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QB3 SBIR Workshop Spring 2017 at UCSF


Thursday, February 16, 2017 at 12:00 PM - Thursday, March 30, 2017 at 3:30 PM (PST)

QB3 SBIR Workshop Spring 2017 at UCSF

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Ticket Type Sales End Price Fee Quantity
General Ended $750.00 $42.24
UC Founder (Includes QB3 Startup in a Box Membership) Ended $250.00 $14.74
Non-UC Founder (Includes QB3 Startup in a Box Membership) Ended $350.00 $20.24

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This workshop will take you through all the steps necessary to successfully file a well-written NIH SBIR/STTR grant application for the April 5, 2017 deadline. Taking the workshop you will learn how to craft an appropriate research plan, obtain persuasive letters of support, develop an efficient budget, and anticipate reviewers’ comments. We will help you speed through the application instructions, saving you hours of time. Results from past attendees indicate that taking this course triples your chances of success. The workshop culminates in a submission clinic that will ensure your application is correctly filed.

One or more team members from the company should be prepared to attend every session. Remember to bring your laptop; these will be working sessions.

Course includes

  • Five working sessions plus bonus 2-hour session on Specific Aims page
  • Pre-submission review of specific aims by our course instructors


  • Understanding the eligibility requirements of an SBIR grant
  • Preparing to apply for an SBIR (company formation, registration at all required websites, identifying the best PI)
  • Assembling all the necessary parts of the application (letters of support, sub-contract quotes and letters, facilities description, research plan, etc.)
  • Strategies for designing your specific aims
  • Budget strategies and restrictions
  • Complete and convincing budget justifications
  • Documentation required to use human samples, human subjects and vertebrate animals
  • What makes a competitive proposal
  • Common mistakes that applicants make
  • Filing in forms and submission process
  • Re-submission if your grant is not funded
  • Phase II SBIR applications
  • Searching for program announcements and finding non-dilutive funding opportunities

We will hold another session for the NSF application, starting in April.

Schedule (please note varying times and locations due to availability on campus) Download UCSF Mission Bay campus map





February 16 (Thursday) 

12:00-3:00 pm

 Byers Hall 215

SBIR session 1

February 23 (Thursday) 

12:30-3:30 pm

 Helen Diller 160

SBIR session 2

March 9 (Thursday) 

2:00-4:00 pm (note later start)

 Byers Hall 212

Honing your Specific Aims page

March 16 (Thursday) 

12:00-3:30 pm

 Helen Diller 160

SBIR session 3

March 21 (Tuesday) 

1:00-3:30 pm

Genentech Hall N-114

SBIR session 4

March 30 (Thursday) 

12:00-3:30 pm 

Byers Hall 215

Submission session



Shauna Farr-Jones, PhD, UCSF/QB3 grant writer

Ioana Aanei, PhD, Entrepreneurship Program Manager, QB3

Kaspar Mossman, PhD, Director of Marketing & Communications, QB3


Fee structure, for up to three people per company: 

General Admission: $750

UC Founder (Includes QB3 Startup in a Box Membership): $250

Non-UC Founder (Includes QB3 Startup in a Box Membership): $350

Not registered for Startup in a Box? Click here


Startup in a Box membership fee for new members includes this workshop. If you fall under this category, you may register for free (ask Kaspar Mossman for the code).


Acceptance into a future course is guaranteed with a waived fee if the company’s application is unsuccessful.

Have questions about QB3 SBIR Workshop Spring 2017 at UCSF? Contact QB3

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Locations vary (dictated by availability on campus). See below
UCSF Mission Bay
San Francisco, CA 94158

Thursday, February 16, 2017 at 12:00 PM - Thursday, March 30, 2017 at 3:30 PM (PST)

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