“The templates and the spreadsheet with all the account info were extremely useful. We reviewed so many moving pieces that it was hard to visualize everything until you actually started doing them—then it all made sense!” — Jeff Jorgenson, Director of Strategic Partnerships, Plushcare
“I like the idea of a working class where you are actually working on something of your own and not just listening and taking notes.” — Charles Blaha, Project Director, Silicon Kidney
“It was a nail biter getting it in, and we really appreciate you being on hand to help.” — Maurice Garcia, Assistant Professor, UCSF
Sure, it takes a long time to get SBIR funding, and the application is complex, but many startups in our community have gone from their kitchen table to active labwork using SBIR funds. And the funding can be quite substantial. One company has received more than $5 million in non-dilutive financing from the NCI. The trick is simple: apply as soon as possible, apply as often as possible, and file the most competitive possible grant application you can.
This is where we come in. We promise that if you follow our steps you won’t be among the 20% whose applications are rejected before they even make it to review, and we’ll assure you that you will have a well-structured and competitive application.
QB3 offers three SBIR workshops a year geared towards the NIH submission deadlines of January 5, April 5, and September 5, plus a number of two-session bootcamps on the specifics of NSF SBIRs. See below for details, or contact QB3 Entrepreneurship Program Manager Ioana Aanei.
Sessions generally follow the same format, with some variations. Here's what a typical course entails.
This five-session workshop will take you through all the steps necessary to successfully file a well-written SBIR/STTR grant application for the next NIH SBIR deadline. This course will focus on crafting a well-structured research plan, getting persuasive letters of support, crafting an efficient budget, and helping you anticipate reviewers’ comments. We will help you speed through the application instructions, saving you hours of time. The course culminates in a submission clinic that will ensure your application is correctly filed.
One or more team members from the company should be prepared to attend every session. Remember to bring your laptop; these will be working sessions.
- Five 2.5-hour working sessions
- One 1-hour resubmission working session
- One 1-hour Phase 2 working session
- Two 1-hour NSF working sessions
- Pre-submission review of specific aims by our course instructors
- Understanding the requirements of an SBIR
- Preparing to apply for an SBIR (company formation, registration at all required websites, identifying the best PI)
- Assembling all the necessary parts of the application (letters of support, sub-contract quotes and letters, facilities to execute the grant, and research plan)
- Composing a competitive research plan
- Understanding and assembling a budget and justification
- Documentation required to use human samples, vertebrate animals, select agents, resources
- Composing competitive innovation and significance sections as well as specific aims
- Searching for program announcements and finding opportunities
- Assembling and filing (completing the 424 correctly and filing on time)
$750 general admission; $100 for members of QB3 Startup in a Box.
We most recently concluded the workshop targeting the April 5, 2017 NIH SBIR deadline. We will definitely have a workshop series aimed at the January 5, 2018 deadline, but the dates have not yet been arranged. Please check this space for details beginning in late August. It is also possible that we may have special bootcamps before the fall; the best way to stay informed is to sign up for our mailing list (scroll down to the footer of this page).