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STTR/SBIR Proposal Workshop

Nov 10, 2006 at CU-Boulder

Sponsored by the CU TTO Office
and by Colorado Institute of Technology Transfer and Implementation (CITTI)

Date:    November 10, 2006
Time:    Modular sessions running between 8:30 to 12:30
Location: CU-Boulder's , College of Engineering, Eaton Conference Room ECAE 140

Individual consultations with Dr. Boult can be scheduled in advance between 1:00 and 2:30pm.  These will take place in Clark ECAD 150.

General Information

SBIR/STTR funding is government R&D funding available to researchers who collaborate with or form their own small business. This workshop is intended to help you compete for a share of the more than $2Billion available for 2007 including the more than 200M available for DOD/DHS STTRs and 200M in NIH STTRs which REQUIRE a university partner.  For a small business, SBIR/STTR funding requires no repayment, no equity dilution and no "external control".  This free workshop, for faculty, research staff and graduate students, is being put on the University of Colorado Technology Transfer Office (CU TTO) and by the Colorado Institute for Technology Transfer and Implementation (CITTI).

The goal of the workshop is to review the SBIR/STTR program and what it takes to produce winning proposals. CITTI has offered many SBIR Seminars in the past, this version is a bit more focused on the STTR process intended for faculty and small businesses that want to partner with CU on STTR proposals.

Before the meeting you might browse the open SBIR topics for January for DOD and HSARPA SBIRs or keyword search either current or past solications at  

This workshop is modular.  Feel free to attend the sessions that are most relevant for you.
The approximate schedule is:



SBIR/STTR Introduction


Topic/Team Development


Coffee/Bio Break


Commercialization Models, and SBIR/STTR accounting


IP Issues of SBIR/STTR's




Sign up for 1-1 meetings with  Dr. Boult to discuss your proposal.

Who should attend?

The workshop is intended for faculty, graduate students, PRAs and entrepreneurs/small business owners, who are interested in innovative research funding - even if you don't have a technical staff. A SBIR/STTR program offers the potential for partnerships for innovation.
Small businesses must meet certain eligibility criteria to participate in the SBIR/STTR program. They must be:

  • American-owned and independently operated with < 500 employees
  • For-profit (but not necessarily profitable)
  • SBIR only: Principal researcher employed by business (need not be Ph.D., but must be able to technically project)
  • For STTR, small business must partner with US University or non-profit R&D organization

Non-Incorporated businesses (Sole proprietor and Partnership) are allowed. In fact more than 35% of past awards have been to companies with < 25 employees.


This workshop is free of charge. RSVP to  Indicate your request for a 15 minute meeting with Dr. Boult, if you wish to individually discuss your SBIR or STTR. General public will be admitted as space allows.
The SBIR/STTR program fits tightly with CITTI's and the TTO office long term mission. Unlike some "SBIR workshop" programs, CITTI's primary mission is to "assist creative individuals in transforming technological ideas into economic opportunity" and we do so by working with the community. This workshop is intended to start or strengthening Colorado Companies' relationships with CU and CITTI, and is a part of our ongoing support of technology transfer within Colorado. The workshop will start you down a path of proposal preparation with the expectation that you will continue to interact, when you feel necessary, with CITTI and (for companies) with faculty at the University of Colorado. Attendees of the workshop from Colorado Companies will be encouraged to have (no cost) individualized follow-up meetings with Dr. Boult and other members of CITTI as team they prepare their STTR proposals.

Comments from past workshops

  • Enjoyed presentation - many items highlighted & was more specific on items that previous SBIR presentation I attended.
  • Lots of valuable information. Terrance really knows his stuff.
  • Thanks for getting a tremendous amount of info into a short time -- and for the advanced mailing of slides/notes for review & follow-up use.
  • Good program & informative/very helpful in making me think about all phases of SBIR -- what can be done & when. Learned SBIR/STTR a lot different from RO-1 research grant.
  • Valuable & eye opening. Will recommend the fall version to friends
  • I got a lot more information about how to go about this than I expected.

Here is what Brenda Griffith, CEO of Active Artz has to say about it:
"Active Artz has greatly benefited from the outstanding technical support provided by the CITTI organization. The CITTI organization aided Active Artz in preparing a complete and competitive SBIR proposal."

Active Artz, like many of our partners, was successful in the SBIR program. See our Successes page as for more examples our effectiveness.

About the presenter

The workshop will be presented by Dr. Terrance Boult, the El Pomar Chair of Communication and Computation at CU Colorado Springs. Dr. Boult has nearly 2 decades of successful grant writing experience, raising tens of millions for his research at Columbia Univ, Lehigh Univ and the University of Colorado Colorado Springs. Dr. Boult has been a CTO of a startup high-tech company and consultant to numerous small companies. He has been actively involved in the SBIR and STTR program for a decade, with an over 40% overall success record on his personal proposals. With his help over 30% of companies he helped with SBIR/STTR proposals have been successful. Since joining UCCS and CITTI, he has worked with over two dozen local companies on dozen successful STTR proposals representing over 4 million dollars in R&D funding.

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