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Applying to the NIH SBIR Phase I

Program for First-Time Applicants

June 2 and 3, 2014, 8:00pm ET

This class is limited to 25 students.




About the Workshop: Now on its tenth run, the NIH SBIR Phase I Program for First-Time Applicants is a very practical step-by-step, four-hour online "How-To" workshop over two evenings to help researchers, faculty members, graduate students, post-docs and entrepreneurs create a SBIR company and apply to the NIH SBIR program in August of 2014. Taught by former NIH SBIR directors, this workshop includes a post-course review of the applicant's proposed SBIR application by our experts before submission to the NIH. As an added benefit, your SBIR companies will be included on NCET2's newsletters that is sent out to VCs, angel investors, Global 1000 companies, and government funders.

About the SBIR Program: The NIH SBIR/STTR program is one of the federal government's best mechanisms to continue funding innovative life science research after traditional research funding has been exhausted. The objective of the program is to dramatically increase the impact of innovations derived from original federally funded R&D, and as such is an ideal program to fund university commercialization of research through new university/faculty/student startup companies. Phase I can be for up to $150,000 for 6 months. Phase II can be for up to $1 million for 2 years. After Phase I and II, the company should have eliminated enough technical and scientific risks of the original research and that the company is ready for outside investor funding or product sales in the company sustainability final Phase III of the SBIR program.



Ali Andalibi, PhD
Former Program Director SBIR/STTR NSF AND NCI-NIH
Associate Vice President for Research
Research Development
Associate Research Professor, Department of Molecular and Cell Biology
University of Connecticut

Jaya Satish Indus, PhD
Former SBIR Program Director, National Institutes of Health
Consultant, National Council for Entrepreneurial Tech Transfer (NCET2)


1. How to navigate and complete the NIH SBIR submission process
2. How to incorporate your company and setup the necessary bylaws, resolutions and agreements to organize and run your business, including initial employment agreements, licensing agreements, trademark searches and a securing
website domain name
3. How to develop a business plan

4. H
ow to navigate the unique features of dealing with the university research environment
5. How to formulate a winning patent strategy for the SBIR company


• How to develop a business plan and roadmap to succeed, including strategy and vision, commercialization plan, corporate alliances, angel investor and venture capital considerations
• How to
perform trademark searches to determine a non-infringing business name
• Securing a domain name for your company
• Determining your business structure and registering it with the appropriate agencies
• Successfully submitting your grant application electronically
• What's needed for certification of small business eligibility
• Obtaining an Employer Identification Number
• Setting up a business bank account
• Obtaining a DUNS number
• Using System for Award Management (SAM)
• Who should be the Authorized Organization Representative
• Registering at
• Registering at eRA Commons
• How can full-time university faculty organize the SBIR company to comply with the 51% SBIR employment requirement for the PI
• How can recently graduated students and post docs be involved in the SBIR program
• How to address university conflict of interest policies
• What to look for in prior or existing employment or consulting agreements concerning intellectual property assignments, non compete provisions and confidentiality provisions before applying to the SBIR program
• What do you need to discuss with your university or employer before applying to the SBIR program
• How do you license prior research or other strategic assets from your university to support the SBIR application
• What are the formal specifications you must comply with to not have your proposal automatically rejected without review
• How to complete the SF424 Research and Related (R&R) Forms
• How to complete the PHS 398 components of the SBIR proposal
• How are SBIR grants different from other research grants
• Difference between SBIR contracts and SBIR grants
• How to protect confidential information 
• Understanding reviewers and the peer review process in the SBIR context
• Evaluation criteria for NIH SBIRs
• Elements of the Work Plan
• What needs to be included with regards to commercialization
• How to prepare the SBIR budget including indirect costs
• How to set up required accounting systems
• NIH SBIR/STTR Receipt and Referral Processes
• NIH SBIR/STTR Review Process

* This workshop also includes a post-course proposal review by our experts
* As an added benefit, your SBIR companies will be included on NCET2's newsletter that is sent out to VCs, angel investors, Global 1000 companies, and government funders.

This course is offered at the cost of $995 and includes:

1. The 2 online classes
2. Research Commercialization & SBIR Center's NIH SBIR Application Companion, and

3. A post-course proposal review by our experts


1. Register for a free NCET2 account (click here).
2. Once registered, login with your NCET2 username and password and click on "Subscribe" at the top of this page.

This class is limited to 25 students.
This workshop is ideal for successful S&T faculty members, graduating S&T students, post-docs and entrepreneurs, who have a plan for high impact innovative research that NIH would be interested in.

Monday, June 2, 2014
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm ET

Tuesday, June 3, 2014
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm ET

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