Helping innovators and entrepreneurs advance their research and development is nothing new for the Utah Science Technology and Research initiative’s SBIR-STTR Assistance Center. Now in its fifth-year, the SSAC is regarded as one of the most successful SBIR-STTR centers in the country and will bring its expertise to Northern Utah’s innovators with a workshop September 17 from 11:30-1:00pm at Utah State University’s and USTAR’s BioInnovations Center. 

“Working with the federal government to win a SBIR or STTR grant can be challenging,” said Mary Cardon director of Utah’s SSAC. “The workshop will provide useful information to help write and submit a winning proposal, which in turn allows the company’s research and development to move forward with non-dilutive funds.”

The workshop will cover the techniques, tricks and must-have information to help Utah’s innovators create a winning proposal. Following the workshop, attendees will have the opportunity to access SSAC staff in one-on-one meetings to further strengthen their proposals and chances of winning.

“The SSAC assists entrepreneurs and innovators throughout the State of Utah,” said Cardon. “Having a competitive proposal to access these funds requires commitment and a firm understanding of the process. The SSAC helps companies understand the ‘why’ of each step in that process.”

The federal Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs offer more than $2.7 billion dollars annually to support the development of technology by small businesses across the nation.  

Since opening in 2008, the SSAC has helped many of Utah’s innovative technologies win nearly $7 million in federal grants and has a proposal funding success rate of 25 percent   compared to the national average of between 15 and 17 percent.    

“This workshop will give entrepreneurs and innovators a good understanding of what it takes to have a winning proposal.” said Cardon “Attendees can expect to leave the workshop headed in the right direction on a path towards funding.”

In addition to the workshop and one-on-one meetings, attendees will have the opportunity to tour the USTAR BioInnovations Center. The tour will include USTAR and USU professor Randy Lewis’ lab, which has pioneered the transfer of silk-producing genes from spiders to goats, silkworms, E. coli bacteria and alfalfa in efforts to efficiently manufacture large quantities of silk fiber for various applications such as medical and naval.

The workshop is free for attendees with lunch included, and is co-sponsored by Logan’s Small Business Development Center and USU’s Commercial Enterprise Center and is funded in part through a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration.   For more information and to register for the free workshop visit:http://www.innovationutah.com/sbir/workshops/