NIH SBIR/STTR Proposal Prep Workshop

Jun 01 2023
8:00 am - 4:00 pm


Virginia Innovation Partnership Corporation

Event Information

For basic research advancing beyond the academic realm into product development, the NIH provides non-dilutive federal funding through the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs. The NIH SBIR/STTR programs award over $1.25 billion in R&D funding annually to qualified small businesses developing game-changing technologies.

During this workshop, our expert will provide important information about SBIR/STTR funding and address how to craft a competitive SBIR/STTR proposal that meets the unique requirements of the NIH.

Expect to learn:

  • Registration process necessary for submission
  • Strategies for targeting your proposal to meet the reviewers’ expectations
  • How to approach each section of the proposal
  • The importance of your Specific Aims
  • Common pitfalls and how to avoid them, and more

Agenda (EST)

  • 8:00am VIPC Intro. and Program Overview
  • 8:30am SBIR/STTR Overview and NIH Program Essentials – An overview of the SBIR/STTR program and review of NIH Program Essentials
  • 10:00am 10-15-minute break
  • 10:15am NIH Proposal Prep – Part 1 – Detailed explanation of each major component of the Research Plan with strategies and review criteria
  • 12:15pm 30-minute lunch break
  • 12:45pm NIH Proposal Prep – Part 2
  • Continuation of NIH proposal prep, including Biosketches, Facilities, Budgets, and Grantsmanship
  • 2:45pm 10-15-minute break
  • 3:00pm Other Components for Success – Registrations, more NIH funding opportunities, how to handle Human Subjects Research, Intro to ASSIST, and final Q&A.
  • 4:00pm Adjourn

About Virginia Innovation Partnership Corporation (VIPC)

VIPC accelerates early commercialization & funding support for Virginia innovations, entrepreneurs, startups & market development initiatives. VIPC concentrates on the​ ​​early commercialization and ​​seed funding stages of innovation, ​​​helping innovators and ​tech entrepreneurs launch and grow new companies, create high paying jobs and accelerate economic growth throughout the entire Commonwealth of Virginia.​ Through VIPC’s SBIR/STTR Support Program, training, mentoring, expert referrals, and “phase 0” grants are available to help Virginia’s small businesses improve their SBIR/STTR proposals. or 703-689-3080.

About BBC Entrepreneurial Training & Consulting

BBCetc is nationally recognized for its success in helping emerging companies win SBIR/STTR funding and use it strategically to propel growth. BBCetc’s Michigan clients have been awarded over $406 million in funding since 2002. The company was recently named a 2020 Tibbetts award winner as well as one of 50 “Michigan companies to watch” by Michigan Celebrates Small Business.

About the Presenter: Shannon Bass

Shannon is a Senior BBCetc Principal Consultant. She joined BBCetc in 2018 bringing with her 28 years of management experience in the biotechnology industry and as an independent SBIR/STTR consultant. Shannon’s career began with an animal health start-up out of the University of Kentucky, which was later purchased by Neogen Corporation. She continued with Neogen for 17 years in the areas of quality control/ assurance, regulatory, pharmaceutical manufacturing and technical services. Later she became CEO of a biotech start-up which brought to market a veterinary research device and president of another medical device firm developing a product for treatment of late-stage lung cancer. A PI on multiple research grants, Shannon has assisted numerous start-ups in developing competitive NIH grant submissions, post-award management, commercialization, project management and building an effective team. She holds B.S degree in Agriculture from Murray State University in Kentucky. / 734.930.9741 / / @BBC_etc

Funded in Part through a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration

Event Location:

Small Business Development Center offices
300 Preston Ave., Charlottesville, VA
2nd Floor Training Room


  • Virginia Based Small Tech Firms:  $15 per person (Lunch Provided)
  • Virginia Based University Researchers:  $15 per person (Lunch Provided)
  • All Others:  $75 per person (Lunch Provided)


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