Big Changes to NSF SBIR/STTR Phase 1 Submittal Process

NSF is now requiring SBIR/STTR applicants to submit a Project Pitch online prior to submitting a full application.  NSF states that they will review the Pitch and within 3 weeks provide either an invitation to submit a full proposal, or essentially a rejection of your idea.  You will not be allowed to submit a full application until you have an approved Project Pitch.
To get you started, CTC has prepared this 
NSF Project Pitch Template that includes the NSF guidance plus some questions we added to get you going with writing your pitch.
As always, feel free to contact
Todd or Dave for further information and guidance.  We will be happy to review your Pitch before you submit it.

Informational w
ebinars are scheduled for March 26th and April 10th

Jim Greenwood, from the Greenwood Consulting Group, breaks down the new process and gives a few suggestions to help you on your way- Heads Up Re: NSF’s New Pre-Proposal Pitch Requirement
Be sure to get your Project Pitches into NSF ASAP. 
As always, CTC is here to provide feedback on your workbefore submitting.  Good luck!

Why Ideadvance?

Founders of ERbin, Wausau startup and 2018 Ideadvance awardee, discuss how Ideadvance, through funding and Lean Startup methodologies, helped their idea become a business.

Read more about the 2019 Ideadvance Solicitation below.

Up to $75K for UW System students, faculty, staff and alumni!

This program funded by UW System, WEDC, aims to empower entrepreneurs to focus on key go-to-market activities. No more sitting for hours crafting a business plan that won’t survive first contact with customers. Instead, the program gets you ‘out of the building’ to learn about your customer and business.  Along the way, you receive grant dollars to advance the business based on the real needs of your customers.

It is recommended that all hopeful applicants meet with our New Idea Concierge about your eligibility/idea today.

Read the entire news release here.

NSF Presubmission Review

Planning on submitting an SBIR proposal for the June NSF deadline? Let us review it first. Our multidisciplinary panels mimic the federal agency’s review process and taps reviewers with experience in SBIR/STTR funding, technology commercialization and/or technical expertise.
Our goal is to provide you with actionable recommendations regarding your draft ahead of your SBIR/STTR submission deadline. 
Draft proposals due by noon on May 20th.

Register today!

DARPA is piloting a new approach


DARPA now intends to release SBIR/STTR opportunities on an out-of-cycle basis, separate from the three pre-determined announcements traditionally issued directly through the Department of Defense (DoD). The change is expected to reduce the overall time from opportunity announcement to contract award. DARPA will also seek to identify SBIR/STTR Phase II awardees with a compelling go-to-market strategy for participation in a newly created commercialization accelerator.
The DARPA accelerator will provide additional funding to employ one entrepreneur-in-residence or business development lead who will offer the awardee direct support for activities including, but not limited to, customer engagement planning, market analysis and mapping, competitive analysis, techno-economic analysis, IP strategy development, and financial planning.

See the Presolicitation:

Naval Acceleratory Pilot BAA Opportunity (ADAPT)

The Navy has developed a new approach to engage non-traditional technology solution providers with Naval needs. 

This new Naval Accelerator Pilot opportunity, known as Accelerated Delivery and Acquisition of Prototype Technologies (ADAPT) will be in the form of an out-of-cycle BAA that will contain 6 direct-to-Phase II (DP2) topics aligned to address naval challenges in the ship building community.  The ADAPT BAA is scheduled to be pre-released soon. Keep monitoring the Navy's SBIR website at

In response to this pilot, the Navy will be hosting an ADAPT workshop which will take place in Lowell, MA on Wednesday, April 10, 2019 with additional one-on-one meetings available on the 11th. 

The Workshop will include an introduction to the ADAPT pilot, technology briefs on the topics, discussion on the proposal process and contracting, and an opportunity for one-on-one discussions with subject matter experts.

Registration is required and will open Friday, March 15, 2019. More information available at:

BIO 2019 Scholarships Available

BioForward, With Support from Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, is now accepting applications for BIO 2019 Scholarships!!
These scholarships provide access to global biotech and pharma leaders via BIO One-on-One Partnering, exposure to industry thought-leaders with over 500 education sessions at your fingertips, and unparalleled networking opportunities with 16,000+ attendees from 67 countries.

Learn more here!

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March 18, 2019
Wisconsin Tech Summit
Wisconsin Tech Council

May 20, 2019
NSF Presubmission Review

Solicitation and Review Deadlines

March 20, 2019
Dept. of Education SBIR/STTR Deadline

March 22, 2019
gBETA Madison Applications Due

April 5, 2019
Applications Due

National Institute of Health

April 19, 2019
Applications Due

National Institute of Standards and

April 22, 2019
USDOT SBIR Applications Due
US Department of Transportation

June 13, 2019
Applications Due

National Science Foundation

Resources to make your SBIR proposal a WINNER!

1. SBIR Writing Assistance grants
Apply to our CTC Micro-grant program to receive up to $9K towards hiring a service provider to help you with the process!
Whether it's to discuss your new technology, team creation, SBIR/STTR proposal writing, funding opportunities or assistance programming, CTC is here to help Wisconsin tech startups succeed.  Contact us to learn what we can do for you!
CTC's popular program for new-to-SBIR faculty, post-docs and early career scientists, SBIR Ready, is returning this summer!  Although we don't have an application up yet, we are taking letters of interest NOW!
Fill out this short questionnaire and we will be in touch to talk about the program.
Read more about
SBIR Ready here.
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