The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and the Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs are administered by the U.S. Small Business Administration through which many of the largest federal agencies award contracts and grants to small businesses.
About $2.3 billion is awarded annually through SBIR and STTR programs to small businesses, some of which collaborate with universities or have university origins. These programs award for research and development with a focus on innovation and commercialization.
The purpose of the Alabama SBIR/STTR Support Program is to increase the success rate and competitiveness of SBIR/STTR applicants in the state. The program will provide support in three ways:
- Raise SBIR/STTR awareness for Alabama-based small businesses through a statewide network of partners that will advocate and host introductory SBIR/STTR workshops
- Educate Alabama companies on how to compete for SBIR/STTR awards
- Provide one-on-one writing assistance and proposal strategy from an expert with decades of experience writing and reviewing SBIR/STTR proposals
- Beyond-the-basics training about SBIR and STTR Programs
- How to prepare competitive proposals and proposal strategy
- Avoiding common proposal mistakes
- Federal agency focused workshops
- Proposal evaluation
- Individual writing assistance
Applicants can receive extensive proposal writing assistance for a chance to receive over $1 million in SBIR/STTR funding.
Alabama Launchpad partners with Greenwood Consulting Group, Inc. (GCGI) to provide the services of the Alabama SBIR/STTR Support Program.
Collectively, Greenwood’s senior leadership has over five decades of experience in the SBIR program, stretching back to when the program began in 1982. Collectively, they have conducted training in 48 states, reviewed over 600 SBIR and STTR proposals, and provided an endless amount of support and resources to the SBIR/STTR community.
Our Advisory Committee:
Rick Swatloski – University of Alabama, Director, Office of Technology Transfer
Troy Brady – Auburn University, Licensing Officer, Office of Technology Transfer
Bill Waite – AEgis Technologies, Chairman and CTO
Steven Ceulemans – Birmingham Business Alliance, Vice President Innovation and Technology
Mark Weaver – University of South Alabama, Ben May Chair of Entrepreneurship, Melton Center
David Winwood – University of Alabama at Birmingham Research Foundation, CEO
Kannan Grant – UAHuntsville, Director, Office of Commercialization
Michael Brooks – Alabama Small Business Development Center Network, Associate Director
AL.com – November 13, 2013 – Kelli Dugan
Funding Fix: New Alabama Launchpad program seeks to pair promising early-stage companies with federal grants