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7:30 - 8:00 a.m.

Check-In and Networking (5th floor)

8:00 – noon

SBIR/STTR Federal Agency Presentations, Panel Sessions, and *One-on-One Meetings 

8:00 – 8:10 a.m.

Welcome and Opening Remarks - University of Kansas Chancellor, Doug Girod (5th floor, Ad Astra Room)

8:10 – 8:45 a.m.

America’s Seed Fund – SBIR/STTR Overview, U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) (5th floor, Ad Astra Room)

8:45 – 9:00 a.m.

Federal Laboratory Consortium (FLC) (5th floor, Ad Astra Room)

9:00 – 9:50 a.m.

Reverse Pitches – 5 Minute Agency Elevator Pitch (5th floor, Ad Astra Room)

9:50 – 10:30 a.m.

Flexible Funding Opportunities: The Granting Agencies (5th floor, Ad Astra Room)

Panel discussion with Program Managers highlighting the unique aspects guiding the SBIR granting agencies. Topics include agency interest points, investigator-initiated projects, proposal evaluation, agency contacts, and commercialization strategies.

Moderator: U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)

  • DOE
  • NIH
  • NSF
  • USDA

10:30 – 10:45 a.m.

U.S Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) (5th floor, Ad Astra Room)

10:45 – 11:20 a.m.

Surprising Opportunities with DoD and NASA (5th floor, Ad Astra Room)

Panel discussion with Program Managers highlighting the varied nature of NASA and the Department of Defense (DoD) Agencies, which together account for almost half of the SBIR/STTR award dollars each year. Focus areas include topic selection, evaluation rigidity, proposal assistance, DoD/NASA as an investor and a customer, data rights, and transitioning to Phase III.

Moderator: U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)

  • DARPA
  • NASA
  • Navy
  • USAF

11:20 – Noon

Inside the Head of an Evaluator: Common Mistakes (5th floor, Ad Astra Room)

Panel discussion with Agency Program Managers on the most common and avoidable mistakes made by applicants, as well as candid insights for preparing more competative proposals.

Moderator: U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)

  • DHS
  • MDA
  • NSF
  • USDA

*One-on-One sessions (Ground Floor - G201) run concurrently with agency presentations and panels. Agenda subject to change

Noon – 1:30 p.m.   Lunch (Basement, B104)
12:30 – 1:30 p.m.  Panel Success Stories:  Tips from Those Who’ve Been There (Basement, B104)
1:30 – 1:45 p.m.    Break  
1:45 – 2:45 p.m.   Workshop: Top 10 Dos and Don’ts for Your SBIR/STTR Proposal (Ground Floor, G201)
2:45 – 3:00 p.m. Break
3:00 – 4:00 p.m.  Workshop: Essentials of SBIR/STTR Commercialization Planning (Ground Floor, G201)
4:00 – 4:30 p.m. Workshop: The Road Tour is Over, Now What? (Ground Floor, G201)
4:30 – 6:00 p.m Reception and Networking (5th floor, Ad Astra Room)

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 Funded in part through a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration