Educational Sessions

Our educational sessions are designed to help you learn about the SBIR/STTR Programs and determine if your business and project are a good fit. These free and virtual programs are the first step in your journey.

Step 1: SBIR/STTR 100: Catalyst Readiness Tool

Pursuing SBIR/STTR funding is a strategic business decision that requires an assessment of the firm’s research resources and capabilities, research partnerships, academic and/or industry, coupled with its product development and commercialization plan. The Tool is intended to help you determine your eligibility and readiness to apply for funding.

Step 2: SBIR/STTR 101: An Overview of America’s Seed Fund (Click here to register)

When: 2nd Monday of each month
Length: 90-minutes
Purpose: Provide vital information to help you determine if SBIR/STTR is right for your startup or small business. This session covers program overviews, eligibility criteria, application processes, and leveraging America’s Seed Fund for technology development.

Step 3: SBIR/STTR 201: Agency Deep Dives (Click here to register)

When: Multiple dates
Length: 90-minutes
Purpose: Offer in-depth information about various agencies’ programs, priorities, and requirements. These sessions help you understand the goals, funding mechanisms, review processes, and tips for successful grant applications.

NIH SBIR/STTR Cohorts (No registration link)

  • Purpose: Provide education, coaching and support to learn how to apply. (All phases – Phase I, Phase II, Direct to Phase II, or Fast Track applications)
  • Prerequisites: Completion of SBIR/STTR 101 and SBIR/STTR 201 sessions and approval in our Catalyst Program.
  • Invitation: Emailed to Catalyst Program-approved firms.

NSF SBIR/STTR Cohorts (No registration link)

  • Purpose: Provide education, coaching and support to learn how to apply.  (Phase I and Fast Track applications)
  • Prerequisites: Completion of SBIR/STTR 101 and SBIR/STTR 201 sessions and approval in our Catalyst Program.
  • Invitation: Emailed to Catalyst Program-approved firms who have a formal invitation from the NSF.

Other Educational Opportunities

Check our website calendar for other educational opportunities that are relevant to startups and small businesses.  These sessions are fee-based.

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