Education Programs

Our education programs help you to learn about the programs and how to apply for funding.

SBIR/STTR 100: Technology 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.

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

When: 2nd Monday of each month
Length: 90-minutes
Purpose: The objective of this session is to share vital information to help you determine if the Programs are right for your startup or small business, and your early-stage product commercialization plan. The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) funding are taxpayer investments that are used to seed novel technological innovations in small businesses and startups. SBIR/STTR provide non-dilutive funding to help research, develop and commercialize innovative technologies for future markets. Attending an SBIR/STTR 101 session can give you an overview of the programs, eligibility criteria, application process, and other essential information. These sessions are informative and can help you understand how to leverage America’s Seed Fund for your technology development.

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

When: Multiple dates
Length: 90-minutes
Purpose: These sessions will help you learn how to apply for funding. There are more than 30 agency deep dive sessions throughout the year.  These sessions provide in-depth information about the agency’s programs, priorities, and specific requirements. Attending the various SBIR/STTR 201 sessions will give you insights into the agencies’ goals, funding mechanisms, review processes, and tips for preparing successful grant applications.

Note: Every month we offer a deep dive session for the Department of Health and Human Services and the National Science Foundation.  The remaining agency deep dives are scheduled based on the agency’s schedule.

SBIR Road Tour: July 19, 2024 – Minneapolis, MN.  America’s Seed Fund Road Tour is a national outreach effort to connect innovators and entrepreneurs to non-dilutive, technology funding opportunities provided through the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs, known as “America’s Seed Fund”.  Federal Agency representatives have been invited to attend a series of events that bring together local and national innovation ecosystems to help attendees navigate over $4 billion in early-stage funding opportunities through America’s Seed Fund.  Click here for more information.

Other Educational Opportunities

Check our website calendar for other educational opportunities that are relevant to startups and small businesses.

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