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Outlining a Competitive SBIR or STTR Proposal


Monday, August 12, 2013 from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM (PDT)

Outlining a Competitive SBIR or STTR Proposal

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(NEW!) Outlining a Competitive SBIR or STTR proposal - Workshop #1


Workshop topic: This half-day workshop provides information on proposal organizing and writing skills that can be used by the SBIR or STTR applicant to improve proposals and make the process of proposal writing more efficient.


If you are two months or more from your grant deadline, and you have identified the relevant federal agency for your SBIR or STTR proposal, this half-day workshop should prepare you to organize and plan your application.



  • Outlining your basic project idea
  • Creating a tentative Phase I and Phase II boundary
  • Creating key statements about innovation in your proposal
  • Finding the agency point of contact, and using them effectively
  • DECISION POINT: Deciding whether your proposal is responsive to the solicitation (And, what to do if you decide that it is not?)
  • Creating clear go/no-go criteria that must be met in Phase I
  • DECISION POINT: Is the project appropriate for Phase I? Can it be accomplished?
  • Will the proposed work advance your business?
  • Review of successful SBIR Phase I proposals



Who should attend: CEO’s, CSO/CTO’s, and other senior scientific/technical staff of US-based Small Business Concerns who are considering writing an SBIR or STTR grant proposal, and who have identified one or more federal Solicitations or Requests for Proposals that may be appropriate for their small business. The deadline for submission of these proposals should be at least 2 months away.


This is a workshop! Bring a laptop and/or other tools that allow you to write outlines or sections of your proposal.



Facility notes:

            - Strongly desired to have internet access for workshop participants and workshop leader. If that is not possible for particular venues, please advise the workshop leader, so that workshop participants can download required forms prior to the workshop.

            - Need projector, computer hookup for workshop leader presentation, demo.

            - Optimal setting is one in which each participant has a desktop and access to electrical outlet.

            - Half-day (3h); can be followed by half-day consulting and/or group Q&A session

            - Maximum number of attendees at single workshop: 20. (A lot of one-on-one interaction is anticipated).

 This workshop provides information directed to the Department of Defense on proposal  organizing and writing skills that can be used by the SBIR or STTR applicant to improve proposals and make the process of proposal writing more efficient. The workshop will also help the SBIR or STTR applicant create a proposal for the Department of Defense in which the technical and program reviewers can readily understand why your proposal is responsive to the solicitation, why it is innovative and why it should be among the small number of proposals that are funded.


Molly B. Schmid, Ph.D. - TriTech SBDC
Molly B. Schmid, Ph.D. is Vice President of the Inland Empire network of the Tech Coast Angels and a member of the TCA Board of Directors. She has specific expertise in early stage biotechnology companies, stemming from her own roles in scientific management, project leadership, and business development in three biotechnology companies. Her career has been about equally split between academia and industry. Most recently, she was Professor and Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Keck Graduate Institute of Applied Life Sciences and Adjunct Professor at the Drucker School of Management in Claremont CA, where she taught courses in drug discovery and entrepreneurship, and chaired the intellectual property committee.


Light appetizers and beverages will be served.

TriTech SBDC

TriTech Small Business Development Center (SBDC) works with high technology, rapid growth companies that have a very high impact on their local economies. TriTech offers consulting in areas such as identifying capital resources, commercializing new technologies, marketing products and services, and becoming investor ready. TriTech's mission is to make a measurable economic impact for the business community by increasing the profitability of enterprises. Economic growth depends upon entrepreneurs translating ideas and innovation into viable commercial enterprises.Most importantly TriTech provides expert business counseling, value added referrals, meaningful workshops and events all at no cost to the entrepreneur!

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Note that buildings are labeled with their names and numbers; look near the roofs. The McDonnell Douglas Auditorium (building #311), is a red brick building with a copper roof. It is located behind the pale peach/yellow/gray Engineering Gateway building with the metal smoke stacks (building #321), and is near the gray ICS and Engineering Research Facility (IERF) buildings (#310).

From lot 18/18A.

The McDonnell Douglas Auditorium (#311) is behind the gray ICS Research and Engineering Facility (IERF) building adjacent to the parking lot (#310, the gray building without the wooden beams).

From lot 18C.

The McDonnell Douglas Auditorium (#311) is behind the Engineering Gateway building (#321) - the pale peach/yellow/gray building with metal smoke stacks. The Engineering Gateway building is across the service street adjacent to lot 18C.

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When & Where

UCI McDonnell Douglas Engineering Auditorium
801 E Peltason Dr
Irvine, CA 92697

Monday, August 12, 2013 from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM (PDT)

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