November 2021
DOD Rebranded Components
FREE Live Workshop
November 16 @12:00 pm – 1:30 pm ET

Get a review of DOD’s mission along with an overview of all DOD rebranded components, including AFWERX, SPARTN, SOFWERX, xTechsearch and more.

Each component has a different focus, eligibility requirements and solicitation deadlines — so this is a great opportunity to learn which ones participate in SBIR/STTR, how the components
differ and how to find open BAA’s and deadlines.
DOD Proposal Development
December 15 @10:00 am – 3:30 pm ET
Cost: $25 for Michigan-based companies

This Department of Defense-focused workshop provides detailed instruction on preparing a proposal to meet the requirements of the DOD, including both technical and commercialization plans as well as how to navigate the submission process. Presented by former DOD contract officer and SBIR/STTR commercialization expert, Monique Branham.
Communications with DOD personnel gets harder at
year’s end.
FYI: You might see a delay in communications with DOD personnel the last two weeks of the year, mainly because of the holidays. We recommend scheduling talks with TPOCs and topic authors as early as possible to avoid critical delays. Remember, pre-release for SBIR/STTR 22.1/22.A is December 1, 2021 to January 12, 2022.
What color is the money at the DOD?
The “Colors of Money” is a term used in the DOD as shorthand for categories of budget appropriations and how the money will be used. DOD appropriations are broken into five colors or purposes — Research; Development; Testing & Evaluation (including SBIR/STTR); Procurement (SBIR/STTR Phase 3); and O&M (Operations and Maintenance), Military Personnel Expenses (MILPERS), and Military Construction (MILCON). To learn more about the Colors of Money and how BBCetc can help you navigate DOD SBIR, get in touch with us.
Department of Education
Institute of Education Sciences (ED/IES)
SBIR Overview
Our experts will review SBIR/STTR program goals and eligibility along with the nuances of the ED SBIR/STTR program, including funding rates, application components and proposal scoring.
You’ll learn how to:
• Communicate with your Program Manager
• Search past awards
• Develop your preliminary project plan and budget
• Avoid common pitfall 
Remember, universities usually reduce activity from December 24 – January 2.
If you have an NIH grant submission with a January 5, 2022 deadline, schedule communication early enough with universities so you receive all of the information you need before the holidays. Companies should allow at minimum two full weeks to obtain a letter of commitment for the university subaward. Keep in mind that schedules for collaborators such as consultants should be set before the holiday as well.
“From the Sources’ Mouth”
with NASA
November 18, 2021
11:00 am - 12:00 pm ET
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.

Now you can access more information and content about SBIR/STTR funding, easily sign up for AFWERX challenges and engage with the entire AFWERX community.

For women entrepreneurs
Introducing the BBCetc Catalyst Advantage Network

Transformational training in partnership with Capita3

Get the benefit of BBCetc’s SBIR/STTR expertise along with Capita3’s leadership training to give you the knowledge and expertise you need to successfully transform your technology into a viable company and secure government funding.

BBCetc is a 2021 winner of the SBIR Catalyst Award for working to increase the representation of women in SBIR/STTR proposal submissions — and we intend to make those successful proposal submissions.

BBCetc is a woman-owned business, as is Capita3, so the Catalyst Advantage Network is more than the result of an award — it’s a passionate commitment to the success of women entrepreneurs.

Right now, scholarships for no-cost leadership training and SBIR consulting from BBCetc and Capita3 are available for a limited time to help women entrepreneurs at any stage of their career move their ideas into the marketplace.

If you’re a woman entrepreneur who’s interested in being part of the BBCetc Catalyst Advantage Network, apply now at:


“The screening methods for mental health in children haven’t been updated since the 1980s.”

Wendy Ward

futuresTHRIVE is currently in final conversations on Phase I funding with NSF. BBCetc was Wendy’s partner throughout the process. “Our BBCetc consultant readily provided all of his expertise — and it was knowledge we truly needed.
Without his expertise and BBCetc’s resources, we wouldn’t be where we are today,” said Ward. “We always felt as though we were his only client. I seriously can’t praise him and BBCetc enough.”

Replace your eRA Commons password with a passphrase starting in November

eRA account credential maintenance will continue (at least for now) but NIH is moving to passphrases — a set of random words or a sentence at least 15 characters long — effective sometime in November (date to be confirmed). Passphrases will only need to be updated annually.

Upcoming BBCetc Training and Events
Most training is currently being done virtually. Check the BBCetc Training Calendar for updates.
Funding Opportunities

Multiple Institutes
HEAL Initiative: Development of Therapies and Technologies Directed at Enhanced Pain Management
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 

NIH Omnibus FOAs
PA-21-259 SBIR Omnibus/Parent Clinical Trial Not Allowed Funding Opportunity Announcement 

PA-21-262 STTR Omnibus/Parent Clinical Trial Not Allowed Funding Opportunity Announcement 

PA-21-260 SBIR Omnibus/Parent Clinical Trial Required Funding Opportunity Announcement 

PA-21-261 STTR Omnibus/Parent Clinical Trial Required Funding Opportunity Announcement 

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

Dear Colleague Letter (DCL): Critical Aspects of Sustainability (CAS): Innovative Solutions to Climate Change. Applications to this DCL must respond through the normal

NSF SBIR and STTR Phase I application process. Project Pitches are always accepted.
The last remaining submission window close date is 12/2/2021.


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

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 at
High Throughput Cell Screening Platforms.
Opened 9/28/2021
Closes 11/10/2021

STTR Opportunity: Breakthrough Technologies for Energy Web Dominance.
Opened 10/7/2021
Closes 11/30/2021

SBIR Opportunity: Collaborative APIS Through Incentive Design (CATID).
Opened 10/7/2021
Closes 11/30/2021

A214-42 Sensor Synthetic Data Generation
Direct to Phase II
Opens 10/26/2021
Closes 11/30/2021
A214-43 Artificial Intelligence in Automated Scrap Inspection “MVM”
Phase I
Opens 10/26/2021
Closes 11/30/2021
A214-44 Datalink Enabled AI for Fires Optimization
Direct to Phase II
Opens 10/26/2021
Closes 11/30/2021

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: / 734.930.9741 /