The University of Tennessee Research Foundation, UT Institute of Agriculture, and UT Institute for Public Service present PROPEL – An SBIR/STTR Grant Workshop. Bill Wiley, Economic Development Consultant for UT’s Center for Industrial Services, will present vital information on how to successfully acquire federal Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR), or Small Business Technology Transfer Research (STTR) funding. These grants are among the largest sources of early-stage funding for entrepreneurial technologies and companies. The workshop is scheduled for Wednesday, September 2  at the UTRF Business Incubator.

Event Schedule:

9:00 AM     Kickoff with a preview of our upcoming Opportunity NOW: Idea to Market Analysis with Tech 2020‘s Kevin Kragenbrink.

10:30 AM   PROPEL: SBIR/STTR Grant Workshop Session 1 with  Bill Wiley, Economic Development Consultant at the UT Center for Industrial Services

12:00 PM   Lunch for registered attendees

1:00 PM     Hands On! Bring your device (laptop or tablet) to experience utilizing SBIR/STTR resources, finding opportunities, and going through the registration process.

(*You will be able to choose sessions and lunch preferences when you register)

Why should you attend?

Gain a clear, strategic understanding of the SBIR and STTR programs, including:    

  • Basic rules for participation
  • Differences between the two programs
  • Requirements & timing for participation
  • Sorting out the agencies, departments and available opportunities

Get the tools for deciding if you should pursue SBIR/STTR:    

  • Challenges with the programs
  • Determine how to pick topics for greatest chances of success
  • Learn how to search for current opportunities
  • Resources for locating potential business partners

Learn how to successfully develop proposals for SBIR/STTR funding programs, including:     

  • How each agency’s approach, proposal & performance requirements differ
  • What to do before you write a proposal/grant request (doing your homework)
  • What a typical proposal looks like
  • Importance of the budget

Please join us! 

Register HERE

(Registration is now closed)

Please see event presentation and slideshow!