When the Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) program was established, it was generally thought to be a less competitive road to government funding than were the traditional grant programs administered by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the National Science Foundation (NSF), and others. There were many fewer applications relative to the pool of dollars available, and the quality of the grants was judged to be, on average, significantly lower than applications in traditional venues such as the investigator-initiated (R01) tract. The quality issue, in particular, reflected the lack of experience that most people in the private sector had with the government granting process. This no longer is the case. Obtaining funds through the SBIR program is every bit as challenging as being successful through the traditional mechanisms. Thus, there is no single formula that can guarantee success and no single approach that is necessarily better than the others. Any case study provides only a guideline. Still, one can increase the chances of being success ful by understanding the process and by carefully studying past successes as well as past failures. With that in mind, we discuss some of the key features of the SBIR program, things that may increase the likelihood of success in funding a biomarker-development project through the SBIR program.

Project Management Made Easy

Project Management Made Easy

What you need to know about… Project Management Made Easy! Project management consists of more than just a large building project and can encompass small projects as well. No matter what the size of your project, you need to have some sort of project management. How you manage your project has everything to do with its outcome.

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