will include what costs need to be included, how to write a budget justification, can the company afford to pursue this project, what indirect rate should be used and more.

Funded in part through a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Hosted by: Virginia Innovation Partnership Corporation
Presented by: BBC ETC
Duration: 1.5 hours
Register: https://airtable.com/app8hTrqj2yJM07AZ/shrox1QYqHvysupa9

National Institutes of Health (NIH)

NIH SBIR Proposal Prep Virtual Classroom (10/26/23)
The National Institutes of Health awards almost $1.25B annually to small technology firms. This 3-session intensive webinar will provide detailed instruction on developing competitive proposals for the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) SBIR/STTR program. From proposal planning to proposal submission, this session is a must if you are considering an NIH submission.
The next NIH SBIR/STTR deadline is Jan. 5, 2024 — be prepared to submit the best proposal possible!

Funded in part through a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Presented by: BBC Entrepreneurial Training and Consulting
Duration: 5 hours
Register: https://airtable.com/app8hTrqj2yJM07AZ/shri3on1Q8zxkI0wd

Tips on Preparing Biosketches and Facilities Sections for NIH SBIR/STTR Proposals
This session will help you identify who comprises your key personnel, what to include in a personal statement, who needs to provide letters of support and what the letters should include, and more. In addition, we will review key aspects of the Facilities and Resources section (not just a cut and paste list!).
  
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Understanding the Peer Review Process at NIH (11/17/21)
The Peer Review process at the National Institutes of Health is unique — fully understanding this process can improve your chances of success in SBIR, STTR and other peer reviewed grant submissions to NIH. This session discusses the peer review process at NIH and tips on how to craft your proposal with the reviewers in mind. Presented by JoAnne Goodnight, former NIH SBIR Program Director.

Funded in part through a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration.  

Duration: Approx. 1.5 hours
Registerhttps://airtable.com/app8hTrqj2yJM07AZ/shrSPTLP7vIqnoJh1

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Writing your Specific Aims Page for SBIR STTR Proposals (11/23/21)
Your Specific Aims page is a critical important component of your SBIR/STTR application and typically the first page reviewers read. Yet, this one page is often the most difficult section to write! You need to “hook” the reviewers from the start as well as provide key information about your technology, the innovation and your team. This session reviews how to structure your Specific Aims page in a meaningful way. 

Funded in part through a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Presented by: JoAnne Goodnight, former NIH SBIR Program Director
Duration: Approx. 1.5 hours
Registerhttps://airtable.com/app8hTrqj2yJM07AZ/shr1VTb5GD6YBO0Ma

Department of Energy

A Practical Guide to DOE SBIR Proposal Writing  (7/20/22)
Topics covered on this webinar include: Intro to SBIR program – what are the SBIR objectives, and how understanding this will help strengthen your proposal; Bid / No-bid criteria – decide if the topics are right for you; Understanding proposal evaluation criteria – and addressing them convincingly; Detailed proposal writing strategies and time-savers — DOE SBIR/STTR proposal strategy guide; Writing a compelling commercialization strategy; Recruiting transition partners. 

Instructors: Bob Fielder and Randy Simpson, TechOpp Consulting
Register: https://airtable.com/app8hTrqj2yJM07AZ/shrmZ3q5xlZ6ociha

NASA

A Practical Guide to NASA SBIR Proposal Writing (2/2/23)
It is challenging to prepare a compliant and compelling proposal to NASA. You must connect the dots between the topic and future missions, highlighting how your technology will benefit the mission goals, reduce risk and have a commercialization pathway. Timely planning, team building, and thorough understanding of the requirements are all differentiators that will set your team apart.  This session will provide specific steps to plan and execute a proposal that meets the solicitation requirements and makes it easy for the Evaluator to find what is needed to score your proposal.

Funded in part through a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Presented by: Randy Simpson, TechOpp Consulting.
Duration: 3 hours
Registerhttps://airtable.com/app8hTrqj2yJM07AZ/shr1eAUG4Mk3M99SL

Smaller Agencies

USDA, EPA, Education, Transportation and NOAA SBIR Proposal Prep Tips (1/13/22) 
This recorded session covers the differences in grants and contracts and participating federal agencies. The session reviews NOAA, EDU, DOT, USDA and EPA, their differences, how to do your “homework” by searching solicitations and prior awards and talking to agency program managers. We also cover proposal development tips for each agency. 

Funded in part through a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Presented by: Jerry Hollister, BBC ETC
Duration: 4 hours
Register: https://airtable.com/app8hTrqj2yJM07AZ/shrbwZLAPsIo4jKhk

 

Miscellaneous Webinars

University Participation in SBIR/STTR (1/23/24)
Universities are often directly or indirectly involved in the development and execution of SBIR/STTR-funded projects, so it is important that university administrators understand SBIR/STTR requirements and that the small business understands the university’s policies. This session covers issues that need to be addressed both as the proposal is being developed and after it is awarded looking specifically from the university’s perspective. An ideal session for university personnel as well as small businesses who intend to engage and partner with universities on an SBIR or STTR.

You’ll learn:

  • Eligibility rules for SBIR/STTR
  • Sub-contracting rules/limitations
  • University lab vs. Small business facilities

Funded in part through a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Presented by: BBC ETC
Duration: 1.5 Hours
Register: https://airtable.com/app8hTrqj2yJM07AZ/shrsG4lVKRFVj64qz

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CMMC Prep & Support Via DOD’s “Project Spectrum” (3/14/24)

Project Spectrum is a comprehensive, cost-effective platform that provides companies, institutions, and organizations with cybersecurity information, resources, tools, and training. It’s mission is to improve cybersecurity readiness, resiliency, and compliance for small/medium-sized businesses and the federal manufacturing supply chain. This webinar will review the tools available and provide tips on how to use the program to help your business.

Funded in part through a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Presented by: Lisa Wood, Statewide Director, Virginia Apex Accelerator – sponsored by the Dept. of Defense
Duration: 1.5 Hours
Register: https://airtable.com/app8hTrqj2yJM07AZ/shrQApU0CurDaQncF

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Proposal Writing Tips & Tricks (3/12/24)

This session will present some common sense tips on how to write an effective state or federal contract proposal.

Funded in part through a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Presented by: Lisa Wood, Statewide Director, Virginia Apex Accelerator – sponsored by the Dept. of Defense
Duration: 1.5 Hours
Register: https://airtable.com/app8hTrqj2yJM07AZ/shrweCjn8sC8kgzCI

Managing Your SBIR/STTR Award

Tips to Managing your SBIR/STTR Award (12/6/22)
Whether you are anticipating an award or have already been funded, understanding the fundamentals necessary to manage your government dollars is key to organizing your business for success and proving your credibility for future funding. This session will cover the top 10 tips to managing your SBIR/STTR award.

Funded in part through a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Presented by: BBC ETC
Duration: 1.5 Hours
Register: https://airtable.com/app8hTrqj2yJM07AZ/shrP9mGC6L7zGwMpH