WINNING SBIR/STTR Grants for Science and Technology Start-ups: First Flight

First Flight Venture Center
Thursday, January 17, 9 A.M. - Noon
Durham, NC

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 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.

To increase the number of SBIR/STTR proposals submitted from North Carolina, First Flight will:

  • Conduct 4+ education seminars across the state 
  • Conduct 2+ Train-the-Trainer workshops across the state (Spring 2019)
  • Expand First Flight’s highly successful LiftOff program that provides strategic planning and grant proposal submission support

EDUCATION SEMINARS: 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 as North Carolina’s fastest growing woman-led firm. EGC’s team of expert Grant Writing Specialists has successfully secured millions of dollars in SBIR/STTR funding for clients and have written the most popular book on SBIR/STTR program available on 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. Specifically, 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

WHAT IS FAST? The FAST program is designed to stimulate economic development by providing training, financial support, and business expertise to science and technology-focused small businesses. Program  emphasis is to help women-owned, rural-based, or socially/economically disadvantaged firms participate in the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) initiatives. First Flight has designed the North Carolina implementation of FAST to incorporate its LiftOff program which includes grant writing and proposal development support for North Carolina companies.