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Sep 22, 2009
SBIR/STTR - Defining Your Winning Phase I Proposal
PSU Business Accelerator

Take your understanding of the federal SBIR/STTR program to the next level. This half-day workshop will teach you the critical requirements for creating a competitive Phase I proposal for the federal innovation grants program that sets aside $2 billion annually to fund technology commercialization. This workshop will help you decide if you have an SBIR/STTR proposal that can win.

Defining Your Winning Phase I Proposal will take you to the next level in determining if this is the opportunity to help fund your innovation. It will go over program details that program managers don't usually tell you. And it will help you decide whether you can create a competitive proposal.


Workshop Details: This half-day workshop will be interactive with opportunities for discussion and questions. Participants will learn:

  • Pre-qualification questions: Is SBIR/STTR right for your firm? Do you have a true innovation? Will your team be seen as credible?
  • The nuts and bolts of program rules, eligibility requirements, and general differences among agencies -- beyond what the program managers tell you
  • How can you avoid learning the hard way?
  • How to hone your story themes and approach that then become the crux of your Phase I proposal
  • The ins and outs of producing a competitive Phase I SBIR/STTR proposal
  • How to avoid losing
  • And critical dos and don'ts of electronic submission

The Instructor: Mark Henry is nationally known as an SBIR/STTR expert, and in the past three decades he has worked on some 1,800 proposals and has given more than 50 presentations at national SBIR conferences. Mark has also provided training in more than 30 states. While managing the government R&D marketing effort at Bend Research (Bend, OR) for 17 years, the firm won 175 of 350 SBIR/STTR proposals. Mark also has had an 83% win rate on 72 Phase II prototype/demonstration proposals.

When: Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Time: Registration/networking: 8:00 am. Workshop: 8:30 am to 12:30 pm

Where: Portland State Business Accelerator (directions below)

Cost: $75.00 - General Public

$60.00 - Members of sponsor organizations


  • Portland State Business Accelerator (PSBA). (Note: All Oregon University System members eligible for discount.)
  • Pacific Northwest Defense Coalition (PNDC)
  • Oregon Bioscience Association (OBA)


Location: Portland State Business Accelerator, Mt. Hood Conference Room - 209

Directions:< For GPS and online mapping directions to PSBA, use "SW Corbett Ave & SW Meade St, Portland, 97201" or click here for detailed driving instructions.

Parking: In PSBA lot at no charge.

Questions: call 503-725-2312 or email PSBA office.

Nov 3, 2010
2010 SBIR Workshop
through PSU Business Accelerator

The Pacific Northwest Defense Coalition and the Portland State Business Accelerator are teaming up to host a 2-day workshop dedicated to the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program on November 3rd and 4th, 2010.

This year's instructor will be Jim Greenwood from Greenwood Consulting Group.

*For pricing please visit

Workshop Schedule:

Day 1 - Phase I: - SBIR/STTR Program Overview - Proposal Strategies - Proposal Drafting Tips - Critique of Actual SBIR Proposal

Day 2 - Phase II: - Phase II Basics - Understand the differences between Phase II agencies - Phase II proposal presentations - Phase II cost accounting basics

Nov 13, 2012
SBIR/STTR National Conference
through DoubleTree Hotel & Executive Meeting Center Portland - Lloyd Center

The Micro-enterprise Inventors Program of Oregon (MIPO) and the Oregon Small Business Development Center Network (OSBDC) will host the SBIR/STTR 2012 National Conference: Crack the Code an event that welcomes entrepreneurs, businesses, government agencies, innovators, universities, and community partners to Portland, Oregon.

SBIR/STTR are competitive federal government grant programs that fund small businesses to develop innovative, high-risk technologies with the goal of increasing private sector commercialization into the marketplace. This conference will provide critical information to small businesses competing for SBIR/STTR grants and contracts, which amount to approximately $2.5 billion in funding annually.

Entrepreneurs can meet one-on-one with federal program managers; learn from SBIR/STTR past recipients, and tap into successful commercialization strategies through experts in the field.

May 24, 2016
Small Business Funding (Lunch+Learn) Seminar for SBIR Grants by Oregon Best

Calling on tech entrepreneurs for a small business funding seminar! Are you looking for funding for your proprietary technology? Please sign up!

Oregon Best funds and supports cleantech startups and we are hosting a series of small business funding seminars for SBIR/ STTR grants.
This is a Lunch + Learn event - sign up here - best $10 you'll ever spend! 12 - 1:30pm Tuesday May 24th.

We will start with a 10 min overview Oregon Best and what we do ( and explain what cleantech is) followed by a 30 min in-depth SBIR/ STTR presentation by expert Leon Wolf.
We will give you an overview of the process, understand eligibility requirements and give free support in applying for grants for appropriate companies.

Many people get confused by the word cleantech. We want to clarify and shed light on the wide range of technologies that fall under this category.

The hope is that more people will: 
a.) see themselves and their tech as possibly falling under the "cleantech" umbrella 
b.) contact us about their technology c.) seek eligibility and support in applying for an SBIR/ STTR grants.

Oregon Best invests at very early "risky" stages - before the technology has been proven.
We then support startups in several ways by: 
a.) Investing between $50k - $250 per startup 
b.) Making Introductions / networking with key partners
c.) Funding interns to work in their company d.) Connecting co's to an experienced CEO or Entrepreneur-In-Residence to help them navigate growth, priorities, business plans, pitches e.) Help with manufacturing / scale up through our partnerships f.) showcasing the company at conferences, trade shows and BESTFEST g.) Support with Government grants SBIR/ STTR

Please register to attend! Lots of great information to learn about and resources to help tech startups.

Apr 9, 2018
SBIR/STTR Grant Writing Workshop
through Portland State University

The Oregon Bioscience Incubator will be hosting a 2-day SBIR Grant Writing Workshop on April 9-10. Topics covered will include: SBIR/STTR basics, how to craft a competitive SBIR/STTR proposal, commercialization, and budget planning.

There is an application process to attend this workshop. Please submit the application by March 20, 2018. If selected, the cost is $75, which includes food and beverage on both days.

Please submit your application here:

Mar 27, 2019
SBIR/ STTR Workshop
Robertson Life Sciences Building, OHSU

Join us at the SBIR/STTR Workshop, a special pre-event to the 2019 Commercialization Conference. This workshop will help guide researchers and startups through the SBIR/STTR program, providing information on starting a proposal, seeking resources, assessing strengths and addressing gaps, and deciding the right time to apply. $10 admission fee to attend. Lunch will be provided.