Monday, September 18, 2006


Free SBIR/STTR Workshop in Raleigh on October 18th

Do you have an entrepreneurial attitude? Do you think you have what it takes to translate your science into a start-up company?

If so, SBIR/STTR grant workshops will be held in Wilmington, Charlotte, and Raleigh in October. These federal grants provide seed money for research-based businesses and have marked the beginning of many R&D companies. The workshop provides a program overview, information on forming a SBIR/STTR-eligible company, and practical advice from awardees.

The flyer can be found here.

You may not be aware that the State of North Carolina runs a program that will match 75% of phase I funding (feasibility research). In the past, NC has also created an incentive program where one could request reimbursement for a portion of the costs incurred in preparing a SBIR/STTR application. Although the incentive program has not been announced for the 2006-2007 application cycle, the website cryptically states:

"The Board has authorized the publication of a Notice of Solicitation for Grant Applications under the North Carolina SBIR/STTR Incentive Program for FY2006-2007."

So perhaps that is a good sign.

Note: The above event is focused towards those applying to the DOD (Department of Defense) program. A workshop will be held on 10/24 at UNC Charlotte geared towards NIH applications, and it will feature Jerry Heindel, a Scientific Program Administrator at the NIEHS.

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