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Funding Innovative Research: SBIR/STIR Conference

OHSU Center for Health & Healing
3303 S.W. Bond Ave.
Portland, OR 97239, US (map)


Small business is the heart of Oregon's economy, but during these difficult economic times it can be a serious challenge to find funding to support even the most promising companies. We cannot afford to let innovative ideas fall by the wayside because small business owners can't access the money they need to perform research and develop and commercialize new products.

At more than $2.3 billion per year, the Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR) programs comprise the largest source of federal support for technological innovation in the private sector. Awardees can receive critical support for projects from early stage R&D through commercialization.

Please join me and other small business owners, researchers, venture capital representatives, and others at a one-day conference with key SBIR/STTR program managers to learn more about opportunities for funding your small business and to discuss upcoming changes to the SBIR/STTR program.

Congressman David Wu presents:

Funding Innovative Research: Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Programs

When: Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Where:OHSU South Waterfront

                                       3303 SW Bond Avenue, Portland

What:Panel discussion and breakout sessions with key SBIR/STTR program managers

Presenters from agencies including the National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Standards and Technology, Department of Energy, Department of Defense, and others will discuss how to develop a successful application for SBIR/STTR funding. Topics will include:

·What are each agency's priorities for research topics?

·What criteria does each agency use to select awardees?

·What can applicants do to make their proposals more competitive?

The afternoon session will include opportunities to talk in small groups with program managers, past and current SBIR grantees, and prospective applicants. I hope you will take advantage of this unique opportunity to learn more about this important funding resource for small technology businesses here in Oregon.

If you plan to attend, please RSVP to Kelly Brooks at kelly.brooks "at" mail.house.gov or 503-326-2901.