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SBIR/STTR Grant Education Seminar with First Flight Venture Center

December 12, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

SBIR/STTR Grant Education Seminar in Durham

North Carolina Central University

LOCATION: 302 East Lawson Street, Durham, NC

DATE: December 12, 2018

TIME: 9:00am – Noon, followed by complimentary lunch


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About the Seminar

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 $125,000 grant by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Federal and State Technology (FAST) Partnership Program. First Flight has designed the North Carolina implementation of FAST to incorporate its LiftOff program which includes grant writing and proposal development support for 6-8 North Carolina companies.

The LiftOff program identifies high potential early stage science-based companies, provides them with a non-dilutive funding strategic plan, identifies funding opportunities and facilitates all aspects of proposal preparation and submission.  The application process for the LiftOff program is rigorous and highly selective. The LiftOff model will be followed to select science-based companies in rural areas, as well as traditionally under-represented entrepreneurs, including women and minorities.  Approximately 6 eligible NC companies will receive strategic planning and grant management/writing support for SBIR/STTR grant submissions.  Discovery of these companies will be spearheaded through a series of 4 educational and training sessions across the state.
*More information about SBA FAST and FIRST FLIGHT is included below*

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

  • Conduct 4 (four) educational seminars across the state
  • Select 6-8 eligible companies to join the LiftOff program, receive a strategic funding plan and provide grant writing and management support to submit a SBIR/STTR proposal
  • Work collaboratively with FAST LiftOff companies to submit SBIR/STTR grants

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-owned firm. EGC has successfully secured millions of dollars in SBIR/STTR funding for clients. 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


December 12, 2018
9:00 am - 12:00 pm


NC Central University
302 East Lawson Street
Durham, NC 27707 United States
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