Mar 12 2020

Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR): Workshop on NIH and NSF Funding

March 12, 2020

10:00 AM - 4:00 PM


Chicago, IL 60612

The mission of the SBIR program is to support scientific excellence and technological innovation through funding to develop new, marketable technologies. The goal of SBIR funding is to stimulate and nurture high-impact technology innovations, increase commercial application of research results, and incentivize commercialization. To achieve this mission and goal, Federal agencies set aside a portion of their extramural R&D budget to be awarded as grants to small businesses.

  • Awards can range from $150,000 to $1 million in capital to explore technological potential, feasibility, or to develop a prototype.
  • As long as they meet the terms of the funding, award recipients do not have to repay the government and they retain full ownership of their company and intellectual property.

Attend this interactive National Institutes of Health (NIH) and National Science Foundation (NSF) focused SBIR workshop to learn more about the funding program and application process, including:

  • Who is eligible?
  • What makes for a good application?
  • SBIR/STTR, phases, agencies/types
  • Agency specific grant application tips
  • Where to find help and resources
  • Q&A and option for brief, one-on-one sessions to discuss proposal ideas

Workshop will be followed by scheduled individual sessions that begin as early as 1:00 PM.

Anna Lisa Somera is an experienced medical device consultant, venture capitalist, intellectual property analyst, technology transfer specialist, biomedical researcher, and entrepreneur specialized in early-stage, cutting edge technology businesses. She has been part of the entrepreneurial community in Illinois for 15 years and has helped drive the formation and raised angel and venture funding for several start-up companies spun out of universities while also serving as top management for many of the ventures.
Somera’s advising adds up to over thirty million dollars in grants to date, mostly for Illinois companies. Her multi-disciplinary academic preparation in business, public health, and cell biology, along with her strong ties to the University of Illinois, has aided in her success in the entrepreneurial community. Additionally, Somera serves as an SBIR/STTR grant consultant at the University of Chicago, Northwestern University, and Argonne National Laboratory.

Apply here.


Tamira Davis

Date posted

Feb 11, 2020

Date updated

Feb 11, 2020