The first day is devoted to providing everyone an overview and update of the SBIR and STTR Programs, and what the participating agencies are looking for. Detailed, expanded agency presentations from all federal agencies are highlighted, plus the opportunity to sit down and talk one-on-one with agency representatives in the Networking Room.
If you’ve never attended one of the SBIR Conferences before, on Day One you will be introduced to the “whole picture” so that you know where you’re headed, and you will get tips on how to get there. The “how to” includes identifying and utilizing the various partners poised and ready to help you as you move toward the final goal – Commercialization! Key sessions in this conference will focus on an Overview from the Agencies and what topic areas the participating agencies are currently interested in. Day Two focuses on laying A Necessary Foundation for SBIR/STTR Success via sessions on Business Planning - needed for your business success and to present a strong proposal. An Introduction to Government Grants and Contracts: Government contracts are different – Find out the do’s and don’ts, the can’s and cannot’s from experts. An Introduction to Accounting and Audits: This is not like standard accounting/audits by the IRS – Learn the difference. Evaluations: The Who and How that make or break your proposal. Day Three moves into Technology Management and looks at What’s Your Next Step? – Take a look down the road so you can identify and plan for your long term goals.
For those of you more knowledgeable about the program and the basics of doing business with the government, on Day One you will be able to get Updates from all the Agencies. Day Two you will want to attend sessions on Critical Technologies that will give you a “heads up” on what to expect in different technological areas in the near future. Technology Topic areas targeted for this conference are: Bioscience, Fuel Cells/Power & Propulsion, Information Technology, and Nanotechnology/Advanced Materials. Key associations, organizations, and companies in these areas will provide a “crystal ball” look at the future needs to be addressed. On Day Three specific technology success stories and practical experience examples will be presented.
Experienced SBIR/STTR participants will gain knowledge from the expanded overview and Networking Room opportunities on Day One and move on to the critical phase 2 and 3 aspects of the program – Partnering: Who is Out There? Why is it Important to your Success? with sessions geared at working with the University system in Partnerships with SBIR/STTR. Resources: Who They Are and How to Use Them will focus on inexpensive ways to gain experience and expertise from others. Attracting Non-Government Funding – Tips on How to Get It rounds out the Day Two programming. Day Three features Commercialization – Next to the Final Frontier. Sessions will help you move forward through the program and focus on Commercialization Planning and a look at what Venture Capitalists are REALLY looking for NOW.
Whether you are new to the program, have a grant under your belt, or are a multiple award winner, the sessions offered this fall in Cleveland will help you enhance your participation in the SBIR/STTR Program.
BONUS SESSIONS!! The conference officially ends at noon on Thursday, October 30, but, in addition to the optional, hands-on, post-conference workshops, we are offering two BONUS SESSIONS included in your basic conference fee! Both sessions will be offered from 1:00pm to 2:30pm on Thursday and you are asked to note if you will be attending for planning purposes on your registration. No extra fees apply to these two Bonus Sessions!
- Bonus Session #1: Compliance Issues
- Bonus Session #2: Electronic Submissions
Remember…Successful SBIR/STTR ventures not only create successful companies, they create JOBS. Jobs in your area, jobs in your state, jobs in your country! More and more large corporations are outsourcing and looking for the innovative help provided by smaller companies. How do you tap into this network? How do you move from idea to product? This conference program has been developed with that total journey in mind!
SBIR Program Participating federal agencies and departments include:
The program information presented above is current as of the posting date. Changes and modifications may be made prior to the actual conference dates. Please check back for updates!
- Department of Agriculture
- Department of Commerce: NOAA/NIST
- Department of Defense: Air Force, Army, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, Defense Special Weapons Agency, Missile Defense Agency, National Imagery Mapping Agency, Navy, Office of the Secretary of Defense, Special Operations Command
- Department of Education
- Department of Energy
- Department of Health & Human Services: NIH, CDC, FDA, AHCPR, HCFA, ACF, AOA
- Department of Transportation
- Environmental Protection Agency
- National Aeronautics & Space Administration
- National Science Foundation
- Small Business Administration