SBIR and STTR proposal consultant
A consultant with expertise in the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program and the SBIR Technology Transfer (STTR) program could be the link between your laboratory and the marketplace.
- Serving understaffed companies that submit R&D proposals under stringent deadlines and stiff competition
- Providing a competitive advantage based on a winning proposal record
- Focusing on both technology and business issues, bringing a rare balanced approach
Our specialties: Sensor Systems, Sensor Technology Development, Collision Warning Systems for Roadway Vehicle Safety, Micro Electrical Mechanical Systems (MEMS)
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For additional information, contact JHEverson Consulting at 339-227-0585 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our initial meeting will ensure that you and JHEverson Consulting have a mutual understanding of your interests in a solicitation topic in relation to its technology and business concerns and the intent and scope of the solicitation topic.
A technology assessment involves proposal preparation that addresses the soundness of approach, technical merit, and state-of-the-art awareness. Searches of Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and the Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) databases determine whether your proposed innovation is similar to topics from current or past solicitations. The search should be expanded to include research and development firms, universities, government laboratories, and working groups to compare your technical approach with others’.
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(Figure: Adapted from NASA’s Technology Readiness Level)
The caliber of your team will affect proposal scores—in particular the principal investigator (PI), who should have technical expertise related to the solicitation topic, and your prior commercialization experience. This issue is the second most important topic in an agency’s proposal evaluation, as venture capitalist put great emphasis on who is driving the bus.
As the U.S. Army, for example, uses the evaluation services of a venture capital firm to judge SBIR programs with the best chance of commercialization success, it is important to keep venture capital requirements in mind while crafting a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) proposal.
JHEverson Consulting will review the PI’s credentials, provide an overview of your technology and examine partnering needs among other tasks.
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The commercialization of your innovation, based on a need within a government agency or the commercial world, is the ultimate purpose for the SBIR and STTR program. This topic ranks third in the Department of Defense’s (DoD) evaluation process.
JHEverson Consulting will help determine a path from your laboratory to a military program or the private sector. Your proposal must offer a sound business plan. To select SBIR and STTR programs for Phase III support, the DoD employs venture capital bankers to screen those with the best commercialization potential.
This commercialization roadmap task will determine the need, timing, and market size for your innovation within agency programs; explain how this particular SBIR and STTR topic supports your strategic goals; and determine your competitive advantage.
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(Figure: Adapted from “Beyond SBIR Phase II“)
Fast Track and Phase II
The Department of Defense’s (DoD) SBIR program has a Fast Track process for projects that attract matching cash from outside investors for the Phase II SBIR effort as well as for the interim between Phases I and II. This streamlining focuses SBIR funding on innovations that are most likely to be developed into products that the DoD and other entities will buy.
To further encourage the transition of SBIR research into DoD acquisition programs and the private sector, each DoD component has its own Phase II enhancement policy. Under this policy, the component provides a Phase II awardee with additional SBIR funding if the company can match the additional funds with non-SBIR money from DoD acquisition programs or the private sector.
JHEverson Consulting will guide your SBIR proposal so it has the best chance of achieving Fast Track support and Phase II enhancement.
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