Education Seminars: Winning SBIR/STTR Grants

This half-day seminar is led by expert scientific consultants from Eva Garland Consulting (EGC), recently named by INC magazine in the top 5,000 growing firms and is North Carolina’s fastest growing woman-owned firm. EGC has successfully secured millions of dollars in SBIR/STTR funding for clients. Seminar topics will focus on all aspects of how to strategically approach obtaining funding from the SBIR/STTR Program including aligning business and technology development needs with available SBIR/STTR opportunities, proposal development, budgets, and award management.

The seminar will cover:

SBIR/STTR Program Basics

  • Purpose of SBIR/STTR Program
  • Eligibility
  • SBIR vs. STTR Grants and Contracts
  • Required registrations

Participating Agencies

  • Overview of each agency
  • Missions and budgets
  • Agency solicitations, formats, timelines, requirements

Developing a Competitive Proposal

  • Evaluation criteria
  • Assembling the team
  • Planning the project
  • Contractors and consultants
  • Project budgets, direct vs. indirect costs
  • Research Plan
  • Commercialization Plan
  • Proposal submission

Award Management

  • Award process
  • Accounting, grants management, and reporting

Who should attend?

Representatives from early stage science-based companies who are:

  • Small business executives interested in securing non-dilutive funding;
  • Small businesses who have completed I-Corps; or
  • Academics interested in spinning-off technologies


 Complimentary lunch included! 


More Information

First Flight Venture Center (First Flight), a Research Triangle Park-based science and technology incubator for early stage science-based companies, has been awarded a $125,000 grant by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Federal and State Technology (FAST) Partnership Program to expand outreach across the state to increase the number of successful SBIR/STTR grant applications from North Carolina companies. The FAST program is designed to stimulate economic development by providing training, financial support, and business expertise to science and technology-focused women-owned, rural-based, or socially/economically disadvantaged firms.

FAST information or questions, please contact:

Visit First Flight Venture Center for more information.


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302 East Lawson Street
Durham, NC 27707