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SBIR/STTR Proposal Preparation Workshop

Free Registration for Faculty & Students via SD EPSCoR

Last Call - Click on the registration link below

2 Day SBIR/STTR Proposal Preparation Workshop


March 20 - 21, 2019


Day 1 - Zeal Center | 2329 N Career Ave. | Sioux Falls

Day 2 - Research Park @ SDSU | 2301 Research Park Way | Brookings


SBIR & STTR - America's Seed Fund

Eleven federal agencies make nearly $3B through 6,000 grants and contracts annually, to American Small Businesses to develop innovative products and processes. Learn how this equity-free financing can grow your business and de-risk new technologies for investors. Becky Aistrup from BBC Entrepreneurship Training and Consulting will share the secrets to winning SBIR & STTR funding. Seating is limited.

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There is a $20 Registration Fee for each day.  Fee covers lunch.

Faculty and students select "EPSCoR" for free Professional Development Sponsorship


Day 1 - Sioux Falls

The ABC's of SBIR/STTR and Planning Your Commercialization Strategy

During the morning you will learn about SBIR/STTR eligibility, how SBIR and STTR differ and selecting the right agency for your technology. Lunch will be provided. The afternoon will focus on the essential elements of a credible commercialization plan, including agency expectations, components of an effective plan, sources of market research data, and supporting documents you will need.


DAY 2 - Brookings

SBIR/STTR Introduction and Proposal Prep Essentials for NIH, NSF and USDA

Join SBIR/STTR expert, Becky Aistrup, and learn the distinguishing features and technology areas addressed by each of the agencies, getting registered, so you can submit, and preparing proposal components for maximum impact. Then focus in on essential information for creating a competitive proposal to meet the mission, standards and requirements of the NIH, NSF and USDA programs. Lunch will be provided. 

Sponsored by South Dakota Biotech Association and SD EPSCoR

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Research Forums

-All forums are in the Briggs Library at the Daschle Center

Forum Dates and Topics - Spring Semester 2019

March 21st 2019 (Thursday) @ 2:00pm: Best practices in Public-Private Partnering

April 26th 2019 (Friday) @ 3:00pm: Topic - To be announced

Save the Date

3rd Annual Eastern South Dakota Research Symposium

Wednesday, 12 June 2019
Sanford Center (2301 E. 60th St. North, Sioux Falls, SD)

Join a wide variety of researchers from the area's leading institutions to promote cutting-edge research and foster scientific collaboration.

The symposium will include sessions on Transdisciplinary & Team Science Research, Basic & Biomedical Research, and Social & Behavioral Research, as well as a poster session for researchers at all levels.

More details on registration and agenda to come.