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SBIR/STTR News & Training

Proposal Writing Tips WEBINAR

March 12, 2024 -- 11AM-12:30PM

This session will present some common sense tips on how to write an effective state or federal contract proposal. Ideal for anyone new to the proposal writing game who want to develop core strategies to apply to different opportunities!  

Topics covered include:

  • Understand Uniform Contract Format – RFP
  • Things to consider before writing
  • Proposal writing tips
  • Typical evaluation criteria
  • Win Theme development
  • Keys to proposal success
  • Typical elements of successful proposals
  • Why proposals lose points

Funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration

Presented by Lisa Wood, Statewide Director, Virginia Apex Accelerator -- sponsored by the Dept. of Defense

TIME: 11:00AM-12:30PM

COST: Virginia based small tech companies & University FREE, All others $15




Grant Funding Intro Sessions

Info Sessions on SBIR, STTR, and Virginia's CCF Grant Programs

March 18-21, 2024 -- Locations Across Central Virginia

Each session will provide provide an overview of grant funding for Virginia based companies and researchers who are developing early-stage technology. Featured will be discussions about the federal Small Business Innovation Research grant programs, also known as SBIR (11 agencies award over $4B annually in $200K-$2M grants), and the Commonwealth of Virginia’s Commonwealth Commercialization Fund ($75K grants for small business and higher education technology development/commercialization). We’ll cover the basics of the programs, eligibility rules, funding amounts available, processes, timelines, and other support available to help. Coffee & Bagels will be served at morning sessions, and a light lunch for the lunch sessions. FREE -- Advance registration requested. 

Funded in part through a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration


Event Partner Locations:

  • March 18, Harrisonburg, VA – 11:30AM-2PM -- Shenandoah Valley SBDC, 220 University Blvd, Harrisonburg VA 
  • March 19, Lynchburg, VA – 8:30AM-11AM -- Center for Entrepreneurship, 300 Lucado Place, Lynchburg, VA
  • March 20, Richmond, VA – 11:30AM-2PM -- Activation Capital, 800 East Leigh Street, Founders Conference Room (first floor), Richmond, VA 
  • March 21, Charlottesville, VA – 8:30AM-11AM -- UVA Licensing & Ventures Group, 722 Preston Ave., Suite 107, Charlottesville, VA



National Science Foundation SBIR/STTR Proposal Prep Workshops

April 30, 2024, Fairfax, VA

May 1, 2024, Charlottesville, VA

The National Science Foundation (NSF) invests more than $230 million annually in their SBIR/STTR Program to promote the progress of science; to advance the national health, prosperity, and welfare; and to secure the national defense. NSF-funded research has led to breakthroughs and new discoveries that help people live longer, healthier and more productive lives, and builds a research foundation that drives further discovery. In addition to up-to-date information on the SBIR/STTR programs, our expert we’ll take a deep dive into the NSF program specifics, so you’re equipped for a successful proposal. You’ll learn: Program’s goals and eligibility; How to navigate the NSF website and use web tools; The importance of Program Managers; Application components and proposal scoring; Writing your Pitch; Writing your project description and how to present Technical Objectives; Elements of bio sketches, facilities, budgets, How to avoid common pitfalls; MORE.

Funded in part through a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration

TIME: 8:30AM-4PM

COST: Virginia based small tech companies & University $25, All others $75


  • April 30, 2024 -- Fairfax, VA -- Fairfax County Economic Development Authority (FCEDA) headquarters, First Floor Lobby Conference Center, 8300 Boone Boulevard, Tysons Corner, VA  22182
  • May 1, 2024 -- Charlottesville, VA -- Charlottesville Small Business Development Center, Carter Bank Building, 300 Preston Ave, #206, Charlottesville, VA 22902



National Institutes of Health SBIR/STTR Proposal Prep Workshops

  • May 29, 2024 -- Richmond, VA 
  • May 30, 2024 -- Roanoke, VA

For basic research advancing beyond the academic realm into product development, the NIH provides non-dilutive federal funding through the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs. The NIH SBIR/STTR programs award over $1.25 billion in R&D funding annually to qualified small businesses developing game-changing technologies. For those familiar with NIH SBIR, this may be a chance to learn more, ask questions, learn about resubmission processes, stay up to date on any changes in the guidelines or requirements for submissions, hear different perspectives, and network. During this workshop, our expert will provide important information about SBIR/STTR funding and address how to craft a competitive SBIR/STTR proposal that meets the unique requirements of the NIH. 

TIME: 8:30AM-4:00PM Training

  • COST: Virginia based small tech firms & Virginia based University, $25; All Others $75
  • Coffee, Bagels, & Lunch will be provided 


  • May 29, Richmond, VA -- Activation Capital, 800 East Leigh Street, Founders Conference Room (first floor)
  • May 30, Roanoke, VA -- Carilion Clinic Innovation -- 4348 Electric Road, Roanoke, VA 240198, Room 1701 (Mill Mountain Conference Room, Side B) 


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A recent INCA speaker and friend of the independent inventor, Ms Rita Crompton, The Inventor Lady - is arranging for a group of inventors to display and exhibit their products and inventions at the upcoming ASD (Affordable Shopping Destination) trade show in Las Vegas!!! Details and contact info is below if interested.
Subject: The Inventor Lady is Looking for Invent America Inventors for ASD Market Week Trade Show
Who: ASD Market Week (ASD: Affordable Shopping Destination).
When: March 10, 11, 12 and 13
Where: Las Vegas Convention Center
Invent America booth #SL40189
What: Biggest B2B Wholesaler Trade Show in Vegas
Why: Incredibly high product exposure (30,000 attendees); Invent America is high visibility at these shows.
How (to get in):
1. Patent pending status.
2. Proof of concept prototype.
3. A short (60 seconds) video or link to video.
4. A sell sheet or high definition photos and bullet points.
5. If you have one or get one, a website.
6. Buy Invent America booth space
How much:
(Note: spots with red “X”s are taken - map as of 4 Jan 2024)
Spots 1 – 12 are $2700. These are the main traffic corners.
Spots 39 – 42 are $2700
Spots 13 – 36 are $2500 These spots are along the isle. The attached layout shows you the numbers. Spots 43 – 44 are $2500
Spots 33 – 38 are $2200 These spots are not on the aisle.
POC: Rita Crompton, The Inventor Lady, inventor consultant and licensing agent
303-910-8889 (Best way to contact Rita; she is VERY good about answering her phone)

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