Category Archives: Innovation

BBC SBIR/STTR resources

ABC’s of SBIR/STTR Funding
Tuesday April 4
11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Automation Alley, Troy
Attend this Lunch & Learn and find out how the SBIR/STTR programs can provide a source of R&D funding between the initial development of your innovative idea and proof that it has potential in the marketplace. Covers eligibility requirements, selecting the best agency for your technology, the differences between SBIR and STTR and more. Cost: Complimentary admission, but registration is required.
SBIR/STTR Proposal Preparation for the Dept. of Defense
Wednesday, April 5
10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Schoolcraft College, Livonia
This DoD-focused seminar covers up-to-date information on the DoD SBIR/STTR program, understanding of the differences between components, how to identify a topic and talk to Technical Points of Contact during the pre-release period, preparing your proposal and writing to meet the reviewers’ expectations. Cost: $75
Lunch & Learn: NIH RO1 and SBIR/STTR:  Not all NIH Grants are           Created Equal!
Thursday, April 6
11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
WMed Innovation Center, Kalamazoo
You’ve had experience with NIH research grants – RO1s, R21s, RO3s. You are ready to transition to SBIR/STTR proposals. Piece of cake, right? Not so fast! The two mechanisms are definitely NOT the same. The participation qualifications are different. The review criteria are different. And the ultimate goal of the R&D is different. Find out how you’ll need to think, plan and write differently to be successful with the SBIR/STTR program — and why you’ll need more SBIR/STTR training to be competitive with your proposal. Cost: Complimentary but registration is required.
How to Manage Your SBIR/STTR Grant or Contract
Monday, May 1
9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Ann Arbor Spark Innovation Center, Ann Arbor
Whether you are anticipating an award or have already been funded, understanding the fundamentals necessary to manage your government dollars is key to organizing your business for success. Program provides guidance on preparing a budget, what you should know about government audits, strategies for indirect rates, using QuickBooks to stay in compliance and setting up policies and procedures. Cost: $50

TiE Detroit: Fostering Innovation RE Mobility

TiE Detroit is BACK after a successful TiECon MidWest 2016!

From connected cars to multi modal transportation, electric bikes and autonomous vehicles, the design and structure of moving people and goods from one place to another has seen a rapid growth. Where can an entrepreneur strike a balance between trends, data, customer preferences and solution designs?

The 3 M Experience – Data on Wheels
Thursday, April 13th 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Lawrence Technological University
21000 W 10 Mile Rd, Southfield, MI 48075
The UTLC Gallery, building #9, room #210

Apply for the 2017 I-Corps Energy and Transportation program

NextEnergy, a Detroit-based accelerator, is inviting entrepreneurs and researchers to apply for the 2017 I-Corps Energy and Transportation program, a commercialization training program that helps participants identify their technology’s target market and positions them for ongoing funding. The program serves as a great stepping stone for growing an idea and building a business plan. Previous participants have gone on to secure more than $3.8 million in combined funding and many have secured corporate strategic partnerships with the skills they learned at I-Corps.

Applications will be accepted online through April 18 at

BBC Trainings

Which CSR Study Section Should I Request to Review My NIH SBIR/STTR Proposal?
The Center for Scientific Review (CSR) is the portal for NIH grant applications and their initial review for scientific merit. CSR organizes the peer review groups that evaluate the majority of these applications. Recurring Special Emphasis Panels (SEPs) review SBIR/STTR applications, and the reviewers generally make a three-year commitment to be available for a Study Section. Accordingly, a panel in one cycle generally contains quite a few members from the previous cycle. A listing of the Study Sections for the previous three SBIR review cycles is available on CSR’s website.
So how do you determine which Study Section is the best for you? Get started by looking at the Study Section(s) roster and finding the one that seems most appropriate for your technology. Although the make-up of your panel will not be identical, there will be some overlap.
You will want to research the backgrounds and publications of the previous members and their affiliate organizations to provide some perspective on their expertise and how they might view your proposal. Read on
Fraud, Waste and Abuse – Small Problem, Big Consequences

Over the past few years, there has been heightened attention on the topic of Fraud, Waste and Abuse in the SBIR and STTR programs. We last wrote about it in 2012 and thought a review might be helpful. Although the incidence of this type of activity is low – estimated to occur in less than 0.1% of SBIR awards – agencies are nonetheless required to have a strong focus in the area and provide the means for reporting such activity through telephone hotlines and web-based methods.
What constitutes waste, fraud and abuse? The Dept. of Energy’s website has a concise description of the typical types of fraud in the SBIR/STTR program, both during the application process within the proposal itself and following award. Here are some of the key points:

Fraud during the application process:
  • Submitting a plagiarized proposal
  • Providing false information regarding the company, the Principal Investigator or the work to be performed
  • Seeking funding for work that has already been completed
Fraud during the award:
  • Using award funds for any use other than the proposed activities
  • Submitting plagiarized reports or reports falsely claiming work has been completed
  • Claiming results for an award that were funded by a different source
Here are some ways to avoid potential issues related to fraud:
  • Disclose duplicate/overlapping proposals.
  • If submitting multiple proposals, clearly state what is different.
  • Makes sure you understand, meet and remain compliant with the SBIR eligibility requirements for small businesses
  • Follow the project budget as awarded. Notify the agency, and request approval where appropriate, if changes are needed.
Per the SBA policy directive: failure to comply with federal cost principles governing an award is considered Waste, Fraud and Abuse.
  • “But for the certifications you would not have gotten the award” (translation: be sure you understand and comply with all of the rules!)
Best advice: Do as your mother told you, read and follow instructions and always tell the truth.
Navy Forum 
The Department of the Navy Forum for SBIR/STTR Transition (FST) is set for April 3-5 in National Harbor, MD. This year’s theme is DELIVERING INNOVATION! The FST is once again collocated with the Sea-Air-Space Exposition at the Gaylord Convention Center. Information and registration
training on tap
Apr 4 – Troy
Proposal Prep for DoD
Apr 5 – Livonia
RO1 vs SBIR: Not All Grants are Created Equal
Apr 6 – Kalamazoo
How to Manage Your SBIR/STTR Grant or Contract
May 1 – Ann Arbor
May 4 – How to Prepare a Budget for Your SBIR/STTR Proposal
May 11 – What You Should Know About Gov’t Audits
May 18  QuickBooks and Compliance for SBIR/STTR Recipients
HHS/NIH 2016 Omnibus
Released June 5, 2016
Expires April 5
Dept. of Commerce- Natl Institute of Standards & Technology (NIST) 
Closes March 30
Dept. of Defense
Pre-releases April 5; opens May 9; closes June 7
  partner pursuits 
NextEnergy is now accepting applications for I-Corps Energy & Transportation teams. The iCorps program offers a customized curriculum to help teams of participating researchers discover the commercial potential of their technology, build a business model, and garner insights from leaders in the energy and transportation industries.

Application deadline: April 18
Kickoff: May 9 &10
Researchers and early-stage entrepreneurs are encouraged to apply! More information

TARDEC Industry Days
April 25-26, 2017
John Lewis Conf. Ctr.
Macomb Community College

TARDEC is the U.S. Army’s Research, Development, and Engineering Center for all ground vehicle systems technology/integration. Industry Days provides information on TARDEC’s ground vehicle systems technologies including technology roadmaps, planned spending and opportunities for collaboration. Learn More
The Macomb County Partnership will host the 2017 Lockheed Martin Supplier Matchmaker on May 17 at the Macomb University Center. Both small and diverse businesses and other Macomb County suppliers have the opportunity to meet with Lockheed Martin’s purchasing divisions looking to procure items from four general categories: Environmental, Information Technology, Manufacturing and Services.For more information, contact Andrea Garrett  or Bobby Chasnis.
  mi resources 

Faculty! Help your student inventors get up to $25K

Our E-Team Program is a competitive national grant program that provides funding of up to $25,000 for students working to commercialize their high-impact science and technology inventions.

In addition to the funding, E-Teams receive:

  • Hands-on & interactive training
  • The opportunity to take a step back from the lab and think honestly about the commercial potential of their innovation
  • Access to a national network of fellow innovators and entrepreneurs
  • Small group coaching from peers and our dedicated instructors

Examples of inventions and innovations of successful E-Teams have included:

Biomedical devices, health care solutions, or health-based technologies such as the one developed by Kinnos, an E-Team from Columbia University that recently raised $1M to raise the standard of infectious disease contamination.

Technologies for low-resource settings (U.S. and/or globally) such as PremieBreathe’s infant respiratory device from Yale University which recently was awarded a Saving Lives at Birth grant from USAID.

Clean technologies, clean energy, or sustainable materials to support the environment such as Hazel Technologies’ shelf life extension sachets for fruits and vegetables, founded by Northwestern grads who just closed their $800K seed round for the company.

Learn more about our past E-Team grantees and their innovations here.
Watch our recent E-Team Program webinar here.
Detailed guidelines are here and FAQ here.

*The application deadline to participate in the next cohort is May 3.

SBDC Michigan. Tools for startups

Time Management: Maximize Profitability, 
Achieve More by Doing Less 
Thursday, March 9th, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
The demands that take you away from focusing on your most important work cost you time, money and stress. The models discussed in this webinar are designed to assist busy professionals with organization, prioritization, and narrowing their focus to achieve more and take back their time allowing more time with themselves, family and friends.
Writing a Business Plan
Wednesday, March 15th, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
This webinar covers business planning in detail and is designed for individuals who want to launch or grow their business, for which a carefully considered plan and course of action will increase the probability of success. Real business plan examples are used to illustrate effective planning and tools and information for the steps and process of creating a business plan draft are provided.
Your Business as a Finely Tuned Machine – 
Entrepreneurial Operating System (EOS)
Tuesday, March 28th, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
EOS (Entrepreneurial Operating System) is a complete system of simple tools to help you run your business better. In this webinar, you will be given tools that you can start to implement immediately and transform your business.

Warranties: Legal Seminar by Attorney Tami M. Seavoy

We’d like to invite you to our next legal seminar with Attorney Tami M. Seavoy on Tuesday, March 21st. Tami will give a presentation on Warranties from 9:00-10:15am. The presentation will be held at the MTEC SmartZone Powerhouse, 3rd Floor (101 W Lakeshore Drive). Registration is required. 
Four 60 minute One-on-one sessions with Tami are available after the presentation. These private sessions will take place in the First Floor Conference Room at the Powerhouse. Both the presentation and one-on-one sessions are available to you at no cost. See more details below. 
REGISTER HERE if you would like to attend the Warranties Presentation (9:00am – 10:15am).
SIGN UP HERE if you would like to reserve a One-on-one session with Tami (Four 60 min. sessions available from 10:30am – 3:00pm).