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 SBIR 101: How to create a competitive SBIR grant application.


Dr FarellThis is a must attend event for any entrepreneur trying to pursue SBIR and other forms of government grant funding. Dr. David Farrell will share decades of experience successfully soliciting federal grants (SBIR, STTR, etc.) from the federal government. Unlike other seminars and workshops, Dr. Farrell takes a hands on approach. From teaching you the history of the programs, to actually logging onto the relevant sites and completing registration forms, participants complete the practical steps necessary to jumpstart their submissions.


Dr. Farrell's workshop will cover the broadest spectrum of federal programs, including SBIR/STTR programs for the National Science Foundation (NSF), United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), with an emphasis on the National Institutes of Health (NIH). In addition, the huge Department of Defense budget will also be explored, including a few little-known pots of money--including: the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP), Air Force, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), Navy, Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA), and Army SBIR/STTR programs and other non-SBIR contract programs.


This interactive session will include attendees downloading onto their own laptops each of the subsections of the application forms while Dr. Farrell explains proven strategies for creating competitive applications. This class is focused on overcoming the barriers standing between you and a funded grant.


News Flash

  • OHSU to participate in massive autism study

    Oregon Health & Science University will take part in the largest autism research initiative ever conducted in the United States.

    The Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative aims to create a national online autism registry by collecting medical and genetic data on 50,000 autistic people.

    The goal is to accelerate research by creating the largest pool of genetic data and potential research subjects ever assembled for autism research, said Dr. Eric Fombonne, a professor of psychiatry with the OHSU School of Medicine.

    OHSU is one of only 21 clinical sites in the country chosen to participate in the project, Fombonne said.

    The OHSU group is tasked with recruiting 3,000 families over the next three years from across the Pacific Northwest and Alaska, Fombonne said.

    People participating in the study will be asked to provide a detailed medical history. The Simons Foundation will send saliva kits, so the autistic person and their biological mother and father can undergo a full genome sequencing.

    Once the full registry is completed, researchers can delve into the medical information and genetic data, both to perform new analysis and to gather subjects for future clinical trials, Fombonne said.

    “There will be a multiplicity of research projects, and families can opt in or opt out depending on each study,” he said. “The participants, I hope, will become part of a culture of research.”

    Autism has proven difficult to research because patients tend to be very different from one another, Fombonne said. Only by gathering a large number of autistic people together can researchers begin to look for genetic and medical similarities that can be studied.

    The effort at OHSU will be led by Fombonne and Brian O’Roak, an assistant professor of molecular and medical genetics.

    Fombonne, an internationally known researcher in the epidemiology of autism, developed clinical and research programs in France, the United Kingdom and Canada before coming to OHSU. He has published more than 300 articles in peer-reviewed journals and is on the editorial board of several journals in the field of autism and child psychiatry.

    O’Roak has participated in groundbreaking research into the genetic basis of neuropsychiatric and neurodevelopmental disorders. O’Roak and his colleagues researchers pioneered a family-based, genome-sequencing model that has begun unraveling the genetic mystery of autism.

    The researchers have set up a site to help possible participants learn more about or sign up for the study.


    Dennis Thompson
    Contributing Reporter
    Portland Business Journal
    Apr. 25, 2016

Bioscience News

  • Writing yesterday in The Hill, Immune Deficiency Foundation President Marcia Boyle explains the potential harm posed to patients by the recently proposed Medicare Part B demonstration: While CMS’ intent is to save money, the results of this demonstration stand to severely impact patients who rely on Medicare. The reduction in reimbursement will force many providers to stop offering the most clinically effective treatments, leaving patients with two options: forego prescribed therapies or travel to more expensive Read More >

  • Each year, as part of the University of Chicago’s strategy for successfully bringing innovation to the marketplace, several members from UChicagoTech, the University’s Center for Technology Development and Ventures, head to the BIO International Convention to meet with industry representatives. “Partnering meetings made possible by BIO’s One-on-One Partnering™ system give us a chance to make connections, promote institutional capabilities, and pitch many opportunities at once,” said Thelma Tennant, Assistant Director at UChicagoTech. Tennant and several other UChicagoTech staff members spent much of Read More >

  • Trade representatives from the U.S. and European Union (EU) are meeting in New York this week to discuss and debate next steps for the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). Agriculture is one of the many topics being conferred on during these talks and has become a top priority for negotiators. On Monday, April 25, Politico reported that in advance of this meeting, 26 senators sent a bipartisan letter to United States Trade Representative Michael Read More >

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