SBIR Rule Changes for 2013

Earlier this year the Small Business Administration published a rules update for companies responding to solicitation for the $2.4B SBIR program for 2012 – Federal Register.  The size rule update was a key component of the recent SBIR Reauthorization Legislation, and it took effect on January 28, 2013.

Last spring SBA issued a proposed rule, and solicited public comment and feedback on the rule.  We received robust feedback, and incorporated that into the final rule. There are several major changes from the proposed rule to the final rule, including: timing of eligibility, VC Participation in STTR, ownership and affiliation.  For those interested in the details of the changes, the preamble to the final rule spells out the feedback we heard and all of the changes that we made.

A basic requirement for any application to the government grant programs is understanding the  processes, procedures and rules for completing proposals.  The key to a successful application is to follow the instructions and provide an effective presentation of the proposed research.  And the best way to make sure that the rules are followed and the presentation meets the needs of the 11 Federal agencies participating in the SBIR program is to attend a workshop.

PortTech Los Angeles will be hosting a Phase 1 SBIR Workshop April 23rd in our Training Center in San Pedro.  The session be conducted by Marie Talnack, PhD – a recognized leader in the development and submittal of SBIR/STTR applications.  This one day workshop will provide researchers, entrepreneurs and small businesses with:

  • Up-to-date SBIR/STTR information
  • Key submittal dates for all 11 federal agency applications
  • Additional resources and guidelines for proposal preparation
  • In-depth understanding of the SBIR scoring systems
  • Personalized match of funding topics with your technology
  • Sample workplans, resumes and letters of support
  • Tips and tricks for preparing a winning proposal
  • One-on-one technical and financial consulting

Researchers, Entrepreneurs or small companies planning on submitting applications for this funding cycle are encouraged to register today.  Seating is limited.