SBIR Webinars and Dept. of Energy Funding Announcement


SBIR STTR Webinar Series

The Alaska Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCOR) Alaska Small Business Development Center (SBDC) and the University of Alaska Fairbanks Office of Intellectual Property and Commercialization (OIPC), are hosting free webinars to help innovators find money to develop their inventions in Alaska.

Details about the webinars are below. If you would like to join us, please email Adam Krynicki with your name and contact info.

About the SBIR/STTR Webinar Series

All webinars run from 10-11:30 a.m. AKDT
The webinars will be held at the following address:
You may search for funding opportunities at

June 2 – ABC’s of SBIR/STTR Funding

The government’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs make over $2.6 billion in high-risk, non-dilutive (i.e., free) capital available to innovative small companies annually. Learn about SBIR/STTR eligibility requirements, which of the 11 participating agencies best fits your technology, the differences between SBIR and STTR and more.
Presenter: Becky Aistrup, MBA, Managing Partner, BBCetc


June 16 – Essentials of SBIR STTR Proposal Prep for the National Science Foundation

You’ve thoroughly read the solicitation and planned your NSF SBIR or STTR project; now it’s time to prepare the actual application. This webinar takes you through necessary steps for collecting the application information and completing the proposal components. In addition, it provides practical tips on formatting and style as well as advice on pitfalls to avoid.
Presenter: Michael Kurek, PhD, MBA, Sr. Principal Consultant, BBCetc

June 23 – Commercialization Planning for SBIR-Stage Companies
With commercialization and transition plans being a key differentiator in the SBIR/STTR programs, it is important to know what the agencies are looking for and how to go about developing good plans. This session covers the expectations that various agencies have for commercialization plans in your Phase I and Phase II projects, where to find cost effective market research resources, what quality “support & commitment letters” are, and more.
Presenter: Michael Kurek

July 7 – Essentials of SBIR STTR Proposal Prep for the Dept. of Defense

The webinar that will take you through DoD’s rules and inform you not only of the steps to preparing a DoD proposal, but how to make each section succinct and compelling. It provides an understanding of the differences between DoD components, tips on how to identify a topic and the importance of talking to Technical Points of Contact during the pre-release period, as well as common pitfalls and how to avoid them.
Presenter: Becky Aistrup

Department of Energy SBIR & STTR Grants

The next Funding Opportunity Announcement by the Department of Energy (DOE) is set to be released Monday, July 17th. With this date in mind, we wanted to send you a list of helpful videos from DOE’s Online Tutorials web site (

DOE’s Online Tutorials are aimed at helping individuals and businesses submit a successful Phase I SBIR or STTR proposal to the DOE. Since the DOE SBIR/STTR proposal process is guided by the FOA schedule as found on, certain tutorials are more relevant now, while others will be relevant in the future. The following recommendations will be helpful for this week of June 5, 2017:

Tutorial 7 – How are DOE Phase I proposals evaluated?
The Department of Energy evaluates Phase I SBIR/STTR proposals using a three-step process: (1) initial screening, (2) merit review, and (3) final selection of awards. This tutorial goes over each step in this process and helps you determine if your proposal meets the requirements for the SBIR/STTR program and DOE’s needs.

Tutorial 10 – Where can I receive assistance in proposal preparation?
Small businesses often need one or more forms of assistance in order to help them win their first Phase I SBIR or STTR award. This early assistance at the proposal preparation stage is referred to as Phase 0. This tutorial reviews the different forms of assistance available and gives you state specific resources to help you in your journey.

Tutorial 16 – How do I put my team in place?
The SBIR/STTR programs are unusual in that they expect the awarding agencies to fund innovations that are high risk. This places more attention on the qualifications of the team. This tutorial helps you understand how much of your project needs to be subcontracted, what the DOE is looking for in terms of a well-qualified team, and how to recruit key members for your team.

If you need assistance from the DOE, you may contact the DOE SBIR/STTR Help Desk at or call (301) 903-5707 between the hours of 8:30 am and pm Eastern, Monday – Friday.