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SBIR/STTR 101: Introduction and Overview

January 22, 2020 @ 4:00 am - 7:00 am EST

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The Federal SBIR/STTR programs award $3.2 billion in high-risk R&D funding annually to qualified small businesses developing game-changing technologies.
Attend this session and find out more about the two programs and how they can provide a source of R&D funding between the initial development of your innovative idea and proof that it has potential in the marketplace. Learn about SBIR/STTR eligibility requirements, which of the 11 participating agencies best fits your technology, the differences between SBIR and STTR and more. Plus, find out about the Michigan SBIR/STTR Assistance Fund and how you receive guidance and advice on developing of a competitive, compelling proposal with most costs covered by a state grant.

Who should attend:

  • Small businesses new to SBIR/STTR
    • Learn the basics to determine if it is appropriate for your company
  • Companies new to SBIR
  • University faculty, researcher, post-doc
    • Explore how SBIR/STTR can facilitate transfer of technologies
    • Learn how you can participate
    • See why SBIR/STTR is not just like a basic research grant
  • Entrepreneurs
    • You need money. Are you eligible for SBIR/STTR funding?

Presenter:  Andrea Johanson, Ph.D.
Andrea is a BBCetc Principal Consultant with over 25 years of experience in leading international collaborative research projects. Prior to joining BBCetc in 2006, she was responsible for developing a portfolio of agricultural biotechnology projects at Michigan State University’s Institute of International Agriculture, and for reporting to federal funding agencies about the program. Andrea has also served as a consultant on a broad range of issues relating to international agricultural development, biotechnology, biosafety, intellectual property rights and technology transfer. She holds a Ph.D. in Plant Pathology from Reading University, UK, a Masters in Plant Pathology from Cornell University, and a Master of Arts in Natural Sciences from Cambridge University, UK

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.

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.


January 22, 2020
4:00 am - 7:00 am EST
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Ypsilanti, MI 48197 United States
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