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Michigan Assistance Program

Funded by a grant from the Michigan Strategic Fund (MSF) and administered through the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, BBC provides SBIR/STTR proposal development services to technology-based entrepreneurs and early-stage companies throughout Michigan.

The program provides training and one-one-one proposal preparation assistance to qualified companies, with the costs of these services covered in whole or in part by the MSF grant as described below. Components of the program are:

  • SBIR/STTR Training
  • SBIR/STTR Proposal Development Assistance
  • Statewide Outreach

SBIR/STTR Training
All aspects of writing competitive proposals for R&D funding through the federal SBIR/STTR program are covered in a series of informative seminars and workshops led by seasoned consultants. The training covers all agencies, including the Department of Energy (DoE), National Science Foundation (NSF), Department of Defense (DoD), NASA, and the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

View course descriptions, schedules & registration

SBIR/STTR Proposal Development Assistance
BBC can assist clients in all aspects of SBIR/STTR proposal development, including:

  • Overall grant strategy
  • Identifying appropriate solicitations
  • Project planning
  • Editorial review
  • Assistance with proposal submission
  • Assistance with details of post-submission administration

Assuming sufficient time is available prior to the submission deadline, BBC consultants will complete comprehensive proposal reviews for clients selected for proposal development assistance. Clients are required to share with BBC information on the results of the agency review and the grant award decision.

Eligibility: To be eligible for proposal development assistance, prospective clients must complete an assessment form and have attended an SBIR/STTR agency-specific training session. Once submitted, an initial conversation will be scheduled with one of our consultants. NOTE: Participation in an agency-specific proposal workshop is a prerequisite for clients seeking additional SBIR/STTR proposal assistance as described below.

Fees:  Clients pay a non-refundable participation fee of $500 to initiate work. The fee provides unlimited hours of one-on-one assistance as well as complimentary registration for one or more individuals from an organization to attend all training session(s) or webinars throughout the life of the contract when the first training is attended within the 6 months following the execution of the contract.   If you have attended training in the 6 months prior to signing the contract the cost of the training will be applied towards the $500.

The state of Michigan supports SBIR/STTR applicants with commercialization funding through the Emerging Technologies Fund. Please visit www.mietf.org before you submit your SBIR/STTR proposal to learn about this important program.

Statewide Outreach
BBC travels throughout Michigan to attend appropriate state and local meetings to provide general information on the SBIR/STTR program and technology commercialization. Through partner organizations such as the Michigan Economic Development Corp., Michigan Small Business Technology Development Center and Michigan SmartZones™, training and consulting services are delivered directly to entrepreneurs and technology companies. Collaborations with venture capitalists, academic technology transfer administrators, and others in a position to assist technology entrepreneurs also help achieve the goals of the program.

Contact BBC to request assistance, discuss cooperative opportunities or arrange speaking engagements.

Matching Funds Opportunities for Michigan Companies

The Michigan Emerging Technologies Fund (MIETF) expands funding opportunities for Michigan technology companies seeking federal R&D funds via the SBIR/STTR programs. MIETF will match both Phase I and Phase II awards until funds are exhausted. Note:Applications for MIETF matching funds must be made prior to submitting your SBIR/STTR proposal. Learn more

The Michigan Accelerating Technologies (MATch) Energy Grant Program provides matching funds to eligible Michigan businesses and universities applying for advanced energy-related federal funding. Learn more

The Michigan DARPA Match Program (MD.MFP) matches DARPA-funded Michigan proposals up to 25% of awarded federal amount, or $50,000, whichever is less, selected through an application process. Learn More

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