SBIR / STTR Workshop 2014

Tuesday, April 15, 2014 - 10:30am to 1:30pm

The Vanderbilt University Center for Technology Transfer & Commercialization's New Ventures Team, in partnership with LaunchTennessee, will host an SBIR / STTR Workshop, Tuesday, April 15, 2014, from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., at Sarratt Student Center, 216-220. Lunch will be provided.


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.


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 more than 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.



Heather McMillan, Coordinator – New Ventures, Center for Technology Transfer & Commercialization.