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SBIR/STTR Webinar: NSF Project Pitch

Event Type
Illinois FAST Center
wifi event
Jun 27, 2023   1:00 - 2:00 pm   CDT
Registration Required
Cheri Soliday
Originating Calendar
FAST Center of Illinois Calendar

Join our team of SBIR experts and the FAST (Federal and State Technology) Center of Illinois for an SBIR/STTR webinar event from 1:00-2:00pm on Tuesday, June 27.

During this session, learn about the process to apply for NSF SBIR/STTR funding - beginning with how to prepare a strong NSF Project Pitch to receive an invitation to participate in America’s Seed Fund at NSF. Includes tips and insight into what should be included in each of the four sections of the Project Pitch as well as a brief overview of the NSF SBIR/STTR program and requirements.

Our presenter is Shelley Maves, an SBIR/STTR expert and a member of the Illinois FAST Center leadership team. Shelley brings a very successful background in the pharmaceutical and biotech industries to her FAST Center role – having served as a technical consultant for large pharmaceutical companies as well as a healthcare startup. Shelley has also been an entrepreneur, co-founding a startup company with technology that spun out of Baxter Healthcare, where she also started her career in exploratory research. Under Shelley’s leadership as Director of Research, the startup was successfully awarded SBIR funding from NIH, which sparked her passion for assisting other entrepreneurs to become successful in obtaining this flavor of funding. In addition to her FAST Center role, Shelley serves biomedical and pharmaceutical industry clients as a Principal Consultant with BioPhia Consulting, Inc.  

After the presentation, teams will have the opportunity to ask questions from the FAST team. Office Hours are also available by signing up online

This is a free, virtual event, but registration is required. The link to the webinar will be emailed to you upon completion of your registration. Recording Notice: By registering for this webinar, you acknowledge and agree that it will be recorded and shared online for public viewing.

For more information and how to access more resources, visit the FAST Center at Illinois website

The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs are highly competitive programs that encourage domestic small businesses to engage in Federal Research/Research and Development (R/R&D) with the potential for commercialization. Through a competitive awards-based program, SBIR and STTR enable small businesses to explore their technological potential and provide the incentive to profit from its commercialization. By including qualified small businesses in the nation's R&D arena, high-tech innovation is stimulated, and the United States gains entrepreneurial spirit as it meets its specific research and development needs.

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