Allow Time for an MTIP Review
Regardless of the applicant’s experience with SBIR/STTR, allow time for an MTIP review of the draft proposal. This review helps ensure the proposal is responsive to the instructions. Even the most experienced applicants have a tendency to get “off point” as they’re working through the details of so many sections. The outside review helps catch this drift and ensures the discussion stays focused and “on point.” Invariably, good outside reviews identify meaningful ways in which to enhance both the content and the presentation of the proposal. There is strong evidence that MTIP’s involvement in the proposal-preparation process significantly improves the chance of funding.
In pre-planning the project and proposal, applicants should plan to submit their proposals at least two days prior to the final due date. Early submission avoids the possibility of server overload, which has hampered agencies in the past. It also gives applicants ample time to resolve any problems that arise during the electronic submission process.