BioGenerator SBIR/STTR Proposal Preparation Workshop

From May 17, 2023 at 9:00 am to May 18, 2023 at 2:45 pm
Zoom Webinar

BioGenerator and BBCetc bring this workshop to cover all aspects of writing an SBIR/STTR proposal focused on life science technologies. After an introduction of the BioGenerator program, this day and a half training will begin by reviewing the SBIR/STTR program basics including what they fund, which federal agencies participate, how the money can be used and the differences between the SBIR and STTR programs. The first session will conclude with an overview of NSF and NIH specifics to help guide your project planning. Then we will take a deep dive into NIH proposal preparation with a detailed explanation of each section of your proposal.

Day two begins with developing the key components of a commercialization plan with emphasis on NIH requirements. The final session of the day will be a review of the NIH Assistance programs and ending with how to construct a strong budget.

The workshop will be conducted by Shannon Bass and Megan Varnum, Ph.D. with BBC Entrepreneurial Training & Consulting (BBCetc –, which is nationally recognized for its expertise in helping emerging companies win federal funding through the SBIR and STTR programs. Shannon Bass is a Senior Principal Consultant at BBCetc, specializing in NIH SBIR/STTR proposal assistance and post-award management. Shannon has a 20+ year background of management in the biotechnology industry. She has assisted numerous start-ups in developing competitive NIH grant submissions, post-award management, commercialization, and project management. Megan Varnum is a NIH and NSF expert with a wealth of experience in leading biological technologies on the path to commercialization. As a former CEO of a Michigan company she was involved in all aspects of planning and operation of the company, prior to that she managed the launch of two startups and assisted in preparation of both NIH and NSF winning SBIR proposals.

Over the week following the workshop, 1-on-1 assessments will occur through videoconference allowing competitive applications to receive free support for a September 5 submission. If you have an idea you would like to share with us during such an assessment, please fill out the assessment form by May 18 and list BioGenerator in the referral box for proper consideration.

This seminar is presented three times a year and will occur again September 20-21, 2023.

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