SBIR Outreach

Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Outreach Training and Technical Assistance Program
A collaborative training and outreach effort between the Regional Rural Development Centers and the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture to increase awareness and understanding of USDA's SBIR grant program.

ABOUT
The Small Business Innovation Research Program at USDA provides unique opportunities for the nation's small businesses to apply for and receive federal monies for research and development to support high quality, advanced concepts related to important scientific problems in agriculture and other endeavors that could lead to significant public benefits.

The SBIR Outreach Training and Technical Assistance Program provides informational and training webinars for Cooperative Extension and other agency personnel to successfully guide SBIR applicants through the proposal writing and submission process.


HEAR FROM A SUCCESSFUL SBIR APPLICANT!
We are pleased to introduce you to Agenor Mafra-Neto, an innovative small business owner and recipient of multiple SBIR awards. Dr. Mafra-Neto, of ISCA Technologies, graciously took time via Skype to tell us a bit about his business, one of the issues he addressed in a SBIR Phase I proposal and its solution, and offered his advice to SBIR applicants.
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RECORDED WEBINARS
This webinar series is designed to assist individuals and organizations in their efforts to secure SBIR resources to further the development of small business activities that demonstrate potential for commercialization. This webinar series provides an overview of the the USDA SBIR Program and eligibility requirements, tips on navigating Grants.gov, the SBIR application process, steps for developing your idea, and resources for developing a strong proposal.

Introduction to the SBIR Outreach Training and Technical Assistance Program

This webinar provides an introduction to the SBIR Outreach Training and Technical Assistance Program including an overview of the USDA SBIR Program and eligibility requirements. The webinar will also include an introduction to the forthcoming online curriculum that will provide information on developing a business idea that is appropriate for SBIR funding, and help on preparing and submitting a proposal for possible SBIR funding.

Presented by Scott Dockum, SBIR/COR, USDA NIFA
Wednesday, August 10, 2016
Watch the webinar: http://nifa-connect.nifa.usda.gov/p9gai3vbinh/
PowerPoint Slides (PDF): SBIR Introduction

Module One - SBIR Overview
This webinar answers these important questions: What is the Small Business Innovation Research Program? Am I eligible to apply? What's in it for me? What is the application process? What are the qualities of a strong proposal?

Presented by: Scott Dockum, SBIR Program Coordinator/COR, USDA NIFA
Tuesday, August 23, 2016
Watch the webinar: http://nifa-connect.nifa.usda.gov/p5acml9w9n7/
PowerPoint Slides (PDF): SBIR Module One

Module Two - Developing Your Idea
In this webinar we'll discuss how to develop your idea by identifying the opportunity/problem, a potential solution, and gaining the support of others. In addition, this module covers SBIR Topic Areas, literature review, research design, and determining the commercialization potential of your idea.

Presented by: Scott Dockum, SBIR Program Coordinator/COR, USDA NIFA
Tuesday, August 30, 2016
Watch the webinar: http://nifa-connect.nifa.usda.gov/p409peza7am/
PowerPoint Slides (PDF): SBIR Module Two

Module Three - Preparing and Submitting Your Proposal
You've developed your idea, now what? This webinar will shed light on the grant writing process, preparing your proposal for submission, and the steps for submitting your application.

Presented by: Scott Dockum, SBIR Program Coordinator/COR, USDA NIFA
Tuesday, September 6, 2016
Watch the webinar: http://nifa-connect.nifa.usda.gov/p9i2b2sn1jd/
PowerPoint Slides (PDF): SBIR Module Three


TEAM
Don Albrecht, Project Leader, Western Rural Development Center
Scott Dockum, SBIR Program Coordinator/COR, USDA NIFA
Brent Elrod, National Program Leader, USDA NIFA
José Garcia Pabon, Washington State University (Western Region)
Roberto Gallardo, Mississippi State University (Southern Region)
Winifred McGee, The Pennsylvania State University (Northeastern Region)
John Mann, Michigan State University (North Central Region)
Betsy Newman, Western Rural Development Center


FUNDING
The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Outreach Training and Technical Assistance Program is a collaborative agreement between the Regional Rural Development Centers and USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture aimed at increasing awareness and understanding of the USDA's SBIR grant program. This material is based upon work that is supported by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture, under award number 200576-00001. 


QUESTIONS
Please contact the Project Leader with your questions.
Don Albrecht
Director
Western Rural Development Center
don.albrecht@usu.edu
435.797.9731