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Exploring the SBIR/STTR Program

December 2, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

The SBIR/STTR programs provide competitive access to R&D funds to stimulate technological innovation by small businesses in the US.

Known as “America’s Seed Fund,” the SBIR (Small Business Innovation Research) and STTR (Small Business Technology Transfer) programs provide competitive access to R&D funds to stimulate technological innovation by small businesses in the U.S. The program can help startups and existing small businesses, interested in or performing research, by providing access to grant funds to support proof of concept and prototype development in Phase I. If successfully proven, with full development support in Phase II, successful technologies could move into the commercial market.

This event will introduce you to the resources Indiana has to offer, give you tips on what agencies look for in successful proposals and supply you with the basics of the program’s structure.

To get a head start on understanding the basic overview of the SBIR/STTR Program, watch this webinar.

Indiana’s SBIR/STTR Matching Program

Since 2014, Indiana’s SBIR/STTR matching program has provided over $5.2 million to 73 companies in 13 Indiana counties. Collectively, these companies have attracted over $19.4 million in federal SBIR/STTR grants and over $12.4 million from other capital sources. Companies with an SBIR/STTR request should apply to Elevate Ventures within 6 months of the SBIR term start date. Learn more about SBIR/STTR Matching.

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Dr. Lisa Hoverman, PhD

Dr. Lisa Hoverman is a former academic researcher-turned small business owner in the federal funding niche. Dr. Hoverman is an excellent STEM writer, editor, & proposal/grant manager – all experiences honed as an academic. Dr. Hoverman’s clients include Fortune 50 Companies, International Societies, Medium and Small Businesses, and Startups. She supports these clients primarily in B2B, local, state, and federal grants and proposals. She has obtained over $2.5 B in funding for clients. Her success spans many highly-ranked scientific publications, B2B proposals, federal agency proposals, and importantly for today, SBIR/STTR proposals.


December 2, 2020
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm