SBIR: Get Started, Get Funded

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1. SBIR/STTR:GETTING STARTED,GETTING FUNDED 2. SBIR/STTR MissionSupporting scientific excellence and technological innovation through the investment of Federal research…
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  • 1. SBIR/STTR:GETTING STARTED,GETTING FUNDED
  • 2. SBIR/STTR MissionSupporting scientific excellence and technological innovation through the investment of Federal research funds in critical American priorities to build a strong national economy one small business at a time.
  • 3. SBIR/STTR Program SizeFY2011: $2.4+ Billion allocated!SBIR: 2.5% of extramural R&D budgets of qualifying agenciesSTTR: 0.3% of extramural R&D budgets of qualifying agenciesThese percentages are changing in 2013…
  • 4. SBIR funding is accessible to a widerange of innovators  Small US-citizen owned company or start-up with new IP  Researcher* with an applied technology but no funding to create a prototype  Inventor with concept funded out of your own pocket *Restrictions apply
  • 5. Grants are an overlooked source ofearly stage funding Federal SBIR/STTR grants to build and test innovative new products State NYSERDA PONS—energy-related R&D TIP, ARPA-e…
  • 6. SBIR/STTR Innovation Model Federa Federa Other l SBIR l SBIR $ $ $ Phase I Phase II Phase III Proof of R&D toward Development concept prototype for commercial market
  • 7. SBIR/STTR Phase GuidelinesPhase I: Proof of concept/Feasibility SBIR – up to $150K for 6 months STTR – up to $100K for 12 monthsPhase II: Full research/R&D SBIR – up to $1 million for 2 years STTR – up to $550K for 2 yearsPhase III: Commercialization Funds from outside the program
  • 8. SBIR InnovationThe SBIR program provides small businesses the opportunity to propose innovative ideas that meet federal R&D needs.
  • 9. STTR—Partnership RequiredThe STTR (Small BusinessTechnology Transfer) Program isSBIR’s sister program, encouragingcooperative R&D between smallbusinesses and researchinstitutions.
  • 10. SBIR/STTR allows you to test thefeasibility of ideas with commercialpotential Congress has mandated that agencies with significant external R&D budgets reserve a percentage for SBIR and STTR SBIR permits research institution partners STTR requires research institution partners
  • 11. SBIR provides funding for high-risk R&Dand enables you to prove your concept  First level of investment  Verification of your innovative technology  Peer-reviewed  Reduces technological risk for investors (angels/VCs will NOT fund R&D)  Has grown increasingly competitive
  • 12. SBIR builds value in your businessfor the owners of your business  Not dilutive like equity investment  No future debt accrued  Inventors retain 100% intellectual property and commercialization rights  Licensing and royalties=future revenue streams
  • 13. SBIR and STTR fund direct project work in several areas Exploitation of scientific breakthroughs Innovative use of emerging technologies New application or major improvements to existing technologies Commoditized technology won’t be accepted
  • 14. Eleven agencies host SBIRprograms, and six host STTRprograms Agriculture Commerce Defense - also STTR Education Energy - also STTR EPA Health and Human Services -  National Institutes of Health - also STTR  Health Care Financing Administration Homeland Security Transportation National Aeronautics and Space Administration - also STTR National Science Foundation - also STTR
  • 15. SBIR/STTR Eligibility For-profit firm with fewer than 500 employees US-owned and independently operated Not dominant in the proposed field of operation PI employed by the business over 50% time (no other organization can claim them as FTE)  For SBIR; STTR depends upon the agency Research direction must be controlled by the SBIR grantee
  • 16. Start with a multi-agency search Using search portals, identify the topics that relate to your company’s R&D interests by keyword. www.zyn.com/sbir/  (newsletter also) www.sbir.gov
  • 17. Next step—do your homework The second step is to review solicitation information for the opportunities you have selected Pre-solicitation announcements Guidelines  Requirements - technical and personnel  Award amounts  Application and submission details Research funded in the past Be careful about ‘sample’ or ‘model’ proposals
  • 18. Third step—contact the agency Learn why the agency is funding your topic Research each agency to understand their mission and culture Be sure you understand release date communications blackouts Research previous awards made in your category
  • 19. Be tactical: you have to plan towin Have a clear vision of your first customer Leverage federal and state resources Leverage relationships with outside organizations Consider the use of subject-matter experts Leverage personal resources Ask for letters from potential customers
  • 20. You must be prepared to sell thevalue of your idea An investor is an investor Evaluate how you fit the funder’s needs Understand the funder’s motives and values Be able to articulate how your approach is different from competing technologies Show that you know your market
  • 21. The proposal will require more than‘filling out a form’—write for yourreader! Proposal quality is key The text should be engaging and easy to read, but avoid marketing-speak Don’t make the reader dig for information; highlight key points Use pictures, tables and figures
  • 22. Deal-breakers for your proposal… Unclear writing, including ESL issues—get readers! Failure to demonstrate your ability to commercialize (Bigger issue than ever!) Lack of a truly qualified Principal Investigator. Application errors like wrong checkboxes! No clear difference from the herd. Not a ‘real business’ with a physical home (esp. NIH).
  • 23. Let’s talk about reauthorization… SIX MORE YEARS!! This is such great news, but… SBA went through through MILES of legislation to give the agencies the ground rules going forward.  SBA SBIR Policy Directive Tough new guidelines are unfolding Don’t go it alone—nobody should pretend that the new landscape is simple for companies to understand . Read everything twice—the rules are shifting.
  • 24. Reauthorization—keychanges 1 Set-aside percentages will increase gradually. Agencies may be able to add more support and technical assistance to applicants/awardees. Venture Capital majority-owned companies can play, but details expected early 2013. Companies will be required to register with www.sbir.gov Possibility of cross-program and cross-agency awards
  • 25. Reauthorization—keychanges 2 Direct to Phase II pilot (DoD, NIH, Dept. Ed) Open Phase II competition—all Phase I awardees will be eligible to compete for Phase II, rather than by invitation only. Company ‘commercialization benchmark’ measured. (Multiple Phase I awards with no Phase II questioned) More stringent Waste, Fraud, and Abuse (WFA) compliance reporting. Changes rolled out from August 6, 2012 until published dates shown in the Federal Register.
  • 26. Reauthorization—keychanges 3 Previously startups had to qualify as ‘small businesses’ at time of award. Now, you will have to qualify at time of submission. See your SBDC! Agencies are required to reduce the gaps in the time it takes to make an award, but this will happen gradually. Phase III awardees will receive clearer preference for federal contracts.
  • 27. Some upcoming deadlines… USDA/NIFA Phase I extended to 9/13 DoD SBIR 2012.3 and STTR 2012.B: 9/26 NSF STTR 12/20, but Letter of Intent needed (LOI) NSF SBIR 12/3—broad topics:  Biologicaland Chemical Technologies (BC)  Education Applications (EA)  Electronics, Information, and Communication Technologies (EI)  Nano, Advanced Materials, and Manufacturing (NM)
  • 28. Some upcoming deadlines… USDA/NIFA Phase I extended to 9/13 DoD SBIR 2012.3 and STTR 2012.B: 9/26 NSF STTR 12/20, but Letter of Intent needed (LOI) NSF SBIR 12/3—broad topics:  Biologicaland Chemical Technologies (BC)  Education Applications (EA)  Electronics, Information, and Communication Technologies (EI)  Nano, Advanced Materials, and Manufacturing (NM)
  • 29. New York State SBIROutreach 10 Regional Technology Development Centers (RTDCs) in NY State  These centers are members of the NIST-funded Manufacturing Extension Partnership network for New York State, NYMEP. NYMEP is coordinated by NYSTAR.  Three SBIR/STTR regional specialists cover 10 regions. New York State has provided SBIR outreach since 1988 through NYSTAR, now under Empire State Development.
  • 30. NYS SBIR specialists can lead youthrough the SBIR/STTR mazeWe can:  Help you find the right opportunity  Match you with a research lab partner  Match you with a small business  Advise you on proposal strategy  Read your proposal with commentsWe can’t:  Write the proposal for you
  • 31. THANK YOU, AND FEEL FREE TOCONTACT ME WITH ANYQUESTIONSColleen GibneySBIR Program DirectorTechnology Consultant ITACCGibney@ITAC.orgPresentation content credit and special thanks to:Marcene Sonneborn, CNY-TDO, SBIR Specialist
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