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SBIR/STTR Workshop on NIH/NSF Funding

Thursday, May 30, 2019 - 10:00am to 12:00pm


Stevenson Conference Room; Videoconferenced to: Carbondale Lindegren 310 and Decatur Family Practice


The mission of the SBIR (Small Business Innovation Research) program is to support scientific excellence and technological innovation through funding to develop new marketable technologies. The goal of the SBIR/STTR funding is to stimulate and nurture high-impact technology innovations, increase commercial application of research results, and incentivize commercialization. To achieve this mission and goal, Federal agencies (such as NSF and NIH) set aside a portion of their extramural research and development budget to be awarded as grants to small businesses.

Attend this interactive National Institutes of Health (NIH) and National Science Foundation (NSF) focused SBIR workshop to learn more about the funding program and application process, including:

  • Eligibility
  • What makes a “good” application?
  • SBIR/STTR, phases, agencies/types
  • Agency-specific grant application tips
  • Where to find help and resources
  • Options for scheduling a one-on-one session with Anna Lisa Somera

Anna Lisa Somera will lead the conference. Anna is an experienced medical device consultant, venture capitalist, intellectual property analyst, technology transfer specialist, biomedical research and entrepreneur. She has 15+ years of experience working with Illinois businesses and universities, and her advising has resulted in $30 million in grants to date. She currently serves as an SBIR/STTR consultant to the University of Chicago, Northwestern University and Argonne National Laboratory. She also has very strong ties to the University of Illinois community.


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