The Art, Science, and Politics of Writing a Successful SBIR Proposal
Class dates: November 29, December 6, and December 13 (2:30 to 5:00 pm)
Location: 177 Stanley Hall, UC Berkeley
The chances of your SBIR grant application getting funded are vastly improved if your proposal is well written and presented. In fact, many great scientific ideas fail to get funded simply because of poor “grantsmanship.” In addition, first-time applicants are often daunted by the intricacies of the government funding process, and don’t know when or how to interact with funding agency staff.
This workshop will help you develop a compelling, well-organized research strategy, and to explain your ideas in clear, engaging writing that will win over your reviewers. We will focus on the Research Plan sections of NIH and NSF SBIR proposals, and provide guidelines and examples for these and other writing-intensive sections of the applications. Students who wish to will have in-class opportunities to work on, share and get feedback on sections of their own proposals from the instructors and classmates. We will also provide tips on how to most effectively navigate the NIH and NSF application and review processes. Outside of class hours, the instructor will review each applicant's Specific Aims and provide custom feedback.
Specific topics to be covered will include:
• Overview of the NIH and NSF SBIR funding processes
• Developing a logical, convincing set of research goals
• Facing and conquering the blank page
• Thinking like a reviewer
• Writing for your reader
• Making the most of graphics
• Editing to maximize the impact of your writing (and to fit page limits!)
• Responding to grant reviews
• Communicating with NIH and NSF staff
This class is designed for applicants planning to submit for the January 5, 2017 NIH deadline or post-January NSF and NIH SBIR deadlines. The science writing skills taught in this class will serve you in writing not only grant applications, but also manuscripts and public relations materials.
This workshop is an integral part of QB3's incorporation program, QB3 Startup in a Box, which also includes eight hours of pro bono advice from top Silicon Valley lawyers and a no-fee commercial account with Silicon Valley Bank. If you're already a member, contact Kaspar Mossman for the class discount code).
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About the Instructor
Gabrielle Leblanc, Ph.D. is a grant consultant and writer with over 15 years of previous experience as both an NIH grant program director and an NIH- and NSF-funded PI. She has since worked with numerous grant applicants in both academia and biotech, and as a science writer for NIH institutes, non-profit foundations, and the popular press. She has a B.A. in Biology from Harvard University and a Ph.D. in Neuroscience from Stanford University.