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10/22/15
Grant Writing for SBIRs/STTRs
Filed under: Networking, Mature professionals, Alternate Career Paths
Posted by: site admin @ 2:25 pm

A collaborator on several projects recently shared some proposal
writing links when we were networking recently.  We had a
conversation a couple of years ago about proposal content.

N. Wagner, this time, shared letter writing for SBIT/STTRs which
is the federal governments seed funding arm for technology
development by small business who collaborate with research
institutions in Phase I and Phase II, bridging the gap between basic
science and innovation commercialization.

Now,
although called Letters of Support, these letters are really “Letters
of Commitment”! They are IOUs from your team members to the company.
It’s important to note that they are always addressed to the Principal
Investigator (PI) on the project or the Business Official at the company
– not to NIH. Let’s take a look at some of these letters and what goes
into them. - See more at:
http://www.bbcetc.com/not-just-letters-of-support-for-your-sbirsttr-proposal-letters-of-commitment/#sthash.OcmGCvuL.dpuf
Letters of Support are commitment letters addressed to the
Project leader, not to the funding organization, from
  key senior or technical people to join the company
  subcontractors -  on subcontractor letter headed paper.
  special consultants supporting the project
  commercial partners
  • A Letter from a Senior/Key person
    (including the PI) needs to be included if the person your company is
    planning to hire is currently employed elsewhere, but plans to join the
    company at the time of award. The letter will state that they will be
    employed at the applicant company at the time of award, and include
    their anticipated time commitment and role on the project.
  • Letters from Subcontractors need to mention clearly
    who at the sub-contracting organization is working on the project,
    clarify their role and time commitment on the project and the budget for
    the sub-contract. These letters must be on the sub-contracting
    organization’s letterhead. 
  • Letters from Consultants must specify their time
    commitment, the specific guidance they are providing on the project, and
    the compensation they are being offered by the applicant company. 
  • Letters from Commercialization Partners are
    typically part of a Phase II proposal. They are provided by potential
    investors, distributors, strategic partners, prospective customers,
    potential licensees, etc. Such letters must be “tangible,” i.e., they
    must demonstrate a market need and clear commercial path for the product
    being developed and the company’s ability to attract the right
    resources to carry though to successful commercialization. 
  • - See
    more at:
    http://www.bbcetc.com/not-just-letters-of-support-for-your-sbirsttr-proposal-letters-of-commitment/#sthash.OcmGCvuL.dpuf

    They focus on the commercial potential, market, adoption
    by users or willingness to collaborate or offer funding
    support when the grant is awarded.  The most powerful letters
    are from opinion leaders, industry partners and venture capitalists.

    4 kinds of letters of support

    Now,
    although called Letters of Support, these letters are really “Letters
    of Commitment”! They are IOUs from your team members to the company.
    It’s important to note that they are always addressed to the Principal
    Investigator (PI) on the project or the Business Official at the company
    – not to NIH. Let’s take a look at some of these letters and what goes
    into them. - See more at:
    http://www.bbcetc.com/not-just-letters-of-support-for-your-sbirsttr-proposal-letters-of-commitment/#sthash.OcmGCvuL.dpuf

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