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Diana Cugliari 06-28-2017

Accessing Non-Dilutive Government Funding & Other Opportunities for Biosciences

On June 12th, Liz Powell and Lindsay Sacco of G2G Consulting presented a lunch & learn seminar at the PLSG offices.  The topic was:

Accessing Non-Dilutive Government Funding & Other Opportunities for Biosciences

The presenters discussed that funding comes in 4 categories:

  • Grants
  • Discretionary
  • Legislatiion
  • Procurement

And from 5 Sources:

  • Defense
  • Energy
  • Health
  • General Services Administration (GSA)
  • National Aeronautics Space Administration (NASA)

There are two different ways to access government funding:

  1. www.grants.gov – is designed to be where all government grants are posted and provides information on when you would submit your application
  2. www.fbo.gov  – Federal Business Opportunities are where federal contracting opportunities are aggregated

Keep in mind that this is the government, and is therefore political.  Anyone seeking government funding should network with program managers in order to understand their needs and motivations.  The key is understanding their needs and finding a way to meet them.

There are various networking opportunities available:

  • Attending KEY conferences
  • Scientific Assembly and Exhibition (SOMA)
  • Military Health Services Research Symposium (MHSRS)
  • Vendor Days at Fort Detrick and NIH, TATRAC monthly meetings
  • Government workshops – ex. Led by Health and Medicine Division within National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, FDA, etc.

More detailed information is provided in the slides from the presentation, which are available here:  Government Funding Seminar_2017-06

About G2G Consulting:

G2G Consulting is a bi-partisan consulting firm with over 70 years’ experience working in and with the government.  They have raised over $153M for clients since 2007 and secured CMS reimbursement rates, shaped regulations and drafted and enacted policies.  Their niche is Biosciences and high-tech innovation.