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                                                Leveraging Federal  Grants 

                                 for Collaborative Small Business Research with ECU: SBIR and STTR Grants


ECU’s Technology Transfer, Entrepreneurial Initiative, Sponsored Programs and the SBTDC were pleased to collaborate in support of scientific excellence and technological innovation by hosting a workshop explaining funding opportunities available through the Federal SBIR/STTR grant program at the Brody School of Medicine on May 13th, 2014.

Kim Mayer, John Ujvari and Mike Carnes from the SBTDC offered an overview of the SBIR program and it’s highly competitive three–phase award system. The complementary Small Business Technology Transfer–STTR program uses a similar approach to fund public/private sector partnerships between small business and universities or research institutions.  

The program goals were four-fold: to stimulate technological innovation; meet federal research and development needs; foster and encourage participation in innovation and entrepreneurship; and increase private-sector commercialization of innovations derived from Federal research and development funding.

Later, a roundtable discussion offered attendees an excellent opportunity to explore resources for identifying topics of greatest interest to Federal agencies. Finally, the SBTDC offered project-specific assistance to prospective applicants.

SBTDC Workshop3One participant stated:


Thanks to all for
putting this important
conference together.
The information was
directly applicable to
my work at ECU and
is appreciated



This highly successful workshop is one of many intended to improve research competitiveness at East Carolina University.

SBIR/STTR grants to small businesses and their academic partners are significant. North Carolina companies succeeded in obtaining $56 million in SBIR/STTR grant awards in 2011.


Please contact the SBTDC for additional information.





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