August 2021
Welcome our new DoD expert,
Monique Branham!
Our newest BBCetc consultant comes to us with 22 years of experience in the DoD and government sector. She has served in the U.S. Air Force, earned an MBA in Aviation from Emery Riddle Aeronautical University, served as a Quality Assurance personnel of government contracts and a Resource Management Officer, and developed her SBIR/STTR expertise when she moved to the Air Force Space and Missile System Center (SMC).
BBCetc Presents
“From the Sources’ Mouth” with USDA
August 26, 2021
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (EDT)
Cost is free, but registration is required

Hear directly from United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) SBIR program manager, Melinda A. Coffman
about the agency’s goal — to support high quality research related to important scientific problems and opportunities in agriculture that could lead to significant public benefits. Learn what they need and what they’re looking for in an SBIR/STTR proposal.
Proving bias in a bid protest
Bias is a frequent bid protest argument, but it is often unsuccessful because government officials are presumed to act in good faith. To overcome that presumption, a protester must provide “convincing proof” of the alleged bias. Steven A. Neeley, a partner with Husch Blackwell LLP, gives you the details.
"From the Sources’ Mouth"
The September 2021 All-Agency Event
September 14 - Granting Agencies
September 15 - Contract Agencies
September 16 - Components of DOD

This virtual SBIR/STTR training event will feature program managers from all 11 agencies. You’ll get a 30-minute overview of the agency’s mission and tips for creating a successful proposal. Q&A and sign-ups for one-on-one’s with agency officers will follow.

Confirmed agencies include SBA (Small Business Administration), HHS/NIH (Health & Human Services/National Institutes of Health), CDMRP (Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs), NSF (National Science Foundation), DOC/NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration), DOE (Department of Energy), USDA (United States Department of Agriculture), EPA (Environmental Protection Agency), DOT (Department of Transportation), NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Agency), DOD (Department of Defense) with more to come.

Don’t build something nobody wants.
First things first. Before you move forward, you need to make sure you’ve defined your opportunity. Otherwise, you could be wasting an enormous amount of time, energy and money.

Did you miss last month's
From the Sources’ Mouth?
Find out what the Department of Energy needs and how to create the right proposal.

Fraud, waste and abuse requirements
The Small Business Administration (SBA) established 10 requirements to prevent fraud, waste, and abuse in SBIR programs. For instance, SBA requires that agencies verify eligibility and certifications of ownership from businesses that receive awards. However, a number of federal agencies did not fully implement SBA's requirements.

Department of Energy webinar recordings now available
Learn more about the new funding opportunities for FY22 from the
following DoE offices:
·     Office of Advanced Scientific Computing Research
·     Office of Basic Energy Sciences 
·     Office of Biological and Environmental Research
·     Office of Nuclear Physics
Webinar #1 — ASCR/BES Topics 01-23
Webinar #2 — BER/NP Topics 25-35
Up to $750,000 available
Fast-track and long-term government funding available through the Office of Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA), Division of Research, Innovation & Ventures (DRIVe) for the following critical areas of interest:

AOI #2: Infection Severity & Solving Sepsis  
AOI #5: ReDIRECT (Repurposing Drugs In Response to Chemical Threats)
AOI #6: Beyond the Needle
AOI #7: Immunechip+
Please see the updated solicitation BAA-20-100-SOL-0002 for more information, including program manager contact info. Read for updated deadlines for each area of interest.
Upcoming BBCetc Training and Events
Most training is currently being done virtually. Check the BBCetc Training Calendar for updates.
Funding Opportunities


New targeted funding announcements:

Due 8/6/2021

Due 7/29/2021

Due 8/10/2021

Due 8/10/2021

Additional targeted funding opportunities from HHS on specific topics with various upcoming due dates can be found here.

Administrative Supplements to Promote Diversity in Research and Development Small Businesses-SBIR/STTR PA-18-837

R41/R42 Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Grant - Phase I, Phase II, and Fast-Track

R43/R44 Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Grant - Phase I, Phase II, and Fast-Track
U44 Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Cooperative Agreements - Phase II
Close date: September 5, 2021

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
NIDA (National Institute on Drug Abuse) Leveraging Artificial Intelligence (AI) tools for Substance Use Disorders (SUD) drug discovery and development (R43/R44 - Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
Open date: July 10, 2021
Due date: August 10, 2021
NINDS (National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke) Renewal Awards of SBIR Phase II Grants (Phase IIB) for Pre-Clinical Research (R44 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
Open date: March 05, 2021
Due date: Standard dates apply, next due date September 07, 2021

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-20-011,SBIR R43/R44 - 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)

Expiration Dates: September 08, 2022, September 8, 2021, January 6, 2022, April 6, 2022, and September 8, 2022 

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:
June 4 to Sept 2
Sept 3 to Dec 2


Eligibility restricted to domestic small business concerns. Currently open topics:

Holistic Wind Correction for Aviation Targeting
Topic A214-039
Currently in pre-release
Application due August 24, 2021

Tethered Unmanned Aircraft System (TeUAS)
Topic A214-041
Application due September 22, 2021

Eligibility is restricted to domestic small business concerns. Currently open topics:

Biological Materials and Strategic Formulations Challenge 
Application due July 15, 2021
Thermal Shock Tolerant Aperture
Application due August 10, 2021

Context Management for Effective Transitions (COMET)
Application due August 10, 2021

Space Development Agency (SDA)
Pre-release of the following Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) topics:

Commercial SAR and Scatterometry (COSAS)

Commercial SAR and Scatterometry (COSAS)
Important Dates:
August 10, 2021: Topic Q&A closes to new questions at 12:00 p.m. ET
August 26, 2021: Full proposals must be submitted in DSIP no later than 12:00 p.m. ET

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 the required Letter of Intent: 
Monday Aug 30, 5pm ET
Due date of full proposals: 
Tuesday Oct 12, 11:59pm ET


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.

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