Unlocking America's Seed Fund

Unlocking America's Seed Fund

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Join us for a candid and actionable session on NSF SBIR funding.

About this event

OpenGrants is excited to host Ben Schrag, SBIR/STTR Program Director and Policy Liaison at the National Science Foundation (NSF). We will be breaking down everything grant seekers need to know about NSF SBIR opportunities - how the process works, how to be prepared, how to find the right fit and make your application competitive.

This discussion is perfect for any grant seeker considering funding from the NSF.

The conversation will cover -

  • What the NSF looks for in ideas
  • The concept of technical risk
  • Why startups should consider NSF over other agencies
  • How to choose the right agency

Speaker Information

Ben Schraq, SBIR/STTR Program Director and Policy Liaison, National Science Foundation

Ben Schrag is an SBIR/STTR Program Director and Policy Liaison. He joined NSF as a Program Director in the small business programs in 2009 and has worked across several portfolio areas including Advanced Materials, Instrumentation and Hardware, Nanotechnology, and Advanced Manufacturing. He became the Policy Liaison for the SBIR and STTR programs in 2016. Ben won the NSF’s Director’s Award in 2014 and 2016. Prior to NSF, he was the Director of Research and Development at Micro Magnetics, where he led a development effort to commercialize a new magnetic imaging tool for semiconductor metrology. During this time, he also served as a visiting scientist at Brown University. Ben received his Ph.D. in Physics from Brown University.

Sedale Turbovsky, CEO & Co-Founder, OpenGrants

Sedale Turbovsky is the CEO and co-founder of OpenGrants, a venture-backed startup focused on building modern infrastructure for funding. He has been an entrepreneur since childhood. After honing his leadership skills as an outdoor guide in his younger years, he started his professional career as an independent consultant focused on delivering data products and digital strategies to enterprise clients in South America.

He is experienced in independent grant writing and public/private partnerships at the highest level, having worked directly with OpenGrants’ current strategic partner, Momentum.

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