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 Garage company has received more than $5 million in non-dilutive financing from 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 amongst 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 April 5, August 5, and December 5. See below for details, or contact Adriana Tajonar.
Summer 2013 QB3 SBIR Workshop
Genentech Hall, UCSF Mission Bay
Starts Tuesday, June 11; final session July 30
This six-session workshop will take you through all the steps necessary to successfully file a well-written SBIR/STTR grant application for the August 5 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. Additionally, enrollment in this class also includes a separate session to address specifics of NSF applications as well as contract applications.
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.
- A total of five 3-hour working sessions, plus a 3-hour filing clinic
- Ability to access course remotely via web conference
- 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)
Here is what a former participant has to say about the course:
I remember I was so lost about the process and requirements needed to submit SBIR Phase 1, but I am so glad to get all the help and advice that we needed to submit our SBIR Phase 1 from this workshop. This workshop covered everything that we need to know about SBIR process, submission and handy tips. We wouldn’t have been able to do this without the SBIR workshop. Everyone there was very helpful, patient and supportive.
Sook Wah Yee, founder, Apricity Therapeutics, and SBIR grant awardee
|6/11 (Tues)||12-3 pm||Helen Diller Bldg. 160|
|6/25 (Tues)||12-3 pm||Byers Hall 212|
|7/9 (Tues)||12-3 pm||Genentech Hall N-114|
|7/16 (Tues)||12-3 pm||Byers Hall 212|
|7/23 (Tues)||12-3 pm||Byers Hall 212|
|7/30 (Tues)||12-3 pm||Byers Hall 212|
Standard rate for the entire workshop: $750 per company
Discounted rate for UC affiliates, QB3 Startup in a Box members, and QB3 Accelerator members: $250 for entire workshop (lunch included) per company
Acceptance into a future course is guaranteed with a waived fee if the company’s application is unsuccessful.