4-part series to take you through the SBIR program.
February 10 – Introduction to the NIH SBIR program
Learn about the SBIR program background, eligibility requirements, advantages of SBIR, programmatic structure, deciding whether to apply, challenges for first time applicants, and funding trends.
February 17 – How to Create a Competitive NIH SBIR Grant Application Part 1
Review prerequisites, high level planning, the importance of writing style, aligning an application with division priorities, engaging reviewers, application structure, the importance of advisory committees and academic collaborators, and a detailed approach to creating the Summary and Specific Aims sections, with examples.
February 24 – How to Create a Competitive NIH SBIR Application Part 2
Review the Research Strategy sections: Significance, Innovation and Approach. Budgeting will be discussed in detail. We will also review the importance of advisory committees, academic collaborators and the value of Preliminary Data. We will wrap up with the structure and requirements for the Commercialization section.
March 3 – Understanding the SBIR Review Process
Understanding the review process will enable you to: better understand your target audience, inform your grant creation process and interpret and respond to Summary Statements. We will also discuss what reviewers especially look for in your grant application.
Dr. Jim O’Halloran
Dr. O’Halloran has more than 17 years of experience with the SBIR program and has received funding from the National Institute on Aging (NIA), National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) and the National Institute on Neurological Diseases and Stroke (NINDS). He has served as principal investigator on more than 20 grants, totaling more than $10M. He has also served as a selected reviewer for these same agencies for over a decade and is intimately familiar with the 5-axis proposal scoring processes and dynamics, upon which funding depends. As a deeply experienced reviewer, he is highly skilled on how best to emphasize a proposal’s strengths, avoid common pitfalls and tune proposals for review.