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SBIR/STTR Funding for Life Sciences Workshop

The Wisconsin Entrepreneur's Network (WEN)

Tuesday, September 11, 2012 from 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM

SBIR/STTR Funding for Life Sciences Workshop

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Type End
SBIR/STTR Workshop Admission
There is no cost to attend, but you must register. Lunch will be provided.
Ended Free  

Event Details

Workshop Basics:

This event is for CEOs and researchers in life sciences firms, faculty members, graduate students, and post docs interested in exploring SBIR/STTR funding opportunities. We will cover essential information for crafting a competitive SBIR/STTR proposal. You will be able to determine if this source of funding is right for your innovation. We will provide instruction on the ins and outs of preparing a proposal to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), including both technical and commercialization plans, and navigating the submission process. We will also include information on the Department of Defense (DoD) and the National Science Foundation (NSF) programs, as they also fund projects in life sciences.  

Who Should Attend: 

  • Technology-based entrepreneurs and small companies seeking funding for R&D
  • Faculty members, graduate students, and post docs who are interested in learning about this transitional funding mode as your research interests bridge towards commercialization. 

What You’ll Come Away With:

  • Current information on the SBIR/STTR program
  • Strategies for targeting your proposal to meet an Agency’s mission and requirements
  • An understanding of technological innovation and commercial merit
  • Common problems and pitfalls and how to avoid them
  • Why commercialization is so critical to successful SBIR/STTR proposals
  • How to write the proposal to meet the reviewers’ expectations
  • Navigating the often complicated process of submitting your proposal 
  • What to do once you learn you will be funded (and what to do next if you are not) 


Where will I be able to park?

This map highlights parking options in close proximity to the Pyle Center. Alternatively, you may purchase a parking permit in advance; you can order your parking permit using this link. Your order must be placed by September 4th.

Should you need assistance with directions or parking on the day of the training session, please contact the Pyle Center at 608-262-1122.

What time is registration?  

Registration will begin at 8:00. Please come early to avoid a line!  

What if I'm no longer able to attend?

Please cancel your registration if you cannot attend. For step-by-step instructions on how to do this, please see this article

Who should I contact with questions?

For questions about this event, please contact Nicole Bown at

Have questions about SBIR/STTR Funding for Life Sciences Workshop? Contact The Wisconsin Entrepreneur's Network (WEN)

When & Where

Pyle Center
702 Langdon St
Madison, WI 53706

Tuesday, September 11, 2012 from 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM

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The Wisconsin Entrepreneur's Network (WEN)

WEN serves high-growth potential small businesses, especially by helping them access federal funding through the SBIR and STTR Programs. WEN and its partners from government, academia, and the private sector are involved in promoting entrepreneurship and economic development. Our staff works to assist and strengthen Wisconsin’s pursuit of federal SBIR and STTR awards by its tech-based small business sector. WEN SBIR/STTR assistance includes: 

  • Sponsoring and delivering education and training events
  • Selecting federal agencies and research topics of interest/needs that fit with the applicant’s business strategy
  • Making small grants to aid businesses in accessing our network of professional service providers who will assist in preparing a successful proposal 
  • Overseeing proposal preparation and submission
  • Participating in and coordinating pre-submission proposal review
  • Establishing research partnerships with academia/non-profit research institutions and technology transfer opportunities for commercialization of innovations 
  • Aiding to develop commercialization strategies and Phase II commercialization plans
  • Advising on intellectual property management in federal grants and contracts
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