Small Business Innovation Research Grants Workshop Series

The nation's largest source of early stage/high risk funding for start-ups and small businesses

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What is SBIR?

The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program, also known as America's Seed Fund, are one of the largest sources of early-stage capital for technology commercialization in the United States. 

SBIR is a federal program that allow small businesses to compete for research dollars to test, prototype and commercialize new products. Small businesses are creative and flexible and can bring new solutions to the market quickly.

How can the Brink SBDC help with my SBIR application?

A roll-up your sleeves – open your computer - pull out your pen and paper and get writing in a collaborative environment and with an experienced team - series of workshops.

Winning an SBIR is an excellent way to launch your company.  Investors are more inclined to invest when they see the NIH, NSF or other agencies are willing to fund your work. These workshops will offer a step by step guide and timeline to write a successful SBIR.

Client Testimonials 

"The facilitators at The Brink SBDC introduced me to the concept of SBIR grants, helped me navigate through the complexities of federal grant writing, and were always available to help at a moment's notice. Without them, I never would have received my $150,000 Phase 1 award. I can't imagine writing an SBIR proposal without help from The Brink. Their hard-won experience, germane insights, and how-to workshops take a seemingly impossible task and make it manageable. Don't get me wrong - it's still really hard - but you now have a resource to help organize and translate all that gov-speak into an actionable to-do list." ~Scott Swaaley, CEO of MAKESafeTools.
"The SBIR workshop allowed us to prepare a competitive and well scored application. The schedule and agenda were really well aligned with the application deadline and following it helped us to stay on top of many of the administrative requirements that are easily overlooked but can derail the application fast if not taken care off. The group of like-minded entrepreneurs in the life science field that we were partnered with provided much constructive feedback on our aims and research strategy. In many ways they peer-reviewed our application in a manner not too dissimilar how the study section reviewers at the NIH would do. I would strongly recommend any individual or company that are considering the submit their first SBIR application to take advantage of what this workshop can offer. ~ Peter Teriete, TumorGen

Who should apply for the workshops

These workshops will focus primarily on National Institute of Health and to some extent National Science Foundation Phase I applications. As all the various government agencies have their own administrative requirements for SBIRs, good grantsmanship is the key to success. Those applying to other departments are welcome to join.

Next series dates - February-March 2021

Mondays from 4:00-6:30 PM (virtual events)

February 8: Introduction to finding the right funding opportunities                                             

February 15: Registration, review instructions, and begin writing                                             

February 22: Specific Aims, Team, Budget & Letters of Intent                                            

March 1: Presentations and Q&A                                                                                      

March 8: Work Plan, Innovation and Impact, Biosketches                                                

March 15: Research Plan and Budget                                                                                  

March 22: Review Research Plan - Begin Commercialization Plan                           

March 29: Presentations and Q&A     



$350, for the entire series 

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