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 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. See below for details, or contact Adriana Tajonar.
Also, in concert with UC Berkeley IPIRA, we offer an NSF SBIR/STTR bootcamp for help with the specifics of the NSF SBIR application. April 29 and May 27, noon – 2:30 pm, UC Berkeley. Email Adriana Tajonar to pre-register.
Spring 2014 QB3 SBIR Workshop
UCSF Mission Bay
Starts Wednesday, January 22; final session Thursday, March 27
To take the course:
This seven-session workshop will take you through all the steps necessary to successfully file a well-written SBIR/STTR grant application for the April 5, 2014 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 two submission clinics 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.
- A total of five 2.5-hour working sessions, plus two 2.5-hour filing clinics
- 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.
|1/22 (Wed)||11:00-1:30 pm||Byers Hall 212|
|2/5 (Wed)||2:00-4:30 pm||Genentech Hall N-114|
|2/19 (Wed)||12:00-2:30 pm||Rock Hall 102|
|3/5 (Wed)||2:00-4:30 pm||Genentech Hall N-114|
|3/19 (Wed)||2:00-4:30 pm||Genentech Hall N-114|
|3/26 (Wed)||12:00-2:30 pm||Byers Hall 212|
|3/27 (Thurs)||12:00-2:30 pm||Byers Hall 212|
A light lunch is included for sessions starting at noon.
- 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. (Since April 2013, Startup in a Box membership fee for new members includes this workshop. If you fall under this category, you may register for free; email Adriana Tajonar for the code.)
- Acceptance into a future course is guaranteed with a waived fee if the company’s application is unsuccessful.