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8th Annual “From the Sources’ Mouth” Event

October 17, 2023 @ 1:00 pm - October 18, 2023 @ 5:00 pm EDT

From the Sources Mouth

Get the right SBIR/STTR information directly from the right agencies.


This virtual, 2-day SBIR/STTR training event features SBIR/STTR program managers across all 11 agencies. Join in on agency-focused presentations, panel discussions and open Q&A. Attendees will learn agencies’ mission and tips for creating a successful proposal, have an opportunity to ask live questions of all federal participants and be able to sign up for one-on-one meetings with select agencies.


Attendees can participate in open Q&A and have the chance to sign up for a one-on-one meeting with participating agencies in the weeks following the event.

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Attendance is FREE, but registration is required



  • Day 1 – Civilian Agencies
    October 17, 2023
    1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. EST

1:00 p.m. (EST)       Small Business Administration (SBA) SBIR/STTR Program Overview

Erick Page-Littleford, SBA Acting Director and Program Manager, SBIR/STTR. Will provide a 30-minute presentation on SBIR/STTR Funding, followed by 30 minutes of Q&A.


2:00 p.m. (EST)       “Life Science Funding” Panel

Stephanie Fertig, HHS Small Business Program Lead in SEED at NIH
Henry Ahn, NSF SBIR/STTR Program Director
Jenica Patterson, Director of the Technology Transfer and Transition- APRA-H
Gayle Vaday, Deputy Director of CDMRP


3:00 p.m. (EST)       “Getting in the Head of the Reviewer” Panel

Carla Cohen, Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate Liaison for NASA’s SBIR/STTR Programs
Rachael Sack, Director of the U.S. DOT SBIR program
April Richards, EPA SBIR program manager


4:00 p.m. (EST)       “What’s Different at my Agency” Panel

Genevieve Lind, NOAA SBIR Program Manager
Tammi Neville, USDA Program Specialist
Laurie Hobbs, ED/IES SBIR Management and Program Analyst



  • Day 2 – The Department of Defense
    October 18, 2023
    1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. EST


1:00 p.m.  EST         The Department of Defense SBIR Overview

Matthew Williams, Director, at the Department of Defense SBIR/STTR office. Provides a 30-minute presentation on the nuances of the DOD SBIR/STTR program, followed by 30 minutes of Q&A.


2:00 p.m. EST          “What’s Different at my Agency” Panel

Jennifer Thabet, Program Director, DARPA Small Business Programs Office (SBPO)
Dusty Lang, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program Director
Colleen Gibney, SBIR Deputy Project Manager at the U.S. Army Medical Research and Development Command (USAMRDC)


3:00 p.m. EST          “Getting in the Head of the Reviewer” Panel

Christina (Tina) Barnhill, Associate Director of the DOD SBIR/STTR Program
Nicole Fox, Army’s Applied Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Director
Drew McDougall, NAVSEA SBIR/STTR Senior Program Analyst


4:00 p.m. EST          How to prepare for CMMC

Nathan Cross with Totem Tech will provide a 30-minute presentation on how to prepare for CMMC and take audience Q&A.



The session is ideal for technology-based entrepreneurs, startups and small businesses familiar with the SBIR/STTR programs who want to learn more. New to SBIR/STTR? Please view our on-demand webinars before joining our “From the Sources’ Mouth” training sessions.


Do you know about Michigan’s SBIR/STTR Assistance Program?


The Michigan SBIR/STTR Assistance Program provides SBIR/STTR training and proposal development services to technology companies with most costs covered by a state grant. The program is managed by BBCetc.

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Funds for this initiative were provided by the 21st Century Jobs Fund, a MSF program designed to accelerate the growth and diversification of Michigan’s economy.



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