College of Science, Technology, and Health

2014 SBIR/STTR Workshop Sponsored by MTI

Event Date and Time: 
Friday, January 31, 2014, 11:45 AM to 2:00 PM

2014 Small Business Innovation Research/ Small Business Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR) Workshop

Come and learn!

Main Technology Institute -- Investing in InnovationPresenters:
Bob Martin, President of Maine Technology Institute (MTI)
Greg Cavanaugh, USM Assistant Director of Experiential Education
Karen West, MTI SBIR Consultant
Shane Beckim, Portfolio Manager, MTI

The SBIR/STTR grant program is a $2B annual federal program designed to help small business owners, entrepreneurs and researchers get funding for their innovative technologies. This program offers substantial benefits for small businesses, and should be on the radar of every small business in Maine with a technology product or service. Eleven federal agencies participate in the SBIR/STTR program looking for innovative technologies for a variety of applications throughout the year. Learn how to spot opportunities for your technology and take advantage of this $2B grant program.

Find out how to work with MTI: The workshop will review the SBIR/STTR program, how to apply for an SBIR/STTR grant, and the process of grant review and award. Karen West, MTI’s Technical Assistance Program (TAP) team lead will outline the support MTI offers companies and entrepreneurs interested in applying for an SBIR/STTR grant. MTI’s NEW Phase 0 KickStarter award provides $5,000 in funding, as well as TAP team support for developing SBIR/STTR grant applications.

PREPARE and APPLY: Several federal agencies have deadlines in January and February, but Requests for Applications are issued by agencies throughout the year. Learn how to prepare a compelling application and earn a share of this federal grant program to support the development of your technology.

Workshop Agenda:

  • Overview of SBIR/STTR Program
  • Topics include Defense, Energy, Agriculture, Biotechnology, Social Sciences, Education
  • Elements of a Competitive Proposal
  • Funding Components from MTI’s Business Innovation Program
  • Q&A session with an SBIR/STTR awardee featuring tips and hints
  • USM Campus Ventures Program support and resources

Who Should Attend?

The SBIR/STTR program is targeted at Entrepreneurs and small-to-medium sized businesses covering almost all areas of science and technology. The program is also open to laboratory and university researchers, scientists and engineers interested in partnering with a small business or starting their own business. Consultants and service providers can also benefit from this workshop.

The workshop is free and lunch will be provided. However, you must register. To register please go to

Shane Beckim, MTI Portfolio Manager will discuss MTI’s funding programs including TechStart and Seed Grants, as well as other MTI programs that complement the SBIR/STTR program.

If you have any questions, please contact Karen West at 207-845-2934 or email at

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Maine Technology Institute (MTI) is a nonprofit corporation providing funds for Maine entrepreneurs and companies who engage technology to develop innovative products, and connects them to resources to help them grow profitable enterprises.

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