The Art, Science, and Politics of Writing a Successful SBIR Proposal
Class dates: Tuesdays, February 21 & 28, March 7 & 14 (2:00 to 5:00 pm)
Location: 177 Stanley Hall, UC Berkeley
The chances of your SBIR getting funded are vastly improved if your proposal is well written and packaged. In fact, many great ideas fail to get funded simply because of poor “grantsmanship.” In addition, first-time applicants are often daunted by the intricacies of the grant submission and review process, and unsure about how to interact with funding agency staff.
This workshop will help you develop a compelling, well-organized research plan, 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 one full session will be devoted to helping you craft your Specific Aims (the most important section of your application). We will also provide guidance on filling out your budget, Biosketch and other forms, and tips on how to most effectively navigate the NIH and NSF application and review processes.
The workshop will consist of four 2.5 to 3 hour sessions. Specific topics to be covered will include:
- Introduction to the NIH and NSF SBIR funding processes
- Identifying funding opportunities
- Developing a logical, compelling Research Plan
- Facing and conquering the blank page
- Writing for your reviewers
- Instructor and peer feedback on your Specific Aims
- Making the most of graphics
- Electronic registration and submission
- Communicating with NIH and NSF staff.
This class is designed for applicants planning to submit for the April 5 NIH deadline or June NSF SBIR deadlines (or later ones). The science writing skills taught in this class will serve you well 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 G. 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 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.