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March 14, 2013

Advice on securing federal grants offered through free workshop

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Researchers from educational institutions, entrepreneurs and inventors can learn how to secure federal grants to support research or commercialize innovations through a free workshop offered by Purdue University's Burton D. Morgan Center for Entrepreneurship.

Dan Hasler, president and chief entrepreneurial officer of Purdue Research Foundation, will speak at the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Workshop set for 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Eastern time on Tuesday (March 19). The event will be in Room 121 of the Burton D. Morgan Center for Entrepreneurship, 1201 W. State St., West Lafayette.

Hasler, who previously served as the Indiana Secretary of Commerce and CEO of the Indiana Economic Development Corporation, will talk about grant programs sponsored by 11 federal participating agencies, including the Department of Defense, Department of Health and Human Services, the National Science Foundation, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

"Securing funding is one of the biggest challenges that entrepreneurs and university researchers face as they work to develop and commercialize innovations," Hasler said. "Matching a discovery with the right funding agency and writing a strong grant proposal can make all the difference in acquiring the funds needed to bring important life-changing discoveries to the public. We will talk about the best methods to do this and other significant funding sources during the workshop."

Topics to be presented include:

* Federal grant programs designed for small entrepreneurial enterprises working on new technologies.

* Sources of non-equity funding for emerging business research and development.

To register for the seminar, contact Bambrah Miller at bambrah@purdue.edu or Dave Kotterman at dkotter@purdue.edu. Seating is limited and lunch is included.

About Burton D. Morgan Center for Entrepreneurship

The Burton D. Morgan Center for Entrepreneurship is Purdue University's interdisciplinary hub for entrepreneurship. Through its sponsored initiatives, including the Certificate in Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Technology Realization Program, Entrepreneurial Leadership Academy and business plan competitions, the center aims to stimulate entrepreneurship in the Purdue community and serve as a resource for the residents of Indiana and beyond. Located in Purdue's Discovery Park, the Burton D. Morgan Center for Entrepreneurship plays a key role in facilitating business development for emerging concepts and technologies stemming from Purdue research.

About Purdue Research Foundation

Purdue Research Foundation is a private, nonprofit foundation created to advance the mission of Purdue University. The foundation accepts gifts; administers trusts; funds research, scholarships and grants; acquires property; and negotiates research contracts on behalf of Purdue. In the 1990s, the foundation was charged with helping the university in the realm of economic development. The Purdue Research Foundation oversees the Purdue Research Park, which is the largest university-affiliated business incubator in the country. In addition to the Purdue Research Park of West Lafayette, the foundation has established technology parks in other locations around Indiana including Indianapolis, Merrillville and New Albany.

Media contact: Cynthia Sequin, (765) 588-3340, casequin@prf.org

Sources: Dan Hasler, djhasler@prf.org

Dave Kotterman, interim managing director, Burton D. Morgan Center for Entrepreneurship, dkotter@purdue.edu