"How to Write a Winning SBIR Proposal"
When & Where
Location is 177 Stanley Hall, UC Berkeley
All classes are on Wednesdays. Class dates: Oct. 3, Oct. 17, Oct. 24, Nov. 14
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About the Workshop
The chances of your SBIR or STTR proposal getting funded are vastly improved if your proposal is well written and packaged. In fact, many great ideas fail to get funded simply because of poor “grantsmanship.” In addition, first-time applicants are often daunted by the intricacies of the grant submission and review processes, and are unaware that they can improve their chances of getting funded by communicating directly with funding agency program and review staff.
This workshop will help you develop a compelling, well-organized research plan, and explain your ideas in clear, engaging writing that will win over your reviewers. We will focus on the Research Plan sections of NIH and NSF SBIR proposals, and one full session will be devoted to helping you craft your Specific Aims (the most important section of your application). We will also provide guidance on filling out your budget, Biosketch and other forms, and tips on how to most effectively navigate the NIH and NSF application and review processes.
Specific topics to be covered will include:
What are SBIRs and STTRs, and which should you apply for?
Finding a “home” for your proposal (funding agencies, study sections, and topic-specific funding opportunities)
Sussing out your competition
Interacting with funding agency staff
Developing a logical, fundable Research Plan and assembling your project team
Logistics of the application process (electronic submission, deadlines, timelines to funding, agency requirements)
Major components of SBIR/STTR Research Plans and what to include in each
Facing and conquering the blank page
Writing and packaging your proposal for maximum impact
How to avoid common mistakes
Individualized feedback on your Specific Aims
Developing your Budget
Filling out forms
Review and award processes
The workshop will consist of four 3-hour sessions. There will be time during and at the end of each session for class participants to consult with the instructors about their own applications.
Session 1: Introduction to SBIRs and STTRs; identifying appropriate funding agencies and targeted funding announcements; mechanics of applying
Session 2: Developing your Research Plan; grantsmanship and writing tips (i.e., how to best pitch your proposal to your reviewers)
Session 3: Individual feedback from the instructors on your Specific Aims; help with filling out forms
Session 4: The review and award processes and how to maximize your chances of success; resubmissions and Phase II applications
This class is designed for applicants planning to submit for the next NIH and/or NSF grant deadlines (Jan 5, 2019 and early December 2018, respectively). However, the basic principles to be covered also apply to other federal SBIR funding agencies (DoD, DoE, etc.). Importantly, the science writing skills taught in this class will serve you well in writing not only grant applications, but also scientific journal articles and company public relations materials.
Please note that if you wish to request a refund we require notice of cancellation 48 hours in advance of the first session.