SBIR/STTR Workshop

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 April 5, August 5, and December 5, plus a number of two-session bootcamps on the specifics of NSF SBIRs. See below for details, or contact Adriana Tajonar.

NIH/NSF SBIR Workshop Fall 2015

UCSF Mission Bay
Five two-and-a-half hour SBIR classes, with two additional one-hour sessions on Phase 2 submissions and resubmissions, and two additional one hour sessions on NSF submissions. Starting Thursday, Sepember 24th and concluding Thursday, December 17th.

There are a limited number of seats, so please sign up as soon as possible by registering here on Eventbrite and also filling out the online application form (*must be completed by 9/18/2015*).

This five-session workshop will take you through all the steps necessary to successfully file a well-written SBIR/STTR grant application for the January 5th, 2015 NIH SBIR deadline and the December NSF 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.

Course includes

  • 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

Topics include

  • 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 some of our past students say about our course.

“I remember I was so lost about the process and requirements needed to submit SBIR Phase 1, but I am so glad we got all the help and advice that we needed to submit our SBIR Phase 1 from this workshop. This workshop covered everything that we needed to know about the 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.

All locations at UCSF Mission Bay.




9/24 (Thurs) SBIR session 1 + SBIR Phase 2 session

1:00-4:30 pm


10/22 (Thurs) SBIR session 2 + NSF session 1

1:00-4:30 pm


11/19 (Thurs) SBIR session 3 + NSF session 2

1:00-4:30 pm


12/10 (Thurs) SBIR session 4

1:00-3:30 pm


12/17 (Thurs) SBIR session 5 + SBIR resubmission session

1:00-4:30 pm



Shauna Farr-Jones, PhD, UCSF/QB3 grant writer

Crystal Nyitray, PhD, Entrepreneurship Program Manager

Standard rate for the entire 14-hour workshop: $750 per company

Discounted rate for UC affiliates, QB3 Startup in a Box Members, and QB3 Accelerator Members: $250 for entire course per company

QB3 Startup in a Box membership fee for new members includes this workshop. If you fall under this category, you may register for free (ask Crystal Nyitray for the code).

A light snack and coffee is included for all sessions.

Acceptance into a future course is guaranteed with a waived fee if the company’s application is unsuccessful.