Learn tricks and techniques to successful grant writing

Over $2.6 billion in non-equity position federal dollars are available annually exclusively for research and development of new and novel technologies through competitive Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) grants. But how do you gain access to these grants to assist your business?

 Learn nuances and techniques for winning SBIR or STTR grants by attending the workshop “Write to Win,” Thursday, September 18, 2012 from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm in Sandy, Utah.

 Sponsored by the Utah Science, Technology and Research (USTAR) SBIR-STTR Assistance Center (SSAC) and Salt Lake Community College – Miller Campus, and funded in part by a grant with the U.S. Small Business Administration, this all day event will be led by Larry Shaw, who has nearly four decades of grant writing experience and a success rate more than 80 percent.

 “This is an opportunity for Utah’s technology small businesses to learn how to write winning proposals and is for anyone who has participated in the SBIR-STTR program, or anyone who is thinking about participating,” said Mary Cardon, manager of USTAR’s SBIR-STTR Assistance Center. “These eight hours will provide a foundation companies can use with Phase I or Phase II applications and with any participating agency moving forward.”

 Small business technology entrepreneurs will gain a step by step understanding of the processes and techniques for planning and writing successful SBIR and STTR grant proposals. Participants will receive a free reading and critique of any SBIR-STTR proposal within six months of the workshop, a $400 value.

 Cardon said the SBIR-STTR program is extremely competitive as it takes no equity in companies and there is no payback of funds. Companies are first awarded a Phase I grant when their technology meets a specific need of one of 11 participating agencies. Phase I grants determine the scientific, technical, and commercial merit and feasibility of ideas submitted under the SBIR or STTR program with awards typically at $150,000 in size over a period of six to nine months. Successful Phase I companies are invited to submit for Phase II awards, which are up to $1 million in size over a period of 24 months.

 “The workshop will break down the proposal process into seven components with complementary hands on work and samples for reference,” says Cardon. “Participants are encouraged to bring their business plan and any white papers or writings on their respective product or concept to maximize the learning process for themselves and their company.”

 Workshop topics include:

  • Innovation/ Concept Identification and Development
  • Research and Prepare Supporting Data
  • Writing the Proposal – Following the Guidelines and Preparing an Outline
  • Description of Common Research Proposal Components
  • Commercialization Strategy
  • Budget and Budget Narrative
  • Writing the Proposal Abstract/ Summary

 The workshop will be held at Salt Lake Community College Miller Free Enterprise Center (MFEC) in room 203. The address for the center is 9750 South 300 West Sandy, UT 84070. The cost for SBIR-STTR Assistance Center clients is $100 or $150 per person for all others and includes breakfast, lunch, snack and free parking.

 For more information or to print the registration form, visit http://www.innovationutah.com/sbir/workshops/