SBIR Road Tour – Albany, NY

Program Session Descriptions


Flexible Funding Opportunities

Panel discussion with Program Managers highlighting the unique aspects guiding the SBIR granting agencies. Topics include agency interest points, investigator-initiated projects, proposal evaluation, agency contacts, and commercialization strategies

Surprising Opportunities with DoD and NASA

Panel discussion with Program Managers highlighting the varied nature of NASA and the Department of Defense (DoD) Agencies, which together account for almost half of the SBIR/STTR award dollars each year. Focus areas include topic selection, evaluation rigidity, proposal assistance, DoD/NASA as an investor and a customer, data rights, and transitioning to Phase III.

Inside the Head of an Evaluator: Common Mistakes

Panel discussion with Agency Program Managers on the most common and avoidable mistakes made by applicants, as well as candid insights for preparing more competitive proposals.


Track 1 – SBIR/STTR Basics
Hidden Opportunities
Panel discussion with some of the regions premier resources that are available to assist you in advance your technology through the Phase I and Phase II grant cycles. Discussion will provide an overview of each organization, services that they provide and how to access their resources.

SBIR/STTR Best Practices Overview of how to best structure your award, examples of good and bad Phase I and Phase II proposals.

Surviving an Award Panel discussion with Phase I and Phase II grant awardees on what the process is really like, components of executing the grant, and potential pitfalls.


Track 2 – Commercialization Boot Camp
Pathways to Commercialization
Overview for of three potential pathways to commercialization for companies and researchers with a viable technology that they would like to take market. The overview will provide attendees with information on company development models, licensing models and joint venture models.

Licensing Models
Panel discussion with companies that have successfully licensed technology and brought products to market through the tech transfer process.

Selling Your Technology
Panel discussion with funding and marketing experts and funding on how to refine your market demographics and launch strategies to effectively secure capital for the commercialization of your technology.

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