University of North Dakota Faculty/Staff Newsletter

Center for Innovation to host webinars on two federal grant programs Sept. 16, 23

The Center for Innovation will host Greenwood Consulting, Inc., president Jim Greenwood for a two-part webinar about the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program and its sibling, the Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) program. These are both key programs for entrepreneurs and small-business start-ups--together these federal initiatives provide more than $2 billion in grants and contracts annually to small and start-up companies to develop new or enhanced products and services based on advanced technologies.

These highly competitive programs encourage domestic small businesses to engage in Federal Research/Research and Development (R/R&D) that has the potential for commercialization.

Through a competitive awards-based program, SBIR enables small businesses to explore their technological potential and provides the incentive to profit from its commercialization. By including qualified small businesses in the nation's R&D arena, high-tech innovation is stimulated and the United States gains entrepreneurial spirit as it meets its specific research and development needs.

SBIR/STTR Webinar Series Part 1: SBIR/STTR Overview and Introduction
Monday, Sept. 16, 8-10 a.m.

Through this seminar, you can expect to learn the following:

•Which agencies participate in SBIR/STTR, which are the “big 5” that make 95 percent of SBIR awards, and which single agency makes almost half of all SBIR awards.

•What the agencies want to fund, versus what many applicants propose.

•The important difference between contract and grant awarding agencies.

•The important differences between SBIR and STTR, and why STTR is becoming a more attractive alternative

•The many changes to SBIR/STTR required by the 2011 Reauthorization and how they are being implemented by the agencies and SBA.

SBIR/STTR Webinar Series Part 2: Phase 1 Proposal Preparation
Monday, Sept. 23, 8-10 a.m.

Through this seminar you can expect to learn the following:

•The four-step process for developing a competitive Phase 1 SBIR or STTR proposal.

•What many proposers say that irritates and frustrates the reviewers.

•What you must demonstrate in your Phase 1 proposal.

•What are the most common Phase 1 proposal mistakes.

•What you must include in your Phase 1 budget to avoid losing money.

•The technology trap that many Phase 1 proposals fall into.

-- Eric Veidel, Center for Innovation, 777.3132,