One of the most common themes we try to impress on our clients is for them to reach out to the various program managers well before they submit a proposal.
Often our clients think primarily about NSF or NIH as a source for SBIR funding.
We often hear from entrepreneurs about the challenges in acquiring additional funds to further de-risk technologies and navigate through the dreaded Valley of Death.
This is not a rigorous treatise on proposal writing or Grantsmanship 101.
With 11 different agencies, multiple deadlines, a choice between grants and contracts- how do you begin to search for the right SBIR/STTR opportunity for your company? Make your search a bit easier with the following how-to advice.
When writing a grant proposal it is always a good idea to have others look it over during the writing phase and most certainly during your final edits prior to submission.
Making your proposal easy to read An often overlooked aspect of an SBIR proposal involves neglecting to realize your reviewers are people who have to wade through a slew of proposals quickly and efficiently.
As you prepare your 2019 SBIR/STTR proposals, take note of common budget and salary issues/questions that are brought up with our consultants Time Proposed in the Budget: As our clients are working on their proposal packages we sometimes see issues with regard to time proposed in the budget for the PI, key employees and consultants.
Why should an SBIR/STTR agency hire your company? While you may have a really innovative technology, it will be your team that does the work.
A commercialization plan can be similar to a business plan in many respects, and should include a clear focus on the following topics, supported by customer discovery interviews, data, references, and quotations wherever possible.