Writing your SBIR

The NIH has a number of tutorials and resources to help you with your proposal. They are well worth reviewing before you begin. You can get information and guidance at:

Sections of Your Proposal

Before you begin you should consider that the following material needs to be included in your application.

  • Identification Specific Aims of the Project
  • Research Plan, which must be very specific and show evidence of your knowledge of the subject
  • Research Strategy which is part of the Research Plan. It should include Background and Significance, Preliminary Studies/ Progress Report, Research Design and Methods
  • Facilities and Other Resources require a description of hoe the scientific environment will contribute to the probable success of the project and unique features of the environment.
  • Related Research and Development
  • Relationship with Future R & D
  • Company Information
  • Key Personnel, including short resumes for each
  • Budget
  • Consultants and Subcontracts, including short resumes for each
  • Potential Post-Applications
  • Current and Pending Support

The most important sections of the proposal are going to be the objectives and the qualifications of the key personnel. It is essential to mention the specific SBIR grant and the agency involved, connecting your project to how it will be beneficial.

You will also need a cover letter summarizing your proposal. View the complete requirements for an SBIR grant. Here you can access and view the complete application guide. Always check to be sure you are downloading the latest update. The current update (as of this writing) is January 2013.

Proposal Length Guidelines

 

Introduction (resubmissions only)

Specific Aims

Research Strategy

Commercialization Plan

Phase I

1 page

1 page

6 pages

n/a

Phase II

1 page

1 page

12 pages

12 pages

Fast Track

1 page

1 page

12 pages

12 pages