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SBIR/STTR: ABCs and How to Find an Agency

Join Sr. Principal Consultant, Dr. Andrea Johanson on Thursday, February 22 at The Bridge incubator in Grand Rapids. Enjoy lunch while she provides an overview of the SBIR/STTR program goals, eligibility requirements, participating agencies, common misconceptions and more! Bring your computer and learn how to find an agency interested in funding your technology. This training is designed to provide enough information for attendees to determine if they would like to seriously pursue proposal development and provides the tools to help begin the process.   This session will include:   Guidance on understanding the SBIR/STTR programs Clarification on eligibility criteria for these federal programs Tools and strategies to enhance your chances of securing SBIR and STTR grants Q&A session   Register Here   Training will be held at The Bridge (4th) Floor of the Doug Meijer Innovation Building 109 Michigan Street Northwest Grand Rapids, MI 49503   Training sponsored by : The Michigan State University (MSU) Research Foundation The Michigan State University (MSU) Research Foundation was established in 1973 as an independent nonprofit committed to the commercialization of cutting-edge technologies invented by MSU faculty, staff, and students. Today, the MSU Research Foundation is focused on enhancing research, encouraging innovation and entrepreneurship, […]

SBIR/STTR Program Overview

Virtual Classroom MI

Find out how the government’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs 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. The two programs make over $4 billion in high-risk, non-dilutive capital available to innovative small companies annually! Join our expert in this interactive virtual workshop to learn what it takes to participate in the programs. We'll review, eligibility requirements, participating agencies, the differences between SBIR and STTR, common misconceptions and more! This training is designed to provide enough information for attendees to determine if they would like to seriously pursue proposal development and provides the tools to help begin the process.   Register Here     Training sponsored by : The University City Science Center We help life sciences startups grow and nurture diverse STEM talent. For 60 years, the Science Center has been at the forefront of innovation that elevates our region and enriches our world. We've proven that you can accomplish amazing things when you bring the right people together in the right place at the right time, and we take pride in creating those connections every […]

SBIR/STTR Virtual Training Series

In collaboration with WMed Innovation Center. We bring a virtual SBIR/STTR training series. Find out how the government’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs can provide a source of non-dilutive R&D funding for initial development of your high-risk, innovative idea and proof that it has potential in the marketplace. These two programs provide over $4 billion to innovative small companies annually!   Register for one session or them all! All sessions run 9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. EST   March 25, 2024 ABCs of the SBIR/STTR Program Is your technology company eligible for non-dilutive federal funding through the government’s SBIR/STTR program? Join us for this webinar covering SBIR/STTR program basics including program purpose; eligibility; and sources of funding. It is designed to provide enough information for attendees to determine if they would like to seriously pursue proposal development and tools to help begin the process.   March 26, 2024 Essentials of SBIR/STTR Commercialization Commercialization and transition plans can be a key differentiator in the SBIR/STTR programs, it is important to know what the agencies are looking for and how to go about developing a good plan. This session will review the requirements and guide […]

Phenomenal Women Series: SBIR/STTR Trailblazers

In honor of Women’s History Month, the SBA Michigan, Illinois and Wisconsin District Offices are hosting a webinar highlighting women entrepreneurs in the technology fields who have successfully applied for and received grant funding to commercialize a product.  This webinar is ideal for technology focused entrepreneurs but is OPEN TO ALL!   “Phenomenal Women: SBIR/STTR Trailblazers” features three women entrepreneurs in the technology fields, each phenomenal in their own right, who were awarded SBIR/STTR grants.  They will discuss how they started their businesses, their failures and successes and their experience with the SBIR/STTR application and awards process.  We are also happy to have as a guest speaker one of the Principal Consultants from the BBCetc, Monique Branham, who will provide an overview of the SBIR/STTR grant programs. The BBCetc was formed as Biotechnology Business Consultants in 1990 to assist early-stage life science companies with technology commercialization strategy and implementation. Since then, the company has evolved and grown, now training and consulting with a wide range of clients from individual companies and entrepreneurs to universities, SBDC’s and tech-based economic development organizations across the U.S.   “Phenomenal Women: SBIR/STTR Trailblazers” Panelists:   Marianna Kerppola is the Founder and CEO of Poisera Inc. dba […]

“From the Sources’ Mouth” with CDMRP

Don’t miss your chance to hear directly from Dr. Gayle Vaday, the Civilian Deputy Director of the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP), U.S. Army Medical Research and Development Command (USAMRDC), Fort Detrick, MD.   The CDMRP strives to transform health care for Service Members and the American public through innovative and impactful research. The CDMRP fills research gaps by funding high impact, high risk and high gain projects that other agencies may not venture to fund. All the programs managed by the CDMRP share the common goal of advancing paradigm shifting research, solutions that will lead to cures or improvements in patient care, or breakthrough technologies and resources for clinical benefit.   Join this overview of the CDMRP program and learn, from the source, what technologies they are looking for and what’s needed to submit a successful proposal. Following the presentation there will be ample Q&A time with the presenter.   Register Here       Featuring: Dr. Gayle Vaday, The Civilian Deputy Director of the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP), U.S. Army Medical Research and Development Command (USAMRDC), Fort Detrick, MD. Dr. Vaday provides senior-level leadership for medical research programs totaling $1.5 billion in Congressional appropriations each […]

“From the Sources’ Mouth” with NSF

Live Virtual Workshop

Don’t miss your chance to hear directly from National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Program Director and Policy Liaison, Ben Schrag.   Known as America’s Seed Fund, the National Science Foundation (NSF) has helped startups and small businesses transform their ideas into marketable products and services. Focusing on high-risk, high-impact technologies — those that show promise but whose success hasn’t yet been validated — and each year, they award $200 million in funding to entrepreneurs across the country.   Join this overview of the NSF SBIR program and learn, from the source, what technologies they are looking for and what’s needed to submit a successful proposal. Following the presentation there will be ample of Q&A time with the presenter     Register Here       Featuring: Ben Schrag, Ph.D., Senior SBIR/STTR Program Director and Policy Liaison Ben Schrag joined the U.S. National Science Foundation as an SBIR/STTR program director in 2009. Ben has worked across several portfolio areas including advanced materials, instrumentation and hardware, nanotechnology and advanced manufacturing. He became the policy liaison for the SBIR/STTR programs in 2016. Ben won the NSF Director's Award in 2014 and 2016. Prior to NSF, he was the director of research and development at […]

SBIR/STTR: ABCs and How to Find an Agency

Doug Meijer Medical Innovation Building_The Bridge Work Cafe' 109 Michigan Street, Grand Rapids, MI, United States

Join Dr. Andrea Johanson, Sr. Principal Consultant with the BBCetc, at The Bridge (4th) Floor of the Doug Meijer Innovation Building in Grand Rapids, MI on May 21st.
She'll clarify the mission and goals of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Science Foundation (NSF) and Department of Defense (DOD) SBIR/STTR Programs. The session will provide a concise overview of three major agencies, their funding priorities and application processes, alongside guidance on assembling a project team to get the work done.

“From the Sources’ Mouth” with NIH/NHLBI

Live Virtual Workshop

Don’t miss your chance to hear directly from the Small Business Lead at the NIH’s, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), Dr. Stephanie Davis.
Join this overview of the NIH/NHLBI program and learn, from the source, what technologies they are looking for and what’s needed to submit a successful proposal. Following the presentation there will be ample of Q&A time with the presenter.

“From the Sources’ Mouth” with EPA

Live Virtual Workshop

Don’t miss your chance to hear directly from Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Program Manager, April Richards. Join this 1-hour overview of the EPA SBIR program and learn, from the source, what technologies they are looking for and what’s needed to submit a successful proposal. Following the presentation there will be ample Q&A time with the presenter.

Preparing for America’s Seed Fund Road Tour

Virtual Classroom MI

Join this virtual classroom and learn how to prepare for America’s Seed Fund Road Tour when it comes to East Lansing, MI on July 15th. Attendees can expect to learn how to prepare for a one-on-one with the federal SBIR/STTR program directors and how to develop a compelling quad chart to capture the federal officer’s attention and gain a better understanding of what they are looking for