Texas Tech University

How to Obtain Federal Funds for Research That is Commercializable

The SBIR/STTR Program

Sponsored by:

  • Dr. Michael Conn, Senior Vice President of Research, Texas Tech Health Sciences Center-Lubbock
  • Dr. Robert V. Duncan, Senior Vice President of Research, Texas Tech University
  • Texas Tech Office of Research Commercialization

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 accessible than NIH R01 grants or angel investing/venture capital.

Various models have emerged for the university researcher to spin off a business or to collaborate with an existing business and then subcontract part of the work back to the university.

You are invited to learn about SBIR/STTR possibilities as well as university and community resources available to assist you with proposals.

When: Friday, February 19
Where: Academic Classroom Buildling 100, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center
Time: 2:30 – 4 p.m.
Refreshments will be served.


  • Introduction to the Federal SBIR/STTR Program
    • Dr. Susan Back, Director, SBIR/STTR Resource Center
  • Assistance with Your Commercialization Plan – I-Corps Program
    • Eli Velasquez, Managing Director, Venture Development
  • Business Formation
    • PJ Pronger, Managing Director, Regional Business Development Partnership
  • Business Acceleration
    • Lisa McDonald, Director, Texas Tech Accelerator
  • Role of Local Government, Economic Development Organizations, Angel Networks
    • Weston Waldo, Founder and CEO, yearONE, LLC, STTR Recipient

Recorded Event Will be Available on the HSC Website within two days of panel presentation

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.