WEDC supported SBIR Ready provides the lift to help you towards the $3.7 billion federal Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR)/Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Research program. SBIR Ready (DoD Edition) is designed to help small businesses access the changing landscape of program & innovation funding now accessible through the Air Force and AFWERX program.
SBIR Ready 2021 is focused on helping existing businesses ideate and develop a new funding pitch to the Department of Defense.
The SBIR Ready (DOD Edition) program is a unique opportunity to support small businesses to explore, prepare, and submit competitive SBIR proposals within 6 months of participation. This 4+ session program will accomplish the following:
- Support companies to understand the breadth of innovation opportunities
- Arm companies with the ability to navigate current and emerging DoD innovation needs.
- Lead companies to brainstorm innovation capabilities towards a competitive proposal.
- Support companies to network with potential collaborators towards a competitive proposal submission.
- Prepare companies in basic DoD proposal techniques with emphasis on the unique AFWERX program.
- Direct companies to prepare proposal drafts including pitch decks, quad charts, technical volumes, and budgets.
- Support companies to complete all required registrations for submissions.
- Support companies towards submissions including contacting DoD topic managers and regular post-program one-on-one support until submissions.
Companies successfully completing the first four sessions are eligible for $750 with an additional $750 available after submitting a vetted DoD proposal within 6 months.
SBIR Ready is a series of four, 1.5-hour workshops conducted in a small-group, virtual setting, with hands-on team and individual exercises. Following each session, companies meet individually with CTC to discuss ‘homework’ important for funding proposal preparation and submissions. Companies who satisfactorily complete ‘homework,’ receive a $750 grant with an additional $750 bonus opportunity upon submission of a competitive SBIR/STTR funding proposal.
Virtual Meeting Schedule
Each session runs from 12:00 – 1:30 PM
Session 1 – March 17th
Your Value Proposition
Learn how to think like a DoD innovator. Discover innovation challenges. Brainstorm on new uses and fit for your innovation or capabilities in the DoD market.
Session 2 – March 24th
Lay the Groundwork: How to Apply
Know and begin registrations for a future submission. Discover channels and approaches for military customer engagement.
Session 3 – March 31st
The Distilling Process
Determine feasibility goals using feedback from experts and peers, market research, gap analysis and best-practice examples. Communicate project via budget and Quad Chart.
Session 4 – April 7
Pitch to Convince
Prepare draft of a convincing pitch deck (proposal submission). Determine current fit and readiness to submit in June 2021.
*Companies who successfully attend these first four sessions, complete all assignments, and engage with CTC on deliverables are eligible for a $750 stipend.
Applicants Pursuing June Deadline
On Your Own but Not Alone- April 12-May 4
One-on-one consultations with CTC to customize project according to April 21 topic pre-release instructions and innovation goals. Develop proposal collaborators. Leverage CTC towards conversations with military customers, DoD topic managers, and additional FREE proposal prep resources.
Fusion Event – April 21st
Understanding Value-Added Partnerships
Guided networking to meet subject matter experts in university, military, prime and small business collaborations to help prepare you to meet and develop meaningful value-added partnerships important for a successful Air Force/DoD submission. Want to participate in the Fusion Event? Contact us.
Session 5 – May 5th
Prepare questions and documents towards meaningful customer discovery with a topic manager. Refine proposal approach accordingly.
Session 6 – May 12th
Get it Done
Map successful submission plan ahead of the May 19 “go dark” period and June 17 submission date.
*Companies who successfully attend sessions 5-6 AND who submit a competitive, reviewed proposal package in 6 months are eligible for an additional $750 stipend.
Not quite ready to apply to SBIR Ready?
Sit in on our February 10th Department of Defense SBIR/STTR Seminar and see if it may be a funding opportunity for your small (<500 employees) business.
Request a Meeting
Need help navigating the process? Request a meeting with one of our consultants.