CONNECT with SBIR/STTR Program Managers – Pittsburgh

Meet SBIR/STTR Program Managers from the
National Science Foundation & National Institutes of Health
Monday October 19, 2009
Newell Simon Hall 1507
Carnegie Mellon University

Program managers are the front door into every federal agency for the Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs. Those who have received SBIR and STTR grants acknowledge the critical role that program managers play in successful applications.

“CONNECT with SBIR/STTR Program Managers” is an opportunity to learn from program managers at the National Science Foundation (NSF) and National Institutes of Health (NIH) what they look for in an application, proposal dos and don’ts, and tips to improve your chances of success to receive an award. Two regional companies that have received SBIR grant funding from the NSF and NIH will share their insights and perspectives.

Potential applicants will also have an opportunity to meet privately one-on-one with the NSF and NIH program managers by appointment following the presentations.

“CONNECT with SBIR/STTR Program Managers” is sponsored by: Carnegie Mellon University’s Project Olympus, Center for Technology Transfer and Enterprise Creation, and the Don Jones Center for Entrepreneurship, the University of Pittsburgh’s Office of Enterprise Development, Office of Technology Management, and Institute for Entrepreneurial Excellence.

Schedule of Events

  • 8am              Registration, continental breakfast
  • 8:15am         Introductory remarks
  • 8:30am         Murali S. Nair, Program Director for the SBIR
    program at the NSF
  • 9:45am         Susan Pucie, Senior Program Analyst and
    SBIR/STTR Program Coordinator for the
    National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
    (NHLBI) at the NIH
  • 10:45am       Company presentations

                            Liz Crawford, PhD and VO of Engineering for
Crono, LLC, a software startup that has recently
received a Phase I SBIR from the NSF

                            Dottie Clower, PhD, Vice President of Research
and Development and Operations for Cohera
Medical, Inc., a medical device company
                            which has received two Phase I
SBIRs and one Phase II SBIR from the NIH

  • 11:30-2pm    One-on-one 15-minute sessions between
    potential applicants and the program managers


Participation by invitation only

Please RSVP to Cleah ( If you are unable to attend but wish to remain on the mailing list for future events and invitations, please notify Cleah.

One-on-one meeting with Program Manager

To register for a 15-minute private session with either the NSF or NIH Program Manager, please send email to Babs Carryer, Olympus Embedded Entrepreneur, at Program managers welcome early drafts of applications in advance of these meetings. Babs can facilitate sending these documents to the program manager.