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For Those Looking to Commercialize Innovation: What Can SBIR/STTR Do For You?
by Susan M. Back

For those looking to commercialize innovation, Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer Research (STTR) grants are important options to consider. University researchers across the country have found these to be significant sources of funding and, in some cases, more likely to be accepted than traditional sources such as NIH R01 grants.

However, the grants must be awarded to small businesses. There have emerged various models for the university researcher to spin off a business or collaborate with an existing business and then subcontract part of the work back to the university.

On March 11, we will host a webinar on Editing and Formatting an SBIR/STTR Proposal from 12:00 to 1:00, followed by a Question and Answer session until 1:30 in TTU Administration Building, Room 244. Bring your own lunch. We will provide drinks and snacks.

On April 14, Texas Tech will host an SBIR/STTR “Mini Retreat” to introduce faculty to SBIR/STTR possibilities and strategies and to showcase university and community resources available to assist you with proposals.

The program will consist of lunch and viewing a live webinar featuring SBIR/STTR funding consultant and former NIH scientific review officer, Geoffrey White, PhD., followed by a panel of individuals who will highlight local resources. Dr. While’s presentation will include:
  • Four primary components to getting funded
  • Key challenges facing applicants
  • Understanding application criteria for:
    -NIH
    -NSF
    -DoD
  • Tips for completing agency-specific, fully compliant proposals
  • Examples of sucessful applications.
Date: April 14, 2015
Time: 11:45-1:00 Box Lunch
12:00 - 1:00 Webinar
1:00 - 2:00 Panel Discussion and Questions and Answer Session
Place: Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center Academic Classroom Buidling, Room 100
RSVP to techvpr@ttu.edu

For further information on SBIR/STTR initiatives, you may contact Dr. Susan Back, Director of the Texas Tech System SBIR/STTR Resource Center: Susan.Back@ttu.edu, 806.834.4789.