SBIR/STTR Education Seminars at 
East Carolina University, Feb.13
The Collider, Asheville, April 25

SBIR/STTR Train the Trainer Workshops at 
UNC Charlotte, Feb.22
North Carolina Central University, early April
TBD, Wilmington, in May

Small Business Administration Award: First Flight Venture Center (First Flight), a Research Triangle Park-based science and technology incubator for early stage science-based companies, has been awarded a $125,000 grant by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Federal and State Technology (FAST) Partnership Program to expand outreach across the state to increase the number of successful SBIR/STTR grant applications from North Carolina companies. The FAST program is designed to stimulate economic development by providing training, financial support, and business expertise to science and technology-focused women-owned, rural-based, or socially/economically disadvantaged firms.

THE NC IMPLEMENTATION OF FAST: 
To increase the number of SBIR/STTR proposals submitted from North Carolina, First Flight will:

  • Conduct 4 (four) education seminars across the state in 2018/19
  • Conduct 2 (two) Train-the-Trainer workshops across the state (Spring 2019)
  • Expand First Flight’s highly successful LiftOff program that provides strategic planning and grant proposal submission support

First Flight Venture Center, a science and technology incubator in Research Triangle Park (www.ffvcnc.org), would like to let you know about upcoming opportunities to gain insights and valuable information on submitting SBIR/STTR grants. Education seminars offered are geared to science-based startup entrepreneurs and Train the Trainer workshops are aimed at technology transfer teams and others who assist early stage companies in their path to commercialization.

  1. EDUCATION SEMINARS
  2. TRAIN-THE-TRAINER WORKSHOP*

$250 Travel stipend reimbursement available for Train the Trainer Workshops AND Education Seminars

SEE DETAILS BELOW

No Cost to Attend Seminars or Workshops 
– Complimentary Breakfast and Lunch included – 

BACKGROUND AND SIGN UP INFORMATION BELOW

“Winning SBIR/STTR Grants” EDUCATION SEMINARS: This half-day seminar is led by expert scientific consultants from Eva Garland Consulting (EGC), recently named by INC magazine in the top 5,000 growing firms AND as North Carolina’s fastest growing woman-owned firm. EGC has successfully secured millions of dollars in SBIR/STTR funding for clients. Seminar topics will focus on all aspects of how to strategically approach obtaining funding from the SBIR/STTR Program including aligning business and technology development needs with available SBIR/STTR opportunities, proposal development, budgets, and award management. Specifically, the seminar will cover:

Seminar Agenda:

SBIR/STTR Program Basics

  • Purpose of SBIR/STTR Program
  • Eligibility
  • SBIR vs. STTR Grants and Contracts
  • Required Registrations

Participating Agencies

  • Overview of each agency
  • Missions and budgets
  • Agency solicitations, formats, timelines, requirements

Developing a Competitive Proposal

  • Evaluation criteria
  • Assembling the team
  • Planning the project
  • Contractors and consultants
  • Project budgets, direct vs. indirect costs
  • Research Plan
  • Commercialization Plan
  • Proposal submission

Award Management

  • Award process
  • Accounting, grants management, and reporting

WHO SHOULD ATTEND? Representatives from early stage science-based companies who are:

  • Small business executives interested in securing non-dilutive funding;
  • Small businesses who have completed I-Corps; or
  • Academics interested in spinning-off technologies

SEMINAR DETAILS:

  • No Cost to Attend Seminar
  • Seminar 9:00am – 12:30, then lunch
  • Complimentary breakfast and lunch included

2019 SBIR/STTR EDUCATION SEMINARS: 

Seminars designed for early stage companies and startups interested in winning Small Business Administration SBIR/STTR grants.

April 25, The Collider, Asheville, NC, 9:00am-1:00pm: REGISTER

For additional information, write [email protected]

 


 

“Winning SBIR/STTR Grants” TRAIN THE TRAINER Workshops

This full-day workshop is led by expert scientific consultants from Eva Garland Consulting (EGC), recently named by INC magazine in the top 5,000 growing firms AND as North Carolina’s fastest growing woman-owned firm. EGC has successfully secured millions of dollars in SBIR/STTR funding for clients. The workshop is designed for those of you in tech transfer offices, the ICorps ecosystem and service providers/individuals who support small businesses developing new technologies. Seminar topics will focus on all aspects of how to strategically assist early stage companies approach obtaining funding from the SBIR/STTR Program. Specifically, the workshop will cover:

 

Workshop Agenda:

Strategies for aligning SBIR/STTR funding opportunities with companies’ needs

  • Advising companies on how to align grant opportunities with their broader business and product development objectives
  • Conducting comprehensive searches for grant funding opportunities
  • Evaluating grant opportunities based on success rates, technology stage of development, budgets, and other factors

Preparing competitive SBIR/STTR grant proposals

  • SBIR/STTR vs. academic grants
  • Specific agency requirements
  • Strategies for developing research and commercialization plans
  • Budgeting
  • Timelines for proposal preparation, receipt, review and award
  • Mock reviews of actual submitted grant proposals

Post-award grant management, compliance, and accounting

  • Internal controls and policies & procedures
  • Project accounting
  • Timekeeping
  • Reporting requirements
  • Transition to Phase II, including audit requirements and indirect rate negotiation

Who Should Attend:

  • Individuals at tech transfer offices
  • Individuals supporting iCorps companies
  • Service Providers and Individuals who support small businesses developing new technologies

 

$250 Travel stipend reimbursement available for Train the Trainer Workshops 

No Cost to Attend Workshop 

Complimentary Breakfast and Lunch included

If you will be attending the workshop from more than 100 miles away and would like register to receive a travel stipend of $250, indicate this on the registration form. Stipends will be issued based on the registration date and will be issued on a first come, first served basis. If stipend funds are no longer available for your site, you will not be able to register for reimbursement. After verification of attendance, the stipend will then be mailed to the attendee. 


 

2019 TRAIN THE TRAINER WORKSHOPS: Winning SBIR/STTR Grants

Who should attend? Workshop is designed for tech transfer related staff, individuals supporting iCorps companies, service providers and individuals who support early stage science focused companies developing new technologies.

February 22, UNC Charlotte, Charlotte, NC, 9:00am — 3:00pm: REGISTER

April 9-10, North Carolina Central University, Durham NC, Extended Workshop,
Day 1: 1:00 – 5:00pm, Day 2: 9:00am – 1:00pm then lunch: REGISTER

Early May, MARBIONC, UNC Wilmington, Wilmington NC,

 

WORKSHOP DETAILS:

  • No Cost to Attend Seminar
  • Workshop 9:00am – 3:00pm. (Two day format at NCCU Durham workshop, Day 1: 1:00 – 5:00pm, Day 2: 9:00am – 1:00pm then lunch)
  • Complimentary breakfast and lunch included

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SBIR/STTR Grant Education Seminar​s supported by:

LiftOff Provider Network

More information about the LiftOff Provider Network (LPN) program.

 

We are grateful to our sponsors who support the mission of First Flight, especially our LiftOff program to provide professional grant-writing services for SBIR/STTR grants. The LiftOff Provider Network members who are participating in the SBIR/STTR education seminars:

Platinum Sponsors

NK Patent Law attorneys have extensive experience in the entrepreneurial community, including former roles as in-house counsel for established innovative companies and as counsel for many startups that have been funded and/or acquired.

 

Hutchison is a boutique law firm that embraces the entrepreneurial spirit and steers technology and life sciences entrepreneurs to success through all stages of their company’s life.

 

Program Support

Eva Garland Consulting

 

 

WHAT IS FAST? The FAST program is designed to stimulate economic development by providing training, financial support, and business expertise to science and technology-focused small businesses. Program emphasis is to help women-owned, rural-based, or socially/economically disadvantaged firms participate in the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) initiatives. First Flight has designed the North Carolina implementation of FAST to incorporate its LiftOff program which includes grant writing and proposal development support for 6-8 North Carolina companies.