LIFT Associates - SBIR Proposal Consultant
. . . specializing in SBIR proposal development

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Welcome to the Resource Page of LIFT Associates

Providing SBIR Proposal Development Services Since 1992

On this page, you will find a variety of proposal development resources. The first section features some time-tested techniques for managing the process of preparing a proposal. The second section features some similar tools for managing contracts once they have been won. Following that are several groupings of links to important resources on the web. The home pages for the funding agencies are obvious destinations, but the third set of links highlights some valuable web sites that you might otherwise miss.

Proposal Management Tools

Here you will find a series of tools to guide you through the proposal development process. You must have a good story line to begin. The story line development guide and the proposal qualification guide show you how to select high-quality proposal opportunities. The authorization form represents a key go/no-go decision point. The preparation outline and schedule guides shows you how to efficiently write an SBIR proposal from the "inside out." The routing slip, properly used, provides additional protection for the company. The final checklist insures that all your good efforts are not in vain due to some silly oversight.


Contract Management Tools

Here you will find some additional resource materials that will make it easier to manage a contract once you have won one. The first tool is a form that summarizes important contract information. It should be filled out immediately upon contract award. The required information is given in the contract, but folks new to Government contracting may find it difficult to fill in all the blanks. Don't despair; the answers are in the contract somewhere, and it is important that you familiarize yourself intimately with this document. The second tool is a form that summarizes the reporting requirements associated with the contract. It is your responsibility to know and comply with the stipulated requirements. Lastly, there is a list of acronyms and abbreviations which are common to Government contracting in general and the SBIR program in specific. If you are new contract research, you'll find this a useful reference.


Major SBIR Agencies

Ten Federal agencies participate in the program. Five of them -- the Department of Defense (DoD)), the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the Department of Energy (DoE), and the National Science Foundation (NSF) -- provide over 90% of the funds. Links to the main SBIR page of these agencies are provided below. Needless to say, you should familiarize yourself with the information on these sites if you are serious about submitting a proposal. Each agency has a few key idiosyncrasies; it is your responsibility to know and comply with them.


Minor SBIR Agencies

The other five agencies are the Department of Agriculture, the Department of Commerce, the Department of Education, the Department of Transportation, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Links to these agencies are provided below. The DOC and EPA often have research opportunities attractive to "high-tech" firms.


Other Useful Links

In addition, a number of other sites, noteworthy for the wealth of information they contain, are listed last. If you are not familiar with these sites, we strongly encouraged you to check them out.


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