Program offers federal grant application help for technology start-ups

August 24, 2012

Researchers and entrepreneurs can learn how to apply for federal research and development funding for technology-based businesses at a workshop Sept. 5 and 6 at the Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel on Penn State’s University Park campus.

The workshop, “How to Win SBIR and STTR Awards,” will focus on the process for applying for Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) grants from the federal government, which makes more than $2 billion available annually to small technology-focused companies through the two programs.

Technology-based small businesses, entrepreneurs, researchers, Penn State faculty and students are encouraged to attend the workshop, which costs $50 for one day or $75 for both days. Workshop participants will receive detailed advice on how to prepare proposals for Phase 1 and Phase 2 funding opportunities, as well as an overview of recent changes to the SBIR and STTR programs.

The Greenwood Consulting Group, a Florida-based team of experts who have presented SBIR/STTR funding workshops for more than a decade and review grants for the National Science Foundation, will be the lead presenters. The workshop is presented by the Penn State Small Business Development Center and co-sponsored by Innovation Partnership, a consortium of economic development and business assistance organizations throughout Pennsylvania.

The workshop runs from 7:45 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sept. 5 and 7:45 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sept. 6.

To register, go to online.

For more information, contact Laurie Linton at 814-863-7374 or

Penn State Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is part of a nationwide network of more than 1,000 centers. The Penn State SBDC provides free business assistance to small firms and business start-ups in Centre and Mifflin counties, enabling them to compete and grow in today’s highly competitive global economy. Penn State SBDC is part of Penn State Outreach, the largest unified outreach organization in American higher education. Penn State Outreach serves more than 5 million people each year, delivering more than 2,000 programs to people in all 67 Pennsylvania counties, all 50 states and 115 countries worldwide.

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