Nearby SBIR/STTR Training Opportunities

Our colleagues at the Center for Innovation Technology (CIT) in nearby Virginia, are offering a number of excellent SBIR/STTR training opportunities we thought you might be interested in.

CIT’s Fall NSF SBIR/STTR workshop is Oct. 7 in Arlington, VA and features a short presentation and networking with an NSF SBIR/STTR Program Manager. Ideal for those planning to submit for the December NSF SBIR/STTR deadline.

(Special rates are available for VA-Based University Personnel –
Premium rates for attendees outside of VA.)


Oct. 7:  NSF SBIR/STTR Proposal Prep, Arlington, VA

Oct. 8:  Eligibility Requirements for SBIR/STTR WEBINAR

Oct. 16: SBIR/STTR Award Compliance for Recipients WEBINAR

Oct. 28: SBIR Proposal Prep Tips Session, Abingdon, VA

Oct. 29: SBR Proposal Prep Tips Session, Wytheville, VA

Oct. 30: SBIR Proposal Prep Tips Session:  Danville, VA

Dec. 11: SBR/STTR As A Funding Source for PostDocs & Grad Students WEBINAR

Questions:  Robert Brooke, Director of Federal Funding Programs, 703-689-3080

NSF SBIR/STTR Proposal Prep Workshop — Arlington, VA 

How to Win SBIR/STTR Awards, w/ Emphasis on NSFOct. 7, Arlington, VA, 2014 CIT is pleased to collaborate with Arlington County Economic Development to present a full day workshop on the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) grant programs. While all agencies will be discussed, this session will have special focus on the National Science Foundation program. With a deadline of early December, this workshop is timed to help you learn about and write a compelling proposal.NSF’s 9 key program areas of interest include Education Technologies & Applications, Information & Communications Technologies, Semi-Conductors & Photonic Devices and Materials, Electronic Hardware, Robotics & Wireless Technologies, Advanced Manufacturing & Nanotechnology, Advanced Materials & Instrumentation, Chemical & Environment Technologies, Biological Technologies, and Smart Health & Biomedical Technologies.Learn how to plan for, write, and apply for SBIR/STTR at this in depth one day workshop. Come to this workshop and be prepared!8:30AM-12:00PM: SBIR/STTR Policy & Strategy (Morning)

  • Understanding SBIR/STTR from the Applicant’s Perspective
  • Background and Requirements
  • Schedules and Agencies
  • Project Objectives (acceptable vs non acceptable)
  • Agency Differences (these matter — a lot)
  • Why Should You Decline To Pursue SBIR?
  • The Bid/No Bid Statistics
  • General Principals and Advice

12:00-12:30PM:  Tips from NSF SBIR/STTR Program Manager

12:30-1:15:  Networking Lunch Provided

1:15PM-5:00 PM: The SBIR/STTR Application Process (Afternoon)

  • Proposal/Grant Writing Basics (“ground truth”)
  • SBIR/STTR Proposals Are Different
  • Before You Write (doing the homework)
  • Crafting NSF SBIR/STTR Proposals: Evaluation Criteria; Reviewers (decision making in review panels); Common Proposal Elements; Varying Proposal Elements; Summary/Abstract; Specific Aims/Objectives; Project Plans (research design & methods); Qualifications To Perform; Commercialization Plans; Finishing & Publishing Applications.
  • Why Many Proposals Fail; Improving Your Chances
  • An Ordered Process / Checklist
  • When You Don’t Win / When You Do
  • Phase II (what Phase I applicants need to know)
  • Principals of Winning


-Virginia Technology Firms: $70 per person

-Virginia based University Researchers: $40 per person

-Non-Virginia based firms and universities: $125 per person

Instructor: John Davis, SBIR Resource Center

Location Host:

Arlington County Economic Development
1100 N. Glebe Road, 15th Floor, Arlington, VA
METRO Accessible from the Ballston Metro Station (Orange Line)

Contact:   Robert Brooke, CIT, 703-689-3080



Eligibility Requirements for SBIR/STTR — WEBINAROct. 8, 1:00-2:30PM EasternEligibility requirements for SBIR/STTR can get confusing – everyone has their own specific situation that needs to be analyzed to ensure that eligibility requirements are met. This is particularly true for those engaging with a university, are using a Primary Investigator from the university, if the business has outside investors, if the PI is or is not employed full time by the small business, if there is a collaboration with another small business (joint venture), etc. Rules are different for SBIR and STTR in some cases, and even differ in some aspects from one agency to the next. This webinar will cover the rules for you to consider if your company is eligible to apply for SBIR/STTR. Instruction by BBC ETCCost: (includes light lunch)-Virginia Companies & Univ. Researchers: $10 per person;-All others: $25 per personQuestions: Robert Brooke, Robert.brooke@cit.orgRegister:

SBIR/STTR Compliance for Recipients — WEBINAR

Oct. 16, 1:00-2:30PM Eastern 

You’ve won your award. Now your task is to manage the funds you’ve received not only to stay in compliance with government regulations, but to direct your business in an organized manner. This webinar provides information on how to set up and manage procurement policies, payroll, employee leave and other internal controls that are necessary for success.  Instruction by BBC ETC


-Virginia based firms & Virginia based Univ. Researchers: $10 per person;

-All others: $25 per person

Questions: Robert Brooke,


SBIR/STTR as a Funding Source for PostDocs & Grad Students — WEBINAR

Dec. 11, 1:00-2:30PM Eastern

If planned for correctly, these programs can be a great way to fund the continued research of PostDocs and Graduate Students as they exit the university.  Webinar covers: Investigating new sources of grant funding; Pursuing applied research; Commercializing research discovery; Investigating career opportunities for grad students & Postdocs; Considering starting a company; Eligibility requirements for SBIR and STTR; Strategies using SBIR/STTR to take your technology with you; When do you need to apply?; What’s next? Presented by Andrea Johanson of BBC ETC.


– Virginia University Postdocs/Grad Students/Researchers: Free

– All Others:  $20 per person


SBIR/STTR Propsal Prep Tips Sessions

Oct. 28, Abingdon, VAOct. 29, Wytheville, VAOct. 30, Danville, VA Each session is 9:00AM-2:00PM and includes LunchCIT is proud to present this special Rural SBIR Training series. Each session presents an intro to CIT’s funding sources (Federal Funding Assistance, GAP Seed Fund, Commonwealth Research Commercialization Fund) and discuss local resources to support early stage entrepreneurs. The bulk of the event will provide an overview of the SBIR/STTR programs, detailed discussion of the funding available, who the participating agencies are, how Contracting and Granting agencies differ in SBIR/STTR, and tips for companies to follow as they write their proposals.Presented by the SBIR Resource Center.TIme:  9AM-2:00PM at each locationCost: $15 per person (includes light lunch)Questions:, 703-689-3080Register:

SBIR/STTR Webinar Training

Pre-Recorded SBIR/STTR Webinars Available for ViewingDOD/NSF Submission Checklist–Recorded Webinar

Price:  Virginia Firms/Researchers:  $15, $35 all others

SBIR/STTR Background and Overview–Recorded Webinar
Price:  Virginia Firms/Researchers FREE, $25 all others.

SBIR/STTR Phase I Project Scope (What do Phase I projects look like?) –Recorded Webinar
Price:  Virginia Firms/Researchers FREE, $25 all others.

“Building a Lean High Quality Team for Your Start-up”– Recorded Webinar
Learn How to Make Your Small Team More Compelling in your Grant
Price:  Virginia Firms/Researchers $15, $35 all others.

“Essentials of Effective SBIR/STTR Commercialization Plans”
Price:   Virginia Firms/Researchers $15, $35 all others


For More Info on Each Session or to Register: REGISTER