Tuesday, June 6, 2017

SBIR Road Tour comes to UMinnesota July 17

The federally-funded Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program provides funding for research and development of commercialization-capable technology through contracts or grants. Within this overall program, the Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) program focuses on expanding public/private partnerships between small businesses and nonprofit research institutions (like the University of Minnesota). These programs' goal, to bridge the gap between basic science and commercialization of the resulting innovations, runs parallel to the efforts of MIN-Corps.

On July 17 from 7:30am-5:00pm, MN-SBIR, the Minnesota Department of Employment, and the UMN Office of Technology Commercialization will host a day-long event at the McNamara Alumni Center to discuss these and other grants. The event aims to share how to access funds from SBIR and STTR, and other local and state resources available to innovators, researchers, and technology entrepreneurs. If you're an innovator, entrepreneur, researcher, or small technology firm, take advantage of this opportunity to hear directly from federal agency program managers, and meet one-on-one with program decision makers.

($75 through June 30, $100 July 1-16, $125 at the door)

  1. 7:30 am - 8:00 am - Registration
  2. 8 am - 12 pm - Federal program and one-on-one appointments
  3. 12 pm - 1 pm Lunch (Federal group departs for next city)
  4. 1:00 pm - 4 pm - Breakout sessions
  5. 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm Reception
Panel Discussion Topics
  • Seed funding your Idea through SBIR
  • Inside the Head of an Evaluator: Lessons Learned and Common Mistakes
  • Technology Alignment, Opportunities, and Funding from the Warfighter (Defense focused)
SBIR / STTR Program Managers available for one-on-one conversations:
  • Department of Agriculture (USDA)
  • Department of Energy (DOE)
  • Department of Health and Human Services - National Institutes of Health (NIH)
  • National Science Foundation (NSF)
  • Department of Defense - Air Force (USAF)
  • Department of Defense - Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
  • Department of Defense - Missile Defense Agency (MDA)
  • Department of Defense - Navy (USN)
  • Department of Defense - Special Operations Command (SOCOM)
  • National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
  • United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)
Location: McNamara Alumni Center - 200 Oak St. Minneapolis, MN 55455
($75 through June 30, $100 before the event, $125 at the door)