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Start your New Year right with a new funding strategy for your tech business. Contact the SBIR experts at CTC for free programming, advice and tech consulting.

Eligibility widened for SBIR Advance: High-tech small businesses can apply for matching grants up to $100,000.


Letter of Intent deadline - January 3, 2019

The SBIR Advance program provides state matching funds, training and other resources to Wisconsin businesses to advance the commercialization of SBIR/STTR-funded technology.  SBIR Advance grants are used for commercialization activities that will accelerate business development and improve company opportunities for Phase 2 and Phase 3 federal awards and for investor funding.

Eligibility requirements have changed!  If you haven't been eligible before, check again.

Phase 1 award match: Matches up to $75K or 50% of Phase 1 SBIR or STTR award.
Phase 2 award match:  Matches up to $100K per year for up to 2 years of Phase 2 SBIR/STTR award.

Letter of Intent Due January 3rd
Full Application Due January 17th

Contact CTC with eligibility questions

NIH Proposal Writing Workshop

Medical College of Wisconsin

January 17, 2019 2:30-4:30 PM

Register Today for this Free Event

During this workshop, sponsored by the MCW Office of Technology Development, a Technology Consultant from Center for Technology Commercialization (CTC), will cover all aspects of writing NIH SBIR/STTR grants including:  
  • Is SBIR/STTR a fit for me?
  • Understanding what SBIR/STTR reviewers are looking for
  • Getting Started with Aims and Significance
  • Step-by-step guidance on preparing key sections of your proposal
  • NIH Tips, Do’s and Don’ts
  • Support options available before, during and after an SBIR/STTR award.
Who should attend:
  • Anyone interested in grant writing as a skill
  • Anyone planning on submitting an SBIR/STTR proposal in the next 12 months
  • Individuals interested in learning enough about the program to determine if they are interested in pursuing future submissions
  • Individuals supporting SBIR/STTR applicants and companies including financial managers, business managers, other administrative personnel
Why you should attend:
  • National averages for NIH SBIR proposal funding are around 17% BUT CTC clients are funded at a rate two to three higher than that national average
  • CTC support and assistance is FREE to Wisconsin businesses
  • Tapping $2.5B in seed funding is possible and game-changing
Register Today for this Free Event

DOE FOA has been released!

Letters of intent are due January 7th
Full application is due February 25th

Attend the December 20th DOE webinar to learn about this FOA, how to apply and the changes coming to DOE this year.
Contact CTC with any questions or to request a review your proposal before the due date.

Let's Talk Significance!  

Your SBIR proposal must communicate strong significance, but many proposals I review fall short in this area.  NIH has a section titled Significance as part of the Research Strategy.  Other agencies do not include this explicitly but it is still essential to have a clear and convincing narrative around the significance of your proposed project.
I look at significance in 6 possible elements or dimensions.  Many applicants do a reasonable job of describing the significance of the problem they are addressing, but don’t go far enough in building their case and addressing the other 5 factors.
  1. Significance of the problem.  Of course you should always focus on a problem.  Don’t make the reviewers ask “What problem are they solving and for whom?”  And make sure you are being specific about the problem that you are addressing in its description, its target, and its magnitude.  Maybe there are 3 million dialysis patients but if the problem you are addressing only occurs in 10% of these patients, and if your solution only applies to 1/3 of these, then the problem is 100,000 patients and not 3 million.  Quantify and describe the specific target audience/market you are addressing.
  2. Significance of the opportunity.  That is, define how much difference....Read more about the other 5 factors to significance that are vital to define.

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January 17, 2019
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NIH I-Corps Deadline
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January 3, 2019
SBIR Advance LOI Due

January 7, 2019
National Institute of Health

February 25, 2019
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January 31, 2019
WI Governor's Business Plan Contest
Wisconsin Tech Council

February 6, 2019
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