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Designing SBIR/STTR Proposals

Live Online Workshop only 9 spots left
Jun 30, 2021
10:30a - 6:00p (Eastern Time)

Our comprehensive SBIR (Small Business Innovation Research)/STTR (Small Business Technology Transfer) workshop is structured to increase your competitive edge and assure success in your proposal submissions. After this training, you will understand how to create effective partnerships between higher education and the private sector, develop relationships with donor agencies, and recognize the importance of addressing commercialization during each phase of the proposal. This workshop is relevant for researchers and business partners looking to engage and collaborate with academic institutions. Even successful Phase I winners will find relevant and useful information, particularly as the SBIR/STTR programs evolve toward greater emphasis on commercialization.

We will cover the entire program and emphasize the necessary steps for developing competitive Phase I (up to $150,000) and Phase II (up to $1 million) proposals.

Our curriculum targets:

                Beginners seeking to acquire the techniques necessary to research and draft winning SBIR/STTR proposals

                Experienced contract/grant writers looking to polish existing skills and receive updates on funding trends from various agencies offering SBIR/STTR funding

You will learn how to:

                 Comprehend the SBIR/STTR process, culture, and priorities for each agency

                 Determine the necessary steps from idea to funding

                 Interpret and address solicitations

                 Create effective partnerships with each funding agency

                 Compose Phase I and Phase II proposals

                 Align your research to the target market

                 Address commercialization in relationship to your research and innovation

    •                   Understand how each agency evaluates proposals

    •                   Write winning SBIR/STTR grants that stand out among the competition

Dr. Mathilda Harris

Dr. Mathilda Harris

Dr. Mathilda Harris (Tillie) is the Executive Director of the Grant Training Center. During the past twenty five years she has written grants, conducted workshops on grant planning, developed strategic plans on grant procurement and assisted individuals and institutions nationally and internationally to successfully write and receive funding from federal, corporate, private, foundation and multi-lateral donors. She has served as a reader and evaluator of grant competitions for the U.S. Department of Education, the Fund for the Improvement of Post-Secondary Education, The National Science Foundation and the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

Dr. Harris has worked with the private sector in the US and abroad in order to create joint ventures, augment sales in designated markets and create strategic planning to assure commercialization of innovative technology. She has also conducted SBIR/STTR workshops for staff and faculty at institutions such as Brookhaven National Laboratory and MIT Lincoln Laboratory.

She holds a doctorate from The George Washington University (Washington, DC), an M.A. from the University of Portland (Portland, Oregon) and a B.S. from the University of California (Berkeley).


10:30am -


Introduction and Overview

10:45am -


Introductory Questions

11:15am -


Overview of SBIR/STTR: Funding Basics

11:45am -



12:30pm -


Early Preparation

 1:00pm  -



 1:45pm  -


Phase I/II Proposals

 2:30pm  -


Defining Target Market for Technology

 3:45pm  -



 4:14pm  -


NSF SBIR/STTR Application Walkthrough

 5:00pm  -


The Review Process

 5:30pm  -


Summary, Q&A, & Next Steps

Preparing for the Training

Begin thinking of a project you want to develop. Having a specific project in mind will help you better understand the various proposal components presented during the course.

If you decide to develop a proposal during this training, consider how you would answer the following questions:

  1. What is the need of your project?
  2. Why is your idea innovative?
  3. What is the significance of your project?
  4. How will you budget your proposal?
  5. What is the time frame of the project you are seeking?

What You Will Need

  • REQUIRED: Computer/Tablet - PC, Mac, iOS, Android, or Windows Mobile (mobile devices may require free appstore download)
  • REQUIRED: Internet connection - This is a live webinar
  • REQUIRED: Headset, headphones, or speakers - Access to a microphone or headset allows verbal questions, otherwise questions may be asked through chat box
  • Organization or Institution Information - A brief description and/or mission statement and/or current strategic plan of your institution
  • Proposals - Current, planned, or past; funded or unfunded; requests for proposals; review or judging criteria; reviewers' comments or critiques

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Capital Training Center (CTC) has the sole and absolute discretion to reschedule and cancel all workshops. In the event of such a cancellation, CTC will attempt to notify attendees two weeks prior to the scheduled workshop. If a participant has paid for the cancelled workshop and is unable to attend the rescheduled session, he/she will receive either a refund or a credit toward a future workshop. If we do not hear from the attendee within 30 days, they will not be able to receive a refund.

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If you cancel less than seven business days prior to the start of the workshop, no refund will be given. Instead, you will receive credit for a future workshop, which is valid for one (1) year.

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TOTAL: $495.00