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    SBIR: Small Business Innovation Research
    STTR: Small Business Technology Transfer

    Competitive awards-based resources that enable small businesses to develop new tech and facilitate commercialization.

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    Example Funding Areas: AI, First Responders, National Security, Biomed, Cybersecurity, Advanced Robotics, AgTech, Space Exploration & more!

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    $2.5 billion of funding is available each year in competitive grant and contract awards. Since 1982, more than $478B awarded to American small businesses.

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    5,000 awards each year

7:30 AM – 8:30 AM Registration and Breakfast: Early Bird Networking
8:15 AM – 8:50 AM Welcome, Introductions and Program Overview:

Michael Pazzani, Vice Chancellor for Research & Economic Development, UC Riverside

Rosibel Ochoa Ph.D., Associate Vice Chancellor, Office of Technology Partnerships/Research & Economic Development, UC Riverside

8:50 AM – 9:00 AM Scott Brovsky, Director, Entrepreneurial Proof of Concept and Innovation Center (EPIC SBDC)
9:00 AM – 9:45 AM SBIR & STTR Awardee Experience/Lessons Learned Q&A: Stuart Berkowitz, Ph.D., Out of the Fog Research LLC, Learn from an awardee about winning an SBIR
9:45 AM – 10:00 AM Networking Break
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM NIH SBIR Awardee: Key Lesson Learned I; Ming Lee Tang Ph.D. and Tina Ding Ph.D., Brain Beacon


Topic – NIH Success Stories in Translating Promising Technologies to the Private Sector; Enabling Life-Saving Innovations to Reach Consumer Markets – What are We Looking for From Applicants? The NIH Research Evaluation and Commercialization Hub (REACH) program

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM NSF SBIR Awardee: Key Lesson Learned II; Alexander Khitun Ph.D., Beam-VA, LLC

NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION (teleconference from Arlington, Virginia): – Jesus Soriano Molla, MD, Ph.D., MBA Program Director, Partnerships for Innovation (PFI); Division of Industrial Innovation and Partnerships (IIP); Directorate of Engineering: Topic – Increasing the Impact of NSF-funded Research Discoveries – From Proof-of-Concept through PFI to Prototype Development through SBIR/STTR

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM Lunch and Keynote Speaker (Begins at 12:20 PM)

Sponsor Welcome & Speaker Introduction: Rossina Gallegos, Director, Union Bank Foundation;

Keynote Speaker:  Gioia Messinger, Founder and Principal, LinkedObjects, Breaking Barriers: Economic Development in the Region Through Transformative Innovation

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM USDA SBIR Awardee: Key Lesson Learned III; Leslie Hickle, PhD, Farmsense

DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE – Scott Dockum, SBIR Program Coordinator/COR, USDA/NIFA; Topic – Vital Scientific Problems & Opportunities in Agriculture That Will Lead to Significant Public Benefits

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM DOE SBIR Awardee: Key Lesson Learned IV; Mark Anderson, Icarus RT

DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY – Chris O’Gwin, SBIR/STTR Programs Office, Office of Science. Topic – High Priority Research and Development Needs: Areas That Support the DOE Mission

3:00 PM – 3:30 PM Networking Break
3:30 PM – 4:30 PM SBIR Awardee: Key Lesson Learned V; Jennifer Stewart, U. S. Navy Naval Surface Warfare Center

DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE – Robert L. Smith CIV ONRA, 03T, Director SBIR/STTR Programs, Office of Naval Research; Payne, Michael (Cydecor); Topic – Innovative Solutions that Address Defense Technology Gaps Confronting the DOD & Deliver High Commercialization Potential

5:00 PM – 6:30 PM Early Evening Networking, Guest Reception; UC Riverside Multidisciplinary Research Building (MRB)

Gillian Wilson, Senior Associate Vice Chancellor, Research & Economic Development, UC Riverside


1:00 PM – 1:45 PM Workshop I: Writing an Effective Commercialization Plan: I-Corps Customer Discovery & Validation Principles
(Mark Leibowitz Ph.D., EPIC Interim Director, & Alexandra Orozco MBA, Associate Director, International Partnerships, EPIC)
1:55 PM – 2:40 PM Workshop II: Communicating Research Intent: Study Approach Design for Non-Academics

(Richard Creager Ph.D., UCI Applied Innovation SBDC)

2:45 PM – 3:30 PM Workshop III: Developing World Class Innovations Through Federal Lab Consortiums, University, and Private Partnerships (Rick Shindell, Zyn Systems, Sequim, Washington; Jennifer Stewart, Naval Surface Warfare Center)
3:45 PM – 4:35 PM Workshop IV ): Understanding Reviewer Criteria; what are their guidelines; what are they looking for to determine if your proposal merits funding
(Carlos Gutierrez, Chief Strategy Officer, Larta Institute; Bandhana Katoch, Director, Agriculture Practice Larta Institute)
1:1 Meetings in Room HUB 269 and HUB 379

Presented by the University of California Riverside EPIC SBDC and Powered by the U.S. Small Business Administration.

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