Burton Morgan Center workshop to offer tips on successful SBIR, STTR grant filing

April 30, 2015  

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - A free workshop by the Burton D. Morgan Center for Entrepreneurship in Discovery Park will give participants the knowledge to leverage U.S. Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer grants.

The May 12 workshop will feature a panel of experts covering funding opportunities from the U.S. Departments of Energy and Agriculture, National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health and other federal agencies. It will run from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in Room 121 of the Burton D. Morgan Center, 201 W. State St., West Lafayette.

The event is free and open to the public, but seating is limited. Registration is required by contacting Bambrah Walker, administrative assistan­t for the Burton D. Morgan Center, at bambrah@purdue.edu, 765-494-1335.

SBIR and STTR grants are federal programs specifically for small entrepreneurial enterprises working on new technologies. The programs are available from 11 agencies including the departments of Defense, Energy, Health and Human Services, and consist of three phases: feasibility and proof of concept, research/research and development, and commercialization.

Cliff Wojtalewicz, managing director of the Burton D. Morgan Center, said estimates show that 25 percent of the top innovations in the U.S. each year come from SBIR-funded small businesses.

"Entrepreneurs and innovators supported by these federal funding programs often generate some of the most important breakthroughs in our country," Wojtalewicz said. "This is a timely and important workshop for our entrepreneurially minded Purdue community."

The Burton D. Morgan Center, through its sponsored initiatives and partnerships - including the Certificate in Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Technology Realization Program, Entrepreneurial Leadership Academy and business plan competitions - aims to stimulate entrepreneurship at Purdue and serves as a state, regional and national resource.

A primary initiative of the Discovery Park center and Purdue Foundry is the Deliberate Innovation for Faculty, or DIFF program. Launched in early 2014, DIFF aims to provide mentoring from successful Purdue faculty for other Purdue faculty innovators who have an interest in translating their inventions to the public through commercialization, collaboration or entrepreneurship.

The Burton D. Morgan Center also houses the Purdue Foundry, an entrepreneurship and commercialization hub that provides assistance for Purdue-affiliated entrepreneurs in areas such as product ideation and market analysis as well as business-plan development, alumni and faculty mentoring, and help in finding funding. 

Writers: Emily Sigg, 765-494-4719, esigg@purdue.edu

Phillip Fiorini, 765-496-3133, pfiorini@purdue.edu 

Sources: Cliff Wojtalewicz, 765-494-1335, cliffw@purdue.edu

Bambrah Walker, 765-494-1335, bambrah@purdue.edu 

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