Wednesday, May 13, 2009

4-Webinar Course on SBIRs/STTRs for Creating and Funding University Startups

For those of you interested in funding sources for your startup.


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Subject: 4-Webinar Course on SBIRs/STTRs for Creating and Funding University Startups

4-Class Webinar Course on the
Federal Small Business Innovation Research Program (SBIR)


Using SBIRs/STTRs For University
Startup Creation and Funding

(Please forward this announcement to all universities and researchers interested in learning how to commercialize their research using the SBIR/STTR program).

To register go to:


This 4-lecture course is free, but registration is required.


This is an introductory level course for those that would like to learn more about the SBIR/STTR programs and how they can apply to the programs, with particular emphasis on how universities and university researchers can benefit.

Each lecture is a 90-minute webinar. There will be expert guest speakers for each session.

This online webinar course is for researchers and universities looking to commercialize inventions through startup creation and funding using the over $2 Billion Federal SBIR/STTR Program.

SBIRs/STTRs are the principal federal program to fund initial commercialization of major research. These programs are designed to stimulate small business technological innovation and cutting-edge research that addresses the nation's most critical scientific and engineering needs, and to provide incentive to profit from its commercialization. Often times, funding for research abruptly ends with researchers looking for further sources of funding, and the SBIR/STTR program is a natural next step for those university investigators with inventions ready for commercialization.

Federal agencies with extramural (external) R&D budgets in excess of $100 million must allocate 2.5% of these funds for competitive grants to small companies. There are presently 10 participating agencies with a total of more than $2 billion available for SBIR annually. Agencies include:

  • National Science Foundation
  • Dept. of Health and Human Services (NIH, CDC, FDA)
  • Dept. of Energy
  • Dept. of Commerce (NIST)
  • Dept. of Defense
  • Dept. of Agriculture
  • Dept. of Education
  • Dept. of Transportation
  • Environmental Protection Agency
  • NASA

To participate, the small businesses must meet certain eligibility criteria:
  • The principal researcher must be employed full or part-time by the business
  • The company size can be as small as one person, but not greater than 500 employees
  • The company must be 51% American-owned
To be eligible, the company does not have to be in business before the SBIR application. The company can be formed after the SBIR funding is granted, making it an ideal vehicle for post-research commercialization funding.


Lecture 1: Overview and Understanding the Programs and Sponsoring Agencies
Thursday May 21, 1:00-2:30pm ET

Lecture 2: How To Enhance Your Chances Of Winning An Award
Thursday May 28, 1:00-2:30pm ET

Lecture 3: Mistakes and Pitfalls To Avoid
Thursday June 4, 1:00-2:30pm ET

Lecture 4: SBIR/STTR Winners Experiences and Success Stories
Thursday June 11, 1:00-2:30pm ET


Steve Ferguson
Deputy Director, Licensing & Entrepreneurship
Office of Technology Transfer
National Institutes of Health

Ali Andalibi
Program Director
National Cancer Institute
SBIR Development Center
National Institutes of Health

Juan E. Figueroa
Program Director SBIR
Division of Industrial Innovation and Partnership
National Science Foundation

Clara Asmail
Program Director SBIR

Tony Stanco
Executive Director
National Council Of Entrepreneurial Tech Transfer

Webinar Technical Requirements

To participate on the webinars you need an internet access. The visuals are seen on your computer and the audio can be heard over the computer OR over a phone line.

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