October 2021
BBCetc named a 2021
SBIR Catalyst Award winner!
BBCetc is one of eight recipients of the SBIR Catalyst Award presented by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). The competition is aimed at spurring investment in under-represented communities within the innovation economy. The winning BBCetc proposal was focused on identifying women entrepreneurs and investing in them.

What is the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC)?
It’s the newest acronym to hit the Department of Defense (DOD) — and it will have a big impact on SBIR/STTR companies to secure the DOD supply chain. Mo Branham, one of our DOD experts tells you what you need to know.
Good news and bad news about customer discovery
The good news is that you have reached a point where you’ve succeeded well beyond what many technologies achieve. The less good news is that this is arguably the most difficult phase of development.
Did you miss the 5th Annual
“From the Sources’ Mouth” fall event?
Or maybe you want to review what you heard during the three-day session. Whatever your reason, all of the recordings are available now on our web site.
“From the Sources’ Mouth” with NASA
November 18, 2021
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
FREE Live Workshop
Hear directly from a NASA program manager about what’s needed for a successful proposal to NASA. This workshop is ideal for technology-based entrepreneurs, startups and small businesses familiar with the SBIR/STTR programs.

Are you leaving federal dollars on the table?
TABA stands for “Technical and Business Assistance” and it helps you cover commercialization and business costs that could not be included in your SBIR/STTR proposal. Talk with BBCetc about how to secure TABA funding.
Non-disclosure agreements:
A word to the wise to entrepreneurs
by Stephen C. Thomas
Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor & Reed, P.A.
Often times, entrepreneurs are hesitant to negotiate the NDA’s terms fearing that either party will walk away if too much time is lost in the process. Many also wonder if it’s a good idea to negotiate with a possible partner – after all, is that the way we want to begin this relationship? 

For NIH: Goodbye, FORMS-F, Hello FORMS-G
Applicants applying to NIH funding opportunities with due dates on or after January 25, 2022 must use updated application forms and instructions identified with a Competition ID of “FORMS-G.” FORMS-F will still be in use until then.
For all agencies: Goodbye, DUNS, Hello UEI
By April 2022, the federal government, including NIH, will phase out the use of DUNS numbers and move to a 12-character unique entity identifier (UEI) created in SAM.gov.
To secure SBIR funding you need to think like a business person as well as a researcher.”
Dr. Samantha Scott
JuneBrain, Inc.
JuneBrain Inc. was founded to give patients more control of their health, specifically by empowering the ophthalmology and neurology communities through remote monitoring of eye and brain health. Dr. Scott has made the mission of JuneBrain to hone their technology to address the needs of patients with AMD; Diabetic Retinopathy; Glaucoma; Multiple Sclerosis (MS); Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s Disease.
Upcoming BBCetc Training and Events
Most training is currently being done virtually. Check the BBCetc Training Calendar for updates.
Funding Opportunities
Additional targeted funding opportunities from HHS on specific topics with various upcoming due dates can be found here.
Contract Solicitation for SBIR Phase I, Direct Phase II, Fast Track.
Closes October 28, 2021

Close date: September 10, 2024
RFA-DK-21-021 Develop New Methods and Technologies for Assessment of Risk and for Early Diagnosis and Prognosis of Type 1 Diabetes (R43/R44 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
Close date: October 07, 2022
Multiple Institutes
HEAL Initiative: Development of Therapies and Technologies Directed at Enhanced Pain Management (R41/R42 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
RFA-NS-20-008,STTR R41/R42- Phase I, Phase II, and Fast Track (Clinical Trial Required)

RFA-NS-20-009, STTR R41/R42- Phase I, Phase II, and Fast Track (Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
RFA-NS-20-010,SBIR R43/R44 - Phase I, Phase II, and Fast Track (Clinical Trial Required)

RFA-NS-20-011,SBIR R43/R44 - Phase I, Phase II, and Fast Track (Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
Expiration Dates: September 8, 2021, September 08, 2022, January 6, 2022, April 6, 2022, and September 8, 2022 

SBIR Contracts are research and development funding opportunities with specific NIH-proposed activities and deliverables. This year, National Cancer Institute released 16 topics ranging from health IT to radiation technology. Interested small businesses can submit a proposal through the electronic Contract Proposal Submission (eCPS) website by 5 p.m. EDT on October 28, 2021. 
For more information about the FY 2022 Contract Solicitation, visit the NCI SBIR current contracts website.
2022 NCI SBIR Contract Solicitation
Receipt Date: October 28, 2021, 5 p.m. EDT
NCI Topics:
FY21 SBIR Phase I: NSF 21-562
FY21 STTR Phase I: NSF 21-563
FY21 SBIR Phase II: NSF 21-565
FY21 STTR Phase II: NSF 21-566
Submission windows for 2021:
Sept 3 to Dec 2


Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), HR001121S0007

HR001121S0007-23: “Inexpensive Long Endurance Drone (ILED)”

HR001121S0007-24: “DELTA (DEfining and Leveraging digital Twins in Autonomous undersea operations)”

HR001121S0007-25: “TARMAC (Topology-Agnostic Resource Management and Control)”

HR001121S0007-26: “Testing Hardware for Event BasEd Systems (THEBES)”

Proposals due: October 12, 202112:00 p.m. ET

HR001121S0007-27: “Next Generation Autonomous and Modular Hardware for Biomanufacturing Platforms in Remote Locations”
HR001121S0007-28: “High Throughput Cell Screening Platforms”
Proposals due October 28, 2021 12:00 p.m. ET
DOD 21.3 / 21.C Cycle
DoD Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) BAA 21.3
DoD Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) BAA 21.C
Participating components: Army (41 topics); CBD (2 topics); DHS (23 topics); DLA (3 topics); MDA (2 topics); Navy (3 topics); NGA (1 topic); OSD (9 topics); SCO (3 topics); SOCOM (9 topics).
All topics can be found here: dodsbirsttr.mil/topics-app/

Schedule for the 21.3/21.C cycle:
September 21, 2021: BAA opened for proposers to begin submitting proposals in DSIP
October 7, 2021: Topic Q&A closes to new questions at 12:00 p.m. ET
Due date for 21.3/21.C: October 21, 2021 12:00 p.m. ET

  • Note: Now that these solicitations are out you can no longer talk with TPOCs for related topics.

DOE Phase 1, Release 1 is now available.The following Offices within DOE are offering topics:
  • Office of Advanced Scientific Computing Research
  • Office of Basic Energy Sciences
  • Office of Biological and Environmental Research
  • Office of Nuclear Physics

Due date of full proposals: 
Tuesday Oct 12, 11:59pm ET

FY 2022 SBIR/STTR - Phase 0. First-time SBIR/ STTR applicants should apply now for limited spots to receive application assistance.  
Download the Phase I, Release 1 topics here

Download the Phase I, Release 1 solicitation (DE-FOA-0002554) here

Highlight on the new USDA 2022 solicitation
National Institute of Food and Agriculture
SBIR Phase I is listed in the Assistance Listings under the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance number 10.212.
Deadline: November 3, 2021 submitted to grants.gov.
NOTE: Proposals now have a maximum amount of $125,000 or $175,000 depending on the topic (up from $100,000)

For more information, read the full SBIR Phase I funding opportunity.

About BBCetc
BBC Entrepreneurial Training & Consulting, LLC (BBCetc) works with technology-based entrepreneurs and companies across the U.S. on strategies to advance their R&D efforts to commercialization. The BBCetc team is nationally recognized for its success in helping clients secure federal funding through the SBIR and STTR programs. BBCetc services include research grant assistance, SBIR/STTR training and proposal development assistance, and grants and contract management.

Contact us: www.bbcetc.com / 734.930.9741 / info@bbcetc.com