Welcome to the SHARPhub library of recorded webinars covering a range of SBIR/STTR topics. Webinars are made available courtesy of BBC Entrepreneurial Training & Consulting (BBCetc).
General SBIR STTR Information (FREE)
ABC’s of SBIR/STTRLearn what it takes to be eligible for SBIR/STTR funding and then determine which of the 11 participating agencies is the best fit for your technology.
SBIR/STTR for Faculty, Post-Docs and Grad Students and University ParticipationThis webinar provides information on commercializing research discoveries, starting a company and taking your technology with you along with SBIR/STTR basics eligibility, participating agencies, the differences between SBIR and STTR and how to determine if this type of funding makes sense for your technology.
SBIR/STTR Registrations: Getting Ready to Submit Your ProposalA critical detail in preparing SBIR and STTR proposals has nothing to do with writing the proposal – it’s getting registered so that you can submit (usually electronically) before the deadline. A surprising number of applicants don’t do it correctly! The ramifications? Failure to submit! Most agencies advise allowing at least four-to-six weeks to complete the process. Further, every agency has its own requirements, typically involving multiple individual registrations. This webinar takes the mystery out of registrations.
Formatting and Readability Tips for SBIR/STTR ProposalsA good SBIR/STTR proposal is made infinitely better by writing and formatting that enhances readability by reviewers and showcases your technology to its best advantage. Improve the competitiveness of your proposal with tips and best practices for making it look good and read well.
Using the Solicitation to Write Your ProposalThis webinar helps take the mystery out of the solicitation document by describing the differences between granting and contracting agencies and explaining how to decipher what they are looking for in SBIR/STTR proposals by cues and tips from within the solicitation itself.
How to Protect Your SBIR/STTR Technology’s Data RightsDo you understand your SBIR/STTR data rights and how to protect them? Learn what constitutes SBIR/STTR data (and what does not), what the government’s obligations are with regard to the handling your data, actions you need to take to protect your data rights, how civilian and military protections differ, and how all of this information can be critical in your efforts to move your technology to Phase III commercialization.
Delivering an Elevator PitchA successful elevator pitch results in a request for more information, an invitation to talk/meet later, an RFP or a request to see your business plan/technology/project proposal. Find out how to prepare by knowing your audience, the goal of your pitch and the features of a successful pitch. Several “formulas” are presented with strategies for testing your approach.
Patent Law Survey for Academics and New EntrepreneursThe presenter will walk through patent application preparation and prosecution, describing the effect of dates, documents, and discourse with the patent office. The goal is for attendees to improve one’s general understanding of the patent process and increase one’s efficiency in working with technology managers and patent counsel.
National Institutes of Health
NIH Part 1: Program OverviewThis webinar provides an overview of the NIH SBIR/STTR program, including finding a solicitation, deciding which Institute or Center best “fits” for your project, talking to NIH and understanding the review process. Also covered is what “homework” you’ll need to do to begin planning for your submission.
NIH Part 2: Proposal Preparation BasicsThis webinar covers proposal prep for the NIH SBIR/STTR program including planning the project, review criteria specifics, components of the proposal, commercial plan elements, formatting tips and more.
NIH Part 3: Developing the BudgetThis session walks viewers through the development of an NIH project budget. Items discussed include what costs need to be included (direct, indirect, unallowable), understanding the different roles on a project, how to write a budget justification, and budget best practices.
NIH Part 4: How to Use ASSIST to Submit Your ProposalApplication Submission System & Interface for Submission Tracking – or ASSIST – is NIH’s web-based service for the preparation, submission, and tracking of grant applications using Grants.gov’s downloadable Adobe forms. Learn about the benefits of ASSIST and get step-by-step instructions on using this streamlined means of electronically submitting your NIH proposal.
NIH Part 5: Preparing to Receive NIH SBIR/STTR Funding: How Do I Get the Money?If you are a NIH applicant and you anticipate receiving an award, you will want to make sure you are actually prepared to accept government funding. Being prepared means you need to have thought about and set up policies and procedures for your company’s operations, put a compliant accounting and time-keeping systems in place and have a host other information at the ready when you are asked for it after notification, but pre-award. This webinar provides details on what you’ll need to present to your NIH program officer, when and how you actually get the money and common errors to avoid.
Grants Contract Management
How to Prepare a Budget for Your SBIR/STTR ProposalDeveloping 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.
What You Need to Know About Gov’t AuditsTechnology firms that receive grants or contracts are often unprepared to deal with a government audit. When is an audit required? How do you prepare? Who performs an audit? This session answers those and other questions that arise. Also covered are types of audits, company financial policies and procedures, contracts and agreements, equipment logs; required reporting, audit alerts, etc.
Practical Strategies for Indirect Rate DevelopmentThis session will explain indirect cost treatment and how to prepare an indirect cost proposal. Topics include: one-tier or two-tier indirect cost calculations; what costs are included; fringe benefit treatment; process for negotiation; different types of rates – provisional/final, and more.
QuickBooks & Compliance for SBIR/STTR AwardeesThis webinar discusses how to manage your SBIR/STTR grant or contract to can improve your odds of moving from Phase I to Phase II, and Phase II to Phase III (transition and/or commercialization). The various sources for managing funds from DoD, NIH, NSF, or DoE, will be discussed as well as reporting requirements and close-out procedures. Viewers also learn how to use QuickBooks accounting software to manage accounting requirements.
Policies & Procedures for SBIR/STTR AwardeesYou’ve won your award. Now your task is to management the funds you’ve received not only to stay in compliance with government regulations, but to direct your business in an organized manner. This webinar provides information on how to set up and manage procurement policies, payroll, employee leave and other internal controls that are necessary for success.
Essentials of SBIR/STTR Commercialization PlanningThis webinar includes tips on developing the components of a credible commercialization plan from demonstrating market opportunity, to product/technology considerations, developing business strategy and and building your team. Reviewer exceptions are covered throughout along with agency requirements, and much more.
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