SBIR Workshop, UC Berkeley (4 sessions from Oct. 4 to Nov. 1)

"The Art, Science, and Politics of Writing a Successful SBIR Proposal"

Schedule (all classes are on Wednesdays. Location is 177 Stanley Hall, UC Berkeley)

Oct. 4, 2 - 5 pm
Oct. 11, 2 - 5 pm
Oct. 25, 2 - 5 pm
Nov. 1, 2 - 5 pm

Eventbrite - QB3 SBIR workshop at Berkeley, Fall 2017

The chances of your SBIR 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 process, and unsure about how to interact with funding agency staff.

This workshop will help you develop a compelling, well-organized research plan, and to 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.

The workshop will consist of four 2.5 to 3 hour sessions. Specific topics to be covered will include:

  • Introduction to the NIH and NSF SBIR funding processes

  • Identifying funding opportunities

  • Developing a logical, compelling Research Plan

  • Facing and conquering the blank page

  • Writing for your reviewers

  • Instructor and peer feedback on your Specific Aims

  • Making the most of graphics

  • Electronic registration and submission

  • Communicating with NIH and NSF staff

This class is designed for applicants planning to submit for the December 2017 NSF deadline, the January 5 2018 NIH deadline, or later deadlines. The science writing skills taught in this class will serve you well in writing not only grant applications, but also manuscripts and public relations materials.

Fee Structure
General Admission: $750
Startup in a Box members: $100

Note: Startup in a Box fee for UC founder: $250, non-UC founder: $350. More information on the program is available here.

Email Ioana Aanei with any questions.

About the Instructor

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Gabrielle G. Leblanc, Ph.D. is a grant consultant and science writer with over 15 years of previous experience as both an NIH grant program director and an NIH- and NSF-funded PI. She has worked with numerous grant applicants in both academia and biotech, and as a science writer for NIH institutes, non-profit foundations, and the popular press. She has a B.A. in Biology from Harvard University and a Ph.D. in Neuroscience from Stanford University.