SBIR Labs - Learn to be a SBIR Writer

Next Registration Due Date is May 14th ()

Are You:

  • Interested in techniques for writing competitive federal grants?
  • Seeking applied professional development experiences?
  • Working on an innovative research project or fascinated by new research and technologies?
  • Curious about how to translate your research to the market?

About SBIR Labs:  Grant Writer-in-Training:

Apply your expertise to new WI scientific ventures while also gaining practical experience in SBIR and federal grant writing skills and strategies. As a Writer-in-Training, the CTC will train you on the basics of SBIR proposal construction including basic strategies in technology commercialization. In collaboration with our , you will apply SBIR review criteria to evaluate current Wisconsin companies seeking SBIR/STTR funding during our scheduled Pre-Submission events.  Our Writers-in-Training will learn the key elements on what makes a good proposal and will gain confidence to submit their own ideas for federal funding opportunities.

Why Should You Participate?

We want to give you an opportunity to peek inside a federal review process. Developing new strategies to communicate complicated research and define metrics of success are universal tools that every researcher needs. You will critique an array of SBIR proposals and learn from experienced reviewers on how they would improve these submissions. If you are interested in technology commercialization this is an excellent opportunity to become comfortable with submitting your own proposal. If you are interested in improving access to basic research grants, this is a unique professional development opportunity that fits into your busy schedule.

Who is Eligible?

Our Grant Writer-in-Training program is ideal for:

  • Faculty working with WiSys, WARF, UWMRF or another tech transfer office.
  • Faculty interested in technology commercialization with or without their own technologies. 
  • Post docs & Graduate students interested in startups and/or technology commercialization.

Where Will I Be Trained?

The CTC can support a combination of in-person and virtual training events.  Locations, dates, and times will be determined in 2018. 

The CTC normally hosts Pre-submission panel reviews in November, March, May, August and September.  Grant Writer-in-Training opportunities are available for:

  • March 2018:  National Institutes of Health Panel Review
  • May 2018:  National Science Foundation Panel Review -

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