Research grants are a great source of non-dilutive capital that can enable you to further de-risk the science and technology that serve as the foundation of your business. Additionally, they can be an effective way to externally validate your ideas and research plan. The challenge is that the grant review process can be lengthy and there are limitations on what the funds can be used for. Tips on obtaining small business grants are included here.
HSSA Announces Annual Grant Competition
The Health Sciences & Services Authority (HSSA) of Spokane County announced that it has opened a new annual grant competition that provide innovative health service delivery and increase access to health care to at risk populations. The HSSA Access to Health Care grant will award up to $235,950 for one or more grants that durably increase efficiency of health service delivery and increase access to health care to at risk populations in Spokane County.
Applicants must submit a letter of intent (LOI) to the HSSA electronically by noon on August 29th at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Letter of intent due by noon: August 29, 2014
Proposal due by 4pm: September 30, 2014
Awards announcement: November 3, 2014
For more information visit www.hssaspokane.org or HSSA "Access to Health Care" Grant Announcement.
Department of Defense (DoD) SBIR 2014.3 and STTR 14.B Solicitations are now open!
The Army, Navy, DARPA and DTRA, hereafter referred to as DoD Components, invite small business firms to submit proposals under this solicitation for the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program. DARPA, DTRA, and MDA, hereafter referred to as DoD Components, invite small business firms and research institutions to jointly submit proposals under this solicitation for the Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Program.
DoD SBIR/STTR Solicitation Details
Participating DoD agencies SBIR 14.3:
Participating DoD agencies STTR 14.B:
Missile Defense Agency (MDA)
Important Dates and Deadlines
October 8, 2014 SITIS closes to new questions
October 22, 2014 Solicitation closes to receipt of proposals at 6:00am EDT
2015 SBIR Omnibus Solicitation
The 2015 Omnibus Solicitations of the NIH and CDC are now available for Small Business Innovation Resesearch (SBIR) program.
Please see the NIH SBIR website (http://sbir.nih.gov) for details and solicitation. Additional information can be found in the NIH/CDC SBIR Contract Solicitation PHS 2015-1 at http://grants.nih.gov/grants/funding/SBIRContract/PHS2015-1.pdf.
The deadline for contract proposal submissions is Wednesday, November 5, 2014, at 4:30 pm ET and submissions must be on paper.
2014 SBIR/STTR Omnibus announcement
The 2014 Omnibus Grant Solicitations of the NIH, CDC, FDA and ACF are now available for the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs. Please note that applicants may now switch between the SBIR and STTR programs for the Omnibus solicitation and all NIH SBIR/STTR funding opportunity announcements (FOAs). A FOA for a Direct SBIR Phase II will be coming soon-- stay tuned to the NIH SBIR homepage for details.
Please find the 2014 SBIR/STTR Omnibus solicitations and accompanying resources below:
Standard Application Due Dates: April 5, August 5, and December 5, 2014.
AIDS and AIDS-related Application Due Dates: May 7 2014, September 7 2014, January 7, 2015.
Small business concerns (SBCs) may also check the Special Announcements Table on the NIH SBIR website
for targeted NIH SBIR/STTR FOAs issued by individual Institutes and Centers (ICs).
NIH's SBIR/STTR Niche Assessment Program
The NIH’s SBIR/STTR Niche Assessment Program (NAP) is a nationwide program to help jump-start an SBIR/STTR Phase I awardee's commercialization efforts. Technology Niche Analyses® are provided by Foresight for 138 NIH SBIR/STTR Phase I awardees. These analyses are often awarded on a first come, first served basis and assess potential applications for a technology and then for one viable application, it provides an assessment of the:
1. needs and concerns of end-users;
2. competing technologies and competing products;
3. competitive advantage of the SBIR/STTR-developed technology;
4. market size and potential market
5. barriers to market entry (pricing, competition, government regulations, manufacturing challenges, capital, etc.);
6. market drivers;
7. status of market and industry trends;
8. potential customers, licensees, investors, or other commercialization partners; and,
9. the price customers are likely to pay.
Each participant receives an in-depth report. Oftentimes the small business can use this information in their commercialization plans for their Phase II applications. For more information, see Notice NOT-OD-13-109 that was placed in the NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts on August 28, 2013.
LSDF 2014-2015 Granting Programs Now Open
LSDF is now accepting pre-proposals from Washington for-profit and non-profit organizations for two granting programs. The first pre-proposal submission deadline for both programs is August 5, 2014:
Matching Grants – program and project – require strategic co-investment by external funders. Applicants must speak with LSDF staff to determine if a pre-proposal may be submitted:
- Program grants support large-scale life sciences commercialization-related initiatives. The maximum award is $1 million in total costs; a 1:3 cash match of LSDF funds is required.
- Project grants support studies to advance promising health-related technologies along the commercialization pathway. The maximum award is $500,000 in total costs; a 1:1 cash match of LSDF funds is required.
Proof of Concept Grants provide up to $250,000 in total costs to enhance the commercial viability of health-related technologies or concepts developed by non-profit organizations or enhance the competitiveness of early-stage life sciences companies for private equity investment.
The Request for Proposals, application documents and grant competitions calendar are available here.