Navigating the Federal Grants Process

Workshop Objectives

Attend this session to learn about the $2.5 Billion in R&D funding available for innovative technologies via the Federal Government’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program.  The session will introduce attendees to SBIR/STTR programs, the services that the North Carolina SBTDC provides to those looking to submit proposals, as well as sources of additional program information.

A great deal of the effort that goes into the preparation of a Phase 1 proposal comes BEFORE you actually sit down to write the proposal.  Learn about tools to carryout solicitation searching, and common problems that reviewers see.

An introduction to the “alphabet soup” of Department of Defense budgeting and how to navigate the process in navigating the process.

Ample time for one-on-one meetings and networking will be available.


John Ujvari is the SBIR Program Specialist with the North Carolina Small Business and Technology Development Center (SBTDC).  Since joining the SBTDC in 2001, SBIR and STTR awards in North Carolina have increased 5-fold. John earned his MBA degree from Wake Forest University. Prior to returning to graduate school, John held the position of Research Associate at Westat, a contract research firm in Rockville, Maryland. John earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia.

Patrick Gardner serves at the Director of the Center for Rapid Product Realization at Western Carolina University.  Pat brings 30 years of experience in research, development and testing from the U.S. Department of Defense, Department of Energy, the defense industry and academia.  His areas of specialty include aircraft control systems, munitions guidance, electro-optical sensors, directed energy systems and explosives detectors. He hold a Ph.D. and MS in electrical engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology in Dayton Ohio.

Target Audience

Small businesses and university faculty who are interested commercializing a novel technology and are seeking research and development funding, especially via in the SBIR/STTR programs.

Benefit for the Participant

Acquire a clearer understanding of the Federal grant process and specific agencies to increase your probability of win on proposals.

Cost & Registration

This event is free. Sponsored by the NC Small Business Technology Development Center (SBTDC) and Western Carolina University (WCU).

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