NIH SBIR/STTR Proposal Preparation

May 27, 2021  |  9:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
The September NIH deadline is fast approaching! This workshop will provide detailed instruction on developing competitive proposals for the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) SBIR/STTR program. In addition to up-to-date information on the SBIR/STTR programs. This session is a must if you are considering an NIH submission.


Expect to learn:

  • Registration process necessary for submission
  • Strategies for targeting your proposal to meet the reviewers’ expectations
  • How to approach each section of the proposal
  • Common pitfalls and how to avoid them, and more!


9:00 a.m. -  ABCs of SBIR/STTR and Overview of NIH program – Andrea Johanson, Ph.D.
A brief introduction to the SBIR program across federal agencies, who is eligible and what kinds of projects can be funded. How to find the best fit for your project, understanding how to work with the NIH, and how to prepare to apply.

10:30 a.m. - 10-15-minute break

10:45 a.m. - NIH Proposal Prep Essentials Part 1 – Shannon Bass
Reviewing the criteria and what should be included in Specific Aims. How does that relate to your Research Strategy?

12:15 p.m. - 30-minute lunch break

12:45 p.m. - NIH Proposal Prep Essentials Part 2 – Shannon Bass
Facilities and Other Resources, Biosketches, and Budgets.

2:15 p.m. - Final Q&A

Training By: BBC Entrepreneurial Training & Consulting

2020 Tibbetts award-winner BBCetc is nationally recognized for its success in helping emerging companies win SBIR/STTR funding and use it strategically to propel growth. BBCetc’s Michigan clients have been awarded over $307 million in funding since 2002.

About the Presenter: Shannon Bass

Shannon Bass joined BBCetc as a Principal Consultant in April 2018 bringing with her 28 years of management experience in the biotechnology industry and as an independent SBIR/STTR consultant. Shannon’s career began with an animal health start-up out of the University of Kentucky, which was later purchased by Neogen Corporation. She continued in senior management with Neogen for 17 years in the areas of quality control/ assurance, regulatory, pharmaceutical manufacturing and technical services. Later she became CEO of a biotech start-up which brought to market a veterinary research device and president of another medical device firm developing a product for treatment of late-stage lung cancer. A PI on multiple research grants, Shannon has assisted numerous start-ups in developing competitive NIH grant submissions, post-award management, commercialization, project management and building an effective team. She holds B.S degree in Agriculture from Murray State University in Kentucky.

About the Trainer: Andrea Johanson, Ph.D.

Andrea is a BBCetc Principal Consultant with over 25 years of experience in leading international collaborative research projects. Prior to joining BBCetc in 2006, she was responsible for developing a portfolio of agricultural biotechnology projects at Michigan State University’s Institute of International Agriculture, and for reporting to federal funding agencies about the program. Andrea has also served as a consultant on a broad range of issues relating to international agricultural development, biotechnology, biosafety, intellectual property rights and technology transfer. She holds a Ph.D. in Plant Pathology from Reading University, UK, a Master’s in Plant Pathology from Cornell University, and a Master of Arts in Natural Sciences from Cambridge University, UK.