University of Southern Indiana

SBIR Workshop

Join us on May 8 and 9, 2018 to learn about opportunities in Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer and connect with national experts to discuss your role in achieving regional technology commercialization goals supporting growth of Indiana businesses, jobs and revenues. Lunch is provided, registration is free. 

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Location: USI @ Innovation Pointe, 318 Main St. 2nd Floor Innovation Lab

Additional Events to Attend (Optional):

  • Hear John Stocker discuss SBIR/ STTR opportunities on May 8, 7:30 a.m. at Common Grounds (Southwest Indiana Arts Council, Innovation Pointe)
  • Connect with fellow researchers and entrepreneurs at the Networking Reception at 5 p.m. (CST)

May 8, 2018 Agenda:

Module Topics
8:30 a.m. to 8:40 a.m. Introductions
8:40 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Review of SBIR 101
  • SBIR/STTR: Phases I, II, III
  • Commercialization programs: RIF, CRP, etc.
9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Fiscal and Contracting Practices
  • Registration requirements
  • Accounting definitions
  • Accounting methodologies (direct cost calculations, etc.)
  • Best practices
  • Avoiding common pitfalls
11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Lunch
  • Networking
12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Business Capability for Productizing R&D
  • Product development cycle
  • Commercialization planning
  • CVP and product viability (market size, customer need, etc.)
  • Commercialization paths
  • Testing
  • Prototyping
  • Scale-up
  • Licensing
  • Required support documentation

2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Recruit Proposal Development Cohort and Topic Selection
  • Activity: Interview, assess and down-select to create cohort
4:30 p.m. Wrap-Up

May 9, 2018 Agenda:

Module Topics
8:30 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. Welcome & Summary of Day 1
8:45 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Review and Choose Topics
  • Is your idea right for SBIR/ STTR?
  • SBIR/ STTR agency solicitations - commonalities and differences
  • Transition/ acquisition processes
  • Reaching out to primes
  • Topic authors and program managers as resources
  • SBIR/ STTR solicitation pre- and post-release communication practices
10:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Devise Application Support System
  • Technical resources
  • Commercial resources
  • Red-team reviews
  • Proposal review boards
  • Best practices
12:30 p.m. to 1 p.m. Lunch
  • Networking
1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Acquire Engineer/ Scientist Writing Skills in both writing and proposal development
  • Technical and commercial writing styles
  • Using tables and graphics
  • Best practices
  • Worst practices/ common pitfalls
2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Begin Proposal Support Process
  • Overview of proposal components
  • Next steps - activities and timing
4:30 p.m. Wrap-Up

Wendy Miller and Allen Baker

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