The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program was created thirty years ago to provide small businesses access to federal agency research and development (R&D) projects. Eleven federal agencies (DoD, HHS, NSF, NASA, DoE, DHS, DoC, USDA, DoEd, EPA, and DoT) provide over $2 billion of grants every year in a competitive proposal process that funds innovative R&D on projects that support the agency’s mission. The SBIR is, in fact, the ONLY federal grant program that supports startup businesses on a merit basis. Only 10% of the applications get funded, so with the intense level of competition to win a proposal, it’s important to carefully consider the necessary steps it takes to get there. Over the years, thousands of companies have gotten their start with SBIR funding, including such current giants as Qualcomm and Symantec.
This webinar will help you identify whether the SBIR Program is appropriate for your business. We’ll discuss the “When, Why, and How of SBIR Funding” and discuss each of the federal agencies, who provides the funding, and exactly the kind of projects they fund.
Presenter: Fred Patterson, “The SBIR Coach®”
Fred has guided companies through technology development into commercialization for over forty years, including working with the SBIR Program and all of its aspects virtually since its inception. Currently enjoying a well-recognized nationwide consulting practice as “The SBIR Coach®” (a DBA of his company: The Commercialization Funding Coach, Inc.), Fred guides many of his entrepreneurial clients in leveraging the SBIR opportunity into company growth and contributing to the innovation economy.