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PLAN Webinar Series

NCI SBIR PLAN Webinar Series


The NCI SBIR Peer Learning and Networking (PLAN) Webinar Series provide a forum for SBIR/STTR applicants and awardees to hear the best practices from peers who have been successful within the Program. The goal of PLAN webinar series is to help SBIR companies learn from peers and facilitate collaboration. Each featured company will share expertise on each webinar topic and also discuss particular technology areas in which they hope to collaborate with other companies. The Webinar Series is intended as an interactive session where questions and feedback are always welcome. 




Part I. Presentation

Watch pre-recorded panelist presentation on the PLAN webpage prior to joining the webinar and write down your questions.



Part II. Panel Session

Attend real-time panel session and ask your questions to the panelist and/or the moderating NCI SBIR program director.


The current NCI SBIR PLAN Webinar Series focuses on: How to Write a Good Specific Aims Page -

The specific aims page is a critical part of an SBIR/STTR application. The aims page should be treated as a standalone page from which a reviewer can gain a reasonable understanding of the critical components of the project without reading any other parts of the application.

The first half of the aims page should cover key background information, highlighting the product, its significance, and innovation. The second half of the aims page should state the specific aims and milestones to be completed. Applicants are only allowed one-page for their specific aims.

In this PLAN series, prior SBIR/STTR awardees with a variety of cancer technology products such as therapeutics, diagnostics, devices, and digital health explain how they tackled various issues related to writing a good specific aims page, including but not limited to adding quantitative milestones, writing aims page for fast track or phase 2 applications, and more. Please find advice videos from each panelist below and register for the follow up Q&A session.


Register for the follow-up Q&A session at 10:00 am ET on Tuesday, March 29, 2022 to ask questions and engage with speakers.


Before attending, you are highly encouraged to watch each video in this series and prepare questions. 



Therapeutics - Click video if interested in:

  • Time budgeting
  • Addressing competitive landscape
  • Specific features for therapeutics
  • Quantitative milestones
  • Considerations when resubmitting your application

Therapeutics PLAN Video

Diagnostics - Click video if interested in:

  • Differentiating between SBIR and traditional academic grants
  • Highlighting innovation
  • Specific features for diagnostics
  • Quantitative milestons


Therapeutics PLAN Video














Digital Health - Click video if interested in:

  • Highlighting significance and clinical impact
  • Specific features for digital health
  • Quantitative milestones
  • Considerations for fast-track applications


Therapeutics PLAN Video

Devices - Click video if interested in:

  • Getting started
  • Providing sufficient detail
  • Specific features for devices
  • Quantitative milestones
  • Considerations for Phase 2 applications


Therapeutics PLAN Video
















Be on the lookout for upcoming topics, including:

  • Spotlight Video: Small Business Transition Grant (SBTG)

  • Implementing a Quality Management System (QMS)

  • Spotlight Video: Top Takeaways on How to Set Up a Small Business

  • Keys to a Successful IND Submission

  • Spotlight Video: CARE Success Stories


If you have topic suggestions for the PLAN series, please email us at

Updated Date: 
June 23, 2020