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Happy New Year!!
Contact CTC for assistance in building your 2019 funding plan and commercialization goals.
Let's make this year a great one for Wisconsin small businesses!

LAST CALL for up to
$100K in seed funding.
Letters of Intent due TOMORROW at noon


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

Workshop Opportunity
Grant Writing for NIH

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
DOD is open for business! 
DOD and a few other agencies have not been affected by the government shutdown. 
Remember, you have limited time to ask your technical questions before the blackout period. 
I-Corps at NIH is an experience-focused entrepreneurship training program designed specifically for SBIR- and STTR-funded companies in the life sciences. They are now accepting applications for April 2019 cohort of the program. Learn more at the info session on January 9th.  

Is SBIR/STTR a Fit for Me?  Take the T.E.S.T

Here is a simple test with some Go – No Go criteria to see if SBIR/STTR is a fit for your company. 
We will look at:
T – Topic
E – Eligibility
S – Story
T – Team
Topic – SBIR/STTR Topic-Technology Fit
There are usually well over 1000 topics every year spread out over 11 different federal agencies and around 70 separate solicitations.  You need to find a topic of interest to one of the agencies that your technology addresses.  You need a Great Idea that is Innovative and Significant.
  • Is it an SBIR or an STTR topic?
  • Which agencies?
  • What are their topics of interest?
  • What are their deadlines?
  • What are their requirements?
Eligibility – Legal and Practical
Legally you must be a for-profit company located in US.  The company must be >50% owned/controlled by US citizens, permanent resident aliens or domestic business concerns, OR under some circumstances,  Multiple domestic VCs, hedge funds or private equity firms.  There must be fewer than 500 employees (including affiliates).  Practically in order to compete, you must have the staff and facilities to prepare scholarly documents and execute a peer-reviewed caliber research project.  Or you must identify these resources as new hires, partners, consultants, and subcontractors.

Click here to read more about....
Story – What is your SBIR/STTR “Story“?
Team – What Makes a Winning Team?
Can you pass the TEST?  Contact CTC for help and $$ to put towards your SBIR/STTR application.

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January 17, 2019
NIH Proposal Writing Workshop
Milwaukee, WI

Solicitation and Review Deadlines

January 3, 2019
SBIR Advance LOI Due

January 7, 2019
National Institute of Health

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

February 6, 2019
Department of Defense

February 25, 2019
Department of Energy

Did you know?

Could you use some help writing a SBIR/STTR proposal or commercialization plan?   Apply for a
CTC Micro-grant to put towards hiring a service provider to help you with the process!
Let us be your assistant! 
CTC is piloting a program aimed at building custom reminders alerting YOU of timelines for funding opportunities (SBIR and other), available programs to push your business forward, post Phase II resources and the dates CTC program solicitations open.
Learn more here.
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