About the workshop: 

The National Institute of Health’s (NIH) invests more than $32 billion annually in medical research to enhance life and to reduce illness and disability. NIH-funded research has led to breakthroughs and new treatments, helping people live longer, healthier lives, and building the research foundation that drives discovery.

Join BBC Entrepreneurial Training Center’s live Virtual Classroom for an interactive, full-day overview of the NIH SBIR/STTR grant program. In addition to up-to-date information on the SBIR/STTR programs, we’ll take a deep dive into the differences between SBIR and STTR, review how to navigate the NIH’s SBIR website to research awarded projects, how to prepare an SBIR proposal, and how to avoid common pitfalls. This Virtual Classroom features activities and regular interaction with participants. Get your questions ready!


8:30am:  ABCs of SBIR/STTR and Overview of NIH program, Presented by Andrea Johanson

Strategies for targeting your proposal to meet the reviewers’ expectations, what your company needs to be competitive, reviewing registrations necessary for submission, and more.

10:00am:  Break

10:15am:  How to prepare the Specific Aims and Research Strategy, Presented by Megan Varnum

Review of what should be included in Specific Aims and why it’s so important. How does that relate to your Research Strategy and what do you need for a resubmission?

11:45am:  Break

12:15pm:  Other key elements of the Phase I,  Presented by Megan Varnum Budgets, Facilities and Other Resources, and Biosketches

1:45pm:   Final Q&A

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About the Presenter: Andrea Johanson, Ph.D.

Andrea is a BBCetc Sr. Principal Consultant with over 25 years of experience in leading international collaborative research projects. Prior to joining BBC in 2006, she was responsible for developing a portfolio of agricultural biotechnology projects at Michigan State University’s Institute of International Agriculture, and for reporting to federal funding agencies about the program. Andrea has also served as an international consultant on a broad range of issues relating to international agricultural development, biotechnology, biosafety, intellectual property rights and technology transfer. She holds a Ph.D. in Plant Pathology from Reading University, UK, a Masters in Plant Pathology from Cornell University, and a Master of Arts in Natural Sciences from Cambridge University, UK.


About the Presenter: Megan Varnum, Ph.D.

Megan joined BBCetc as a Principal Consultant in 2019 with a wealth of experience in leading biological technologies on the path to commercialization. As CEO of FibrosIX Inc., a Michigan company developing compounds for the treatment or prevention of fibrosis-related disorders, Megan was involved in all aspects of planning and operation of the company. This included writing an SBIR grant proposal, which was awarded from the National Cancer Institute. Her prior experience includes serving as an Entrepreneur in Residence for Michigan State University’s Spartan Innovations where she assisted MSU researchers in translating their technologies into startup businesses. While at MSU, she managed the launch of two startups and assisted in preparation of both NIH and NSF STTR proposals. A former Research Associate of the Scripps Research Institute, Megan received a B.S degree from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and a PhD from Boston University.