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SBIR Grant Writers

Did you know that 85% of SBIR applications are rejected (you can find a list of common SBIR application rejection causes here)?

SBIR grants are excellent for small businesses like yours, but you need to ensure your application is submitted error-free and with all of the necessary information to win the grant. And to do that, you’ll need an experienced (and vetted) SBIR grant writer.

Use our list of SBIR grant writers to find a skilled writer that will help ensure your application is accepted, and the funds are awarded.

SBIR Grant Writer Resources

Professional Writing SBIR GrantAfter a skilled STTR / SBIR grant writer expertly crafts your application, you'll need an accounting team to finish the proposal requirements. We offer remote SBIR accounting services help guide you on your STTR / SBIR Phase I & II journey.

Get in touch today to learn  more about how Team 80 can help with your SBIR accounting needs. There's money out there for you - it's time to take advantage of it.


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TABA Explained: The Best Kept Secret in Startup Funding

You may be eligible for a whole lot of extra money that you didn’t even know about.

Every great product or service starts as an idea - or a dream. In 1968, Dr. Spencer Silver, a scientist with 3M, set out to create the world’s strongest adhesive. Eventually, the Post-It was born.

Dr. Silver had the backing and support of his employer to fund his research and bring the product to life (after years of R&D). We’ve simplified the journey from dream to iconic product, but your idea - your vision - is no different.team of four looking at research and development board

If you’re reading this blog, there’s a good chance you have a big idea that you’re passionate about bringing to market. But there’s also a good chance that you are missing out on a significant opportunity.

The government can fund your dream. Buckets of cash to help develop and launch innovative ideas are sitting unclaimed by dreamers like you.

We’re here to help your concept become a reality. You might already know about the SBIR and STTR award program, but do you know about TABA?

There are dollars available to you outside of the standard SBIR and STTR channels. But you need to know how to access those funds. That’s where TABA (and Team80) enter the scene.

Meet TABA, a resource that feels like one of the government’s best-kept secrets.

What is TABA?

Once referred to as Discretionary Technical Assistance (DTA) and Commercialization Assistance, TABA (the new term for this program) stands for the Technical and Business Assistance fund.

In simple terms, TABA helps you get additional funding over and above the SBIR/STTR grant budget cap so that you can pay for any commercialization and business costs not included with your SBIR/STTR proposal.

But you can only use SBIR award money for payroll, materials, supplies, and other business expenses or for the direct costs necessary to carry out your idea’s proposed research and development.

TABA is different. You cannot use TABA funds for research, development, and salaries, but you can use TABA funds for activities NOT covered under the SBIR grant, including (but not limited to):
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  • Intellectual property
  • IP legal costs
  • Marketing
  • Market research
  • Customer discovery
  • Advisors and consultants for manufacturing plan development

Here’s another excellent TABA perk: you can choose your preferred professional to provide services. Legislation passed in 2018, allowing you to select an alternative vendor to assist you with commercialization. Now you can use someone you trust instead of a federal agency-selected professional.

Am I eligible for TABA?

If you have an active NIH, SBIR, or STTR Phase I award, or Phase I grant or contract within the last two years, then you could be eligible for TABA funds. However, you should know that if you’ve received multiple grant awards, they’ll only consider you for one project within the TABA program.

You’re also ineligible if you received TABA funds with your Phase I award. Still, you can consider requesting TABA in your Phase II application.

How do I request or apply for TABA?

“Generally, you must include TABA and vendor requests with your SBIR/STTR Phase I or Phase II proposal submission,” says Jim Casart, Team 80 founder and CEO. “However, some agencies, such as NSF and NIH, have made TABA available to any business with an active award within the past two years. The granting agency may restrict vendor selection for post-proposal TABA.”

The TABA application process is complicated since it varies among the participating agencies, but you shouldn’t worry. We’ll make the process easy so you can stay focused on realizing your dream.

What agencies participate in the TABA program?

There are nine agencies currently participating in the TABA program. Here’s a list of participating agencies and available funds:

AGENCY          PHASE I                  PHASE II
DOE                  $6,500                     $50,000
DOD                  $6,500                     $50,000
DOT                   $5,000                    $13,000
DHS                   $6,500                    $50,000
NASA                N/A                          $10,000
NSF                   N/A                         $50,000
NIST                  $6,500                    $6,500
NIH                    $6,500                    $50,000
USDA                $6,500                    $50,000

Why Team 80?

You have a dream, a big idea. And you have the opportunity not only to bring that dream to life but also to take care of your family, for generations in some instances.

Still, without an experienced partner to guide you through the SBIR, STTR, and TABA awards process, your big idea could wind up on the cutting room floor. We want to make sure that doesn’t happen.

Carpe diem - It’s time to seize the day.

Through our participation in the GovCon Alliance, we can help you locate best-in-class assistance and coordinate the TABA section of your proposal submission.

We understand the confusing nuances of government accounting and have over 20 years of extensive experience working with agencies that participate in the SBIR/STTR programs.

And we’re also familiar with the different submission and solicitation processes among the participating agencies. We can quickly provide what you need, along with submission instructions.

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  • Market studies
  • Installation of government-compliant accounting systems
  • Establishing required policies and procedures for government contractors
  • Intellectual property strategy and implementation
  • Planning for Phase II follow-up proposals, including budgeting and commercialization components

Our mission is bigger than helping you access free government money. We have the opportunity to change your life and the lives of customers who can benefit from your innovative product or service. All you have to do is get in touch.

Stop wasting time mired in applications and paperwork and stay focused on your BIG idea. Let Team 80 take the wheel! Get in touch today!


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SBIR Grants: Have an Innovative Idea? The Government Might Fund It For You

SBIR Grants

Believe it or not, there’s loads of unclaimed cash for innovative ideas.

Your dreams won’t fund themselves, and let’s face it; the average small business doesn’t have unlimited resources and disposable income. If you’re reading our blogs, there’s a good chance that you’re one of those small business owners.

Without appropriate funding, you might feel like your big idea will never see the light of day. Don’t give up! Your vision can still become a reality with the government’s help. You can leverage SBIR’s power to fund your dreams, like 179,000 other small businesses.

An SBIR grant might be the ticket if your idea has elements of research and technical innovation.

Team 80your SBIR accounting expertshave set up the ultimate guide for SBIR resources to help your small business along your journey to landing Phase I & II awards.

What is the SBIR program?

The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program is a United States government program that awards funds to small businesses conducting early-stage research and development.

There are three phases in the program. We’ll focus on two of them (the SBIR program does not fund Phase III). In the simplest terms, Phase I covers research costs; Phase II covers idea development.

Eleven government agencies participate in the SBIR program, and each year they invite people like you to conduct research. Why? Because the government is always in need of things. DOD needs innovative military tech, and the EPA constantly looks for environmental protection ideas.

If your brilliant idea can realistically further a federal agency’s mission, then the SBIR program could be a potential gold mine for you and your business.

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Who qualifies for an SBIR grant?

Domestic, for-profit businesses with under 500 employees can qualify for the SBIR program. The owners must be predominantly US citizens. These are the basic qualifications. But you should consider another detail: you won’t qualify if your idea doesn’t meet one of the participating government agencies’ needs.

You should research available topics and ensure you can develop a unique, unproven solution to a specific agency’s needs. Click here to determine your eligibility.

How long does it take to get an SBIR grant?

If you plan to save a tanking business with an SBIR grant, think again. The government doesn’t disperse funds quickly. It can take up to one year after proposal submission to receive the award and Phase I funding.

How competitive are SBIR grants?

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You won’t find the process of winning an SBIR grant easy. Typically, only ⅓ of first-time applicants receive an award.

In 2019, NIH awarded 1,329 grants out of a total of 6,084 applicants. That isn’t a high success rate, but these statistics shouldn’t discourage you!

If you’re asking about your chances of winning SBIR funding, you’re asking the wrong questions. That’s why we always say you shouldn’t make business plans around SBIR funding. Put faith in your idea and perfect your proposal – your proposal will set you apart from other applicants, make it stand out.

The SBIR program is a game-changer for folks typically disadvantaged either socially or economically – women and minorities are prime candidates and often win.

How does SBIR funding work?

Taxpayer dollars fund the SBIR program. Each year, the government sets aside roughly 2.2 billion dollars to finance cutting-edge technologies developed by small businesses (like yours).

The eleven agencies included in the SBIR program have annual research and development budgets. When those budgets exceed $100 million, the agency puts 3.2% of it towards the SBIR program.

A whopping 50% of SBIR funds come from the Department of Defense alone.

These grants are non-dilutive, meaning you’re getting money without having to give up control of your company. And you never have to pay it back.

As of 2020, agencies have doled nearly $259,613 to Phase I recipients and up to $1,730,751 for Phase II recipients. These awards are life-changing for many people and small businesses.

What is an STTR grant?

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The Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) program is similar to the SBIR program. The only real difference is that STTR requires you to partner with a US non-profit research institution.

Out of the eleven agencies that participate in the SBIR program, only five take part in STTR. These are DODDOEHHSNASA, and NSF.

STTR awards are smaller than SBIR funds – the SBIR program has a larger pot of funds and receives more applicants.

SBIR is for me! How do I get started?

Are you ready to make the SBIR program leap? Do you qualify and feel confident that the world can benefit from your innovative product or service? That’s excellent!

But be prepared. The SBIR process is arduous, complicated, and time-consuming. The application process alone can consume as much as 200 hours! Wouldn’t you instead prefer to spend that time refining your idea? Of course, you would.

Many rules govern SBIR grants and countless compliance requirements. We’re here to help! We’re on a mission to end small business failures.

We’ve successfully assisted dreamers like you throughout the SBIR process. Whether it’s creating dynamic proposals that secure awards or managing the grant accounting, audits, and tax preparations, we are your SBIR experts!

Let us help you find SBIR success, so you can focus on making your dreams a reality!


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2021 SBIR Deadlines: Simplifying The Process With Team 80

SBIR Deadlines

It’s easy. You’re a small business that has won the Phase I award through the SBIR program, and we are the accounting team that will help you through all the hurdles of winning the Phase II award.

You’ve just pushed through Phase I of the process and chances are pretty likely that you are feeling a little fatigued right now. It’s no surprise. You’ve just successfully established the technical merit and feasibility of your innovative idea, and because of your efforts, you’ve secured an award in a highly competitive program. That’s no small feat!

However, you’re not even close to being out of the woods yet. The standard SBIR deadlines for 2021 are coming up* at the beginning of January, and you haven’t even begun to write your proposal for Phase II. And that is not even the half of it.

JUMP TO THE SBIR DEADLINES

We Are Your SBIR Accounting Experts

Did you know that if an SBIR agency is even considering granting you a Phase II award, they may require an in-depth pre-award “survey”? When it comes to Phase I of the SBIR program, the awards are typically smaller (no more than $150,000) so the government only expects a rudimentary system when it comes to your accounting. However, in Phase II the expectations will change drastically. Suddenly there is a LOT more money (up to $1 million compared to the possible $150,000 from Phase I) and the government will need to feel absolutely confident that your small business has a flawless accounting system.

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Right now, having an experienced accounting team that is well versed in all of the unique government rules required by the Federal Accounting Regulations is crucial. Don’t let this intimidate or discourage you; here comes the good part:

At Team 80, we understand ALL of the challenges you have yet to face and we are here to help further the R/R&D efforts that you’ve worked incredibly hard to initiate in Phase I. Allow us to take the confusing, complicated burden that is the SBIR program off your shoulders!

With over 20 years of extensive experience in government accounting, and having worked directly with agencies that participate in the SBIR programs, Team 80 has been able to successfully help small businesses (like yours) propose and WIN the SBIR research grants needed to develop their innovative ideas.

Using a “back-office accounting” approach, we provide an all-in-one solution for all of your accounting needs so that you don’t need to hire internally. We promise to save you money and time, and we utilize cloud-based accounting solutions, giving our expert help to set you up and keep you running smoothly with your specific SBIR accounting needs.

We also understand that many people are currently working from home right now which is why we offer remote SBIR accounting services.

  • Department of Agriculture – 10/25/2021
  • Department of Commerce
    1. NIST – 03/16/2021
    2. NOAA – 02/13/2021
  • Department of Defense:
    1. DoD 21.1 – 02/12/2021
    2. DoD 21.2 – 07/02/2021
    3. DoD 21.3 – 10/24/2021
  • Department of Education:
    1. Contracts – 01/21/2021
    2. Grants – 03/03/2021

  • Department of Health & Human Services (NIH, CDC, FDA):
    1. PHS/NIH (Grants – 3 Closing Dates) – 01/05/2021, 05/05/2021, 09/05/2021
    2. PHS/NIH (Contracts) – 10/22/2021
  • Department of Energy – 10/24/2021
  • Homeland Security 2021.1 – 01/22/2021
  • Department of Transportation 2021 – 03/20/2021
  • Environmental Protection Agency – 07/31/2021
  • NASA – 03/29/2021
  • NSF (4 Closing Dates) – 03/03/2021, 06/03/2021, 09/03/2021, 12/03/2021

So, you have made it this far in your SBIR journey–why not let us take over from here so that you can get back to focusing on what matters most?


SBIR Data Rights & DFAR 252.227-7018: What's Changed?

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Let's start off with a refresher as to what data rights are and why they are important.

The SBIR/STTR Program allows small companies to maintain ownership of recorded technical information of a scientific or technical nature, including computer databases and software documentation, that is generated under an SBIR/STTR funding agreement (i.e. grants, contracts, cooperative agreements).  The data must be first produced by the small business in performance of the funding agreement, be generally unknown, and not been made available to others by the contractor or to the Government.  It does not include computer software or data incidental to the funding agreement’s administration (i.e. accounting, cost or pricing or management information). The government is granted a limited non-exclusive royalty-free worldwide license to use SBIR Form Fit and Function Data. In other words, the government cannot disclose this data outside the government. This protection applies to all phases of the SBIR/STTR Program.  For small businesses, this data is the technological underpinning of the potential product (s) it hopes to sell.  In disclosing this data, the government is basically inviting other entities (i.e. multi-national corporations) to use the data without any investment or effort and potentially diminish the rights and associated economic opportunities of the small business. To receive the protections accorded to SBIR/STTR Data, any SBIR/STTR Data that is delivered must be marked with the appropriate SBIR/STTR Data Rights legend or notice, in accordance with agency procedures.

Each SBIR/STTR funding agreement includes the DFAR clause 252.227-7018. Rights in noncommercial technical data and computer software - Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program, which states that the protection period commences with the funding agreement award and ends five years after the period of performance ends for the award from which the data was generated.  The protection period has been extended to 20 years per SBIR/STTR Directive effective May 2, 2019, page 104 8(h)(4); however the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulations (DFAR) have not been updated to reflect this change.  We have a client who recently received a new SBIR Phase II contract that included DFAR 252.227-7018 as well as a Special Contract Requirement Section that detailed Data Rights Protection for five years. During contract negotiations upon our request on behalf of our client the contract was revised to include the 20 - year protection period.

Until the DFAR is updated to reflect the 20 - year protection period, make sure you request that your contracts include this revised period.