Developing SBIR/STTR Proposals to the Department of Defense

A campus-wide workshop for faculty and staff interested in pursuing funding from SBIR/STTR programs. This particular event is a two day in-person workshop focused on developing competitive SBIR/STTR funding proposals to the Department of Defense (DoD). The on-campus workshop will be followed by a webinar in early December to review details of the newly released DoD solicitation and provide an opportunity for interested applicants to participate in Q&A regarding the identification of topics and preparation of their proposal.

November 2: SBIR/STTR Proposal Preparation for DoD
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.   (Lunch will be provided)

Dept. of Defense SBIR 2017.1 and STTR 2017.A solicitations will be pre-released on November 30 and open January 10 with a February 8 deadline. Join SBIR/STTR expert, Becky Aistrup, for this informative workshop, which will provide detailed instruction on preparing a proposal to meet the mission and standards of the Dept. of Defense SBIR/STTR programs.

What you’ll come away with:

  • SBIR/STTR program basics
  • Up-to-date information about the DoD SBIR program
  • An understanding of the differences between DoD components
  • How to identify a topic
  • The importance of talking to Technical Points of Contact during the pre-release period
  • Advice on preparing each part of your proposal  
  • Writing to meet the reviewers’ expectations
  • Common problems and pitfalls and how to avoid them


November 3: Commercialization for SBIR-Stage Companies
8:30 - 12 noon

With commercialization plans being a key differentiator in the SBIR/STTR programs, it is important to know what the agencies are looking for and how to go about developing good plans. This session will discuss the expectations that various agencies have for commercialization plans in your Phase I and Phase II projects, where to find cost effective market research resources, what quality “support & commitment letters” are, and more.

Optional One-on-One Meetings with Becky Aistrup 
Visit with Becky and discuss questions related to your specific project or other general SBIR/STTR topics and agencies. (Contact Megan Brown at to schedule a meeting for the afternoon of November 3)

Location: Texas A&M University Health Science Center - Hwy 47 Campus. 8447 State Highway 47, Bryan, TX 77807. Room LL30. (Temporary parking permits will be distributed via email allowing free parking)


December 8 Webinar: Follow up webinar to provide details and specifics on DoD SBIR 2017.1 and STTR 2017.A
The solicitations are now in pre-release. Learn about any changes in the instructions or other areas of the solicitation and get tips on how to search the components and topic(s), how to contact the Technical Point of Contact (TPOC) and what to ask as well as how to influence future topics. 


About the Presenter:  
Becky Aistrup
Principal Consultant, BBC Entrepreneurial Training & Consulting (BBCetc)

Prior to joining BBCetc in 2012, Becky was the SBIR/STTR Program Director for the Minnesota Science and Technology Authority. Becky’s professional background includes over 20 years of experience working within the medical, defense, aerospace, biotech, advanced materials and electronics industries, and consulting with technology companies on SBIR/STTR funding. Becky holds a B.A. degree in Chemistry from the University of Kansas, an M.B.A. in Marketing Management from the University of Minnesota.

About BBC Entrepreneurial Training & Consulting

BBCetc works with technology-based entrepreneurs and companies on strategies to advance R&D efforts to commercialization. Services include commercialization planning, research grant assistance, SBIR/STTR training and proposal development assistance, and grants and contract management.


Nov 02, 2016 08:30 AM to
Nov 03, 2016 05:00 PM
Registration deadline: Oct 31, 2016 05:00 PM