SBIR/STTR Intensive Workshops for NSF, DOD, and NIH

For basic research advancing beyond the academic realm, the NIH provides non-dilutive federal funding through the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs. The NIH SBIR/STTR programs award over $1.21 billion in R&D funding annually to qualified small businesses developing game-changing technologies.

During this workshop, our experts will provide important information about SBIR/STTR funding and how to craft a competitive SBIR/STTR proposal that meets the unique requirements of the NIH. In addition to up-to-date information on the SBIR/STTR programs.

Expect to learn:

  • Registration process necessary for submission
  • Strategies for targeting your proposal to meet the reviewers’ expectations
  • How to approach each section of the proposal
  • Common pitfalls and how to avoid them, and more.

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July 11, 2022
11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
SBIR/STTR Overview and Introduction to NIH
An overview of the SBIR/STTR programs, including eligibility, and sources of funding. An introduction to NIH, and essential information for selecting an institute appropriate for your technology, as well as, how to contact and communicate with program officials.

July 18, 2022
11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
NIH Proposal Prep
Understanding the NIH review process, writing your Specific AIMS page, research strategy and preparing proposals components for maximum impact.

July 25, 2022
11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
NIH Proposal Prep Continued
Other critical details of the proposal; the importance of your team, facilities and budgets.

About the Presenters:

Megan Varnum

Megan Varnum, Ph.D.
Megan joined BBC Entrepreneurial Training & Consulting as a Principal Consultant in 2019 with a wealth of experience in leading biological technologies on the path to commercialization. As CEO of FibrosIX Inc., a Michigan company developing compounds for the treatment or prevention of fibrosis-related disorders, Megan was involved in all aspects of planning and operation of the company. This included writing an SBIR grant proposal, which was awarded from the National Cancer Institute. Her prior experience includes serving as an Entrepreneur in Residence for Michigan State University’s Spartan Innovations where she assisted MSU researchers in translating their technologies into startup businesses. While at MSU, she managed the launch of two startups and assisted in preparation of both NIH and NSF SBIR proposals. A former Research Associate of the Scripps Research Institute, Megan received a B.S degree from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and a Ph.D. from Boston University.

Baindu Bayon

Baindu Bayon, Ph.D.
Baindu is a biomedical scientist from Indianapolis. Dr. Bayon earned her B.S. in Biology from Indiana University Bloomington and her Ph.D. in Medical & Molecular Genetics from Indiana University School of Medicine. She is currently a Principal Consultant with BBC Entrepreneurial Training & Consulting. She was previously a Health Program Specialist at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. Dr. Bayon was a 2018-2020 AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow at the Small business Education and Entrepreneurial Development (SEED) office at NIH and at the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences where she explored entrepreneurship at CTSA (Clinical Translational Science Award) hubs. She's earned a myriad of awards throughout her career, including the coveted Indianapolis Business Journal's Forty Under 40. She is an active member of the Rotary Club of Downtown Silver Spring and of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated.

BBCetc is nationally recognized for its success in helping emerging companies win SBIR/STTR funding and use it strategically to propel growth and has been awarded an SBA Tibbetts award and Top 50 Michigan Companies to Watch award. BBCetc’s Michigan clients have been awarded over $350 million in funding since 2002.

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NSF Proposal Preparation Workshop

The National Science Foundation (NSF) invests more than $200 million annually in their SBIR/STTR Program to promote the progress of science; to advance the national health, prosperity, and welfare; and to secure the national defense. NSF funded research has led to breakthroughs and new discoveries that help people live longer, healthier and more productive lives, and builds a research foundation that drives further discovery.

Join our interactive 3-part virtual SBIR/STTR series and learn what it takes to compete for this funding. Our experts will provide an overview of the NSF grant programs. In addition to up-to-date information on the SBIR/STTR programs, we’ll take a deep dive into the NSF program specifics, so you’re equipped for a successful proposal.

You’ll learn:

  • Programs goals and eligibility
  • How to navigate the NSF website and use web tools
  • The importance of Program Managers
  • Application components and proposal scoring
  • How to avoid common pitfalls and more!

April 7, 2022
11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
SBIR/STTR ABC’s and Overview of NSF Program
Reviewing registrations necessary for submission, strategies for targeting your proposal to meet the reviewers’ expectations, how to approach each section of the proposal, tips on navigating the submission process, and more.

April 14, 2022
11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Project Description Elements
Review the key elements of an NSF proposal. Discuss how to present your Technical Objectives for reviewers to understand your research plan to prove feasibility. Learn about the importance of the commercial plan and how to prepare a compelling commercial plan.

April 21, 2022
11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Other Key Elements
Budget, bio sketches, facilities, collaborators.

About the Presenters:

Baindu Bayon

Baindu Bayon, Ph.D.
Baindu is a biomedical scientist from Indianapolis. Dr. Bayon earned her B.S. in Biology from Indiana University Bloomington and her Ph.D. in Medical & Molecular Genetics from Indiana University School of Medicine. She is currently a Principal Consultant with BBC Entrepreneurial Training & Consulting. She was previously a Health Program Specialist at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. Dr. Bayon was a 2018-2020 AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow at the Small business Education and Entrepreneurial Development (SEED) office at NIH and at the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences where she explored entrepreneurship at CTSA (Clinical Translational Science Award) hubs. She's earned a myriad of awards throughout her career, including the coveted Indianapolis Business Journal's Forty Under 40. She is an active member of the Rotary Club of Downtown Silver Spring and of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated.

Megan Varnum

Megan Varnum, Ph.D.
Megan joined BBC Entrepreneurial Training & Consulting as a Principal Consultant in 2019 with a wealth of experience in leading biological technologies on the path to commercialization. As CEO of FibrosIX Inc., a Michigan company developing compounds for the treatment or prevention of fibrosis-related disorders, Megan was involved in all aspects of planning and operation of the company. This included writing an SBIR grant proposal, which was awarded from the National Cancer Institute. Her prior experience includes serving as an Entrepreneur in Residence for Michigan State University’s Spartan Innovations where she assisted MSU researchers in translating their technologies into startup businesses. While at MSU, she managed the launch of two startups and assisted in preparation of both NIH and NSF SBIR proposals. A former Research Associate of the Scripps Research Institute, Megan received a B.S degree from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and a PhD from Boston University.


DOD Proposal Preparation Workshop

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. Presented by DOD SBIR/STTR expert, Monique Branham, the program will also cover:

  • SBIR/STTR program basics and up-to-date information on the DOD program
  • An understanding of the differences between DOD components
  • Tips on how to identify a topic
  • The importance of talking to Technical Points of Contact during the pre-release period
  • How to register and utilize the DOD SBIR/STTR Innovation Portal
  • Writing to meet the reviewers’ expectations
  • Common pitfalls and how to avoid them, and more

May 2, 2022
11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
DOD Program Overview
Get an overview of the various DOD components and how their programs differ and learn how to find the right solicitation for your technology, how to contact the Technical Points of Contact (TPOC) as well as how to influence future topics and tips for a successful proposal.

May 9, 2022
11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
DOD SBIR Registrations & Budgeting
Detailed review of the required company registrations needed and guidance on how to manage the sites and how and how to develop of a project budget, including what costs need to be included and how to write a budget justification.

May 16, 2022
11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
DOD SBIR Proposal Development
Guidance on the DOD’s proposal rules, not only of the steps to preparing a DOD proposal, but how to make each section succinct and compelling. Includes many practical tips and advice on pitfalls to avoid.

About the Presenter:

Monique_Branham

Monique Branham, BBCetc Principal Consultant
Monique Branham is a BBCetc Principal Consultant; she joined the company in July of 2021. She has 22 years of experience in the DOD. She joined the United States Air Force in 1999 and has an M.B.A in Aviation from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University. While in the Air Force, she served as a Quality Assurance personnel of government contracts and a Resource Management Officer. Monique moved to the Air Force Space and Missile System Center (SMC) and became the SBIR/STTR commercialization expert. Monique’s work was instrumental in finding leveraged funding from government, academic, and private sectors and writing intricate transition management plans led to the successful commercialization of SBIR topics that are currently operating on the International Space Station. Monique garnered leveraged funding for commercialization for over 20 SBIR topics. Monique has received awards from SMC for Innovation and leadership. Monique has an honorable discharge from the United States Air Force.

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