SBIR / STTR Workshop

Tuesday, May 21, 2013 - 9:30am to 12:00pm

The Vanderbilt University Center for Technology Transfer & Commercialization's New Ventures team, in partnership with LaunchTennessee, will host an SBIR / STTR Workshop, Tuesday May 21st, 2013, from 9:30 am to noon at Vanderbilt School of Engineering, in Stevenson 5326.


Create awareness among faculty and students of the funding available from the various federal agencies for Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer programs and discuss key issues with attracting the grant.


The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program is a competitive but growing program that encourages domestic small businesses to engage in Research/Research and Development (R/R&D) that has the potential for commercialization. Through a competitive awards-based program, SBIR enables small businesses to explore their technological potential and provides the incentive to profit from its commercialization. By including qualified small businesses in the nation’s R&D arena, high-tech innovation is stimulated and the United States gains entrepreneurial spirit as it meets its specific research and development needs.

SBIR is a three-tiered program with the following award stages:

·         Phase I: These awards are usually below $150,000 and cover a time frame of less than 6 months. During this initial stage, the small business and sponsoring agency explore the feasibility of the project in order to get a better sense of its commercial potential and technical requirements.

·         Phase II: These awards are only available to small businesses that already received Phase I awards. Phase II enables a longer-term commitment. Awards can be made for up to $1 million for two years. During this period, R&D is expanded and commercial viability can be assessed.

·         Phase III: During this stage, innovations transition from the lab to the market, and small businesses begin the search for private sector investment. Keep in mind that the SBIR program does not fund Phase III; funding comes from private sources or other government grants.


Event is open to all researchers and / or external business partners looking to engage and collaborate with researchers at academic institutions,  who have technologies applicable and appropriate for Small Business Research innovation (SBIR) and/or Small Business Technology Transfer Program (STTR) funding opportunities.




Mark H. Henry, Founder of Grow Emerging Companies LLC, is a nationally known expert in the $2.5 billion federal Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs.  Mark has over 30 years of experience in helping innovative small firms across the country win hundreds of seed-level SBIR/STTR government R&D grants and contracts—early-stage, non-dilutive awards totaling some $500 million.

He is an expert at helping technical people sell their technical and business ideas. He and the Grow team provide client support in the planning, coordination, and production/writing/editing of proposals for obtaining grants and contracts that support client R&D efforts and product/service development.  Mark has presented at more than 50 national SBIR/STTR conferences and meetings.


Jim Stefansic, Commercialization Director, LaunchTennessee,

Rigved Joshi, Manager – New Ventures, Center for Technology Transfer & Commercialization,


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