Health and Medical Innovation
Through individual consulting and the series of training events below, NBDC seeks to prepare companies with Health and Medical Innovations for the April 5 application deadline of the National Institute of Health’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) or Small Business Technology TransfeR (STTR) programs. More information about NIH’s funding priorities is available here. More information about these federal grants for innovative small businesses is available here.
Organizing a Business
January 26 | 11 a.m.Applicants for federal innovation grants must be organized as small businesses. This session will cover the options and resources available when organizing a business in Nebraska as well as key considerations for starting a new business.
February 4 | 5 p.m. | email@example.comCompanies planning to submit proposals to the National Institute of Health’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) or Small Business Technology TransfeR (STTR) programs on April 5 will meet one on one with federal program managers to discuss their projects. Before meeting with an NIH SBIR/STTR program manager, companies must submit their Specific Aims page for review by the Nebraska Business Development Center. (Guidance and samples are available here.)
February 9 | 3 p.m.Companies seeking federal innovation grants must complete a few registrations before they can submit their proposal. This session will cover obtaining DUNS and EIN credentials and accessing and activating an account with the System for Award Management (SAM). The session will provide time to begin that process and ask questions of an expert at Nebraska’s Procurement Technical Assistance Center as your work through it. Attendees also will learn how to access SBIR.gov and Grants.gov.
One-on-One Meetings with Program Managers
February 15 | 9 a.m.
Companies submitting by April 5 should meet one on one with federal program managers to discuss their NIH SBIR/STTR proposals. The Nebraska Business Development Center will strive to match companies/proposals to relevant program managers/topic areas, but spots are limited.
NBDC will send a link to SignUpGenius closer to the event, so companies can identify meeting times that work with their schedules.
Grant Writing Workshop
February 23 | 11 a.m.Learn best practices from a grant writer at UNeTech; Jace Gatzemeyer represents Omaha's only university-supported startup incubator and has submitted numerous grants, including to the Department of Defense and National Institutes of Health’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) programs. Dr. Gatzemeyer will provide actionable guidance and help attendees outline their submissions and plan their work. He will provide samples and templates that will help companies develop competitive proposals.
Grant Writing Q&A
March 16 | 11 a.m.
As a follow-up to the Grant Writing Workshop (above), companies can ask questions of UNeTech's Jace Gatzemeyer. Since Dr. Gatzemeyer presented best practices and got companies started with outlines and templates, he is available to answer questions specific to each proposal.
Come with questions and be prepared to provide feedback during this interactive session.
Cuss and Discuss
March 23 | 11 a.m.
Getting a grant application across the finish line presents real challenges -- many that only others trying to do the same thing can understand!
This interactive session provides a forum for companies to air some grievances but focus on devising solutions and developing partnerships that will help them overcome their challenges and submit their grant applications on time.
How to Submit an NIH Application
March 28 | 11 a.m.
This session will focus on Grants.gov, ensuring that companies have set up the EBiz POC correctly. That accomplished, Grants.gov will communicate with the National Institute of Health's grant submission platform, eRA Commons.
The Nebraska Business Development Center will present how to navigate eRA Commons and troubleshoot common problems with that platform. NBDC can field last-minute questions about proposals' content, but the focus of this session is the technical details of uploading an NIH SBIR/STTR proposal, submitting it through the system, and resolving any errors.
All sessions will include specific information for those applying April 5 to National Institute of Health's Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology TransfeR (STTR).
Other resources for companies with Health and Medical Innovations: