Recorded Webinars

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).

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  • Research Involving Human Subjects: NIH Requirements

    This session will cover NIH policies for research involving human subjects from application through award. The session will include an overview of recent regulatory and policy changes, a discussion on choosing the right Funding Opportunity Announcement for the type of research you are proposing, and tips for completing the PHS Human Subjects and Clinical Trials Information Form. Presenter: Dawn Corbett, NIH Inclusion Policy Officer, Office of Extramural Programs, Office of Extramural Research, NIH
  • SBIR/STTR for Faculty, Post-Docs and Grad Students

    This 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.
  • University Participation in SBIR/STTR: From Pre-Submission to Post-Award

    Universities are often directly or indirectly involved in SBIR/STTR-funded projects, so it is important that university administrators understand SBIR/STTR requirements and that small businesses understand university policies. This session covers issues that need to be addressed both as the proposal is being developed and after it is awarded looking from the university’s perspective. We explore budgets, participation by researchers, conflict of interest and post-award reporting requirements.
  • SBIR/STTR Registrations: Getting Ready to Submit Your Proposal

    A 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 Proposals

    A 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 Proposal

    This 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 Rights

    Do 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 Pitch

    A 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.
National Institutes of Health
  • NIH Part 1: Program Overview

    This 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 Basics

    This 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 Budget

    This 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 Proposal

    Application Submission System & Interface for Submission Tracking – or ASSIST – is NIH’s web-based service for the preparation, submission, and tracking of grant applications using’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 Proposal

    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.
  • What You Need to Know About Gov’t Audits

    Technology 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 Development

    This 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 Awardees

    This 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 Awardees

    You’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.
Commercialization Planning
  • Essentials of SBIR/STTR Commercialization Planning

    This 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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