Hawaii Small Business Innovation Research Conference October 25, 2013


Presented-bySBIR has proven to be one of the most successful federal programs for technological advancement in U.S. history, delivering more than 60,000 patents and hundreds of valuable innovations in agriculture, defense, energy, health sciences, homeland security, space, transportation, and other fields.

The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer Research (STTR) programs

SBIR is a federal program that funds small businesses to develop high-risk innovations of critical need to the U.S.  SBIR is a three-phased program with awards usually up to $100,000 for developing a proof of concept in Phase I, and typically up to $750,000 for development work (often resulting in a prototype) in Phase II.  Companies develop and market the SBIR product, attract outside investment and further commercialize in Phase III.  Eleven federal agencies participate in the SBIR program: U.S. Departments of Agriculture; Commerce; Defense; Education; Energy; Health and Human Services; Homeland Security; Transportation; Environmental Protection Agency; NASA; and the National Science Foundation. Confirmed Federal agencies for the Maui SBIR Conference are: National Ocean Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Department of Agriculture and Department of Energy.

STTR is modeled on the SBIR program and stimulates technology transfer through cooperative research between small businesses and non-profit research institutions.  UH researchers are encouraged to partner with small businesses to compete under the STTR program.

Conference Benefits

  • A rare opportunity to learn from and individually meet with federal SBIR managers from Washington, D.C. at one location
  • A comprehensive overview of the SBIR/STTR programs and how you can participate
  • Updates on the technologies and innovations the SBIR/STTR programs will fund this year.

Who Should Attend the Conference?

  • Entrepreneurs that develop new technologies or innovations
  • Small businesses new to the SBIR/STTR program
  • Experienced SBIR/STTR companies interested in learning about new SBIR/STTR initiatives and program changes
  • University researchers interested in partnering with small businesses on collaborative R&D projects
  • Any company interested in developing strategic alliances with successful SBIR/STTR awardees
  • Consultants and organizations that provide business support to SBIR/STTR companies and applicants

Date: Friday, October 25, 2013

Time:  8am – 5pm. Lunch is included with registration.

Location: Malcolm Center, 1305 Holopono St., Suite 5, Kihei

Cost: $75.00

For more information contact:

Mark Todd – 808-270-6803 mark@medb.org

Tom Liu – 808-875-2340 tom@medb.org

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