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SBIR/STTR Webinar Series 2015

co-organized with the US Small Business Administration (SBA)

Every 4th Wednesday of the month starting January 28, 2015



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Understanding the NSF Structure when it Comes to SBIR/STTR Funding

February 25, 2015; 1:00 to 2:30pm EST




Peter Atherton joined the National Science Foundation in 2013 as a Program Director for Information and Communication Technologies. Prior to joining NSF, he was Chief Technology Officer at MIKOH Corporation, a company he founded in Sydney, Australia. Prior to MIKOH he spent time at the Overseas Telecommunications Commission (OTC Australia) – including a 12 month posting to British Telecom’s Martlesham Heath R&D laboratories in the UK – where he managed the development and commercialization of a number of optical fiber and optoelectronic component technologies, and was instrumental in establishing a commercialization center for specialized optical fibers at the University of Sydney. Since founding MIKOH Corporation, he has commercialized technologies in the fields of diffractive optics, laser-based marking and radio frequency identification, and developed a new approach to internet-based personal authentication for use in mobile banking. Peter holds a PhD in Physics (quantum optics), and a BEng in Mechanical Engineering, both from the University of Queensland (Australia).



Joseph Hennessey serves as Senior Advisor for the SBIR/STTR Program in the Industrial Innovation and Partnerships Division within the Directorate for Engineering. He has also held placements as Acting Director for IIP, Program Director for SBIR, Program Director for the Management of Technological Innovation (MOTI) program, and as Acting Deputy Assistant Director for ENG.  He came to NSF in June 1996 after retiring as Vice President and Director, Innovation at Armstrong World Industries.  Armstrong is a $3 billion global company recognized as a world leader in interior furnishings. During his 27 years at Armstrong, he led global innovation organizations, identified and leveraged technologies into commercially successful new products and designed multi-functional organizations consistent with global strategies.  Joe received his Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from the University of Maryland and is a member of the Industrial Research Institute (IRI), the Center for Innovation Management Studies (CIMS) at North Carolina State University, and a trustee of Millersville University.




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About the SBIR/STTR Webinar Series
This monthly webinar series will explore topics relevant to the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Technology Transfer Research (STTR) programs. It will also discuss how researchers and small businesses can use this funding source. The series will begin with an overview of the program and its implementation at the participating agencies. On some webinars, winners of the prestigious Tibbetts Award who have successfully brought their SBIR/STTR technologies to market will share their stories and tips on how they progressed from SBIR/STTR seed funding to commercialization. The series also will include several webinars highlighting how large corporations can partner with SBIR/STTR awardees to integrate SBIR funded technologies into their supply chain. Other relevant and interesting topics pertaining to the SBIR/STTR program will also be discussed throughout the series.


About the SBIR/STTRs
SBIRs/STTRs are the principal federal programs to fund research and development for the express purpose of commercialization. These programs are designed to stimulate small business technological innovation and cutting-edge research that addresses the nation’s most critical scientific and engineering needs, and to provide incentive to profit from its commercialization. Often times, university research results in a discovery that may have commercial potential but needs further research. The SBIR/STTR program may be a natural next step for those university investigators with commercially viable ideas that need to be proven and further developed.

Federal agencies with extramural (external) R&D budgets in excess of $100 million must allocate 2.6% of these funds for competitive grants with a cap to 3.2% by FY 2017.

There are presently 11 participating agencies with a total of almost $2.5 billion available for SBIR/STTR annually:

- Department of Defense
- Department of Health and Human Services (NIH, CDC, FDA)
- National Science Foundation
- Department of Energy
- Department of Homeland Security
- Department of Agriculture
- Department of Commerce (NIST, NOAA)
- Department of Education
- Department of Transportation
- Environmental Protection Agency

Who should participate in the webinar?
These webinars are open to anyone interested in how universities and industry can seek funding for their innovative research and commercialization efforts . This can include small business enterprises, entrepreneurs, university chief research officers, directors of economic development, corporate business development directors and academic liaisons, university professors and corporate researchers.

Webinar Schedule and Video
Every 4th Wednesday of the month starting January 28, 2015 from 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm ET.
Videos of each session are linked here after each session (the titles below will be linked to a separate page with the materials and video):


  • January 28, 2015 - Understanding the Health and Human Services-NIH Structure when it Comes to SBIR Funding
  • February 25, 2015 - Understanding the NSF Structure when it Comes to SBIR/STTR Funding
  • March 25, 2015 - Understanding SBIR Policy Directive & Commercialization Benchmarks
  • April 22, 2015 - Opportunities for Education Technology Learning Innovations across the SBIR Program
  • May 27, 2015 - Understanding USDA and EPA Structure when it comes to SBIR Funding
  • June 24, 2015 -Understanding the Dept. of Transportation and DHS Structure when it Comes to SBIR Funding
  • July 22, 2015 - How to Market and Extoll the Virtues of your Small Business to the Public
  • August 26, 2015 - Understanding the Dept. of Education and Dept. of Commerce - NIST & NOAA Structure when it Comes to SBIR Funding
  • September 23, 2015 - Partnering and Collaboration Strategies for your Small Business
  • October 28, 2015 - The Future of the SBIR/STTR Program and continued success (To Infinity and Beyond)


Free, but registration required by clicking on the this link:
By link above, you will be registered to all sessions of this webinar series. Once registered, you will receive an email reminder 24 hours before each session.



WEBINAR DURATION: Each session is a 90-minute webinar with 60 minutes of presentation and 30 minutes of Q&A.

COST: Free, but registration required by clicking on the Register button above. Your registration is valid for all webinars in this series

HOW TO PARTICIPATE?: This webinar is online. You need a computer with web access for the visual/audio. You may also dial-in using the audio-only telephone number. The call in details and instructions on how to join the webinar will be sent to you 24 hours via email after you register.

QUESTIONS TO SPEAKERS: Q&A is conducted by a chat box to the speakers.

SLIDES AND VIDEO: The slide presentations and video recording will be available on this page. If you are unable to join the live webinar, you may view the recorded video that will be posted within 24 hours after the scheduled webinar ends.

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