From the Sources' Mouth

From the Sources’ Mouth
The BBCetc SBIR/STTR Managers’ Series

Michigan SBIR/STTR Assistance Program invites everyone to join our “From the Sources’ Mouth” series featuring SBIR/STTR program managers telling you what you need to know to have success with their agencies. This series is for technology-based entrepreneurs, startups and small businesses familiar with the SBIR/STTR programs who want to learn more. We offer 1-hour virtual training sessions focused on one agency’s mission and tips for creating a successful proposal, as well as, a larger event every fall. All sessions include time for Q & A.

5th Annual, “From the Sources’ Mouth” Fall Event
September 14-16, 2021
A virtual, 3-day SBIR/STTR training event featuring SBIR/STTR program managers across all 11 agencies. Speakers provide a 30-minute overview of their agency’s mission and tips for creating a successful proposal.

Sept. 14 – Federal Granting Agencies
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Sept. 15 – Federal Contracting Agencies
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Sept. 16 – DOD Components
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2021 Monthly Sessions


National Cancer Institute (NCI) Presenter: Program Manager, Ming Zhao
February 25, 2021
NCI is the part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) that supports cancer research across the nation to advance scientific knowledge and help all people live longer healthier lives.
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Department of Defense (DOD) Presenter: Susan Celis
March 31, 2021
With the largest SBIR and STTR budget, DoD relies on constant innovation to protect the nation and enhance our warfighting capabilities.
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National Science Foundation (NSF) Presenter: Senior SBIR/STTR Program Director and Policy Liaison, Ben Schrag
April 29, 2021
Known as America’s Seed Fund, NSF has helped startups and small businesses transform their ideas into marketable products and services. NSF focuses on high-risk, high-impact technologies — those that show promise but whose success hasn’t yet been validated — and annually awards $200 million in funding to entrepreneurs.
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ARMY/SPARTN Presenter: Director, Technical Insights and Analysis, Casey Perley, PhD
May 20, 2021
The Special Program Awards for Required Technology Needs (SPARTN) is a new program blending government and industry best practices to introduce a whole-of-Army, collaborative approach to innovative solutions. SPARTN was created to incentivize small technology firms to work with the Department of Defense to propose Army modernization solutions.
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Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Presenter: Program Manager, April Richards
June 10, 2021
EPA supports the development and commercialization of technologies that protect human health and the environment. Solicitation topics focus on core mission areas and include Clean & Safe Water, Air Quality, Land Revitalization, Homeland Security, Sustainable Materials Management and Safer Chemicals.
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Department of Energy (DOE) Presenter: Program Manager, Eileen Chant
July 22, 2021
DOE’s mission is to ensure America’s security and prosperity by addressing its energy, environmental and nuclear challenges through transformative science and technology solutions. The four Program Offices that implement this goal and release SBIR and STTR topics are Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy; Fossil Energy; and Nuclear Energy.
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U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Presenter: USDA SBIR Program Coordinator: Melinda Coffman
August 26, 2021
USDA supports high-quality research related to important scientific problems and opportunities in agriculture that could lead to significant public benefits. Topics include forests and animal production and protection; Food Science and Nutrition; Rural Development; Aquaculture; Biofuels and Biobased Products; Small and Mid-Size Farms; Plant Production and Protection/Engineering; Plant Production and Protection/Biology.
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NASA Presenter:
November 18, 2021
The NASA SBIR and STTR programs fund the research, development, and demonstration of innovative technologies that fulfill NASA needs as described in the annual solicitations and have significant potential for successful commercialization.
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Training Provided By the Michigan SBIR/STTR Assistance Program
This program provides SBIR/STTR training and proposal development services to technology companies with costs covered in whole or in part by the Michigan Strategic Fund (MSF), administered by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation.


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. The MEDC markets Michigan and provides the tools and environment to drive job creation and investment. For more information on the 21st Century Jobs Fund initiative, visit 

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