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Learn How to Win Federal Funds This April 30 - May 3, 2007 in Research Triangle Park

Maria Mitsova
March 20, 2007

The 2007 Spring National Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and the Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Conference April 30-May 3, 2007 at the Sheraton Imperial Hotel and Convention Center in Research Triangle Park, NC.

The conference will include workshops and meetings, federal program overviews, seminars, SBIR success demonstrations. The attendees, regardless of the business they are in, will learn how to prepare proposals and win some of the over $2 billion U.S. Government research and development investments. Whether you are a novice or have already received SBIR / STTR program funding you will find the sessions useful for enhancing your participation in the program. The conference will provide invaluable opportunities to meet Federal Program Representatives, state support services, fellow attendees and successful awardees.

On the first day, the federal agencies participating the SBIR / STTR program will be presented in three tracks of the Agency Presentation Sessions and you will be able to attend those that are of interest to your business and identify which one you should visit in the networking area.

Day 2 and Day 3 will present concurrent sessions consisting of three tracks. Track A will provide basic information about the program. Track B will focus on partnerships, resources, and special interest areas. Track C will give information on procurement, business development, valuation of technologies, and financing options.

Enacted in 1982, the Small Business Innovation Research Program (SBIR) encourages small business to explore their technological potential and provides the incentive to profit from its commercialization. By reserving a specific percentage of federal research and development funds for small business, SBIR protects the small business and enables it to compete on the same level as the larger businesses.

The Small Business Technology Transfer Program (STTR) is a highly competitive program that reserves a specific percentage of federal research and development funding for award to small business and nonprofit research institution partners. It focuses on the expansion of the public/private sector partnership to include the joint venture oppoortunities for small business and the nation's premier nonprofit research institutions. STTR's most important role is to foster the innovation necessary to meet the nation's scientific and technological challenges in the new century.

The U.S. Small Business Administration acts as the coordinating agency for the SBIR and the STTR programs. It directs the federal agencies' implementation of the programs, reviews their progress and reports annually to Congress on their operations.


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