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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

How to Win SBIR/STTR Funding

09:30 AM - 06:00 PM

Arlington County Economic Development Offices
1100 N. Glebe Road, 15th Floor
Arlington, VA , 22201


CIT is pleased to collaborate with Arlington County Economic Development to present a full day workshop on the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) grant programs.

Status: This event is SOLD OUT


These grants provide $150K - $1.5M+ in early stage non-dilutive R&D funding and have been described as the most important source of early stage R&D funding in the US.  11 participating federal agencies use this program to fund early stage technology development that will help them meet their missions. 

This workshop is lead by one of the leading SBIR consultants in the country, Mr. John Davis of The SBIR Resource Center. All agencies will be covered in this workshop. Learn how to plan for, write, and apply for SBIR/STTR at this in depth one day workshop. Come to this workshop and be prepared!     

8:30AM-12:45PM:  SBIR/STTR Policy & Strategy (Morning)

  • Understanding SBIR/STTR from the Applicant’s Perspective
  • Background and Requirements
  • Schedules and Agencies
  • Project Objectives (acceptable vs non acceptable)
  • Agency Differences (these matter -- a lot)
  • Why Should You Decline To Pursue SBIR?
  • The Bid/No Bid Statistics
  • SBIR/STTR Projects Should Offer Discussion
  • General Principals and Advice

1:30PM-5:00PM:  The SBIR/STTR Application Process (Afternoon)

  • Proposal/Grant Writing Basics (“ground truth”)
  • SBIR/STTR Proposals Are Different
  • Before You Write (doing the homework)
  • Crafting SBIR/STTR Proposals:  Evaluation Criteria; Reviewers (decision making in review panels); Common Proposal Elements; Varying Proposal Elements; Summary/Abstract; Specific Aims/Objectives; Project Plans (research design & methods); Qualifications To Perform; Commercialization Plans; Finishing & Publishing Applications.
  • Why Many Proposals Fail
  • Improving Your Chances
  • Placing Topics Into Solicitations
  • An Ordered Process / Checklist
  • When You Don’t Win / When You Do
  • Phase II (what PI applicants need to know)
  • Principals of Winning
  • Available Support Resources

Virginia Technology Firms:  $80
University Researchers:  $50
Non-Virginia based firms:  $200

8:00AM-8:30AM: Check-in
8:30AM-5:00PM: Workshop Presentations
Lunch and refreshments to be provided

Location Host:  
Arlington County Economic Development Offices
1100 N. Glebe Road, 15th Floor
Arlington, VA  22201 – Phone: 703-228-0808
METRO Accessible from the Ballston Metro Station (Orange Line)


Contact: Robert Brooke, CIT, 703-689-3080






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