Let’s face it, Covid has impacted everything, from our workplace (and attire!) to our stash of toilet paper! But, has it impacted the SBIR and STTR review process?
The truth is, it depends. For example, some SBIR/STTR agencies, and some solicitations, seem to have been moving along reasonably promptly. I’ll be honest, Agencies are supposed to be able to do reviews in less than 3 months after submission dates but…..well, it’s just not happening.
If by any chance you have an experience where you’ve heard back (either yes or no) from a proposal you’ve submitted in 3 months or less, please share, because I don’t know of any, but there may be some out there!
However, some teams I’ve worked with have heard back in something like 5-6 months, which isn’t an unreasonable amount of time, given the challenges of remote panels, remote program directors and technical points of contact etc.
Nothing, for months and months and months.
….they almost missed it!
And yes, it was MORE than a year – 13 months from proposal to award.
If you haven’t gone through our SBIR course, Develop a Winning SBIR Strategy – Insights From The Review Process, I invite you to do so. Remember that my perspective as a reviewer of many, many proposals gives you an advantage as you prepare your Phase I and/or your Phase II proposal.
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