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Grant Writing Workshop: Leveraging Federal Funding for Your Small Business/Product

H​ave a "Technically Risky" Idea or Product? Looking for Grant Funding, and want to learn how to write concisely and present effectively? Learn from an experienced reviewer and awardee @ IIT on how to build a strong SBIR/STTR proposal!

Businesses need to continuously improve their products and leverage new technology to stay competitive and explore new markets. In addition to external investments and revenue-based models, businesses can leverage federal programs to accomplish this goal. In particular, the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer Research (STTR) programs can be extremely effective in helping startups and small businesses transform their ideas into marketable solutions.

However, it is important to recognize that writing a grant proposal for funding is quite different from a project report, both in its composition and language. It requires a combination of technical background and strong business skills. This workshop will help small businesses, product developers, software developers, business managers, inventors, scientists, technologists, and anyone exploring unvalidated ideas to enter into a new market. This can also be beneficial for companies considering a spin-off venture with a new product line.

In this workshop, we will go over some opportunities for federal funding and explore relevance for your specific business model. We will discuss the SBIR/STTR funding mechanism, with emphasis on the National Science Foundation (NSF) SBIR/STTR program. You will learn how to develop concise technical proposals for federal, private and internal funding.

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Nov 7, 9:00am to 4:00pm